Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Icky Mouth

Traditionally mouths this bad are reserved for dogs. 

This 18 yr old cat was seen by my colleague/boss for mouth odor. The pet had been cared for by another family member before the current one took over recently. 

This cat, as seen in the first photo, had a huge pocket/opening that went WAAAY up under the gum on the upper left side. Even with really bad teeth, this doesn't usually happen. Also, the hard palate was missing some tissue on the other side of the teeth (the lingual side - side that faces the tongue).  There is a chance this is not simply a case of a severe dental and bone infection. Cancer, or neoplasia, may be involved as well. Only time will tell. The offending teeth (most of them) were removed, the cat remains on antibiotics, and we will recheck this cat in a few weeks. 

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