Feline Stomatitis
Just like humans, cats can suffer from various dental issues that can significantly impact their overall well-being. One such condition is Feline Stomatitis, a painful and often overlooked dental disease affecting cats.

What is Feline Stomatitis?
Feline Stomatitis is a severe and painful inflammation of a cat’s oral cavity, primarily affecting the tissues surrounding the back teeth, known as the premolars and molars. This condition can lead to excruciating pain, making it difficult for your feline friend to eat, groom, or even play.

Identifying Feline Stomatitis: Signs and Symptoms
Recognizing the symptoms of Feline Stomatitis is crucial for early intervention and effective treatment. Some common signs include:

  • Persistent Bad Breath: If your cat’s breath has an offensive odor that doesn’t improve with regular dental care, it could be a sign of oral health issues like stomatitis.
  • Drooling: Excessive drooling or saliva production can indicate oral discomfort.
  • Inflamed and Red Gums: Inflamed and reddened gums, especially around the back teeth, are a characteristic sign of stomatitis.
  • Reluctance to Eat: Cats suffering from stomatitis may show a reduced appetite, difficulty chewing, or even outright refusal to eat.
  • Weight Loss: Due to the pain and difficulty eating, affected cats may experience weight loss over time.
  • Pawing at the Mouth: Cats might paw at their mouth or rub their face against objects to alleviate the discomfort.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your beloved feline companion, it’s essential to seek professional veterinary dental care promptly.

The Role of Atlanta Veterinary Dental Specialists
At Atlanta Veterinary Dental Specialists, we are committed to providing the highest standard of dental care for your feline family members. Our experienced team of veterinary dentists specializes in diagnosing and treating oral health issues, including Feline Stomatitis.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Diagnosing Feline Stomatitis involves a comprehensive oral examination and, in some cases, dental X-rays to assess the extent of the inflammation and any potential dental problems.

The treatment of choice for advanced cases of Feline Stomatitis at Atlanta Veterinary Dental Specialists is Full Mouth Extractions. Although this may sound concerning, it is important to understand that removing all of a cat’s teeth is often the most effective way to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. Cats are remarkably adaptable and can lead happy, healthy lives after full mouth extractions.

Preventing Feline Stomatitis

While not all cases of Feline Stomatitis are preventable, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk and maintain your cat’s oral health:

  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help identify early signs of dental issues and prevent the progression of stomatitis.
  • At-Home Dental Care: Brushing your cat’s teeth regularly and providing dental-friendly treats or toys can contribute to good oral hygiene.
  • Quality Nutrition: Feeding your cat a balanced and high-quality diet can promote overall health, including dental health.

Compassionate Care for Feline Friends
At Atlanta Veterinary Dental Specialists, we understand that your feline friend is a beloved family member, and we treat them as such. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care and tailored treatment plans to ensure your cat’s well-being and comfort.

If you suspect your cat may be suffering from Feline Stomatitis or you’d like to schedule a dental check-up, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Together, we can work towards maintaining your feline companion’s bright smile!