February is Pet Dental Health Month so I thought I would pass on some very important information I received in a blog from Dr. Karen Becker.
Feline Stomatitis is believed to be an autoimmune disease. In cats who have this disease, their immune system reacts very strongly to dental plaque causing inflammation in the tissues of the mouth, throat and even the underlying bone. It can be very painful.
Signs of the illness include: behavior changes, reluctance to eat, excessive drooling, very bad breath, and pawing at the mouth.
The only treatment for this is full mouth extraction of all the teeth. Although this is a drastic measure, it does provide long term relief and the cat can continue to eat without its teeth.(I have actually cared for two cats who had this done and they function very well.)
Feline stomatitis can be prevented by providing routine dental hygiene at home, having your cat's teeth examined and cleaned by the veterinarian on a regular basis , feeding a nutritionally balanced diet, and perhaps adding some supplements.
For more information visit: http://www.healthypets.mercola.com/.