My cat with reoccurring stomatitis symptoms

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Hey Everyone,

I have a 11 year old orange tabby boy that has a bad case of gingivostomatitus. He’s had it for a 2 years now and he will occasionally get better for a few months before getting bad again. Throughout most of his diagnosis he has been on a variety of supplements and medicines. I should mention that he has had most of his teeth pulled but his canines. Which have become very inflamed recently. For some reason his entire mouth has become inflamed again from his gums, cheeks, and from what I can see the back of his throat. When he first became sick again I took him back to his regular vet, which was only about two weeks ago. I should mention that when I noticed him becoming sick I took a look in his mouth and I found a strange whiteish colored dot behind his canine. It was very inflamed and I thought that it was probably a root of a tooth that was pulled but when I took him to the vet they said it was an abbess. They gave him a convenia injection and told me that his whole mouth was inflamed. Then recommend that I get the rest of his teeth pulled by a veterinarian specialist. They referred me to uc davis but because of COVID the wait list is months long. I’m currently looking at alternative vets were I can take him. I don’t know how long it will take to get him in at the vets so for now I’m just going to continue with his routine and hope that he gets slightly better at least. I could use some advice and recommendations for products that help inflamed gums. Right now I’m using pet Wellbeings gum drops, oratene brushless care tooth paste and enzymes gells, proden plaque off, and ask arials power probiotic and immune support. I honestly just want to put him on pet Wellbeing immune product so I can get rid of those two products I’m using from ask arials. Any advice would be appreciated even if it’s someone telling me I’m doing things wrong at this point. I really want to see some change in his health.
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Welcome to TCS! :welcomesign: I'm sorry to hear about what your male orange tabby is going through. UC Davis is an excellent veterinary medical school and it's unfortunate you were unable to get an appointment. Would it be possible for your regular vet to call them and try to have your cat seen by one of their specialists? If not I would recommend calling a dental specialist in your surrounding area since it sounds like his condition will not improve without medical treatment.
Here is a directory by state: Find a Veterinary Dental Specialist | AVDC.org
TCS also has an Article about stomatitis in cats that may have some helpful information for you:
Gingivitis And Stomatitis In Cats – TheCatSite Articles

Best of luck, I will keep my fingers crossed for you. :crossfingers:
 

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I’m using pet Wellbeings gum drops, oratene brushless care tooth paste and enzymes gells, proden plaque off, and ask arials power probiotic and immune support.
Hi there! ProDen Plaque Off won't do anything if he has most of his teeth pulled. The way PlaqueOff works is like dental treats; IF the cat chews, it helps to remove the tartar. If there is no teeth, there is no tartar to remove from teeth anyway.

If you can't see a dental specialist soon enough, could you do a local research for a vet who is well-experienced with stomatitis and dental procedures? This website, and maybe also Reddit could help. I'm a bit skeptical for Google reviews as I have seen people write reviews over too simple procedures and/or it's their friends and relatives writing reviews. So I find forums and alike more reliable. (Though sometimes bad reviews are unfair too.)

I would add a supplement with curcumin. Not enough evidence yet but there are signs it's anti-inflammatory just like it is for humans as well. Maybe your vet can recommend one. My cat gets this. Silycumin
 

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I recommend Dr. Chris Carter in Rohnert Park if you are looking for an alternative to UC Davis.

Chris M. Carter
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VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County
6470 Redwood Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-584-4343

He did my Krista's remaining mouth extractions (whatever was left after several other non-dentist vets performed extractions and root cleanups on her FORLs.) I only had to wait two weeks for him. But that was in the middle of a wildfire last year that evacuated much of his service area, I'm sure.

I recommend calling him up and getting on his schedule anyway as dentists will know much better how to manage his stomatitis than general vets. If he needs his remaining teeth extracted, the dentist will tell you and he'll do a better job than a general vet. You can still look for other solutions while you wait for the appointment. You can also request to be placed on a waiting list for a cancellation. Although you may want to get on more local waitlists depending on how far you live from Rohnert Park.

The Extended Stay on Corby Ave or the Quality Inn on Santa Rosa Ave both accept cats if you need to drive up the day before. I recommend adding a buffer day in case he has an afternoon procedure appointment open up like he did with my Krista.
 
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Hey Everyone,

I have a 11 year old orange tabby boy that has a bad case of gingivostomatitus. He’s had it for a 2 years now and he will occasionally get better for a few months before getting bad again. Throughout most of his diagnosis he has been on a variety of supplements and medicines. I should mention that he has had most of his teeth pulled but his canines. Which have become very inflamed recently. For some reason his entire mouth has become inflamed again from his gums, cheeks, and from what I can see the back of his throat. When he first became sick again I took him back to his regular vet, which was only about two weeks ago. I should mention that when I noticed him becoming sick I took a look in his mouth and I found a strange whiteish colored dot behind his canine. It was very inflamed and I thought that it was probably a root of a tooth that was pulled but when I took him to the vet they said it was an abbess. They gave him a convenia injection and told me that his whole mouth was inflamed. Then recommend that I get the rest of his teeth pulled by a veterinarian specialist. They referred me to uc davis but because of COVID the wait list is months long. I’m currently looking at alternative vets were I can take him. I don’t know how long it will take to get him in at the vets so for now I’m just going to continue with his routine and hope that he gets slightly better at least. I could use some advice and recommendations for products that help inflamed gums. Right now I’m using pet Wellbeings gum drops, oratene brushless care tooth paste and enzymes gells, proden plaque off, and ask arials power probiotic and immune support. I honestly just want to put him on pet Wellbeing immune product so I can get rid of those two products I’m using from ask arials. Any advice would be appreciated even if it’s someone telling me I’m doing things wrong at this point. I really want to see some change in his health.
Thank you
Elle

Hi,

Have you got an xray of the whole mouth done after previous extractions? it may be so that the roots have not been extracted and thus the infection again..
 
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Hi,
The first time I took him to the vet for extractions I don’t think the veterinarians took X-rays after surgery because I eventually noticed a root of his tooth emerging from his upper gums and it was supper inflamed. So, I took him back to the vet but they just said it was a abscess and gave him a shot. Then they pretty much told me to go to a specialist. Which took a few months but he’s currently at a veterinarian specialist today to get the last of his teeth removed. So, hopefully everything goes well and they remove everything this time.
 

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Hi,
The first time I took him to the vet for extractions I don’t think the veterinarians took X-rays after surgery because I eventually noticed a root of his tooth emerging from his upper gums and it was supper inflamed. So, I took him back to the vet but they just said it was a abscess and gave him a shot. Then they pretty much told me to go to a specialist. Which took a few months but he’s currently at a veterinarian specialist today to get the last of his teeth removed. So, hopefully everything goes well and they remove everything this time.
My happiest day last year in Krista's care was the day the veterinary dentist said he could remove Krista's remaining teeth and clean up the mistakes made by the previous vets who seemed to be winging it on a piecemeal basis over the previous year and a half. The dentist told me that one of the vets screwed up so hard that he drilled out the teeth and left the roots. Tomorrow will be 1 year since the "last dental procedure she'll ever need."

Since she passed this summer, I've been remembering her by revisiting pictures from today's date in previous years. I was just writing about it this morning. And sharing the pictures.
Remembering Krista

Last year today, we were road-tripping to a hotel a couple hours from home and only a few minutes away from the dentist office so that our 7am appointment would not be preceded by a two hour drive. She traveled well and loved to get on top of hotel fridges. I tacked on an extra night so we didn't have to return directly after the appointment. That turned out to be wise because the dentist had an afternoon cancellation to perform the procedure the same day as the consultation. She ate well that night for the first time in a month. 😻

I hope today's appointment is the last dental procedure he'll ever need as well. 🙏🤞
 
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It took me about a couple months to get a picture of his handy work. I got lucky and caught a yawn on the "Hidden Cat" camera in one of her favorite hiding spots: under the bookcase.
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How's the Loop working out?
 
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It took me about a couple months to get a picture of his handy work. I got lucky and caught a yawn on the "Hidden Cat" camera in one of her favorite hiding spots: under the bookcase.
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How's the Loop working out?
It took a second for me to notice some improvement on him just because he had pretty severe inflammation but before he went to the vet he gained his meow back as well as a health appetite.
 
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Hi everyone,
I brought Mr. O back yesterday night and he was kind of loopy but purring up a storm. The vet said he had a lot of tooth resorption going on so they removed everything in his mouth. He was eager to eat but once he had a few licks of a very watered pate he started to run away. So I let him be and just decided to feed him first thing the next morning. Today for breakfast he would only eat a small amount. But I decided to just feed him multiple small meals throughout the day. This is him right now.
 

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