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Vet Fretfulness...
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R Next Door, who spends very little time around here of late, because 'this place is unbearable', returned yesterday.She wouldn't help me get the flea treatment onto Moon for fear of exposing the dogs to infestation, which I suppose is fair enough. I managed. She then launched into a tirade about the dental treatment, saying that our vet habitually does needless extractions to make money, and 'everyone knows it.'  Cats don't need to have teeth removed, and a mouthful of rotten, broken teeth doesn't bother them, as they live with it all the time in the wild... If I insist on it, I should at least get another opinion, etc. Of course R is mad, but what if she's right? I really can't afford the expense, and what if it does more harm that good? I tend to trust the vet, though. R concedes thats she's very good except for her money-grubbing when it comes to teeth. I'm supposed to take Moon in tomorrow, anyway. I probably will. I'm too feeble to go faffing around looking for other vets to get another opinion...and what if they're crooks?  R may stop speaking to me, though,

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In a long life with cats, I've been lucky enough that hardly any of them have needed dental treatment, but that doesn't mean they *never* need any. This "in the wild" thing of R's is a load of bullshit. Humans are wildly uncomfortable with broken and rotting teeth, so why shouldn't cats be? They have nerves just the same as us.

The three cats I've had since I've lived in this flat have ALL needed lots of dental work. :(

Sticky catfood is a problem, and well... domestic cats outlive their teeth in the same way humans do.

There is a red spot on our cat Dylan's teeth, of which the vet told me it would need to be removed. I declined and that was 6 years ago and he still has the same tooth and has the majority of the rest of his teeth - now aged 13.

If the broken tooth is cutting her mouth or she has abcesses that won't go away with antibiotics, then the tooth/teeth should come out. Other than flea drops, think she should be ok.

Out out out! Yes, wild cats don't have access to dentists, but they also tend to die young.

Cats (and dogs) hide their pain, so you've no way of knowing if she is in pain or if the rot (and pain) has returned after treatment. I recall myself going through regular bouts of pain from infections from my trapped wisdom teeth. I'd be treated with antibiotics yearly, and the pain and infection returned yearly until I had the damned things removed.

My Old Mog had loads of rotten teeth removed when I first got her. She lived long and ate well in spite of being pretty toothless, and in spite of her untreatable lung condition. Out they go!

Edited at 2016-03-20 02:33 pm (UTC)

Absolutely true: cats hide their pain, and would rather do anything than let you know about it.

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