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Also known as lymphocytic-plasmacytic gingivitis-stomatitis-pharyngitis (GSPC), stomatitis is a common disease causing chronic inflammation and ulceration of the soft tissues in the mouth. There is no definitive cause but it is felt to be multifactoral with an immune mediated component, possibly representing a hypersensitivity to oral bacterial antigens.  Other possible factors include oral irritants, some viruses, immunodeficiency diseases, metabolic diseases, drug reactions etc.
Symptoms include reluctance to eat, anorexia, weight loss, bad breath, excessive salivation, gums which bleed easily.
Stomatitis is diagnosed by the appearance of the affected tissues.
Oral biopsy may be performed to determine if the lesions are caused by other diseases such as neoplasia (cancer) or eosinophilic granuloma complex. Biopsy should reveal a dense infiltration of lymphocytes and plasma cells.
X-ray may be performed to check the condition of the dental roots and bones. Stomatitis often affects the molars and pre-molars more than the canines and incisors.
Stomatitis is very difficult to treat and response to many treatments are poor. If the cause can be identified, then specific therapy can be aimed at treating or managing the problem, as indicated.
Professional cleaning of the teeth under anaesthesia is necessary, as periodontal disease may cause or at least contribute to stomatitis.
Antibiotics given long term may be of benefit.
Cats unresponsive to treatment may require extraction of all teeth behind the canines to provide long term relief. This may sound extreme but your cat will get along just fine without these teeth with the assistance of a softer diet.
Daily cleaning of your cat's teeth at home is required to keep plaque under control.
- See more at: http://www.cat-world.com.au/common-dental-in-cats#sthash.zED0rjsc.dpuf
Friday, March 25, 2016
Sir Zandervilt had a follow-up visit at Plaza Vet in Burlington, NC to look at the lesions in his mouth which have been causing great discomfort. He has been on clindamycin for two weeks but the lesions are still quite inflamed. Dr. Cloninger gave us a referral to Sedgefield Animal Hospital for a more in-depth look and evaluation for future surgery.
In February 2016 we raised $220 to help with Zander's emergency medical needs following his rescue from High Point, NC.
Thank you for donating: Gwendolyn M., Lakey W., Raechel, Shelby M., Tiffany M., Tracy P.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Below are photos of me in my foster home where I am recovering from my neuter and wound treatment in a dorm. Much better than living out on the streets.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
I was finally trapped and rescued and immediately transported to
Dr. Linda East, who neutered me and treated my ear wounds.
On February 23, volunteers with Sparkle Cat Rescue learned about this handsome Snowshoe seen hanging out at a dumpster in High Point, North Carolina near Westchester Drive/Lexington. He was very hungry and believed to be lost or a stray.