Treatment for Cat Periodontial Disease
Know we have a number of cat lovers on the Board so am hopping someone has some experience with dealing with feline periodontial disease.
Took our 12 yo male orange cat to vet for checkup since he had lost weigh while we were gone on a month long roadtrip in our RV. Housesitter is a vet student at local university and was usually gone from early until late in class, so he did not get his accustommed food on demand.
After being home for several days, we noticed his appetite was still off. Took him to vet who did not find any physiological issues so did full blood work on him and found only out of norm issue was elevated white count. The readings are consistent with oral inflammation and a host of other variables that do not seem likely. This cat has had a long term problem with periodonitis and has several teeth removed at last cleanning ($800 vet bill).
Vet is suggesting a full extraction is probably recommended but needs to do full dental xrays to determine severity ($$ here, as have to anthesize to do--guess vet needs a new wing for their biz ;-) ).
Has anyone made this trip with their cat?? What kind of total cost did you have when all was said and done. The last dental cleaning for the cat was over 400 but, and am seeing costs north of 1000 for a full extraction.
All insight/suggestions welcomed.
Thanks in advance