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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My daughers cat appears to have an abcessed toothe she is

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my daughers cat appears to have an abcessed toothe she is stresssed and of course low on funds and no vets open today
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the cat?
Customer: appears to have an abcessed tooth
JA: Where does the cat seem to hurt?
Customer: jer cheek is puffed out
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: her face is bulged out
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Baby probably 12
JA: What is the cat's name?
Customer: Baby
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Baby?
Customer: she is skiddish and on thyroid meds
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Baby. Unfortunately, you're necessarily constrained to administering aspirin (not acetaminophen, nor ibuprofen nor naproxen) to her in an attempt to give her some comfort. Aspirin can be dosed at 5 mg/lb just once. She's likely to be too painful to pill so powdering the aspirin in water or tuna juice and administering it with an eyedropper placed between her cheek teeth and cheek would be prudent.

These teeth need to be extracted. Antibiotics are only palliative. Unfortunately, we also have to consider neoplasia (cancer) in the oral cavity when such swelling is seen. An ER visit isn't required but Baby should be attended to by vet tomorrow. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.