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As someone with 5 cats, one of whom recently lost a lower front tooth, I'd be inclined to get a 2nd opinion from a different vet. My reasoning is that she can't eat anything because of the pain in her mouth. She can't drink anything because of the same problem (unless you can get her to try warm water), so how is she to "get healthy" enough for the ...


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Trying to find some peer-reviewed article of book about the subject, found the "Manual of Veterinary Dietetics", from Saunders / Elsevier. The conclusion is that Soft / Hard foods don't have any clear winner. Many studies were made /reviewed, and the authors found it hard to compare the conclusions because each study involved different animals, with ...


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It depends - if the dry food is going down without being chewed (which is most of the time in my experience), then it's not going to do any more for a dog or cat's teeth than anything else. Vets I've spoken to have also said that dry food isn't necessarily going to be much help with keeping teeth clean - they recommend uncooked chicken bones for cats. For ...


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Go back to the vet and explain the problem or seek a different vet if you've lost faith in this one. It seems mostly likely that the vet has underestimated the severity of the situation. If you're cat hasn't eaten for 5 days that is an emergency of its own that needs attention. Also, I'd suggest asking for electrolytes so that your cat can get some ...


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I don't know of force feeding being bad but I'm no expert. I'd assume your cat would like to have something in her belly. When my cat had teeth/gum issues and wouldn't eat, my vet recommended that I feed him using a giant plastic syringe (not expensive). I'd take his normal wet food (pate), put it in a bowl, add water and mix it up so that it's liquidy ...


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The short answer to your question is yes, there is a possibility that extremely bad breath in a cat is a sign of either dental issues (such as tooth decay or gingivitis or worse) or of more general sickness that is not otherwise visible. Alternately, you may be hyper-sensitive to the smell of that particular brand of cat food once ingested. One way to find ...


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I can think of three options: Brush every day. I use kissable dog toothpaste (8 Dollars, lasts a couple months) with my dog. (I'm not clear if you are saying prescription toothpaste is too expensive, or just dog toothpaste) You can consider dental treats (like greenies). Some people feel these are choking hazards or can cause bowel obstructions, so you have ...


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I would look into how much water the dog is drinking in a day. I know with my dog if she does not drink enough her breath will start to smell. Also there are some product out there that you can place in the dogs water to help freshen it's breath.


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I don't think forcefeeding is an option here. Forcefeeding a cat with no mouth problems is already dicey as it is naturally stressful for them, which can lead to a further aversion to the food. You also run the risk of the cat accidentally inhaling the food, which can lead to respiratory problems and even pneumonia. But forcefeeding a cat with an ...


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I would be worried, as you are, about anesthesia for a cat this elderly. Consider that such an activity for humans at a comparable age is considered significantly risky, it's not going to be any different here. The question then is: do you think it will succeed and make her life better in the process. If you're iffy on either, then I would suggest it's a no-...


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Where did his teeth go? Cats and dogs will swallow their teeth, if you're lucky you may see it on the floor or fall out from playing with toys. By 6 months of age, most if not all baby teeth should have fallen out. Retained Deciduous Teeth Some dogs will have retained baby teeth, this is where the animals adult teeth grow at an area that is next to the ...


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Try to wash the food bowl and the water bowl. I started doing this for the last couple of months now and it completely eliminated the bad breath issue. I have 3 dogs and I found somewhere on the internet at some point, an article that recommended that you wash their water bowl and their food bowl every couple of days Picture how nasty it would be if you ...


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I've found that having existing tartar on the teeth is the worst culprit for stinky breath. I used to get my dog's teeth cleaned annually at the vet, but my own experience shows the frequency of visits can be reduced through regular brushing. I found that regular brushing even seems to clean away the problematic tartar and gunk, especially if done ...


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If your vet is recommending this, then perhaps you should trust your vet. If your vet cannot do it, you can try a different vet in your area, though I wouldn't go with a traveling vet like you described. Consider that if your teeth were so bad that they were rotting away, would you prefer your dog to suffer with this pain through the rest of his life, or ...


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Yes, cats have "baby teeth". According to this veterinary site, teething occurs between 3-7 months of age. It's not uncommon for a cat to sport two sets of upper canines ("fangs") for a while. Provided it isn't causing pain (they will be careful eating, gums will be red/swollen, and/or if you touch the tooth they'll react strongly), it's rather endearing.


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Treats There are countless treats which are safe for horses. The majority of fruits and vegetables are safe, along with some foods you might not expect, like candy. In general, as long as you aren't feeding them more than a little at a time, they'll be fine. It's hard to list every single food you could ever consider feeding a horse, so here are the most ...


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I feed my horse only with grass, hay, oats if I trained him and supplementary minerals adapted to his blood tests. As a treat I use pressed flax pellets (what remains when pressing flax oil) or for special occasions small parts of organic carrots. I don't feed apples or bananas because they contain huge amounts of sugar. Apples are also very acidic which is ...


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Here are a few options for you: 1) Brush your dogs teeth daily (once a week is not enough), or if he hates brushing then apply the paste directly onto his teeth. 2) Feed a dental diet such as Hill's T/D or Royal Canin Dental diet, if they aren't chewing the food then the diet itself is useless. 3) Dentastix, Greenies, CET chews, moderately soft chew toys (...


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It is normal: Cats, dogs, and humans all naturally have bad breath. It is mainly caused by bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria is normal and aside from some of these native species (normal flora) causing tooth decay and gum disease, it is harmless and may even serve some beneficial role like bacteria in the intestinal tract. Cat's breath will smell like cat ...


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You have a few options: 1) Greenies 2) C.E.T Oral hygene chews for cats 3) RC Dental diet or Hills T/D (note for cats we like for them to have a good amount of wet food in their diet). 4) DentaChlor oral rinse If you go to the petstore they have dental chew toys for cats as well just keep in mind that it shouldn't be hard (stay away from bones) or have ...


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I can speak from my own experience in having a toothless elderly cat. They adapt. My cat eats dry food still, as he did before. He has no problems. My vet advised me that if I do see him encountering problems, I could change him to a wet-food diet, or soak his dry food in water, to soften it, before feeding him. I would recommend speaking to a vet about ...


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A toothless dog is the best kind of dog! I would not be dissuaded from adopting a near toothless dog, all it means is that you have a lot less teeth to brush! It is a common occurrence for this breed to have dental work done as they age, most people are still unaware that dogs, cats and even lizards need to have their teeth brushed daily (lizards can go ...


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I think the cat might have a broken lower jaw,This can sometimes happen after a long fall and is not uncommon in cats that have had this type of accidents. It might be a birth defect but this is less likely as it had been a problem getting milk from the kittens mother. The street cat look a bit underweight so if it is possible for you try to feed it canned ...


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Yes - meat :D Seriously though, cats are naturally carnivorous and don't really chew as much as slice (but thats being a bit pedantic) in order to keep their teeth clean. Eating grass/plant matter helps with digestion but can be overindulged in - especially with house cats, since to them it can be something special/zomg amazing, but you already know that. ...


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I had an elderly cat that we anesthetized for dental work and as a result he started to have GI problems. We had him put to sleep shortly afterwards for quality of life concerns. It is a difficult decision, and if something happens (either way) you will probably never stop kicking yourself for not making the other decision. I try to tell myself that I made ...


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It looks to me like the tip of the tooth has broken off and it has been infected. Take your dog to a vet and get the tooth extracted, so it doesn't makes problems when the permanent tooth apears in a few months.


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The cost for veterniarian proceedures varies greatly depending on many factors: Locality (roughly, services provided in cities are more expensive than rural services) Veterniarian speciality/experience (if a general vet can perform the services it'll be cheaper than an extensive procedure that requires a dental specialist) Surcharges for special situations. ...


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You don't mention if they're usually the same pair she goes for, but the shape of the handles and the upright position may be a factor in relief. In any event, I think some small amount concern is warranted since many tooth and gum issues are not directly visible and so it may be that she is experiencing discomfort that is alleviated by the activity (similar ...


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The Veterinary Oral Health Council exists to recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols. The VOHC does not test products itself. Their protocols seem ...


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