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Owner explains how beloved cat died at end of veterinary dental cleaning — 6 Comments

  1. Finding a proper feline veterinary dental specialist in the UK is harder than finding a needle in a hay stack. I knew of two at one time. One was elderly but she was brilliant.

    I don’t know how much dental training vets get in the UK. From the number of cats I have had to take back to the vet as fragments of root were left broken inside the gum, I would guess they don’t get much instruction or practice.

    It is easy to forget that vets in general practice are in fact generalists only.

    I have known of vet nurses in the UK carrying out dental cleaning.

    I hope Biscuit’s human got some redress. If the risks were not explained properly, then a formal complaint to the governing body would be in order.

    Raw feeding, if done safely using proprietory complete raw food for cats can go a long way to preserving dental health, but not all cats will eat raw and some cats just have dreadful dental issues not linked to food or cleaning.

  2. My gawd,this is the 2nd cat to die from dental cleaning,WTH is going on????
    I was going to take my ‘Riley’ in for dental cleaning but not now,I’ll just add the Oral Care tartar solution to his drinking water.

  3. Our cat Coral had a dental cleaning several years ago. She’s a senior girl and they had problems with her and said it would be a bad idea to do another one in the future. That she probably wouldn’t survive it. She was 11 at her last one.

    • I really don’t think that guardians see this as a serious procedure and most DVMs treat it as routine. Cats just don’t tolerate things as easily as dogs.

  4. The more commonplace dental care becomes for cats, the more issues are arising with disability and mortality. This is truly an alarming and shocking thing to comprehend. Studies need to be done to find out how prevalent these occurrences are and what precautions we can take to prevent them. My heart goes out to Biscuit’s human guardians. 😱😢

  5. The cost of a dental cleaning for your cat is expensive. Stay away from your regular DVM and make sure the one you use is a specialist in the field. Our Little Mercy came with a plethora of dental issues that needed oral surgery to correct so she could have a normal life. Look to spend anywhere from 500 to 900 to have this done correctly. Most DVMs push the dental as it’s a high profit procedure. The more natural your pets diet the fewer dental issues they’ll likely have.
    Quite frankly you can find yourself guilt tripped and clinics fail to properly inform you of the risks.
    Pre surgery blood work, and monitoring are things you won’t get at a discount cleaning.
    It does not sound like this is a case of veterinary negligence. You wish it were but no one can predict the reaction to being put under anesthesia even with all the tests and monitoring. I know the vet would love to get the bit of tarter that Mook has at 9. She had a full dental at 5 and realistically no cat that has normal teeth probably needs one before that. Mercy needed hers as soon as her adult teeth came in to remove a massive amount of excess gum tissue. This was confirmed not only by my DVM but a specialist via video conference. I’m not suggesting you not attend to broken teeth etc only that you not let your judgment be swayed by what is fear mongering in the exam room.

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