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My cat has holes in its jaws where it had teeth. It is also

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My cat has holes in it's jaws where it had teeth.
It is also swollen under the jaw almost to the neck
How do I get the swelling out?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

RebeccaVet :

Hello,

RebeccaVet :

I am sorry to hear about Kitty.

RebeccaVet :

Where her teeth pulled, or did they fall out?

RebeccaVet :

My name isXXXXX am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.

RebeccaVet :

It sounds like she may have an infection. The warm and cool compresses are a great idea. Is she eating and drinking still?

RebeccaVet :

If this is an infection, she may need antibiotics, and medication to reduce pain and swelling.

RebeccaVet :

If she is not eating, I would be worried about her becoming dehydrated, so I hope she is still eating and drinking.

RebeccaVet :

I am not seeing responses from you. I hope you can see what I am saying.

RebeccaVet :

I will try to connect another way if I do not hear from you.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
I hope you can see what I am seeing now.

I am worried about her if she is not eating.

Let me know how else I can help you, or what questions I can answer.

Rebecca
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I don't know what happened inside her mouth. She looked up at me one day and I noticed she looked swollen. Later found the holes in her mouth.


Is there anything that I can use besides antibiotics? I can't afford a $200 vet bill. I am now using a saline solution to clean out the mouth.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
If there is an infection, antibiotics would be best. If she is eating, and has a healthy immune system, she may over come the infection on her own. In that case, the good nursing care you are doing: cool compresses, keeping her eating and drinking is all you can do.

I would not use peroxide in the mouth, but the saline is a good idea.

It should not cost $200 to have her examined and get antibiotics, at least not in my area.

Please let me know what else I can answer.

Rebecca
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Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Hello Jean,
How is Kitty doing today?

Rebecca
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the good rating! How is she doing?

Rebecca
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Kitty is being treated with the saline solution several times a day.


I spoon feed canned cat food with milk to make it soupy. Also make sure she gets water by giving it to her with a medicine dropper. Hoping this will help her.


Thank You

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Glad to hear she is getting some nutrition and liquids. Thank you for the update.

Rebecca

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