Gingivitis in cats
by Kurt (Admin)
What are the available treatments for gingivitis in cats when sedation for dental cleaning is not an option? Cats with heart conditions, for example, shouldn't be sedated, which is a requirement for thorough dental cleaning.
This question (rephrased by me here) comes from Gail, one of our readers, who left a comment in response to a question asked by another reader. The original question centered around whether or not it is safe to sedate a Persian cat with a heart murmur
Similarly, Gail's female cat, Scooby, has gingivitis and a heart problem. So, Scooby can't have her dental cleaning because she can't be sedated. Gail's comment, which appears on that page, is below...
Scooby has gingivitis! No sedation!
Scooby has a heart problem discovered at her last visit to the vet. They won't clean her teeth saying they would need to sedate her and fear she wouldn't make it. Scooby will no longer eat her dry food (probably hurts too much.) and is on wet food full time.
I have bought a water additive that is more for bad breath than helping with the gingivitis... and Scooby won't drink her water if I add it to the water. I think she might be able to smell or taste it. I am no longer using it.
Is there anything I can do to help. I really need some advice.
If dental cleanings can't be done, what are the alternatives for treating gingivitis in cats? If you have any experience with this, or any information on the topic, Scooby and Gail need your help.
Please use the comments to shed light on this topic.