Our expert says:
Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums and problems with the teeth that can result in ulcers and severe generalised inflammation of the mouth. Since it is hidden in the mouth you may have not noticed anything other than possibly foul smelling breath. It is very common in older cats. Part of the annual examination during the vaccinations by the vet should include an oral examination to check for this type of problem. Occasionally it can get so bad that the patient can loose its appetite becauase of discomfort. It can also act as a port for bacteriae to enter the body. Very often multiple extractions may be necessary.
The drowsiness is probably related to the type of anaesthetic used, but if it persists please let your vet know.
Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
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