Painful tooth root abscess in a cat found by Markham veterinarian

By October 22, 2013Uncategorized

Do  you think cats have tooth ache?

More often than not! Veterinarians in Markham see this all the time. A few weeks ago we saw a “very healthy” cat for the annual physical examination. We put “very healthy” in quotes, because that’s how the cat seemed to his owner.

Dr. Marsig, our lead veterinarian in our Animal Hospital in Markham, examined the cat during the annual physical checkup and one of the first things he noticed was that the tip of the right fang tooth (#104  to be precise) was chipped off. The cat had seemingly no pain. We suspected a tooth root abscess and treated the cat with antibiotics.

Today we were permitted to anesthetize the cat and to  x-ray the tooth:

X-ray of the upper fang tooth of a cat with a root abscess. This is a common, very painful problem. The white circle outlines the area where bone was destroyed by infection.

Obviously the tooth needed immediate removal, which went well. Have a look at this picture:

This is the extracted tooth. Note the dark grey area on the right side, representing the abscessed and infected bone. How painful this must have been!

We publish this blog, as a reminder that cats do feel pain and owners don’t usually recognize this.

There are still too many cats who do not see their veterinarian at least once a year because they are perceived “healthy”. You owe your cat the duty to have her checked at least once a year. It is an effective and inexpensive way to treat your pet fairly and with respect. Please pass this on to all your friends.

Sincerely,

Your veterinary Careteam in Markham

Practicing Veterinary Medicine in Markham for a Long and Happy Life of ALL Your Pets.

Animal Hospital of Unionville, a veterinary clinic on the north side of  Hwy 7, serving all pets in Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Stouffville, and North York since 1966. We are your family vets for dogs, cats, pocket pets (rabbits, chinchillas, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, skinny pigs, etc.), ferrets, and birds (budgies, cockatiel, parrots, amazon, cockatoo, love birds, conures, African greys, finches, canaries, etc.).

Disclaimer: No part of this website constitutes medical advice. Readers are advised to consult with their veterinarian.

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