Vincent rejoins the troop!

After one night of being confined in the cage, Vincent was bright and cheerful this morning as I let him out to rejoin the troop at the patio.

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He is eating very well!

We don’t really have a plan for Vincent after this round of gum jabs. The gum jabs help, that goes without saying but the condition will recur. In certain cats, it does go away after treatment or after a few rounds of treatment. It’s a very individual thing and depends completely on the cat’s body. From the two rounds of treatment Vincent has had, his teeth are still in very good condition and this time, there was hardly any plague or tartar. It’s just that his gums are highly reactive. It reacts to the bacteria in the mouth and it becomes inflamed to the point of forming pus on the gums. This is what causes the discomfort, pain and eventually, the inability to eat.

In some cats, turmeric helps. I’ve been giving Vincent turmeric every day, plus fish oil too. There may be a few more things I could try, such as the Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene in the drinking water. I’ve already ordered this product. I’m also giving Vincent a grain-free kibble besides his wetfood. He loves BARF, of course and technically, BARF should be fine because the chances of any of it getting stuck in the teeth is minimal.

I’m giving Vincent Transfer Factor too. Since TF is an immune modulator (not an immune booster, but a modulator), maybe it can help modulate his immunity. Maybe his gum reaction is a result of an over-reactive immune system? These are all just hypotheses, of course. I’ve discussed this at length with Vincent’s vet and in fact, he suggested that I could try other means and see if it works.

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Hi Vincent!!

You can see the bald patch on his back- it’s on both sides. That’s for the subcut fluids during yesterday’s procedure. It’s further protection for his kidneys. In fact, if any tooth extraction were needed, the vet would put him on drips (like the last time) – this is to protect the kidneys. Going under sedation has risks, so we do everything possible to minimise those risks. There was no other way to give Vincent the gum jabs and clean off all the pus except to put him under sedation. The injection onto the gums is far more effective than a body jab because in the latter, the steroids would go into his entire system instead of being localised at the gums (where it is needed).

Vincent is such an affectionate cat so it saddens me that he has this gum problem. Unlike other illnesses, there is no sure-fire way to cure a gum problem due to it being unique to each cat. But then again, this is life, isn’t it? Life isn’t perfect and we’ll just have to deal with all these imperfections as we go along.

Meanwhile, moments count.

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