My cat has pain in the mouth. This phrase is quite common in the daily practice of veterinary medicine. Cat owners notice that "something strange" happens to their cats in the mouth and when they try to see what happens, the cat does not cooperate at all in the exploration and therefore comes to the clinic.
The problem of pain in the mouth of cats can have different origins, which requires a thorough exploration of their structures to locate the source of the problem. Thus, among the various causes of pain in the mouth we can mention:
- Injuries: the cat has suffered a blow with some object (here we can include the blows given by the “two-legged animals”) or they have been able to suffer a fall from a certain height. There may be injuries to the teeth, maxillary or mandibular bones, hard palate, etc.
- Inflammatory / infectious processes that affect the tooth and its fixation structures (periodontal disease): where there is accumulation of tartar, gingival inflammation, etc.).
- Gingivitis-lymphoplasmocytic stomatitis and faucitis: These are gum and cat jaw conditions due to immunomedial problems or in relation to viral diseases such as calicivirus or feline immunodeficiency. An abnormal reaction to the presence of oral flora occurs and is a very painful disease. Here we can also cite other processes such as odontoclastic spring injuries, where teeth are injured and can also have viral origin and are very painful.
- Neoplastic processes (tumors): which may have different locations in the oral cavity and its structures.
In all these cases, the owners come to the clinic because “my cat has pain in themouth". This is manifested in several ways: the cat eats little or does not, the cat has ptialism (drools a lot), there is halitosis (bad smell of the mouth), there may be blood in the mouth and in the saliva, there is deformity of the mouth, the cat remains hidden and can show a more aggressive character, especially if you try to look at the mouth, etc.
When we notice any of these symptoms, it is best to contact our trusted veterinarian. Once in the clinic we will have to sedate or anesthetize our cat to perform a thorough examination. This exploration includes the complete recognition of the cat, not focusing only on the mouth (many diseases that affect the mouth are systemic, for example immunodeficiency). A radiological study will have to be done to see the structures of the mouth and blood tests.
Depending on the origin of the problem, the relevant treatment will have to be established, which can be of a medical type through the use of analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, interferon, chemotherapy, etc. always appropriate to the disease in particular.
Other times you have to resort to surgical-type treatments for bone fracture repair, tumor removal, dental extractions and mouth cleaning, etc.
Mouth conditions are usually very painful and NEVER We must allow time to see if they heal on their own. Some are very serious and have a very poor prognosis about their resolution but we can minimize their effects and ensure that our cats have an acceptable quality of life and, of course, with the least possible pain.
Remember that in the OLIVARES Veterinary Clinic (Granada) we have at your disposal our 24-hour Emergency Service, just like him consultation phone that appears on our page www.tuveterinario.info, also operational 24 hours. There you can consult all the doubts you have about this or other issues related to the health and care of your animals.
Manuel Olivares Martín, veterinarian of the OLIVARES Veterinary Clinic (Granada) and of www.tuveterinario.info
Hello Dr. You know my kitty today I saw him walking with his tongue out. And when I found it very rare more because he is on medication because from one day to the next he could not sustain himself ... he has 2 months, fever tube already take him to the veterinarian and that is why he is medicated. Well today I noticed that strange and when I opened his mouth I noticed an ugly smell. He eats well, drinks water, what I think is that in any of his medicine, his palate or something can be opened, can that cause him discomfort? Or I wanted to vomit. the remedy you are taking is anti diarrhea and vomiting .. good doctor. Thank you. Greetings from Argentina.
Hello my cat drools a lot and when eating he hurts a lot what he recommends me to do?
I feed it with liver and whiskeys but can no longer eat it has very inflamed gums
Hello doctor my cat has a very bad smell in the mouth as rotten and on the tongue it has many very red beads and these days my other cat is also having the same symptoms that it can be? Thank you
Hello my cat has the lenfua out already. 10 days ago, this decile does not eat and pus comes out of a fang. I read it with food, but it does not make its needs I do not know if it is reaching a point of dying.
Hello doctor look I have an already big cat but in weight to stop eating later I could not eat croquettes because it hurt to pass the food and now he is throwing a very dark drool and his mouth has an ugly smell like spoiled and this very thin that my doctor cat could have, I would be very grateful if you could answer the message, thank you very much for your attention
Doc please, my cat has blood in his mouth, he always leaves on the floor, helpaaaaaa¡¡¡¡¡
Hello my cat has pain in the mouth they recommended me stomorgil and it helped him in the time he was taking it then he went back what worries me is that he is a very long-lived cat and has also lost a lot of weight
Well, it's 1:05 am, and it turns out that my kitty, Monroe, has about ... 3 or 4 months, it turns out that I'm realizing that he's drooling "a little" and his mouth hurts, I don't know what will happen to him , he's just a baby and I don't want anything to happen to him ...
Hello with a question, a friend told me that he took his cat to the vet and they told him that he had something in his mouth as he was told he was a “pen” or that he understood but he has been looking for information but still finding nothing could help us
HELLO GOOD NIGHTS MY CAT DRINKS A LOT AND HAS A ODOR Q DOES NOT WATER. AS IF HE WAS A DEAD DOG .. AND I HAVE CLEANED HIM WITH A COTTON AND LEAVES TYPE PUS WHITE AND DUEL AND BEGINS TO BLOOD I HAVE TRIED TO GIVE HIM ANTIBIOTIC BUT DOESN'T WANT IT OR GOOD DOESN'T LEAVE IT AND IF YOU EAT WITH A LOT OF DIFFICULTY ... AND YOU ARE SLIGHTLY AND SLOWLY AS I SEE YOU GIVE PICKETS ... OF THE HALF OF YOUR BACK TO THE LEGS ... AND THEIR NAILS ARE VERY BAD.
Hello, I have a cat that is 11 years ago that eats very little, I looked at his mouth and I saw that he is missing an upper fang and where he is missing he has a very hard lump that will be
Hello Doctor. I wanted to make an inquiry, my cat a couple of weeks ago that has a very red tongue seems to have burned. He's drooling and before it smelled really bad. Having your tongue like this prevents you from cleaning yourself and you hardly want to eat. I took it to the vet but it remains the same. And I would like another resolution.
Hello My cat seems to want to vomit but he is not drooling a little and he touches his face a lot at first I thought he had something stuck in his throat but he can eat well and also sleeps well only in times that he wakes up what he mentions
I have a kitten with the same problem as normal but at times he behaves as if he had something stuck and tries to get it out with his legs and gets hurt with his nails, the problem is that I check and he has nothing, you managed to solve your cat's problem ?
Hello, I can not find the comment of the vetrinary, answer? I had an 11 year old kitten with the same problem, the vet did not solve the problem, his problem got worse and he died.
I would have been interested to know what I had.
Thank you. Regards.
Hello, my cat is very crazy, I have tried to take him to the vet but he acts aggressively and runs away he has pain in one side of his mouth, I consulted a vetrinarian and he prescribed Clavucan told me to give him every 12 hours for a week and nothing kitty is still like that and it is on one side of his mouth he has pain an unpleasant smell and drools a lot seems like he is puss and the worst does not let me approach him I'm crushing his food to eat please what can I do I want it to be fine worse is that the days go by and I can't grab it and take it to the vet
New research indicates signs of behavior change
There are a number of behaviors that animals acquire when they have a medical condition and that they are a symptom that they are suffering. A group of international veterinarians wanted to seek a veterinary consensus regarding behavioral signs that indicate pain in cats, and have published their conclusions in the prestigious journal Plos One.
The signs have been classified among "sufficient" signs (Its presence indicates that the cat suffers, but not necessarily present in all pain situations) and "necessary" signs (necessary if there is presence of pain, but not always indicative of pain).
Thus, the team led by Dr. Isabella Merola and Professor Daniel Mills of Lincoln University have identified 25 universal signs indicative of some type of pain in mininos that “they can help both veterinarians and owners to initially assess the status of cats pain in their care ”, as highlighted in the research findings.
2. Difficulty jumping
3. Walk abnormally
4. Go crestfallen or hunched over
5. He is reluctant to move,
6. Reacts to palpation in some area of the body
7. Removes or hides more than normal
8. No longer clean or lick effusively and obsessively only a part of your body
9. Has no appetite or has changed much the way you eat
10. You have no motivation for the game, if your activity in general decreases a lot
11. Avoid going to rub against people
12. Your behavior changes and is irritable
13. Your weight changes dramatically
14. Grunts or complains more often than we are used to hearing
These are some of the signs that indicate that we should take our cat to the vet, since they are indicative that something may be happening to you. But are not the only ones.
If we observe that the cat has uncontrollable eyelid spasms (blepharospasm) or that it reacts to very bright light, it could be indicative, the study concludes, of an eye disease. Those would be the alarm signs that would require the analysis of a veterinary professional.
Other signs of feline behavior such as standing longer, seeking more contact with the human, having more appetite, sleeping more or less, going with the tongue out or the mouth half open or grinding the teeth, for example. It is not necessarily indicative of a cat ailment, according to the researchers in this study.
When cats change milk teeth?
Sometime between the second and fourth week, your kitten will begin to get its primary teeth.
This is not so bad.
But time passes and your kitten meets 3 or 4 months. Your joy can become sadness. He may complain or cry when he bites a toy he used to love to attack. Your appetite may decrease. I could be drooling. You may be able to see some blood in some chewable toy, but that is not a cause for panic.
All of these are signs that, just in time, the kitten is losing its baby teeth and getting an adult's teeth.
While many kittens don't bother them, teething often comes with a built-in set of discomforts, sore gums and loose teeth. They make chewing difficult and will confuse a young kitten that was beginning to discover its growth process.
Useful ideas to relieve teething pain
What can you do to help your kitten at this normal, but sometimes uncomfortable stage?
For starters, provide soft foods and watch that your kitten is eating regularly and does not lose weight.
Although veterinarians encourage regular brushing of teeth, give this practice a few weeks rest. You don't want the kitten to associate normal oral hygiene with the pain it feels now.
Place a wet wipe in the freezer. Do not let it freeze at all, just be nice and cold. The cold will help relieve gum pain.
Contraintuitively, although chewing hurts, your kitten will want to bite when his teeth are coming out. You will see him trying to chew absolutely everything, even your own fingers and toes.
It provides a variety of gnawing toys. The chewable nylon will allow the kitten to chew to the limit, while a slightly more resistant toy, such as a rubber ring, will help relieve pain.
Turn it off, stop eating, drooling or if it doesn't let you touch it, it can be symptoms of some dental health problem or in the oral cavity. When in doubt, talk to the veterinarian about your oral health
Our pets cannot speak. That's why sometimes it's so difficult to know if they are well or have any discomfort. Therefore, in the absence of verbal communication, which allows us to know if someone is sick, the best way to find out if pets suffer pain or if they have a health problem is to observe their behavior. "In general, any change from the normal>
Prevention, your best ally
In the case of oral diseases, "the best prevention is the tooth brushing, with specific products (brushes and paste) for dogs. There are also other products, antiseptics or chews that, used regularly, help decrease bacterial plaque and delay periodontal disease. Whatever method we use has to be constantly. There is nothing to prevent the problem if we use it intermittently. In addition to these habits, a weekly review by the owner (looking for any changes, inflammation, redness, bleeding, gum problems) can help a early diagnostic of any problem that our pet could present, "says veterinarian Pachi Clemente.
On the other hand, and like our health, that of your pet can also improve if you contemplate these three golden rules:
- Proper diet. The food that a puppy needs is not the same as that required by an older animal, sterilized or during pregnancy or if they have a health problem typical of some breeds. Therefore, not all feed is worth it. You have to look for the formulation best suited to the moment and condition of your pet.
- Daily exercise. Our pets run the risk of living a sedentary life if they live in flats, apartments. And sedentary lifestyle is very dangerous for your health. Therefore, as far as possible, you should provide their dose of activity walking with them, playing, etc. Nor should we forget that the needs vary according to race and size. Also, before subjecting them to an effort, we must ensure that their state of health is good for the type of exercise they are going to perform.
- Regular visits If there is no health problem that forces us to go to the veterinarian more frequently, the ideal is that, as we said, at least once a year, we subject our pet to a check-up to assess their health status, especially when they are older (from 8-9 years old), since from these ages they are more exposed to suffer from diseases and early detection can cure our animal or, at least, offer a better quality of life.
Other problems in the 'seniors'
In any case, do not forget that, in addition to dental problems, which can alter the behavior of your pet due to discomfort and pain, if your pet is older, it is likely that it has other age-related pains and that Your activity decreases. For example, articulars are very frequent in the senior dog or cat. To prevent them from increasing, it is important that they sleep in a pet bed or fluffy mat, since hard and cold soil can adversely affect your musculoskeletal system. We must also try to exercise, since it helps prevent muscle atrophy.
It is also likely that he will spend more time sleeping, that he has less desire to play, that it costs him more to obey the orders or that he seems more clueless. They are symptoms associated with age, as well as developing new fears. However, if you look very disoriented, he falls, as if he lost the Balance, if it turns on itself or if it leans its head against the wall or puts it in some hole, go to the vet with rap>
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