|Purred: Thu Dec 18, '08 11:27pm PST |
|The other day when I was checking my babies teeth I noticed that her gums were very pale.
I check her teeth and gums regularly because she has bad teeth. She had an infection in her upper canines (er.. are they called canines in cats?) that she got antiobiotics for and everything was fine afterward, though the two teeth did fall out. Looking closer today, from what she lets me see it's just the top near where those fangs would have been that's very pale. She won't let me open her mouth or anything, though.
I did some googling and got even more worried. She hasn't been acting any differently. She's been snuggling up in my room more than usual, but my room is the warmest in the house right now; everyone wants in here. I checked her nose and it was dry, but now its not (I woke her up to do all this; I think she momentarily hated me). She does drool a lot, I've always assumed it was the lack of teeth, because it started when the first fell out. I think she has been peeing more lately, but it's just a guess; I haven't noticed her drinking more. She's also been eating alright, though she's been stuck on dog food for a day or two (we're sorta snowed in right now).
She doesn't have any less energy and she's just as fiesty as usual.
Should I be overly concerned about the pale gums, or can a checkup wait a bit longer? Could it be the infection returning, or dehydration? Could it be from a change in temp. or something like that?
Money is tight, so a vet immediately isn't exactly an option. But if it's something that is potentially serious I'll get her in as soon as possible. As soon as I get a job she's gonna get a full checkup; that could be another month or two. If need be I'll try not to wait that long.
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