Reggie, an 11 1/2 year old cat, is a regular visitor here at Greenhaven and we love him! He’s quite the lover! Reggie came in to see us and as the Doctor examined his mouth he noticed inflamed gums as well as moderate calculus and tartar. Reggie was diagnosed with stage 2 periodontal disease and was scheduled for an oral cleaning a few weeks later. Although Reggie wasn’t too pleased with the idea, it was necessary for his health.
Reggie was admitted to our clinic and we performed radiographs to take a look at the roots of the teeth. Upon seeing the radiographs, we did notice that one of the teeth needed to be extracted due to severe periodontal disease that was causing the tooth to decay below the gumline. If this was left untreated, it could have caused serious problems; the infection could have been spread through the bloodstream and infect vital organs.
Next on Reggie’s agenda was some pre-diagnostic blood work which was required due to his age and previous health issues. Reggie was previously diagnosed with Kidney disease which is another reason why he needed to stay on top of his health. We also needed to make sure to give the proper medications while under anesthesia, the blood work results told us that the normal medications we use would not cause any issues.
Reggie’s surgery went well and we only had one extraction and we cleaned and polished all the teeth. He also had two pockets that we treated with an oral antibiotic which gets rid of the harmful bacteria causing the pockets. He now now has a healthy mouth and is doing great! See what his family had to say:
“I’m always pleased with the outcomes from the dental procedures. I know it’s a very intricate procedure- never knowing what they will find- but I also know my cat is well monitored throughout and special care is given in addressing all issues whether it’s just cleaning or extractions. To me, it has proved to be money well spent.”
Travis, a 14 year old Border Collie, is one of our most precious patients! His parents always stay up to date on his 6 month exams and bloodwork needed due to the many health conditions that have came with his senior age. During his most recent exam, the Doctor noted significant dental calculus with some teeth discoloration along with gingivitis. At this point, Travis was diagnosed with stage 2 periodontal disease. Travis was then scheduled to come in for an oral surgery as soon as possible.
Fast-forward about 2 weeks, it was then time for Travis’s surgery! After admitting Travis, the technicians ran an ECG on Travis due to his age and health condition. The ECG records electrical activity of the heart and lets us know what the heart is doing with each beat. The ECG readings give a large amount of information about the structure of the heart along with its functionality and flags any heart conditions. If there is a heart murmur or any other heart conditions, we would need to use different medications than what we usually use for our day-to-day surgeries. It was then time to take some radiographs (as you can only see 40% of the teeth with the naked eye, 60% lies beneath the gum line).
After looking at the radiographs, the technicians along with the Doctor found out that he actually had very advanced periodontal disease. He was then diagnosed with stage 4 periodontal disease (the most advanced). Travis had several pocket formations along with infection that were addressed by the team during the oral surgery. Since several of the teeth were infected, we removed them to stop the spread of infection to vital organs. The surgery went very well and he was on his path to recovery!
Travis was having a tough time with recovery, however. The following day he would not eat or drink, so we advised that he be brought in. The owners were actually en route for a vacation. We went right into their RV and set up IV fluids along with medications to provide the VIP treatment for Travis! The fluids and medications did the trick and Travis is back to his normal self!
Travis’s owners had this to say about his oral surgery experience:
“I appreciated the special care and attention given to Travis especially due to his age and hypoparathyroid and arthritis. When Travis was not eating or drinking afterwards, the follow up care provided was above and beyond. He was given fluids and anti-nausea medicine in our vehicle so he didn’t have to walk inside. Everyone’s expertise and care is extraordinary.”