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Reviewing gingivostomatitis in felines

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Fetch faculty member, Curt Coffman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, explains this dental infection and potential clinical signs in cats

In an interview with dvm360, Curt Coffman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, specialty director of dentistry at Thrive Pet Healthcare, explained what gingivostomatitis is and how it presents in cats. He gave an overview of clinical signs that could present in patients, however, cats might hide signs of pain, making it harder to identify at an earlier stage of the infection.

The following is a partial transcript of the video.

Curt Coffman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC: Gingivostomatitis particularly in cats, a lot of times, externally, we don't see a lot of symptoms until it's really bad. And then the cats really will have symptoms that you see externally. So, they may drool more, they may paw at their face. When they do eat, it feels like they do this a lot where they're like something stuck in my mouth where there really isn't anything stuck. It's just the sores on the inside of their mouth or the ulcerations are so painful, and it's triggered by them eating and then they do have excessive salivation.

Coffman will be delivering dentistry lectures at our Fetch Long Beach conference taking place December 1-3, 2023. Check out all our Long Beach coverage.

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