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« on: August 12, 2014, 12:52:13 AM »

I figured I should post what info I have.

So when was it that I bought those new cat trees?  It was from around that point that Yoyo decided he didn't want to be away from his new cat trees and I was happy that he was enjoying them so much.

But then he really wasn't coming down.  He wouldn't come out into the house and he didn't want to even come get his daily belly rub.  He would happily eat when I brought his wet food to him though, so I didn't think anything of it.

Until suddenly Yoyo looked really thin and I noticed he was sticking his tongue out a lot.


Long story short, I went to the nearby vet in my neighborhood recommended to me by a friend (since my beloved Dr. Ueda left Tokyo).  This female vet looked over Yoyo (he'd lost quite a bit of weight).  One of his teeth was gone (?!) many of the others were red, and the back of his throat was red.  He was having very watery diarrhea.  (I suspect this also has to do with his eating all wet and no dry suddenly.)

She gave him a shot for the discomfort (lasts one month), and told me that their clinic was by chance renting a tooth laser machine for the week and if I would like to have Yoyo get treatments, he could have them daily for free (I was surprised and skeptical).  I did some research online but didn't really find much information... but I decided it was worth a try after they reassured me that it is a very common machine in Japanese dental vets, and that they had had experience with it (but it's very expensive so they only can rent it now and then).

Yoyo had 4 sessions in a row (once daily for 4 days): 2.5 minutes on the right side and 2.5 minutes on the left side.  The laser is pointed at the cat's unopened mouth while the cat's eyes are covered (with the assistant's hand).  Completely painless and quick.

I don't know if it was the shot or the laser or the combination of both, but on the 5th day, Yoyo had a fantastic poop and is now chomping down on his dry food (and still eating lots of wet, too).

I am now to watch his bowel movements and give him probiotics if they get soft again.  The shot she gave him will only last until the beginning of September, so I imagine we will go in again around that time to figure out what to do next (probably blood test - by that time I'll have the copies of all the Larges and Tinies info from Dr. Ueda to hand to the new vet).  She didn't want to hop into a blood test until she new the results of the shot she gave him/his bowel movements.

Anyway, if this laser thing is available, you might check into it.  It seems it may have done something for Yoyo.
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 01:58:17 AM »

Wow, poor Yoyo with a sore mouth, so glad the vet was able to do something to help. Sending good vibes that the laser treatment does the trick   and for blood test to come out ok.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 07:33:32 AM »

August,  very interesting machine,  I hope it has helped yoyo and that things turn out well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2014, 07:49:56 AM »

Oh, poor Yoyo Sad  I"m glad the laser treatments seem to be helping him.  I'll try to remember to ask the surgeon about it for Bisi.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2014, 06:43:54 PM »

Ouch on YoYo's mouth!  I'm glad the treatments are working for him.  I hope it helps him heal so he doesn't have to go through surgery. 

I did read up a little on laser for dental problems last night, sounds promising.  A friend has a cat that keeps having dental issues so I'll let her know about this.
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2014, 08:24:50 PM »

Thank you, and thank you also for the dental/laser information in the "Bisi - Am I being paranoid?" thread.

Yoyo looks like he's feeling really good and is running to me when I come in the room, and then plopping down on the floor for his daily tummy rub.  I know it's not behind us - the laser treatments he did have certainly didn't fix his teef - but it's a big relief to see him happy and hear him purring... and most of all to see him making good poops.  As I've mentioned before, he's had loose stools off and on since he was little but nothing telling in his blood tests over the years.

We'll see how it goes.  And we'll see how this new vet goes, too. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014, 08:36:39 PM »

August, I'm happy to hear Yoyo is feeling good!  Yay Smiley    And I feel your relief over the improved poops, there's nothing that compares LOL.

I hope the new vet is a perfect replacement for Dr. Ueda.  I know you miss him.

Healthy kitty kisses for Yoyo Kiss
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2014, 08:55:16 PM »

I'm so glad to read about Yoyo feeling better, August. It's lovely when they go back to being happy and purry.  Sending positive thoughts and keep feeling good wishes your way.
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2014, 05:10:53 AM »

I am so glad the laser treatments helped ! I know they are using it here for joint & back pain too with good results .
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2014, 08:30:37 PM »

Owwie Yoyo! His poor mouth.  Sad I'm glad he is feeling better and I hope you find out what caused this in the first place. Stormy has also had a poopy butt since she was little. Luckily her teeth and gums are good.
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2014, 07:28:18 AM »

How is Yoyo doing, August? I hope the treatments are continuing to work for him.
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2014, 07:03:36 PM »

August, I am interested to know if they ever found the cause of Yoyo's dental problems in the first place, since they seemed to appear after he started spending so much time in the new Cat trees,  actually losing one tooth, and the others red, and a red throat,  perhaps a reaction to something it was made of, if he had been chewing on them, as cats might do.

in any case, I'm very glad that they have found a way to help him and I hope it continues working.  Excellent.
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2014, 03:49:34 AM »

Oh how strange, this didn't come up for me for new posts.  I'm sorry, I'm just seeing this now only because I came to post on my own!

Yoyo has been feeling great and is eating well and pooping well, but a few days ago I saw him smack him mouth a bit and I wondered if the pain killer shot he got that lasts one month was wearing off.  So I decided to take him today to get checked while he's feeling good.

The doctor (this new doctor seems to be wonderful!  I'm so happy!) checked his mouth and Yoyo allowed her to look inside for a good time, and she said that fact alone let her know that Yoyo was feeling much better (before he only allowed her a quick peek).  She was able to get a better look to see that the redness was much better, but the gums around his two lower back teeth were swollen.  She thought it's most likely plaque that had accumulated and now has bacteria.

For now we are going to try a "supplement" called E-Face that I put on his arm to lick off.  We'll do this for 2 weeks and see how things go.  It might be that we need to have his teeth cleaned, and then those two teeth can be checked and extracted if necessary, but she wants to see how this supplement helps first, as she knows that teeth pulling is more of a last (or at least later) option.  After 2 weeks she'll take a better look and discuss the best next options.  If it turns out to be something more intricate (in the mouth), she wants to introduce me to a dental specialist.

The E-Face smells awful and is kind of oily to the touch.  Yuck.  Poor Yoyo to have to lick it off his fur!  So sorry Jobojobo!


By the way, BW, I think his wanting to be on the new cat trees was just because he does love the new cat trees, and just because the timing was such - not that something in the cat tree did something to him.  Or at least, sheesh, it better have not!  There have been no other issues with anybody else (knocking on wood).
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2014, 06:57:40 AM »

What a relief to find a vet you like!  That's great.  Sorry about the yucky stuff for Yoyo.  He just might leave it on his fur if it's too nasty for him.  I'm curious what the product actually is?  I can't find any info on it other than some kind of anti-aging face cream, lol.  Whatever it is, I hope it makes his mouth all better.  Kiss
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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2014, 07:13:10 AM »

August, so glad that there have been no other issues with anybody else.  so it may well be a coincidence.  I was just wondering since so many sometimes toxic substances are used in everything we buy nowadays, especially carpeting and coverings of all kinds, they are called VOC's volatile organic compounds.

 Even people have allergic reactions to such substances even in their clothing, dyes, and other chemicals put in fabrics.   I have requested NON VOC paint when I painted my home, and also non VOC floor coverings, since some people can have serious reactions to the VOC's they are putting in new carpets nowadays.  and the list goes on.

For a while here, numerous elderly people were suffering severe breathing problems and they eventually found out it was the formaldehyde put in the paneling of their mobile homes, the fumes were toxic.  Once that was taken care of, the elderly people were once again perfectly fine with no breathing problems at all, it had all been the formaldahyde, which we all know is toxic.  Why anyone would decide to put that into paneling (as a preservative) for homes, I have no idea.  

Sooo, that's why I was wondering.
Glad if it wasn't that.  and also very glad he is feeling much better and that you like your new vet.  That is a blessing.
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