Some unlucky cats develop a horrid mouth disease called gingivostomatitis, an immune-system issue that causes severe painful inflammation of the gums. In the worst cases, treatment is pulling out all the teeth. Even this doesn’t always work.
A recent study published in the August 2017 journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine looked at stem cells as a treatment option for gingivostomatitis that doesn’t respond to treatment. Of the seven cats in the study, four had complete or significant remission (the other three saw no improvement). Although stem-cell research is still in its infancy, these are promising results.
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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California, who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.
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