Westley's surgery

Westley's surgery

From Lyssa Leigh

Westley has Stomatitis (his immune system is attacking his teeth/gums causing painful erosions and killing the teeth). He needs surgery to take his teeth out in hopes to prevent further pain and other complications.

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Update #6

over 7 years ago

Westley will be picked up today after I get out of work around noon. They said he did well last night, his mouth looks good but he did not want to eat this morning and had to be force fed. Hoping he feels more up to it when he's back home!

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Westley has been diagnosed with the worst stage of Stomatitis.  Stomatitis is a common, painful and life threatening problem in many cats.  It involves inflammation of the mouth, with the immune system attacking the teeth and gums.  This includes having bad breath, red, bleeding and inflammed gums, painful eating, erosions around teeth and tooth decay. Inflammation spreads from areas adjacent to teeth to areas more distant (back of the throat  or the oropharynx).  In some areas, the gums enlarge and block off areas of the oropharynx.  Eating and  swallowing become difficult and painful for many cats. If severe enough, cats may stop grooming themselves and will starve themselves due to the pain.

There is no cure to this disease.  In order to prevent pain, further damage to the oral cavity and possibly spreading the other organs, as well as preventing depression and starvation (and possibly death), it is imperative to take out the teeth.  This does not ensure the problem will go away, but it will ease their pain since the immune system can no longer attack the teeth.  It has an 80% success rate.

Westley is my child.  He has been with me through thick and thin and I could not imagine being without him.  I can see him in pain and wish there was something I could do to help.  Please, help me help him get through this!

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Lyssa Leigh posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Update #6

Westley will be picked up today after I get out of work around noon. They said he did well last night, his mouth looks good but he did not want to eat this morning and had to be force fed. Hoping he feels more up to it when he's back home!

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Lyssa Leigh posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Update #5

Westley's surgery went well today. He is resting comfortably and will be staying overnight for observation. Thank you again to all who have supported his cause, it means the world to me!

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Lyssa Leigh posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Update #4

Spending the day cuddling with my little man on the couch after a long weekend away from him. One more week until his surgery, please continue to help spread the word and donate!

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Lyssa Leigh posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Update #3

A little humor to brighten up a sad and scary situation: Westley's new nickname will be Toothless (thanks Kelly!)
Please continue to spread the word and help West with his upcoming surgery. Thank you!!!

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Lyssa Leigh posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Update #2

It's official, Westley's surgery will be on Monday March 9th! Thank you so so much to every one who has helped make this happen. Please continue to spread the word and help donate if you can as I have had to take out an extra credit card in order to pay for his vet bills.

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Lyssa Leigh posted a new update:
over 7 years ago

Update #1

THANK YOU to every one who has donated! Words cannot express how much it means to me that I have so many caring and generous friends and family in my life. Because of you all I will be able to set a date for the surgery sooner rather than later!

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