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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
My Moms cat, Dusty, gets ulcers in his mouth. He's been to the vet and all he gets is a shot. Steroid/Vitamin/Appetite Stimulate. So far, the vet hasn't even thought out loud as to what could be causing it. Dusty will stop eating and loose weight. He's in pain when he is able to eat and, usually, I have to force feed him. The shot he gets lasted, the first time, for about 3 months. The second shot only lasted about 2 months. Is there any specific blood work that she should tell the vet she wants? And has anyone ever dealt with something like this?

Thanks,
Chrissy
post #2 of 17
I would think so... Ulcers are from acid... Maybe it is the food.. Let me know what ya find out...
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by ChrissyR
My Moms cat, Dusty, gets ulcers in his mouth. He's been to the vet and all he gets is a shot. Steroid/Vitamin/Appetite Stimulate. So far, the vet hasn't even thought out loud as to what could be causing it. Dusty will stop eating and loose weight. He's in pain when he is able to eat and, usually, I have to force feed him. The shot he gets lasted, the first time, for about 3 months. The second shot only lasted about 2 months. Is there any specific blood work that she should tell the vet she wants? And has anyone ever dealt with something like this?

Thanks,
Chrissy
Well it may be like what my cat, Sherman has recently been diagnosed with-stomatitis, and I also take him once a week for his steroid injections(anti inflammatory) and I am seeing a BIG difference in his behavior and eating habits. The vet did say though, that he may eventually need all his teeth pulled to cure it, but then again it may not help. But seriously I am seeing a difference since his last 2 shots. Google up stomatitis and read up on it, it is rather interesting....or feel free to PM me if ya need to.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you both. I'm looking up stomatitis now. I'll probably have a ton of questions when I'm done so be prepared. LOL
post #5 of 17
Mouth ulcers are not anything you want to take lightly. It could be stomatitus, it could be related to dental problems, could be gingivitus, or he could have some other disease that presents itself thru mouth ulcers. Not that it is this, but FeLV often shows itself as mouth ulcers.

If you've been on the steroid/antibiotic regime and it's not getting better, you probably need a full blood work up, and if your vet is not good with dental work, get him to a specialist and have them do a full exam on his mouth. I've struggled with a few mouth problem with my guys over the years and you never want it to get out of hand - they will quit eating and can die from it.

Please keep us up on what you find and don't take this lightly!
post #6 of 17
Yes I was going to say stomatitis. Kidney problems can also cause ulcers. Let us know what you find out.
post #7 of 17
Mouth ulcers are a sign of kidney failure. Blood tests can be done to check that.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I told Mom about the stomatitis and she's going to call her vet first thing to get Dusty in for a blood panel. The new development is, I'm able to get him to eat a small bit at a time but now he walks like he's drunk and his head pulls to the left. In about 5 minutes I'm going to look up stroke to see if that's a possibility. Also, he has been tested for FeLV 2 years ago and then again when this mouth problem started. He's been negative both times. I do know if she can't get Dust into his regular vet tomorrow, I'll get him in with my vet as an emergency. I feel it's only fair to the poor guy. Oh, and he's not dehydrated but Mom says as far as she knows he hasn't gone potty today.

Edit to add: Something I just found out:
How do I know if my pet has had a stroke?
The signs of strokes in dogs and cats are often very different from those seen in man. In human stroke victims a drooping face or total paralysis on one side of the body are common signs but these are rarely associated with stroke in dogs and cats. More common signs include head tilt or turn, loss of balance, loss of vision, circling and falling. These signs are not specific for stroke and can be seen associated with other brain disease.





Thanks,
Chrissy
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by ChrissyR
Thanks everyone. I told Mom about the stomatitis and she's going to call her vet first thing to get Dusty in for a blood panel. The new development is, I'm able to get him to eat a small bit at a time but now he walks like he's drunk and his head pulls to the left. In about 5 minutes I'm going to look up stroke to see if that's a possibility. Also, he has been tested for FeLV 2 years ago and then again when this mouth problem started. He's been negative both times. I do know if she can't get Dust into his regular vet tomorrow, I'll get him in with my vet as an emergency. I feel it's only fair to the poor guy. Oh, and he's not dehydrated but Mom says as far as she knows he hasn't gone potty today.

Edit to add: Something I just found out:
How do I know if my pet has had a stroke?
The signs of strokes in dogs and cats are often very different from those seen in man. In human stroke victims a drooping face or total paralysis on one side of the body are common signs but these are rarely associated with stroke in dogs and cats. More common signs include head tilt or turn, loss of balance, loss of vision, circling and falling. These signs are not specific for stroke and can be seen associated with other brain disease.





Thanks,
Chrissy
DEFINATELY get that poor guy to a vet!! And please let us know what you guys find out!!
post #10 of 17
Another possibility for the tilting head and walking like he is drunk is an inner ear infection. The first time my boy had this problem the vet told me a stroke for kitties is rare.
post #11 of 17
I've heard the FeLV can cause mouth ulcers, has the kitty been tested for that? I know it can be easily controlled if diagnosed properly.
post #12 of 17
My Twitch has no teeth due to dental issues. After her teeth came out, the vet pointed out that she also had mouth ulcers. I had just switched to a different vet & the first one hadn't noticed them. We did 3 steroid shots & now she has no teeth & no mouth ulcers. She's very happy now, eating all she wants.

Good luck with Dusty! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Dusty got in with my vet this morning. He has the stomatitis and he got a round of shots, steroid/appetite/vitamins and anti-inflamitory. My vet strongly urges the blood panel when Dusty is feeling better. As for the head, he doesn't have an inner ear infection. He has pressure on his brain and it's affecting his nerve center. His left eye twitches when light is applied to it. My vet is not ruling out a stroke but still wants blood work and the Feline Aids test done in order to find out the underlying cause. Dusty is on (and I know I'm going to spell these wrong) Prednisone and Doxycylene for the next week. Vet wants to do blood work asap. Now, it's up to Mom when she can get the money to get it done. She says she should have it by Friday.

Thanks again, everyone!!
post #14 of 17
Best wishes to Dusty. Spunky had the worst case of gingivitus that spread down his throat. The vet took a biopsy and sent it U Penn. Even U Penn was stunned. He went through 3 months of hell & steroid shots. It took time for him to eat again but more cause it was now psychological. He was too afraid to eat. Just before mom was about to give up (he is only 5 years old) he finally bounced back.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the wishes. Poor guy needs them. He's doing just a hair bit better today. His head isn't as tilted as it was but he does still stumble like he's drunk. He's eating like a horse which works when it comes to his meds. He's due to go in to his regular vet for the blood work next week. I just hope he hangs in long enough to find out what's going on.
post #16 of 17
Any updates?
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi. Sorry about the delay. Dusty went to his regular vet for blood work but they couldn't get enough blood out of him. The vet wants his back in next week. He figures it's the meds. Also, dusty now has fluid in his ear. He's on ear meds and ear mite meds for the next 7 days. Some days his head looks ok then a few hours later it's turned again. I feel so bad for the guy. Now his neck is shaved, he's a long haired Persian, and he looks funny.
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