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    I have 2 year old maine coon and he has reocuring gum problems.They get bright red and hurt him.Then they give him atibiotics and it gets better.But it comes back.He eats alot of raw talopia fish and hard food.Loves water.Any ideas???He also has very,very ,tiny teeth in the front.Thanks,this is my first post.

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    Listen... I 'm facing a similar problem. If you check the thread Weight Problem you 'll get the idea.
    How are you sure that his gums hurt him? If they were he probably wouldn't eat. What you have to do, is to visit a vet and tell him about his condition. He will know better. Antibiotics usually don't di the job. Only temporary. Believe me, I 've tried.
    Looking forward to hear from you.

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    Hi,

    Not sure if this is relevant but this was our reason for red gums

    I recently came back with my Mainecoon boy from the vets, who could not castrate him, he has always been healthy and eating good food, I took him to be castrated and it was while I was checking him over I noticed his gums they were blood red, I brought this to the attention of the vet, she took a good look in his mouth she gave him an injection of Antibiotics that was long lasting and also a pain killer and he is fine now.. no red gums.

    It was caused by one tooth in his gum being twisted a little and food had got on it this affected his whole mouth. And his weight when we had him weighed he had lost a kilo.. so the soft food he was eating at nights of soaked biscuits and cooked chicken he was eating but the dried food that is down all the time he obviously hadn't been..

    He is now back to his crazy self, after only 2 days!!

    P.S. his tufts have gone off his ears again... Courtesy of our wonderful Abyssinians who chew of tufts and whiskers!!
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    He is a handsome chappie,love his tufts disappearing story,bit of a pain if you want to show him....!
    Pleased his mouth is sorted,fingers crossed he doesn't have to have his tooth out but no doubt they will take a closer look when he is knocked out for the other little job,bless him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jckkerrison View Post
    He is a handsome chappie,love his tufts disappearing story,bit of a pain if you want to show him....!
    Pleased his mouth is sorted,fingers crossed he doesn't have to have his tooth out but no doubt they will take a closer look when he is knocked out for the other little job,bless him.

    Thats what they said, when the castrate him they will did closer but he had a temp so they would not castrate him.. I really do not think for one minute he is sick now. I took a look in his mouth and normal pink gums now!!

    He was outside today playing like a good en...
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    The only time we would give a GA when the animal had a temperature would be for an absolute emergency & no other option otherwise best to wait if routine,when do you have another try at taking him in for his op ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jckkerrison View Post
    The only time we would give a GA when the animal had a temperature would be for an absolute emergency & no other option otherwise best to wait if routine,when do you have another try at taking him in for his op ?
    They said leave him 2 weeks they gave him an antibiotic to last 14 days, I took his temp the next day and its was back to normal,

    it was 39.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrdoug View Post
    I have 2 year old maine coon and he has reocuring gum problems.They get bright red and hurt him.Then they give him atibiotics and it gets better.But it comes back.He eats alot of raw talopia fish and hard food.Loves water.Any ideas???He also has very,very ,tiny teeth in the front.Thanks,this is my first post.
    Unfortunately, tooth problems seem to be not uncommon in cats. The main thing we do is that I brush each of our four MCs' teeth nearly every night, plus we do various other things like feeding supposedly tooth healthy treats/food (e.g., Science Diet TD, Temptations Dentabites, Hartz Crunch'n'Clean). Have not had luck with water additives (cats would not drink the water). Both of our girls have had to have dentals at the vet.

    There is a vet dentist at one of the vet specialty groups in St Louis (where you seem to live). One of our girls went to him when she was having some issues. Knows lots more about pet dentistry than standard vets--but is quite pricey. Still might be worth a visit/consult. The vet group is: Associated Veterinary Specialists (AVS) and the vet is Dr. Ulbricht.

    He told us that the single best thing you can do for your cat's teeth is to brush them. I highly recommend that you get one of these special cat toothbrushes: Virbac Animal Health | C.E.T. I have found these much easier to use than most cat/pet toothbrushes. Also, there is a good cat toothbrushing video from Cornell: Brushing Your Cat's Teeth | Partners in Animal Health (this is where I first saw the above toothbrush).

    We also used to use the chlorhexedine rinses, but the cats hated them and the dentist said they were not as effective (and our experience with brushing confirms that).

    All cats have tiny little incisors between their canines. Our girl ended up having the lower ones extracted as they were loosening and her gums were becoming infected. Dr Ulbrect said this was not that uncommon. Two years later she has had no further tooth issues!

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