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My RB Angels Elvis, 1991-2010, and Twit, 2001-2010

« on: February 06, 2010, 05:07:23 AM »

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Poem for Cats, author unknown

"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010, 02:33:27 PM »

About 10 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Plotnick as this was before he was in his own practice.  He was examining Gizmo, who was 7 months old at the time.

Dr. Plotnick made sure I was aware of the potential for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as a potential genetic issue for Maine Coons.  I told him I lost 3 other coons to that very illness, one kitty having juvenile HCM and dying at 1 year and 1 week old.

As Dr. Plotnick was examining Gizmo, we got to Gizmo's mouth.
Because of my profession, Dr. Plotnick went into incredible detail of the issues he noted in Gizmo's mouth.  At 7 months, Gizmo had small gingival pockets which measured 3 mm in depth.  Gingival pockets or perio pockets occur when calculus or tartar is allowed to form on the tooth structure below the gum line.  Plaque is the sticky material that forms on the teeth.  Calculus is plaque which has hardened as a result of not being brushed and flossed away.  The resulting pockets become almost like a garbage pail and continue to trap food material resulting in decay to the tooth and damage to the bone structure below the gumline which anchors the teeth into place.

Dr. Plotnick went on to tell me that dental disease plays a significant role in heart disease and kidney disease in cats and dogs.  Dr. Plotnick is a "cats only" vet but his vet friends said the very same information pertains to dogs as well.

Dr. Plotnick wanted me to go back to work and look at the charts of patients who were missing some or all of their teeth.  I actually started with my father in law who lost all his teeth before he reached the age of 30.  My FIL had his first heart attack when he was just 42.  Multiple heart and stroke issues followed up until his death at the age of 76.  He was diagnosed with renal insufficiency at the age of 70 and the cardiologist said it was because of his poor oral health many years before.

It makes sense and it's something I have seen in the dental practice where I work.
Poor oral hygiene, proliferation of oral bacteria, constant infectionand inflamation, destruction of the jaw bones from decay and infection, IMO and in my observation, result in not only heart disease but kidney disease as well.

The mouth is the filthiest part of the human body and an animal's body as well.
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