Aby-a-Day – August 30: X marks the spot

As I posted back in July, Angel’s teeth are not so great. I’m sure some of this is genetic, since Abys are especially prone to dental disease. Today was the day she went to the vet to get her teeth cleaned and the two with Oral Resorptive Lesions extracted.

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I really do love my vet’s devotion to dental care. She gave me a little folder with these photos of Angel’s mouth while she was under anaesthetic, before and after the cleaning and having her teeth pulled.

But that’s not all she gave me…

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…I was also given a CD with Angel’s dental X-rays on them. Really interesting. You can see that Angel has no incisors left, but I wonder if she also has some bone loss on the sockets?

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I don’t think the tooth with the spot on it is one that was removed. If that spot is what I think it is, it’ll probably be our next project.

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This is her upper jaw, showing her skull and one remaining little incisor.

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Looks like she has a chipped canine tooth, too. I hope that doesn’t cause her any problems in the future.
She’s only 4 years old, so it’s a little distressing that she’s already needing this much oral intervention. I suspect that even if I could brush her teeth, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference. Some cats are just genetically cursed to have bad teeth. I had two Siamese, three years apart in age, who were not related but who, as long as I owned them, ate the exact same food. One lived to be 15 and the other 16. Harri, the 15 year old, didn’t need to have his teeth cleaned by the vet until his 15th birthday. Patrick, who lived to be 16, started needing dental work when he was 5 or 6, and by the time he was 10, he’d had most of his teeth taken out.

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And, to add insult to medically-sanctioned injury, they shaved her arm to put in an IV.

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She’s doing well, though, and eating like nothing happened to her at all. And she has some teeth to leave under that pillow for the tooth fairy!

3 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – August 30: X marks the spot

  1. Angel is wonderful and lucky to have her vet and family. My Siamese has the same Oral Resorptive Lesions; but has almost all of her teeth removed behind the canines. She is happy / healthy/ and wise, also.

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