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lucidity03
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From:Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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posted 01-22-2004 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
I took one of my cats to the vet last week to check on some fur loss. Well, it turns out that one of her teeth is covered in plaque.

She now needs her teeth cleaned and that one possibly pulled. We had to take her last Saturday for bloodwork.

Our estimate didn't surprise me, but it's very expensive! Oh well, I'm sure her swollen gums will thank me.

Have any of you had dental work done on your kitties? My family laughed when I told them that my cat needs to see the dentist. But, I think it's more common than people reaize.

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 01-22-2004 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
One of my cats has gingivitis. He had to go in and have his teeth cleaned. I think they pulled one or two of them also.

I have had two other cats in to have their teeth cleaned, it cost about 90 a piece. The vet said my cats probably have problems b/c they were strays and their moms didn't have good nutrition.

Now I put oxyfresh in their water to help keep their teeth clean so hopefully I wont have to take them in for cleanings as often.

It is definately more common than people realize. Imagine what our teeth would look like if we never brushed or cleaned them.

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lucidity03
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posted 01-22-2004 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
Is the oxyfresh meant for cats? Would I find it in a pet store? Do you think it works?

It's going to cost us about $400 after all's said and done. And that's for one cat. I fear to know if my other cats' teeth are just as bad!

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Chessmind
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posted 01-22-2004 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
$400! Jeez! May I ask what the break down of the costs where? That is way too much. I also wanted to mention that there is a great way to have cats/dogs teeth cleaned without having to put them through general anesthetic. It's call 'Twilight Sedation.' Or more commonly known as laughing gas (nitrous oxide) . I'm not a big fan of giving animals general anesthetic (where they are 'asleep'), unless thet are going through some kind of surgery. Animals just don't do that well with it. The twilight sedation is great for a few reasons:
1)Not harmful.
2)Once the Nitrous Oxide is turned off, they are back to normal right away.
3)Very few if any side effects.

Ask your vet about Twilight Sedation for getting your cats teeth cleaned. Perhaps they could use that for the cleaning and just local anesthetic (numb, but not asleep...like when you get a filliing done with your dentist) on the area of the tooth to be removed.

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lucidity03
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posted 01-23-2004 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
Unfortunatly, I think she has to go to sleep for the process. It's so expensive because they're planning on pulling some teeth. We also had to have bloodwork done (that alone was abut 60 bucks.)

I have the breakdown of the estimate at home. It's expensive but they're accounting for a lot of things in the price.

This vet can be on the pricy side. But, they saved two of my cats on two different occasions and I swear by them. Also, when I was a kid, they saved my cat after she was hit by a car in the head! No one expected that miracle.

So, I'll suck it up and pay but it does sound a bit pricy. I don't know if they can put her on laughing gas to extract some teeth. I could try to ask. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Chessmind
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posted 01-23-2004 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. I was under the impression that they were going to just pull one tooth and clean her teeth. I can see now why the price is so high if she's having more than one tooth pulled. Yes, if they are going to remove multiple teeth it would be best for her to be under general anesthetic. Your poor kitty. She's not going to be feeling too great after having some teeth pulled. Most of us have had one or more teeth pulled and it's no cup of tea. I had two wisdom teeth pulled and it was painful for about a week. She may also have a hard time eating, so let her eat some soft foods.
Keep us posted on her condition. Your kitty is lucky to have you. You take good care of her.

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fleafly
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posted 01-24-2004 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I think oxyfresh does help. You might be able to get it at a pet store or www.oxyfresh.com.

My vet charges for the time it take to clean the teeth. I think it starts at 60 for 30 min and then it is 30 for every 15 min after that or something. 90 dollars was the average. If the teeth are really bad or they have to pull some it takes longer and costs more.

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