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Serena Pie's Teeth
Serena Pie went to the vet this morning to have her teeth cleaned. It turns out she has "resorptive lesions", meaning that her infected gums have absorbed the roots of the infected teeth. Three were resorbed, so they cut the tops off of those teeth and sewed her gums shut over them. She is also missing some teeth and they think those may have resorbed too, but those were gone before we got her, so I am not so sure.

The vet said we don't know why these lesions happen, and that it might be genetic. The way to address it is to brush her teeth. So now we have to teach her teeth brushing. I'm also going to start giving each cat a chunk of meat to chew on once a week. And, she will need an annual teeth cleaning from now on.

She is home and seems to be feeling fine. The vet said to offer her half of her usual dinner; I did that and a few minutes later she came asking for more, so I went ahead and gave her the rest. She hadn't eaten in 24 hours, after all.

Bon held her while I applied some tramadol gel to her ear (pretty neat, huh?) SHe seems just a little tired, but not unhappy. Poor baby, though. She had a rough day.

I am annoyed to see that they gave her an injection of Convenia without consulting me about it. They are aware that I object to using Convenia except as a last resort.
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Poor girl! Sorry she's having these dental problems, but I'm glad to hear she's eating. According to my vet, tooth removal is a lot less traumatic for cats than you'd think, for some reason, and he said that they usually heal quite quickly.

Zuul still needs her dental surgery, but we can't do it until we get her liver enzyme levels within the upper-normal band. Thankfully, the twice-daily pilling seems to be bearing fruit, because the last 3 tests have been going in a steady downward (good) direction.

I am going to have to talk to them about putting "NO CONVENIA" on the cats' charts -- I'm pretty sure that's what they gave Bastian for a suspected UTI (although he has never cultured positive -- it seems to be inflammatory for him, and a diet change has solved the problem.) The last thing I want is for Zuul's liver to be dealing with some random, unnecessary drug . . . especially since she's so willing to be pilled (she loves chicken-flavored pill pockets!)

Thanks for this info, it's the first I'd heard of it :/

Swift healing vibes to Serena!!


-- A <3

Aw, thank you! I was really worried that she would come home in pain and miserable, but she is her usual love-crazy self, if a little subdued. For about the first half hour after she got home, she wouldn't come to us. BUt Serena holds no grudges.

I hope you can get Zuul's liver enzymes under control so her teeth can be taken care of.

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