Thursday, May 19, 2016

Trip to the Vet: Dragonheart

Purrs for Dragonheart today, please.  He is going to the vet as his molars appear to be bothering him.  He has been pawing at his face and meowing as if he's in pain.  A quick vet trip the other day found that his top molars looked very decayed, so they are going to investigate today (x-rays and extractions if needed), so he needs to be anaesthetized.  Dragonheart has a heart murmur and very mild hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, so anaesthesia is always a risk.  Our vets are very good though, and take every precaution.  They've also anaesthetized Dragonheart before, so they know what works for him.  At the quick vet trip they gave Dragonheart a long-lasting painkiller, and he's been acting normally since then, so it does appear that he was in pain at the very least.



So purrs would be appreciate today that all goes well, and they it is just the teeth bothering him. The bloodwork they took at the quick vet appointment all came back normal, so that's good.

Thank you for your purrs!

Update: 10:45:  So Dragonheart took the sedation well.  They are extracting one tooth, and the gum behind the tooth looks like it has gum hyperplasia.  So they are doing a biopsy to make sure it is nothing serious.  We are all very happy that the sedation has gone well, and that they are able to do the extraction at this time so he doesn't have to go back again.

Update: 12 noon: The vet reports that Dragonheart is looking good and having a cuddle.  They sent us this photo:


The vet students love us Sphynx!  We are always a big hit when we go to the vet.  Thank you again for your purrs, positive thoughts, and prayers!

Update: 13:00: So our mom spoke with the vet student overseeing Dragonheart's care (he also had a full veterinary doctor working on him), and it turns out that with Dragonheart's bottom right molar, there was a deep pocket, the bone had receded, and one of the roots was exposed.  That's probably why he was in pain.  The gum hyperplasia they figure was due to the pain - he was probably irritating that area, and so the gum there became enlarged and inflamed.  But they removed the little lump and are sending it to be tested, just to be sure.  The rest of his teeth looked good.

So silly Dragonheart, hiding the pain from us until it got to this point.  Although the vet said that cats are very good at hiding pain, and very very good at hiding oral pain.  It is a good thing our mom noticed him pawing at his cheeks the other day.  He had been meowing at his food plate, but he does that quite often anyway, as he is the fussiest of us three.  At least it's been taken care of, and he should be fine now.

25 comments

Hannah and Lucy said...

Dragonheart we are sorry to hear that you have got some bad teeth and have been given a long lasting painkiller. We hope all will go well when those teeth have been cleaned and you don't need anything more to be done.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Got my purring up and running and have asked Mason - who is a professional purrer now - to purr as well. We'll be sending healing purrs your way, non-stop, for the rest of the day. PURRS.

Purrs,
Seville

L. E. Mastilock said...

Praying for him. Poor kitty! Hope he gets some relief right away. ~RascalandRocco

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I will be praying for him. I will send him a tooth fairy crocheted toy too.

Punapippuri said...

We were late to the blog but are delighted to read the last update. We know Dragonheart is a bit dopey in the photo but it is a wonderful shot. We hope the toothfairy leaves something really good for him and that his recovery continues. No more nasty molars, please. And let's hope Devi knows she has to go easy on her bro for a while!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

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quik ree covveree....we noe ya mite knot be abe ta eat cruncheez fora while sew we
send trout soop....all sew... make sure de vet gives yur mom yur tooth, take it home & put it under a pillow...it will tern itself inta cash moneez...50's & 100's !!! ♥♥♥

The Swiss Cats said...

We're sorry you were in pain had to have a tooth removed. but we're glad to read your last update. Purrs

onespoiledcat said...

I'm purring and sending POTP to Dragonheart - not just because I'm sure he was hurting before the work was done BUT because I'm hoping his tissue is fine as well. I bet he'll be happy to be home again.....and hope he will be totally fine before you know it!

Love, Sammy

kittycaperz said...

We're so happy that all went well at the doctor's today!!!

Caren Gittleman said...

thank you for these updates, so happy that it is all over and that Dragonheart is recovering catchatwithcarenandcody

The Florida Furkids said...

Sweet Dragonheart....we're sorry you had to go through this but we're glad things turned out okay. We hope you are feeling better soon.

The Florida Furkids

Max Thompson said...

Dang, dood, I'm sorry you had to go to the stabby place. I hope your mouth feels better, like, NOW...

Pretinha said...

Fico contente que agora ele está bem, pobre menino,
você é uma boa mãe de gato conseguiu perceber que ele estava com dor.
Boa recuperação Dragonheart!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Purrs for Dragonheart...so happy to hear all is well.

The Island Cats said...

We're glad all went well for Dragonheart. Without that nasty toof, we hope he feels better. And we purr that the lump is nothing.

Brian said...

Purrs from all of us Dragonheart, you should feel much better soon!

Just Ducky said...

Very happy that all went well for Dragonheart at the vet.

Mickey's Musings said...

We are so glad to hear that sweet Dragonheart came through surgery and continues to be well.
We send lots of purrs to him.

Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ

Sweet Purrfections said...

Glad to hear everything is going well so far. Purring for good results with the biopsy.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I'm glad you came through the anesthesia and the dental just fine, Dragonheart! It sounds like they treat you very well over there.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

You had us worried there for a moment, Dragonheart! But we are so pleased to read that everything went well and, most importantly, they have been able to relieve the pain. Now you can enjoy your weekend!

Big Purrs,
The Chans

The Meezers or Billy said...

we is glad you is ok buddy!

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Dragonheart we are so relieved to read all the updates and know you are feeling so much better. I know going to the Vet is not fun but this time it had a great outcome and you'll feel so great when you get home.BIG purrs.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Our purrs that the dental werk is all that is needed and he is fine now!

The Menagerie Mom said...

What a day you had, Dragonheart. I am so glad you're feeling better now, though! Purrs to you!