Imagine your mouth being so inflamed and painful that you couldn’t eat. Maybe it would hurt to talk. And maybe you’ll drool constantly. Doesn’t sound pleasant does it? Sadly, this does happen with cats from time to time and it can be a devastating problem most often referred to as stomatitis (though also called gingivo-stomatitis, ulcerative stomatitis, or lymphocytic-plasmacytic stomatitis).
How did kitty get here?
That’s the million dollar question because despite years of research, the exact cause is unknown. It is thought to have multiple contributing factors including bacteria, viruses, and a poor immune system. It’s impossible to predict if it will happen but it appears in adult cats and perhaps more often in purebred cats such as Persians or Siamese. Most cases are going to end up being chronic and progressive though some sudden onset or shorter term cases can be due to toxic burns. Continue reading
Sedation in Pets
Veterinary medicine has a few words or phrases that nobody wants to hear…”maggots”, “hit by car”, and “quiet”, to name a few. However, “sedation” is not one of them. As a pet owner, you undoubtedly can be concerned about your pet being sick and needing to undergo sedation or anesthesia because those are often emergency situation. Most younger pets undergoing anesthesia for a spay or neuter will do quite well and potentially may be less of a concern for pet owners. Older pets can often do fine under anesthesia or sedation as well as long we monitor closely and take proper precautions. Continue reading
My New Promise to Patients
I graduated from veterinary school in 2006. Wow – that wasn’t that long ago, or was it? It’s only been 12 years but since then veterinary medicine has changed. Medically, we have made more advances to provide better top-notch care. However, socially and perception-wise, veterinary medicine has been tarnished due to the evolution of the internet and social media. It has driven a number of my colleagues out of the profession, into a depressive state, or in the worst cases – suicide. I’m doing fine and am constantly evolving to provide the best care that I can. As a result, this is my promise to patients: Continue reading