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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have an eight-year-old female Norwegian Forest Cat named

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I have an eight-year-old female Norwegian Forest Cat named Lillie. She has some issues like IBS, for which she takes Cisapride, which works well. She had a complete exam in late Feb., with no issues. Today after a routine exam the vet informed me that she had 3 cavities and needed 3 extractions--asap. I don't believe them. The clinic owner, who I respect, is chronically ill & no longer sees patients. I smell a rat. What do you think? Thank you. ***** *****
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I think that you're half right, Catherine. Cats don't get cavities but they do suffer from painful resorptive lesions that look like cavities and these teeth can't be filled as can be cavities. They need to be extracted. Here's a good review of this disease from Cornell:

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