You've probably heard of itis-es. You know—words that end with itis which basically signify sickness of some sort, specifically: forming names of inflammatory diseases.
But while you may consider yourself knowledgeable about states of sickness, especially in the winter months (is it just me or does EVERYONE have a cold?!) you've probably never hear of stomatitis. Am I right? Never heard of it? OK, Let me drop some kitty knowledge on you. Stomatitis is inflammation of the tissues of the mouth—and before you ask yes, that can happen!
So how can you tell if your pet is afflicted with this condition? Well last week, a kitty came into the PPAC with a concerned client who said his cat appeared to be wincing when he tried to eat dry food. An inspection of the feline's mouth revealed what appeared to be—sorry to be graphic here—but ground beef. In a nutshell, this happens when the gums and teeth in an animal's mouth are not working in harmony with one another.
Unfortunately, in extreme cases, as was this gent's luck, the offending teeth needed to be removed on top of antibiotics and a dose of cyclosporine to help resolve the issue.
Well, the itis is no more but lucky for you all, you can add another heaping dose of animal medical knowledge to your repertoire.
Til' next time,