Ella has starred in one of our patient stories before when she went for a spin in a washing machine and with rapid emergency intervention and supportive therapies survived to tell the tale (with the only evidence being a broken tail!).  Nearly two years on, and Ella came in for a free dental check, which we offer at The Natural Vets all year round.

The Nurse who examined Ella noted that she had some tartar build-up and gum recession and should come in for an oral health assessment and treatment.

Thankfully a dental procedure was booked in only a few days after her check.  The Nurses noted that Ella was a bit fussy around her head when they were holding her to put her IV catheter in, and then when Ella’s mouth was examined by the Vet under anaesthetic (cats don’t always open their mouths wide in the examination room remember!), this was found:

Note the heavy calculus on the upper back visible tooth, and the severe gum recession around the roots of the lower back tooth – this tooth was easily plucked out of the mouth as there was so much infection around the roots the attachment tissues had all been destroyed.

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Note the severe gum recession around the middle tooth on the upper jaw, with the root (and likely also the nerve) exposed, heavy calculus on the back upper tooth, and so much infection around the roots of the lower back tooth that even gentle probing caused significant haemorrhage. This  tooth was also easily plucked out of the mouth because of the surrounding tissue destruction.

No wonder Ella was ‘fussy’ around her head – she was in IMMENSE pain!  Full mouth radiographs were taken to assess the severity of the disease, and Ella had to have 9 (out of a total 30 teeth) extracted.

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This is how her mouth looked after her procedure.

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And this is how the other side of her mouth looked after her procedure.

Ella went home a much happier cat (albeit a little stoned on pain relief, and enjoyed a lot of head rubs that night!).  At her post-op check five days later, it was reported that she was the happiest she had been for a while – Ella was now the first one out of bed in the morning, and was ravenously devouring all her food!  The only signs at home in retrospect that Ella had been experiencing dental disease were that she was a bit fussy with her food, wasn’t the first out of bed in the mornings, and had smelly breath.

Ella is not even three years of age, and eats a quality raw diet, but unfortunately even young pets eating species-appropriate foods can still develop significant dental disease, especially if afflicted by other conditions such as tooth resorption (which was affecting some of Ella’s teeth).  We will soon be launching a Dental Rewards Program to ensure that pets can have regular free dental checks with our Nurses, as well as Dental Hygiene Implementation Nurse consults to ensure you are keeping their mouth as healthy as it can be,  and regular, affordable dental hygiene treatments here at The Natural Vets.  Stay tuned for more information.

To read more about our dental services please visit our pet dentistry page.