Treatment For Stomatitis

Treatment for StomatitisFinding out that your cat has stomatitis can be scary. I know, I’ve been there. You will probably wonder what options there are for treatment for stomatitis. There are many ways you and your vet can attempt to treat stomatitis, but I have to be honest and tell you that there is no sure-fire cure for this painful disease.

The problem with treating feline stomatitis is that there is no way to know the exact cause of the disease. It is often believed to be caused by a reaction to plaque, but it isn’t always.

Vets will usually start with the easiest treatment options, with the hope that one or a combination of several may be enough to resolve the stomatitis. They will eventually work their way up to the more advanced treatment options if the easier ones do not help.

Treatment Options For Stomatitis

Before I get into the various methods of treatment, I want to say something about tooth removal. Having teeth removed is always to be a last-ditch effort at controlling stomatitis. If your vet says that your cat’s teeth need to be removed without trying anything else first, then you need to find another vet and get a second, or even third, opinion. Try any or all of the following treatments before going to the extreme of removing teeth.

The treatment options listed below are not in any particular order, with the exception of tooth removal, which is listed last because it should be the last thing you do.

Antibiotics

This is likely to be the very first thing your vet tries. If your cat is lucky, a round of antibiotics will clear up the stomatitis.

This was the first treatment option we tried with Lily. At first it seemed to help, but the inflammation returned after we stopped giving her antibiotics.

Diet Modification

The inflammation seen with stomatitis may be the result of food allergies, so your vet may recommend that you change your cat’s diet by eliminating foods made with grain or grain-fed meats.

I did not try this option. We have five cats, two of which have food sensitivities and do well on the Iams dry food that they all eat. Changing the food for one of our five cats but not the other four would have been a nightmare for me, which is why I skipped this method.

Supplements

There are over-the-counter supplements that you can give your cat that may either resolve or minimize the symptoms of stomatitis. You can talk to your vet about what supplements might be helpful to your cat.

I currently give Lily two suppliments, and they help her tremendously. She takes L-Lysine in the morning and at night, and PlaqueOff just at night (PlaqueOff should not be used in cats that have Hyperthyroidism). Other people have had success with AquaDent, but this needs to go into a source of drinking water and Lily wouldn’t drink the water that had AquaDent added to it. Obviously, it won’t work if your cat won’t take it.

Steroid Cream

There are different types of steroid creams, but this helps by controlling and minimizing the inflammation in the mouth and throat. Using steroids long term may lead to diabetes, which has the potential of becoming a death sentence to your cat. The reason for this possibility, according to my vet, is that a cat cannot be given steroids and the medicine needed for diabetes. If your vet recommends steroids in any form, be sure to discuss the potential harm that the steroids may cause.

I give Lily a steroid cream called Prednisolone. I apply it to the inside of her ear every morning and night. I am aware that giving Prednisolone to Lily may lead to diabetes, but the alternative is having her live in severe pain. I had to choose between giving Lily a possibly shortened life where she spends most of her days in as little pain as possible by giving her the steroid, or not giving her the steroid and knowing that she is in horrible pain. It was a very easy choice for me to make.

Update: I was able to wean Lily off the Prednisolone steroids in early 2015. The PlaqueOff and Lysine that she takes daily have kept her stomatitis under control.

Pain Medicine

Despite all that you may do for your cat, there may be days when your cat is in so much pain that she needs pain medicine. These days will be easy to see because your cat will start to drool.

Whenever Lily starts to drool I give her a small dose of a pain medicine called Buprinex. Buprinex is like morphine for cats. These days I don’t have to give this to Lily very often because everything else she takes does a fairly good job of controlling her stomatitis, but every now and then I need to. Buprinex makes her tired, so be aware that acting tired or spacey after taking Buprinex is normal.

Tooth Removal

And now we come to the last thing that should be attempted when it comes to controlling stomatitis – removing teeth. When all other treatment options fail, your vet may recommend having most or all of your cat’s teeth removed. The reason behind this option has to do with the most common cause of stomatitis, which is a cat’s inability to tolerate plaque. The thinking here is that if the teeth are removed, there will be a huge decrease in plaque, thus (hopefully) curing the stomatitis.

According to my vet, 80% of cats respond well to having their teeth removed, meaning their stomatitis goes away. That also means that 20% of cats continue to suffer from stomatitis after having their teeth taken out. It can take up to six months after teeth are removed to know if the surgery was a success. The reason it takes so long is because it takes months for the mouth to heal from stomatitis.

IMPORTANT!!! If you DO decide to have your cat’s teeth removed, it is critical that your vet performs an x-ray after the teeth have been extracted to make sure there are no tooth fragments left behind. Cats teeth are very brittle and break easily. Any fragments left in the gums can easily lead to infection, causing a whole different set of problems and pain for your cat.

Ask your vet before you agree to this surgery if he takes x-rays when he is done. If he says he doesn’t and tries to convince you that this is not needed, run as fast as you can from this vet and see a new one!

Lily fell into the 20% of cats who do not improve after having teeth removed. To clarify, there was improvement, but she still very much has painful inflammation in her mouth and throat, as you can see from the pictures on this site.

How I Treat Lily’s Stomatitis

Lily was first given antibiotics, but that helped only temporarily. I did not know about supplements until after her teeth were pulled, so I didn’t try that next. Lily’s stomatitis was very bad and our vet recommended that her teeth be pulled. I consulted with another vet, and he agreed. So, we had her teeth pulled.

During her first surgery Lily had all but her canines removed. The canines were left to prevent Lily’s tongue from flopping out of her mouth. Apparently some cats are unable to keep their tongues in their mouths after their canines are removed.

About six months after her surgery it was obvious that the four canines also needed to go. The redness in her mouth was much more severe around her canines than in the rest of her mouth. The canines were removed, and the gums improved some where the teeth had been.

However, as I said above, Lily still has stomatitis. After getting all her teeth removed I learned about the supplement L-Lysine. In cats, Lysine acts as a booster to their immune systems, which often helps them fight off stomatitis. It did help Lily, though not enough to prevent her from having pain. My vet said that there are no problems with long-term use of Lysine. It is like people taking Vitamin C daily.

When my vet saw that Lily still had a bad case of stomatitis despite having her teeth pulled and taking Lysine, she decided to start her on the steroid cream Prednisolone. That, along with the Lysine gave Lily quite a bit of relief, but she still had a lot of painful days. These days were marked by drool that was often tinged with blood.

My vet then suggested that I try AquaDent, but Lily wouldn’t drink the water that contained this supplement. In desperation, I went to Amazon.com and searched for anything that mentioned stomatitis and cats. That is how I found PlaqueOff and decided that I was willing to spend the $30 or so dollars that it cost. If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be out much. If it did, then Lily would be happier and more comfortable. Fortunately for Lily, it worked very well and gave her back her quality of life.

These days Lily has very few bad days, but they do still crop up. Whenever she starts to drool I give her a small does of the pain medicine Buprenex.

To sum it up, here is what we have done to treat Lily’s stomatitis:

  • Antibiotics
  • Teeth pulled
  • Lysine
  • Prednisolone
  • PlaqueOff
  • Buprenex

04/28/2015 Update: It has now been over two years since we started treating Lily for stomatitis. Today (04/28/2015) you would never know there is anything wrong with Lily. Her stomatitis is completely under control and she doesn’t show any signs of pain. She no longer needs the Buprenex (pain medicine) or Prednisolone (steroid cream). She takes Lysine and PlaqueOff daily, and I now give both of these supplements to all five of our cats.


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  1. hi rochelle, thank you for maintaining this webpage to help us. after your cat started on lysine, how soon did you notice any improvement and felt the lysine was helping? days, weeks? thank you and i hope you are recovering well from your surgery.

  2. Josh,

    This is all great information. Thank you for sharing it! I hope that you are able to stop the progress of stomatitis in your Handsome Hansel, and it’s so good that it has been caught early.

    Rochelle

  3. Angie,

    Your confusion is understandable, and it doesn’t help that stomatitis is a disease that vets don’t know much about (that’s according to my vet, not my opinion).

    I regret that I don’t know anything about the calicivirus so I don’t know if Lysine or PlaqueOff will help, but you are probably okay trying them.

    As for stomatitis, from what I have seen in my cat and heard from other cat owners, it is usually a lifelong battle with the disease. My cat Lily had all her teeth pulled and is on Lysine and PlaqueOff, but there is still a small amount of redness in the back of her throat. However, the disease is being controlled by the supplements and she appears to be completely pain-free now. She plays, runs, eats, drinks, grooms, and lets me touch her face. I will continue to give her the supplements for the rest of her life to keep the swelling and pain from flaring back up. I hope this helps.

    Rochelle

  4. Laura,

    I am so sorry for not responding sooner. I had surgery in December that has kept me from doing almost anything.

    First, if you haven’t already, I would get a second opinion. Tooth extraction surgery should only be done as a last resort. There are several things your vet can try first, such as antibiotics or steroids. Honestly, based on your description, Winter’s case doesn’t sound horribly severe, so it is possible that Lysine and PlaqueOff might get it under control, but keep in mind that it takes eight weeks for PlaqueOff to start working. When my cat Lily was at her worst she stopped playing, didn’t eat, and had blood tinged drool. Your cat sounds happy and in minimal pain.

    Please let us know what you end up doing and how Winter responds (Winter Mittens is an adorable name!).

    Rochelle

  5. Melanie,

    Please accept my apology for not responding sooner. I had surgery in December and am only now getting caught up on everything. I realize that a lot may have happened between the time you posted your question and today.

    To answer your question, I doubt that any vet would be willing to put a 21 year old cat under anesthesia due to the risks involved. It sounds like whatever your cat was suffering from was pretty severe. My advice (assuming you haven’t already done so) is to take your cat to your vet. Hopefully it was something simple, such as an infection.

    Please let us know how your cat is now.

    Rochelle

  6. Thanks for sharing your story! I rescued a cat and he has stomatitis and I was told by a Vet he would need his teeth pulled. I am leaving this for a last resort. He eats just fine but his gums are red and swollen so I’ve purchased the Lysine and PlaqueOff. Can both be mixed in his wet food at the same time?

  7. We just adopted our cat Handsome Hansel from the shelter and were told he has very early signs of Stomatitis. The vet team recommended a grain free diet, and to offer him both wet and dry food so he can decide based on pain level. I’ve had elderly cats and learned to make things more cost effective- I mix a tablespoon of wet food with the dry food we got (which is high in zinc and vitamin B & grain free like they recommended) and it helps soften the dry food. My mom used to add a few drops of water onto our dry food for our older cats to soften it which I do as well. The vet team also recommended 1cc of Lysene (it also helps the body combat viruses such as Herpes) per day mixed into the meal. An added benefit of getting the liquid is that it can soften dry food if getting just wet food is too high in cost. Also, when selecting which grain free food that fit the dietary recommendations for Stomatitis, I did a pinch test and selected the food which broke down the easiest when I squeezed it between my fingers. Animals respond to dietary changes much more quickly than humans do- so I would recommend anyone with a cat struggling with Stomatitis to splurge on a diet change first (it beats expensive vet visits). Obviously, maintaining a clean environment is also important. Don’t leave food out for too long and clean the litter box at least once a day! Shelters and adoption groups have great resources available when looking for a good vet and trying to find advice (the collective knowledge that pet owners, vets, and animal lovers bring to the table in these settings is great). Our cat is small so please ask a vet for proper dosing recommendations for Lysene. Also- any immune boosters or supplements that help the kidneys will also help Stomatitis. The more questions you ask your vet the better- including “would another vet make this recommendation?” “other vets have said tooth removal should be a last ditch effort- why are you recommending this?”

    Hope this helps!

  8. My 10 year old indoor cat Rascal has severe stomatitis and the vet thinks it is due to feline calicivirus. I have read about lysine and plaque off to help symptoms but when it a due to a virus like calici am I fighting an uphill and unwinnable battle? Is stomatitis always a chronic condition or can it be a passing symptom of the calici viral infection? I just want her to have comfort and a quality of life- and it is all so confusing.

  9. We were told today our 3 yr old kitty Winter Mittens has stomatitis. I was shocked! We just took her in because of bad breath. The vet said it’s a severe case and our only options are pulling all her teeth or doing nothing and she will die. I was devastated. I am wondering if the lysine and plaqueoff will help her if we don’t pull teeth or do the cleaning but just start giving her the supplements. Also, Winter is very playful, runs around, plays, loves tummy rubs and to be petted. She eats very well, although she does throw up frequently, but is at a perfect weight according to the vet. If she was a horrible pain, wouldn’t she be acting different?

  10. I have a cat that is going on 21 years old. In the past few months she has really declined. She smells so bad she stinks up an entire room, she stopped grooming herself and now has stinky mats all over her (she has never allowed us to brush her and there was never a need), and she plays in every bit of water she can find and then rolls in the litter. She also has what appears to be bloody slime dripping from her mouth/nose at times. The past 2 days she has stopped eating and I haven’t seen her drinking water – just playing in it. After reading this info I think this may be what is wrong with her. We considered having her put to sleep since we don’t want her to suffer but wonder if anyone knows if it’s too late to get help for her. I don’t have thousands to invest and at her age, I’m not sure she could come through any kind of operation or tooth extraction. Any advice?

  11. Everyone NOTE! If your cat won’t eat because of the Stomatitis, get him/her “Delectable Squeeze up” packages ( sold at Walmart.). It is a creamy bisque like food — and the cats love it. I crush up his pills and mix it in. It is a miracle way to give the pills — for me anyway.

  12. Keegan,

    I just got a reply from Diane B. who said this:

    “The antibiotic is Azithromicyn. However, I believe if you take him to a shelter, they are usually able to get him the help that he needs. You’d have to give him up– but they have access to the help he needs. Maybe others will have additional ideas for you….”

    If you decide to take your cat to a shelter make sure it is a no-kill shelter.

    Rochelle

  13. Debra,

    I’m sorry to hear that the stress of caring for your cat has given you fever blisters.

    There are several brands and forms of Lysine for cats and I think any of them would likely be just fine. I use the powder form made by Viralys and have used that for almost three years. As for PlaqueOff, I think there is only one brand (PlaqueOff) made for animals. It’s primarily seaweed but I personally wouldn’t be comfortable using another form or brand since I don’t know if it would be the same dosage. I hope this helps.

    Rochelle

  14. Keegan,

    I regret that I don’t remember the antibiotic that Lily was on, but it didn’t help with her stomatitis. It sounds like you are in a very difficult position by not being able to take the cat to the vet. Lysine may help but if he has a bad case of stomatitis it might not be enough. The other thing you can try is the PlaqueOff, but it takes up to eight weeks before it makes things better if it’s going to help. Those are the two things that helped Lily the most. Someone else might offer more advice.

    You can call around to the vets in your area and explain the situation. See if any of them can work with you on helping the cat without being a financial burden on you.

    I wish you luck as you help the cat.

    Rochelle

  15. Hi a stray cat came to our house and has all the symptoms of stomatitis. What antibiotic did you use to help treat your cat? I’m going to go tomorrow and pickup some lysine for him. His poor mouth is horrible. Is there anything at Walmart I can get him for his mouth? I can’t afford to take him to the vet. He’s in bad condition and I know it would cost a fortune. I hate seeing him like this even though he’s not ours but we feed him so he sticks around now. Please let me know if there is anything I can buy without having to take him to the vet. I know the right thing to do would be to take him to the vet but that’s not an option. Any info will help. Thanks!

  16. Thank you for all the great information on the stomatitis disease. My cat is a 2 year old bobtail and so incredibly sweet. She is a lap cat and so affectionate. She has gone through 2 bad episodes of the stomatitus. She is scheduled for surgery in December to have all of her back teeth out. I would like to try her on the lysine and plaque off. Do you recommend one brand over another? What about the lysine cat chews? What brand do ypu use? Keep up the great work. All of the testimonies and information has calmed my nerves down. I have frequent bouts of fever blisters when I am stressed and even asked my vet if I could have given it to her? They assured me it wasnt contagious from humans. I was so worried I had exposed her to it. I know how she feels with the pain it can cause. It is miserable!

  17. Sherrell,

    I’m so glad to hear that your cat is okay right now! That must have been very scary. Thank you for letting us know about “Delectable Squeeze Up,” which is something I’ve not heard of before. I’ll remember that if any of my cats won’t take their pills the normal way.

    Please continue to let us know how your cat is doing.

    Rochelle

  18. Jimmie,

    I remember your posts about Scaredy Cat and Otis. I’m so glad to hear that my site has been helpful to you and your vet. My vet once told me that most vets have no idea how to treat stomatitis because there hasn’t been a lot of research on it. It sounds like you’ve got a good one if he’s willing to try different things. Hopefully you will be able to get the stomatitis under control in your other two kitties.

    I just looked on Amazon and found the Viralys Lysine gel (thank you for telling us about it). Here is a link to it for anyone who is reading this and wants to see it – http://amzn.to/2fCEHEV

    Rochelle

  19. I meant to mention that the ” Delectable Squeeze up” packages can be purchased at Walmart. I give this to him with his pills crushed, and then he eats regular wet food. Once I know he is more stable, I will put him on Lysine and Plaque off again.

  20. My cat lost almost two pounds quite rapidly. When he was finally diagnosed, decision was made to pull his teeth. He developed a problem during surgery so it was stopped immediately and no teeth were pulled. I now give him 1/2 tab amoxicillin in am and pm, and prednisolone – 1/2 every other day. For cats that won’t eat or take the pills, do try “Delectable Squeeze up”. It is a soft creamy bisque and my cat loves it. He now is eating regular wet cat food also, and is much, much better. I don’t know how long he will last though. My main goal is that he stays comfortable.

  21. hi rochelle, i haven’t posted in quite a long time for various reasons, i intend to update you on all my cats soon, it hasn’t been a good couple years but it was to be expected, the one you might remember i first posted about was scardy cat, and his brother otis. they came to us more dead than alive years ago. but this post was to add to the lysine info, my cats would not eat the food when i put it in, not sure why but after trying to deal with it i ran across viralys, it is a gel and gives directions as to the amount of lysine in the dosage. i just pull the amount up in a syringe and squirt it in their mouth, no guessing about if they got it or not and once they figured out it didn’t taste bad it was easy. you can buy it on amazon or even walmart. thanks so much for this site, i know because of it my guys life was extended, i have also shared this information with my vet, dr proctor here in san antonio, he uses lots of the information i provide him from you and the others that post. he is very open minded and welcomes any info that helps him treat his patients. he has several cats that belong to long time clients that he treats for stomatitis using any tools he has. my last 2 outside cats have now come down with the disease, one is feral and im still working on a plan for her, the other is a stroke victim and it hasn’t got to bad so far. im still working out a long term plan for the both of them, ill let you know how it works out.

  22. Darlene,

    That is an interesting combination of drugs that I hadn’t heard of before for cats. I wish I knew if Lysine or PlaqueOff would cause any problems but I don’t. My guess is that Lysine would be okay since it boosts their immune systems similar to Vitamin C with people, but I’d ask your vet instead of taking my word for it. PlaqueOff is basically seaweed so you can ask about that, too. Please let us know what you find out.

    Rochelle

  23. Linda,

    I cannot say for sure but I don’t think Lysine or PlaqueOff would interfere with food allergies. It would be best to check with your vet by bringing the ingredients to your vet and checking with him/her.

    Both containers include dosage spoons so you don’t have to figure out how much to give Bart on your own. I hope this helps.

    Rochelle

  24. Mary,

    You might want to discuss this with your vet because I’m wondering if something else is going on. In my experience when a cat has stomatitis so bad that his breath smells horrible, the disease is so advanced that a cat doesn’t want to groom because of pain caused by grooming. Please keep us posted.

    Rochelle

  25. Sherrell,

    It sounds like you are doing a great job with your kitty. It’s been a little while since you posted this (my sincere apologies for not seeing this sooner). Have you seen any improvement with the Lysine and PlaqueOff?

    Rochelle

  26. Kathy,

    There is a small spoon that comes with the Lysine that I buy and I think it is a 1/8 teaspoon.

    Rochelle

  27. Judie,

    1.3 pounds in two weeks is too much for your cat to lose so quickly and could become life threatening. Please take him to a vet right away. This is something that a professional needs to diagnose.

    You will be in my thoughts.

    Rochelle

  28. My cat has this disease. He stopped eating. What can I give him. I’ve tried everything . Please help. He has lost 1.3 pounds in two weeks.

  29. Hello Rochelle

    Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this site and to respond to everyones questions.

    My cat Chaila was diagnosed with stomatitis 3 months ago. Each time she was treated with antibiotics and a steroid shot and each time it returned within three weeks. The last visit the vet put her on a chemotherapy drug called Chlorambucil .5 ml every other day and prednisone 5mg every other day on the days she isn’t taking the Chlorambucil. This is the longest she has stayed healthy since first getting stomatitis but the vet is recommending teeth removal for long term. I took her to certified dental vet and have an appointment set up in one week but I’m just not feeling comfortable with the decision to remover her teeth. Do you know if I can give her the lysine and plaque off with the current meds she is on. I’m very concerned about the long term effects of the Chlorambucil and prednisone. Thank you so much

  30. All of this information about Lysine & Plaque Off is very interesting. Our Bart just had 6 teeth removed today, All were loose with a ton of plaque, I watched the procedure. He’s antibiotics for now and soft food diet. My question is how much of these two do you give to your cat? I am assuming that direction are on the bottle/jar of power? Bart is on a duck/green pea formula dry/wet food for most of his 3 short years. These products will not interfere with his food allergies? Thanks for any information, I want to help Bart keep his canines!!

  31. As far as all these comments on convenia…it is actually one of the weakest antibiotics used in the field. Is it the absolute weakest, no. But there are 100 more that are a thousand times stronger than it. Every animal reacts differently to any medication, just as any human does. Convenia is a great drug that can be used for multiple different problems. Don’t listen to everything you hear on forums most of it is lies or from people who have no experience or knowledge in the veterinary field. You want an accurate answer ask a veterinarian they won’t give your animal a medication that will kill them and can give you the real side effects of each individual drug used. Take it from someone who works in the field.

  32. Our 14 year old Mojo has this condition. He eats well, plays and grooms himself-which causes him to smell horrible. He does drool sometimes.
    His favorite place to sleep is on our bed.
    We use plaque off and a dental cleanser, but his breath smells so bad and he is very good at grooming himself!
    Any tips??

  33. I have a cat with severe stomatitis. We tried to have his teeth extracted, but he almost died in surgery ( before they started the extractions) so that is not a possibility anymore. I have had him on antibiotics, and Torbutrol. Now giving him the Lysine you recommend daily, along with plaque off. He eats 4 – 5 times a day ( special urinary soft food) He seems to be okay otherwise -he is positive for Feline Aids. He was a stray that came to me 6 years ago and I have seen him through two serious bouts of illness ( leg injury when he arrived, and then a respiratory problem). That was the first year he came. Since then he has thrived. Now has lost 2 lbs. His age is a guess, but I think at least 12-13. Any suggestions.?

  34. I haven’t read every single post here, but any cat with gingivitis should be tested for bartonella, which is a low grade infection cats can get at the shelter or on the street. It can cause serious inflammation in the gums, as can poor nutrition.

    My Olive scored a 4+ on her bartonella test, the highest one can get. As she’s just coming off of a ringworm infection, I haven’t medicated her yet for it, as she’s pretty asymptomatic other than the gingivitis. But to be honest, that has gotten much better by adding these supplements: FortiFlora, a feline acidophilus that gets the appetite going; Prozyme, a digestive enzyme that helps nutrient absorption; and omega3 fish oils. When I adopted her as a two year old, her coat was like hay, and now she’s got bunny fur! 🙂

    The poor baby also has hypercalcemia, but that’s another topic altogether. 🙂

    All just food for thought.

  35. Suzanne,

    Yes, teeth pulling is certainly a last resort. It is wonderful to hear that Sampson lets you brush his teeth! It also shows how much he trusts you. Please keep us posted on his progress.

    Rochelle

  36. Debbie,

    I am happy to say that Lysine can be bought without a prescription. I buy mine on Amazon. I have five cats and give it to all of them so I buy the largest container possible, but if you have just one then the smaller container will work. Click here to see Lysine on Amazon.

    It sounds like something else is going on with your cat based on what you described with his skin chewing and patches of skin. It is definitely worth a call to your vet to see if he (she?) has any ideas without having to bring him in. Please keep us posted.

    Rochelle

  37. Susan,

    I don’t know. I guess it would depend on how bad the stomatitis is and whether or not your cat has responded to treatment options. The one thing I feel fairly sure of is that most vets wouldn’t want to do surgery on a cat that age.

    How heartbreaking that her son was put to sleep at age 10! 🙁

    Rochelle

  38. I’ve been told that Lysine is good for cats with autoimmune issues so hopefully it will help Bubba. Please keep us posted on his progress.

    Rochelle

  39. Thank you for this site! It has been so helpful to read what others are doing for their cats! I have just ordered the Plaque Off from Amazon and and hoping it will work for my Bubba just as it worked for your Lily. I am also getting Lysine powder as well. He was diagnosed with autoimmune disease after we had his teeth cleaned (he had bad tartar) and his gums never quite healed (redness, etc.) He did have minimal teeth pulled, I believe it was a larger tooth and two smaller teeth. He struggles at times with food, if a piece of food is too big and he tries to eat it, he will yelp in pain and run away. He is on steroid liquid every other day as well as Buprenex. I currently have him on a grain free wet food diet. I will let you know how the Plaque Off works for my Bubba.

  40. If your cat is geriatric (my ally-Beena is 18) is the vet likely to advise euthanasia? Her son had stomatitus and was euthanized at the age of 10.

  41. hi Rochelle,
    I read your story and I am interested in the lysine. Do I need a prescription for this? My cat had his teeth removed but not the canines. he has been doing very well for over two years, but now I have noticed a darke pink at the edges of his tongue and in his mouth. he is off and on hiding under the bed and running frantically at times. he still has a healthy appetite and even eats hard food. Originally I knew something was wrong when he had his surgery because he would try to eat and then run away. He is also chewing his skin a lot and scratching. he has patches of skin(strips of areas with not fur on them) He does not seem to have any fleas! He is not user friendly and I dread taking him to the vet. plus it is traumatic for him. I am thinking of calling the vet and asking for these supplements. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Debbie

  42. Tks for this information. I have had many felines in my 70 yrs. Sampson is my 1st cat with the dx of Stomatis. He is an outside cat who found his way to me since Sept 2015. Eventually will try to bring him inside but cannot do so at present. We have done x-rays & teeth cleaning 8-20-16. Last yr, 11-15 this was not found in him til this visit, his yearly visit. I was also told that teeth pulling is last resort & I do not want to do this. He will have a follow up in 6 mo & I will be asking my vet about what you have provided. At present we are to brush daily & use dental treats & watch him.
    Please keep my e-mail if possible. Would appreciate any followup on this.
    Once again, thank you.
    Suzanne Solberg, Sacramento, Calif
    suzicat09@yahoo.com

  43. John and Gabriele,

    Bless you for loving your cats this much! We didn’t spend as much on Lily as you have on your cats, but it was still thousands of dollars. We’ve often said that we probably saved Lily’s life, since we don’t think many people would be willing to spend that much on a cat.

    I don’t know if removing the canines will help with your cat’s redness, but I can share my experience. When Lily had her teeth removed for the first time, her canines were left in her mouth. Our vet hoped that they wouldn’t need to be pulled because the gums around the canines were pink and healthy looking. A few months later we had the canines removed because the gums around them started getting red and swollen. That was the only reason we ended up pulling them, not because of the redness in the back of her throat. But, I’m not a vet nor do I have any kind of medical training, so take what I said with that knowledge.

    I have a suggestion on finding another vet, and it’s how I found our current vet, who is amazing. Is there a cat (or dog) rescue group in your area? If so, contact them (they can usually be found on weekends in places like PetSmart as they try to adopt out animals) and explain your situation with your cat and vets. Tell them everything. Then ask which vets they recommend. Most likely they know which vets are good and which aren’t, or they’ll know which vets are best for treating your cat’s situation.

    Rochelle

  44. Holly,

    No, I don’t. I think someone might have mentioned it but I don’t know which post the comment was on. Hopefully someone with knowledge of this research will see your question and respond.

    Rochelle

  45. Thank you for your informative site! I’m wondering if you know of the Stem cell research and if you think it’s working and will become an option?

  46. Thank for providing such upfront and helpfully information. We spent 3 years and $5000 fighting this problem in one of our cats. Our cat still has his canines with no noticeable gum infection around the canines but the gums in the back of the mouth are still red and infected. We’ve gone through 3 vets and our current one wants us to get the canines removed. But we can’t understand why removing non-infected teeth would help the gums in the back of the mouth. We give the cat daily doses of antibiotics, but no vet has ever mention L-Lysine nor PlaqueOff. I guess we need to find vet #4.

  47. I received two more emails about Convenia, and I’m sharing them here. I recommend that you do your own homework to determine the risks if your vet wants to use Convenia.

    Mary Ann
    “My vet didn’t even warn me that Olive was getting a two week shot. Olive had a small sore on her cheek so I thought the shot was a low dose preventative med, not the strong two week med that it was. To be safe, have your vet put on your cat’s file, “no Convenia without discussion!” because they might go ahead and use it without telling you.

    Convenia is used nearly every day without incident, but when YOUR cat is the one that almost dies, it’s a shattering experience. And A LOT of cats are dying from this med. Just look at the discussion boards on the Web. People are devastated.”

    Deb:
    “I have used Covenia 3 times on 2 different cats – 1 with feline herpes and the other FELV+ with excellent results each time. Please do not automatically refuse this medication as it may be the best option for your pet in given circumstances.”

  48. Mary Ann sent me the following email about her experience with Convenia:

    “My poor Olive nearly died from convenia last October. In fact, we’re still dealing from the fallout from it.”

    I’ve never heard of Convenia but any of you reading this might want to question your vet if he/she ever recommends Convenia.

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