Neville’s time at the veterinary hospital yesterday was more complicated than was anticipated. He turned out to have many bad teeth, with accompanying infection. The result was that almost all of his teeth were removed, excepting a few that were left to be resorbed.
He has been given three medicines that he must take daily for about a week, two twice a day, one once a day (in addition to his insulin). He is probably less happy about this than about the loss of his teeth. He already is dreading the delivery of the medicine, and tries to hide when he sees me coming. But I think he was feeling some discomfort last night, as he didn’t appear to sleep much, so the medicine will ease that, I hope.
Nev was hungry when he came home, having been starved in preparation for his surgery. He can’t have any hard-food yet, which is another insult, I’m sure he feels, but now that he has kept small amounts of Recovery down, he can have larger amounts, as well as other soft-foods that he likes. But he prefers the most expensive. It may be his way of getting back at me.
I feel very bad about letting Neville’s condition deteriorate so badly. I suspected that some of his teeth would have to come out, as his breath had been bad for a while, but I had no notion of the problem’s extent. My consolation is that the doctor didn’t appear to know its extent, either, until she was able to examine the interior of Nev’s mouth at length and in detail. The fact that Tucker’s teeth all needed to come out as well made me wonder if diabetes somehow plays a role in the deterioration of teeth. I looked at the Diabetes Canada website and found that “high blood sugar can damage gums and teeth in the same way that it can damage the heart, eyes, and nerves. As a result, people [and, one assumes, cats] with diabetes are at higher risk for tooth decay, gum inflammation and disease, and periodontitis…”
Even so, I feel responsible for the Nevsky’s problem.
But now, hopefully, his health will be on the increase; he will feel better, stronger, much more comfortable and, perhaps, the results of our struggle against his diabetes will be less indifferent.