Q. Have a cat that every 2 1/2-3 weeks, starts getting very sore mouth and drools. Vet gives him steroid shot and clears up. Vet not sure, anyone know?
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. Periodontal diseases in cats can be very frustrating. It's usually worth to try antibiotic and pain relief treatment first, steroids often work for a month at first but the effect reduces after each injection and the risk for him to develop diabetes is quiet high. The only effective permanent treatment is partial or total extraction of the teeth. The reason for the inflamstion and the pain is believed to be an autoimmune reaction of the body to the roots of the teeth this once they are gone the inflammation disapear for good.