July 17th 2011 3:06 am
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Darcy is 5 years old. We got her one year ago on March 28, 2010. We got her free from a Breeder because she was a retired breeding cat. They claimed Darcy was super super healthy and never had any health problems.
In July of 2010 Darcy started getting snotty noses and runny poos and we couldn't figure out what was going on. Also at this time we discovered that the fleas in our area were immune to frontline. So Darcy went to the vet and they said she needed to have two teeth out. They cleaned her teeth and removed two and said her gums were very very sore.
For the next few months Darcy was in and out of the vets. Numerous antibiotics and everyone kept saying 'she has ear infections or upper respiratory infections' But she was vaccinated against everything.
Darcy was tested and is FELV and FIV negative. But was still sick and sick and sick. In January we saw a large animal vet as it was an emergency and Darcy's ears were leaking fluid!
She had an ear infection, they gave her more antibiotics (this was probably the 7th type of antibiotic we tried) he also made an off handed comment 'You know... it looks like she's having an allergic reaction in her mouth.' Which later would be what clued me in.
Darcy was switched to a grain free food which cured her potty problems! YAY
In April Darcy saw a new vet for more problems and he kept telling me 'Her white blood cell count is very high and I would think it was cancer except she's very healthy! Lets get her teeth cleaned'
When they got her in for a teeth clean, they yanked a lot of teefers and she was finally diagnosed. Darcy has Feline Stomatitis and Resorptive Lesions.
She's allergic to the build up of tartar on her teeth and her immune system is dissolving her own teeth. Suddenly the 'allergic reaction in her mouth' that the large animal vet had commented on made sense!!
This is also the cause of all her ear and eye infections. Because of the swelling and the teeth being so close to sinus and drainage ways. Things aren't draining like they should.
Very soon, as soon as we get the funds, Darcy will be going in and getting all of her teeth removed and this will hopefully solve most of her health issues.
After contacting the breeder 4 different times to tell them that she had these disorders (they are thought to be hereditary) and not receiving a reply I've come to assume that the breeders were in fact aware of her dental issues when giving her to us.... and didn't want to pay for treatment.
Please Note: These dates may not be exact as I didn't pull out my records and check exact dates
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