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A Toothless Tale

This is Gizmo. She was taken in as a stray by The Humane Education Society. Although micro-chipped, they were unable to trace her owners and a member of the public reported that a family who had been feeding her, had now moved.

All newcomers to the sanctuary are checked over by a vet and then kept in isolation for 7 days before being available for re-homing. One of our vets visits the sanctuary on a weekly basis. During one such visit, Helen noticed that Gizmo needed some dental work carrying out. Gizmo was subsequently booked in for the next available date. As it turns out, this couldn’t have come soon enough, as the day before her scheduled appointment her condition became so painful that she stopped eating.

Once under general anaesthesia, we were able to remove all of the plaque and calculus and examine her mouth in more detail. 

Unfortunately, Gizmo’s periodontal disease was so advanced that a lot of her teeth had fallen out and the remainder needed to be extracted.  This took a great deal of time: care needed to be taken to ensure no tooth root remnants were left behind. Every single tooth in Gizmo’s mouth was compromised by dental disease and had to be completely removed.

As soon as she was awake enough, staff at our Handforth branch offered her a nice plate of pureed food which Gizmo gratefully tucked into. Once all of her extraction sites had healed, she was able to go on and enjoy a full and happy life with a normal diet.

We are very happy to report that just a few days after her surgery Gizmo was re-homed and is now living happily despite having no teeth.

It is very likely that Gizmo was prone to periodontal disease. However, she was still a fairly young cat to have such severe symptoms. Diet or oral care may have helped prevent  these dental problems. 

We recommend that you try and stick to a complete dry food from as young an age as possible. We also suggest you get your pets used to having their teeth brushed from puppies and kittens. Tooth brushing is absolutely the gold standard technique for removing plaque. By introducing tooth brushing at a young age, it will become part of your daily routine and your pet will accept it, the same way he or she accepts a walk out or being groomed. All of our nurses are happy to help you learn how to brush your pet's teeth. For Pet Club members,we offer free of charge dental checks with our nurses. Please contact your local branch to arrange an appointment.

Please click the following link for further information on how to best care for your pet's teeth.  

Woodcroft Referrals is our dedicated consultant based referral service. Alex Smithson BDS (hons) MRCVS heads our Oral/Maxillofacial service and accepts referrals from veterinary surgeons all over the North of England. 

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