Olde Teeth and Dental Care (Consolidated Thread)

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♥Ange- l- Gizmo&hearts- ;

Mama's Boy
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 1:44pm PST 
My mom had no idea how important it was for me to get dentals. (To be honest, she was clueless about all kinds of things). I got my first one when I was about 13 and I already had problems. About a year later, I started losing a lot of weight. My poor mouth was so sore and inflamed, that the vet was very worried that I had oral cancer, which I didn't, thankfully. For 2 years, mom tried all kinds of medicines, paid for two operations, etc, but nothing was working.

She took me to a specialist, and the recommendation was to have all of my teeth pulled out, because that was the only thing left to try. It worked, mostly, but I still have some pain and inflammation.... nothing like before though. It was a very long operation (4 hours) and mom had to feed me through a tube in my throat for a few days! Mom said it cost over $2500 for that one surgery! shock

So *please* nag your people about taking you for your dentals. It is kind of a pain, but believe me, it is much more of a pain to have your teeth pulled!

♥Ange- l- Gizmo&hearts- ;

Mama's Boy
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 6:06pm PST 
Re: anesthesia.....

Scooter- your vet is right to use isolflorane. It is much safer. I've had that for all of my surgeries, and I've come through beautifully.

Ketamine is icky and some kitties have bad reactions to it - disorientation, inappetence, etc.

I can't really tell you why and what the differences are, but people who do have told mom that isoflorane is the way to go!!! None of my vets or specialists use ketamine, either. Don' t know if that helps.


Mommy says I am- Purrrrcious
Purred: Thu Jul 12, '07 1:24pm PST 
Thanks Scooter. Mommy started me on my pre-surgery anti-biotics and I am already starting to perk up a little. Getting all they nasty stuff out of my mouth will surely make me feel tons better.

Mom and I are still worried but we feel better talking to all of you guys. You guys are so supportive. Joining this group was the best thing ever. I will post on here how I am doing once it is all over. (paws crossed) Mommy promises to take good care of me after wards and lay with me like i did with her when she had surgery last year. She said it's my turn to be taken care of. I have such a good mommy. (purrrrr)

Our vet is really good, I hear. The Vet tech said they had only lost like one kitty with this procedure that she knew of. All anesthetized patients are monitored by a Licensed Veterinary Technician from the moment of induction until they are fully recovered. They also monitor each surgery patients heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, EKG (heart rhythm), body temperature and arterial oxygen levels (using pulse oximeters).

Not that I know what any of that means but ti sounds impressive to me.

Not sure they type of anesthesia they use but they seem to know what they are doing. And you better believe mommy will be calling them a lot to check on me monday.

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Sat Jul 14, '07 2:31pm PST 
Thanks for your information, Gizmo. What mom read about the isoflurane gas is that it doesn't alter the heart rate or blood pressure, plus the pet wakes up very rapidly after surgery. It turns out I won't have any dental work done, so Mom didn't ask all the other questions she had ready.

Taz, it sure sounds like your vet has all the right equipment and is doing all the right things -- not that my Mom understands all of that, either, but she read about the things you mentioned being important to improve the safety during surgery.

Taz, I'm glad you're already starting to feel better with those anti-biotics. I think that shows you have a vet who's concerned about your best interests and a successful outcome, too.

One thing my mom was going to ask the vet was whether she and Dad could come to the vet clinic and wait during the time I was having surgery..... to be close by, just in case. I don't know whether that's possible for your mom to do, Taz, but it couldn't hurt to ask if it would make her feel better.

I'm purring for you, Taz.


Mommy says I am- Purrrrcious
Purred: Sat Jul 14, '07 7:14pm PST 
Oh mommy would love to be there during the surgery. She will have to ask the guys she works with and the vet when she drops me off Monday morning if they can work anything out.

Mom and I are going to spend all day together tomorrow. I am excited about that.


Mommy says I am- Purrrrcious
Purred: Mon Jul 16, '07 4:59pm PST 
Yeah! I made it through my dental! I am home now with mommy and taking my meds - yay for pain meds. I lost all but 2 teeth but I was so happy to see them go upon waking up after the surgery I started 'making biscuits' as the vet tech put it. (for those of you that don't know that mean kneading with my paws - mom was confused too at first)

moral of the story get you teeth checked and cleaned.

Thank you for all the purrrrs!


Little Old Lady- of Arizona
Purred: Tue Jul 17, '07 7:01pm PST 
I think this a great topic and thanks to everyone for the great info. I don't have any teeth left-I had the last ones pulled about 3 months ago. My parents had a hard time deciding to put me through that, but it was for the best. My advice to all of the Olde Furts mommies and daddies is to watch for any weird behavior when you are eating or drinking. I would sometimes have a twitch in my paw or a weird jaw movement when I was eating/drinking. My mommy and daddy took me to the vet and found out my teeth were really bad.

I have gained weight now that my teeth are gone-I can still gum crunchies, but I mainly eat soft food. Thanks to all you kitties again for sharing!

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Tue Jul 17, '07 9:54pm PST 
Taz, I'm glad you came through that dental surgery so well. With a bunch of Olde Furts purring for you, though, you had to!. Let us know how you're getting along as you start healing.

Scooter, we were wondering how old you were when you had your teeth pulled. Some of it has been very recent for you, then, and you had it done when you were 17! It's wonderful you're doing so well. Thanks for your information, too. Please feel free to tell us anything else you think of, anytime!


Mommy says I am- Purrrrcious
Purred: Sun Jul 22, '07 6:34am PST 
Scooter - I am doing great. Finally off pain meds and still eating well. Mommy says I am even more sweeter now that I am feeling better. I love to roll around on the floor and get belly rubs. I am just so happy that we did it. Mommy got me soft treats but we have not tried them yet - she wants me to be all healed first - last time we tried soft treat I scared her. It was when I had my bad teeth and it got stuck - My top Canines were broken off. I freaked it hurt so bad. That is what mommy knew something was REALLY wrong.

I keep getting my string toy out - I wanna play but mommy thinks we should wait just a little longer - she doesn't want to mess up my healing mouth.

So totally watch for signs. Who knew kitty teeth were so important.

Mr Skins- (1986-2007- RIP)

Age before- beauty
Purred: Sat Aug 18, '07 4:31am PST 
As you may know, I had my teeth out 2 weeks ago now. Best move I ever made! Still on antibiotics, but wow - has my appetite and energy levels picked up! Now my baby girl, Penny (Pennelope Prudence Farthing) is having the same....

Poor mummy - a grand for my work and almost as much for Penny...

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