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Stomatitis in Cats

You may have noticed the gum line around your cat’s teeth are red or inflamed looking, this is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the mucous membranes (gums) caused by a bacterial biofilm on the surface of the teeth, otherwise known as plaque. With regular dental care (brushing, chews and professional dental prophylaxis) plaque can be removed and gingivitis reduced.

Stomatitis is an overreaction to plaque and is usually generalized over the entire surface of the oral mucosa (gums, cheeks, lips and tongue). Stomatitis is very painful and can result in decreased appetite and grooming. If you notice your cat is showing either of these signs, please bring them into your Veterinarian for an oral exam.

Unfortunately, there is no “cure” for stomatitis. However, there are some things you can do to alleviate their discomfort greatly. Often full-mouth extractions are recommended, although sometimes only the teeth behind the canines are required to be removed (premolars and molars). There can also be some improvement with antibiotics, oral chlorhexidine rinses, and anti-inflammatory medications.

From now until the end of February we are focusing on dental health. Please call to schedule a complimentary dental exam with a Registered Veterinary Technician and receive a dental gift bag. We are happy to discuss any questions or concerns about your pet’s dental health.

Written by: Briarwood Animal Hospital

Resource: Life-Learn “Gingivitis and Stomatitis in Cats”

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital