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September 04, 2008


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For cats not infected with FLV or FIV, what might be some modifiable risk factors for dental disease?
I am wondering why some of my cats get more advanced dental disease faster than others, when they are all otherwise healthy and all eat the same dry food.


That is a really good question. Obviously there are individual variations. I see pets with no home care and great teeth at 10 years of age, and others with crappy teeth by the time they are two.

The question (your question as it turns out) is what ARE those individual varations?

Thanks for writing, and it's off to the dental gurus.

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Yeah..Don't forget your dog's teeth! Dog dental care is a very important aspect of keeping our dog healthy.

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Poor little kitty... I wish there where more like you that do things like this. So is there any chance that the cat could get well? I mean, there are tooth infections and leukemia. Is there any chance for the cat?



Hello, Heather,

Cat's with Feline Leukemia Virus are people with HIV. The disease is poorly named, as very few cats actually develop leukemia. Most suffer from immunosuppression, which results in a variety of conditions.

We are not able to cure the disease, which is why I feel that it is important to vaccinate and prevent it. Many cats who carry the virus can be maintained for a long time, but it is unlikely that they will be able to live a normal lifespan.

The periodontal disease requires more frequent and aggressive management as the underlying cause is a failure of the immune system.

So, the answer is that the kitty can be managed, but not cured.

Thanks for reading and writing.

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Many people do no realize the importance of their pet's dental health in relation to overall health. Gum disease is associated with decreased immune system and related to a host of other health issues.


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what happen with this cat!!Feline Leukemia Virus and Dental Problem


He improved temporarily with antibiotic therapy, but his underlying disease killed him within a few months.

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i hope that cat's had a good life. kind of.

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what a terrible animal disease ?, pour cat...

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Is the cat still alive? I hope he's back to his healthy body.


Sorry to report that he is no longer with us. He succumbed to other medical problems.

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I hope the cat is now recovering. :(

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Feline leukemia is a cancerous disease. And its really very important to take good care of this disease.

Liz Robbins

I have a cat with feline leukemia that was diagnosed in 2009 when we discovered horrible dental disease (he was approximately a year and a half old; adopted from the SPCA so just an estimate). The vet removed all but five teeth and we've managed his up's and down's (mostly infections related to the remaining teeth) with antibiotics. He's since had another canine removed and the vet feels his best chance is to remove the remaining teeth. However, he's very wiped out by a current round of antibiotics so I'm wondering if his disease could be progressing to something else? What are your thoughts?


Hello, Liz,

Feline Leukemia virus acts much like HIV in people. It damages the body's ability to fight disease, and damages its ability to heal.

It is usually progressive. Keeping your buddy going for six years is pretty impressive. Most infected individuals don't make it that long.

Even if I were seeing your cat, I'm not sure I would have any words of wisdom to offer. Since I'm not seeing him, I recommend that you ask your veterinarian the questions that are in your mind.

So often we think that we have communicated so well, and the owner isn't asking questions because they don't have any. Then they go looking for "doctor google".

There's nothing wrong with researching on the internet. Just give the doctor who is seeing your pet a chance to answer your questions.

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