My cat is less than two and he has gingivitis. We had him tested for Bartoloma which came back negative. The vet prescribed Arithromax (an antibiotic) to see if this will clear it up, but if it doesn't, she thinks it could be a chonic problem (stomititis or something like that, an auto immune thing) and he might have to be on steriods the rest of his life. She said she really didn't want to put him on steriods at his young age.

She said it can progress to intense pain if not controlled and worst case, the cat wouild have to have his teeth extracted if it progressed to intense pain for the cat. I don't feel very encouraged here. He has only been on the Arithromax for 4 days and she said see what happens after 10 days but I am upset. Has anyone had this problem with their cat?
My cat is less than two and he has gingivitis. We had him tested for Bartoloma which came back negative. ... she said see what happens after 10 days but I am upset. Has anyone had this problem with their cat?

My cat did. He was very young too. It started about two y.o. He was on steroids for about a year. My vet took a course in dentistry because of the patients she had with this problem. There is new research (or theories) that the cats are allergic to their own plaque. The main problem appears to be the back teeth, where the rough tongue never gets to reach between the teeth and gum. Pulling the teeth results in a healthy mouth. We did this with Grant and he has not had ONE problem since. At that time, she had done about
15 cats and all owners were thrilled. I talked to another lady whose cat hadhad problems eating. She was sooo thrilled when finally the problem was over with the teeth being taken out. I suggest you talk to your vet about this. If he/she is not comfortable with the procedure (it *is* dentistry and they may not have the equipment for it. My vet purchased special equipment and took a course from the best animal dentist in the nation.) perhaps he could recommend a vet that is. It cost us about 250.00. Not having to pill Grant every other day, and having the problem GONE, priceless.

Karen
on 19 Jan 2004:
My cat is less than two and he has gingivitis. We had him tested for Bartoloma which came back negative. ... she said see what happens after 10 days but I am upset. Has anyone had this problem with their cat?

Shamrock is ~2 and he's had a cleaning due to gingivitis. I'm confused by your post because all that was suggested to me is to get his teeth cleaned (which has been done) and to get him used to brushing them, and also using an enzyme of some sort in his drinking water.

Cheryl
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Cheryl, I would really appreciate it if you could give some more information on that enzyme.
TIA,
Rolf.

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on 20 Jan 2004:
Cheryl, I would really appreciate it if you could give some more information on that enzyme.

Sure. It's called Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution and you mix one capful per quart of water. Enzyme probably isn't the right word for it since the main ingredients are "stablized chlorine dioxide" and "zinc acetate". He hasn't been on it long enough to know if it really works but the vet recommended it after his cleaning. I don't usually just go with this kind of suggestion especially when they sell it there, but wtf, ya know? http://www.oxyfreshww.com/pet/default.asp

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Sure. It's called Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution and you mix onecapful per quart of water. Enzyme probably isn't the ... don't usually just go with this kind of suggestion especially when they sell it there, but wtf, ya know? http://www.oxyfreshww.com/pet/default.asp

Thanks for the info!
Rolf.

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