Could bad teeth/gums cause severe diarrhea?

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I have a 10 year old cat who has tested negative for bartonella, guardia, feline leukemia, you name it. He has severe diarrhea. His appetite is excellent, but seems to have a fast track and I can’t keep any weight on him. I know he has some bad teeth. He is so emaciated that I do not want to put him under anesthesia for possible teeth extractions. Is it his teeth/gums that are causing severe/explosive diarrhea?

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Asked on May 26, 2015 6:33 pm


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Though the teeth need to be treated it is unlikely they are the primary cause of the diarrhea. I am assuming proper blood work has been done and an over active thyroid and diabetes have been ruled out. Also pancreatic deficiency may cause diarrhea. Inflammatory bowel disease is difficult to diagnosis but can also cause diarrhea. Food allergies can be developed over time and lead to diarrhea. First, try a hypoallergenic diet with a unique protein source like venison and a unique carbohydrate source like potato or wheat for about a month. If that doesn’t work alone add pancreatic enzymes to the food to aid digestion. Also adding fiber to the diet may help, the product vetasyl can be given by capsules.

Make only one change at a time and give four weeks to see effect. I would like to see the cat gain some weight prior to surgery on the mouth.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on May 26, 2015 6:34 pm