Reggie- Orange Tabby Domestic Shorthair

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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.”

This is Reggie's teeth prior to surgery, you can notice the inflamed gum line as well as dental calculus buildup.
This is Reggie’s teeth prior to surgery, you can notice the inflamed gum line as well as dental calculus buildup.
This shows Reggie's teeth after surgery. As you can see, we were able to really clean up the back molars! If you take a close look at the bottom teeth, you can see the stitching from the excision of the infected tooth,
This shows Reggie’s teeth after surgery. As you can see, we were able to really clean up the back molars! If you take a close look at the bottom teeth, you can see the stitching from the excision of the infected tooth.
This shows the other side of the mouth after cleaning and polishing- clean and shiny!
This shows the other side of the mouth after cleaning and polishing- clean and shiny!