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      Tuesday, September 19, 2006

11:18 AM - 09/19/2006

The topic: Back from the vet


Well, it looks like she has something called (short name) stomatitis.  This is a problem with the immune system, where the immune system spots an intruder and goes overboard trying to defend against it.  In this case, the intruder was most likely something to do with the buildup of tartar on her teeth.

The vet really doesn’t want to pull the teeth, although that would be the aggressive treatment.  He wants to give her a deep dental, cleaning under the gums and trying to scrape all the crap out.  He was ready to do this today, but when he checked his surgery schedule, he’s doing a lung operation on a dog and he wants as much extra room as possible.  We made her appointment for Thursday. 

She’s already been started on antibiotics to help with any infection.  He said after the antibiotics, she might need a course of prednisone to keep the immune system at bay, until this clears up.

He said her teeth don’t appear to have any cavities and they aren’t loose, so he thinks there’s a good chance they can be saved.  If he finds differently during the dental, he’ll pull them.  If not, we try this other course of action.  He said, if down the road, she does need these teeth pulled and he spanks himself for not having done it now, he’ll not charge us for the extractions.

So, Thursday it is. 

He also asked about Ciara.  I guess no one told him.


Hope that all goes well and Lisa will feel better soon.  Just a word of caution about prednisone - some cats can develop diabetes after a round of prednisone.  My cat is diabetic (not from prednisone), but I have been hearing about the connection between steriods and feline diabetes.  I don’t pretend to know all about it, so just something to ponder.

All the best Lisa!!
Brenda & Ninja

Posted by Brenda @ Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 11:49:40 AM

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Oh, I’m dreading prednisone, believe me.  Remember Ciara?  I don’t want a repeat with Lisa.  At least Lisa has been a much healthier cat than Ciara had been and I’m hoping that she won’t need the pred.

I’m not a big fan of prednisone. I expressed my reservations about it at the vet’s office.  But if it’s the only thing that will get rid of this, I guess we don’t have an alternative.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 12:03:14 PM

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