Monday, February 19, 2018

Kitty Dental Care





Dental disease in cats
by Jill Anne Sparpany

How many of you can brush your cat’s teeth? How many of you would attempt to brush them with heavy-duty oven mitts and some kitty tranquilizer? Most people would not, yet feline dental disease and its complications are very common.

The American Veterinary Dental Society states 70% of pet cats show signs of dental disease by age 3. Signs of dental disease are bad breath, redness, and swelling of the gums, changes in eating habits or pawing at the face or mouth. When eating, food residue called plaque sticks to teeth and over time, plaque hardens into tartar. If the tartar is not removed, gingivitis – irritation of the gums – leads to gum disease which is the most common cause of feline dental problems and tooth loss. Gingivitis causes gum recession and pocket formation, which traps bacteria. Infection weakens the lining of the socket holding the tooth in place, causing the tooth to become loose and drop out. Other dental problems include erosion of teeth, broken teeth, oral resorptive lesions, and stomatitis.



The extent of dental disease is determined by the type of food, systemic illnesses, oral inflammation and breed, and if any oral care or preventatives are used at home.
Some breeds, including the Abyssinian, Persian and Siamese, are more prone to oral resorptive lesions, in which teeth are broken down at the gum line and reabsorbed. Softening food with water and daily brushing will help manage the resorptive condition.



Stomatitis is inflammation of the entire mouth. Clinical signs include drooling, extreme pain, loss of appetite and weight loss. The cat may become more aggressive, act depressed or withdraw from normal routines. Treatment for stomatitis includes oral gels, routine dental cleanings, steroids, antibiotics or homeopathic remedies. Advanced stomatitis not relieved by conservative treatments may necessitate extraction of the cat’s teeth.
Viral infections, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), can make a cat more prone to dental disease.

Dental care can keep kitty’s pearly whites strong and healthy for his lifetime. Dental cleaning is a very quick procedure done under light anesthetic. The teeth are descaled, usually with an ultrasonic descaler that shoots sprays of water, vibrating at very high speed, onto the teeth. This is the same type of ultrasonic cleaning your dentist uses. The tartar is shaken loose and washed away. After cleaning, surfaces are polished smooth to prevent tartar buildup from occurring too quickly. Any badly infected teeth may need to be extracted.

Light anesthetics administered for dental cleanings are safe for elderly cats. It is better to have your older cat’s teeth cleaned annually to prevent infection or worse health problems, especially if other pre-existing health diseases are present.

Examine your cat’s mouth for red, irritated gums, tartar buildup and bad breath. Observe if your cat has changes in appetite, eating or behavior. Gums should be pink and firm. The cat should not have bad breath or plaque buildup on his teeth.
Many vets have plaque and tartar control treats and water additives to reduce plaque buildup. Be sure to provide fresh water daily!


Special Note: Not all vets administer antibiotics with routine dental cleanings. During tartar removal, small bleeding may occur and provides a portal of entry for oral bacteria to get into the bloodstream.   ASK FOR THEM!  We have had several cats DIE from the bacteria from dentals.  Humans DIE from dentals from the same cause.  ASK FOR ANTIBIOTICS to give BEFORE the dentals.

Post-dental infection can cause sepsis, systemic bloodstream infection, or organ infections, such as hepatitis or pancreatitis.



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day from the BCR Kitties!


We want to thank everyone once again for the support, 
love, and kindness you show every week to our 
wonderful kitties here at BCR. 
Whether it's through sponsoring, sustaining, sending them gifts
from our wish lists, personal gifts made for them or donating
on Facebook during tours or on our website. 
We also want to thank everyone that does our
daily clicks and quizzes, likes and share all our posts and tours. 
That is also just as important.

Below is the link to our wish list. 


Thank you Gavin Gaard for all the food!
Thank you unnamed for all the trash bags!
Thank you Nelia Lake for all the food!
Thank you Wendy Depp for the food!


Thank you Linda for all the bird seed and trash bags!
Thank you Monica mcCoy for the laundry soap!
Thank you Christina Gandley for all the food!


Thank you S Dee Shaffer for the food!
Thank you Thomas Zaffer for the toys!
Thank you Katrina Sullivan for all the food and fountain brush cleaner!


Thank you Sherri Moye for the food, scratch and rests!
Thank you Lucie Sarksov for the bleach!
Thank you Linda for the cords, food and bird seed!
Thank you Malgorzata White for all the beautiful beds!



 Thank you Maureen Walsh for the beautiful blankets!
Thank you Gavin Gaard for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Thank you Lisa Troutman for the food!
Thank you Malgorzata White for all the beautiful beds!
Thank you Linda for the bird food, office supplies and treats for the humans!
Thank you Nancy Damrow for the food and goodybox!


Thank you Jill Sparapany for all the food!
Thank you Blind Rutsky for the food!
Thank you SHerri Moye for the food!


Thank youy Michael Bujak for the food and syringes!
Thank you Sunetra & Nishant for the food!
Thank you Marily Rutsky for all the food!
Thank you Robert Karol for the food, trash bags and bleach!


These are just a few of the many wonderful
kitties that because of you, we can make 
a difference in their lives!




Saturday, February 10, 2018

02/10/2018


Thank you to everyone that sent goodies to the kitties 
from our wish list. 
Below is a link to both our wish lists as we know 
have one for Walmart too. 
Thank you so much. 
For information on our Walmart link and how
to use it please go here:
Make sure you read the info about how to order :)

Stevie

Thank you Marci Bork for the food and bleach!
Thank you unnamed for all the bleach!
Thank you Suzanne Ellis for all the food!
Thank you Holly Roe for for the food!
Socks

Thank you Joseph & Lynda Rousseau for the food and bleach!
Thank you unnamed and 9 cats for all the food!
Thank you Laura, Gracie, Otis and Kyle Webber for the bleach!
Thank you Patricia McElroy for the food!
Thank you Valerie & Christopher Reho for the food!

Gabriel
Thank you Katherine McDonald for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the catnip toys!
Thank you Joseph & Lynda Rousseau for the laundry soap!
Thank you Linda for the bird seed and apple juice!
Thank you Anonymous for the food!

Isabelle
Thank you unnamed for the syringes!
Thank you Casey Luke for the food!
Thank you Philomena Quinn for the food!
Thank you Katherine McDonald for all the food!
Thank you David & Lisa Troutman for the filters!

The blog is going to be going through some more changes
in the next couple of weeks. A bit of a 
re-design so just bear with us :) 



Friday, February 2, 2018

02/02/2018


We are having senior week here at BCR and we
are spotlighting some of our older kitties. 
Abbey, of course, is our oldest kitty, although you would
never know it by how playful she is. 

Thank you to everyone that has sent gifts to the kitties.
Our Amazon Wishlist changes depending on what we need.
You can check it out by clicking the link below:


Thank you Dean Brown for the cat nip toys!
Thank  you Virginia Olienechak  for all the food!
Thank you Richard Ott for all the food!
Thank you Martha Farrell for all the food!
Thank you Naomi Lasdon for the food!


Thank you Rebekah Hickle for the food!
Thank you Patti Jenkins for the food!
Thank you Erin Morris for the food!
Thank you Shelly Heil for the food!
Thank you Linda for the honey for the staff's tea and coffee!
Thank you Silvia Sodre for the food!


Thank you Tess Gape for the food!
Thank you Geoff Berman for all the food!
Thank you Sunetra for all the food!
Thank you Gena for the tower!
Thank you Steven Ezzes for all the food!
Thank you unnamed for all the foods!




Thank you Jonathon, Marry Christmas Rosalyn, for the plush bed!
Thank you Jennifer for all the food! 
Thank you Christina Gantert for the toys!
Thank you Judy Mackey for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you unnamed for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Sherri for the toys!




Thank you Suzanne Ellis for all the food!
Thank you Erin for all the food and bleach!
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the scratcher!
Thank you Julietta Venuto for the food!


Thank you Stephanie & Rick Sokol for the food and bleach!
Thank you Mary Falcone for the food!
Thank you Tara Monahan for the food!
Thank you Jill Sparapany for all the food!


Thank you unnamed for the toys!
Thank you Caroline Biggs for the food!
Thank you Cataturk for all the foods!
Thank you Jo Anne Newman for the food!
Thank you Joanna & Armando Nunez for the food!

Thank you Christina Owens for the food!
Thank you Sandy Brown for the food!
Thank you ALicia for the beds and toys!
Thank you Amanda Mitcham for the drawing!





Thank you  L.Y. Yuen for the syringes!
Thank you Joan Brooks for all the food!
Thank you Maria Courteau for the food!
Thank you Danny Cook for the food!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Kidney Disease in cats

Kidney Disease in Cats





Holly is a senior kitty (14 years old) with advanced kidney
Chronic Kidney Disease.  There is a great website that
can give you so much information that is written in simple
English that we can all understand.  http://www.felinecrf.org
Her phosphorus level had risen very high again so she was
hospitalized for a few days to try to get it lowered.  She is a 
sweet kitty and sadly I think as advanced as her kidney disease
we will not have many more months with her.  For my vet/vet tech
friends out there  BUN 47  CREATINE 2.5 PHOSPHORUS 6.2
This is AFTER being in the hospital for 2 days.
For my non vet friends,  those numbers are not good.

She gets daily fluids to help with dehydration.  With a cat
with end-stage kidney disease, this will not fix dehydration
but it helps.   She is not fond of having fluids done but
usually will co-operate long enough for me to get them done.

Here is a video of me doing them.  This one is kind of disjointed.
Please remember you are human and nothing is ever perfect.
Do the best you can :) 


If your cat has any of the following symptoms,
please get them to your vet immediately.

**  weight loss and reduction of appetite
**  Dry coat
**  Bad breath (often with an ammonia-like odor)
**  Vomiting and diarrhea
** Discoloration and/or ulcers on the tongue or gums
** Coma

Once a coma occurs, death is imminent.  It is critical
you take your cat to the veterinarian when they first
exhibit any of these symptoms.

Your vet will need to do blood work & urinalysis to
confirm the diagnosis.  Give your vet the tools to help your pet.  Always let them do blood, etc.

Prevention of Kidney Failure in Cats

Limit your cat’s exposure to toxic substances.

Understand possible genetic connections: (Abyssinians 
and Persians are thought to have a familial predisposition
to developing kidney disease.

Schedule regular, twice - yearly appointments with
your vet.  Caught early as part of wellness screen
gives the best chance for long-term health because
intervention takes place very early in the disease process

Learn the signs of kidney disease.  If your cat has a
change in water intake or trips to the litter box, take
them to the vet.   They could be signs of kidney disease
or diabetes.  Go to the vet and find out  :)








Friday, January 19, 2018

Turkey Day for the kitties


Jim and Joan getting all the bowls full of 
turkey, ready for the kitties.

Every year Jim and Joan cook a plain turkey and chop it up and
bring it too the kitties.
As you can see they love it. 


Thank you Linda for all the coffee, creamer, honey, tea, sugar and treats!
Thank you Pentti Sundberg for the food!
Thank you Barbara Wong for all the food and cookies for the humans!
Thank you Cameron Nichols for the food!
Thank you Leslie for the food!
Thank you Robert Gutterman for all the food!
Thank you Melanie Lulue for all the food!
Thank you Sandra Wadsworth for all the food and gifts cards!


Ella eating her turkey dinner
Thank you Kerry Gniewek for all the food!
Thank you Linnea Bernadino for all the food!
Thank you L.Y. Yuen for the food!
Thank you Gena for the food and gifts for staff!
Thank you unnamed for the gift card!
Thank you Johnstone family for all the food!
Thank you Rex Hickman for all the food!
Thank you Anne B for the gift card and food!

Jewell approves.

Thank you Helena Richardson for all the food and toys!
Thank you Susan Albano for all the food!
Thank you K. for the food!
Thank you Kelly for the food!
Thank you Sherri Moye for all the food and scratcher!
Thank you Lee Stough for the syringes and bowls!

Felix

Thank you Christina Gandley for the food!
Thank you Ione Brown for the scratchers!
Thank you Terri Wilson for the bed and toys!
Thank you Chris for the syringes
Thank yoU Ginger Faedtke for the food!
Thank you Mel B for the food!
Thank you Deanna for the food!


Thank you Richard Ott for all the food!
Thank you Matthew for the food and bleach!
Thank you Chris for the gift card!
Thank you Mel B for the food!
Thank you Robert Gutterman for all the food!


Thank you Linda for the chocolate!
Thank you Michelle Stehrenberger for all the food!
Thank you Frank Vince for the food!
Thank you Parcheta Family for the food!
Thank you Karen Cook for the food and bleach!
Thank you unnamed for the food!


Thank you Kathleen Maley for the food!
Thank you Lynn Hiester for the food!
Thank you Arien Bates for all the food!
Thank you Lori Davis for the food and Amazon gift card!
Thank yoU Kathy Weis for the Amazon gift card!


Thank you Michele Ramos for the food!
Thank you Sarah for the food!
Thank you Stephanie Vogt for the food!
Thank yoU Christina Gantert for the food!
Thank you Dawn Naska for all the beds!


Thank you Robert Nyberg for all the syringes!
Thank you Anita Wright for all the food and bleach!
Thank you Veronica, Don & Oliva for the food!
Thank you Pamela Lee for the food!
Thank yoU Barbara Scapelitte for the food!




Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Allison Moore for the food and bleach!
Thank you Linda for the creamer and tea!
Thank you Gabby Lawson for the food


Thank you to everyone that sends goodies to the kitties!
To see what we need please click the link below. 


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the Friends of BCR Group
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