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How to Diagnose Gingivitis in Cats

Gingivitis is a common gum disease found in many animals including both dogs and cats. Understanding how gingivitis occurs and what to do about it is of utmost importance. First, gingivitis is one of the first stages of periodontal disease. It occurs when food and plaque buildup overtakes the teeth. It can cause inflammation, redness, and swelling and irritation to the gums. If you notice these signs in your cat or if you notice your cat is having trouble chewing her food, call your vet and schedule an exam. It could be related to gingivitis or another illness. Your vet will need to examine your cat in order to make a diagnosis. If it’s determined to be gingivitis a treatment regimen will be prescribed. Gingivitis can be stopped, prevented and even reversed in some cases. Talk to your Glen Ellyn, IL vet to learn more.

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