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Feline Stomatitis

Stomatitis is a generalized inflammation of the tissues within the oral cavity. It can include the gingiva (gums), inner surface of the lips, tongue and top and/or bottom of the mouth. It should not be confused with gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums and shows up as a thin red line along the gum margin. Although not a common condition, stomatitis is serious and painful.

These cats usually have halitosis (bad breath), may drool and paw at their faces. Oral pain can lead to unusual vocalization, aggression, a decrease in feeding and subsequent weight loss. A decrease in grooming behaviour and activity are also common.

Mainly affecting adult domestic cats, the primary cause of this disease is not well understood. More than half of cats with ongoing oral inflammation have been found to have Calicivirus. Feline Herpes Virus-1 has also been found in the saliva of some affected cats. Lab tests indicate that this disease may have an immune-mediated basis, possibly caused by an exaggerated immune response to the presence of plaque bacteria and their toxins in the mouth.

Diagnosis of this disease is usually made based on patient history, symptoms and physical exam findings. Management involves a combination of things to help decrease the animal’s inappropriate inflammatory response to the presence of dental plaque. A tooth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, along with any necessary extractions, is usually recommended. In some cases, this involves full mouth extractions. Brushing any remaining teeth and the topical application of antimicrobials and diet are used to help decrease plaque formation. Broad-spectrum antibiotics and systemic anti-inflammatories are also commonly used in the management of stomatitis. Early treatment/intervention has usually resulted in a better prognosis.

Written by: St. Vital Veterinary Hospital



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Thursday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital