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Animal Specialty & Emergency Center of Brevard

The Resilient Tale of Koko Beans

Bean's before and after dental images

In a heartwarming tale of feline resilience, Koko Beans, affectionately known as "Beans," triumphed over Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis (FCGS) through a successful dental intervention at Animal Specialty & Emergency Center of Brevard (ASEC).

The four-legged patient was brought in by her concerned owner, who noticed difficulty in eating and observed redness and bleeding of her gums. FCGS is a challenging condition in which cats experience recurrent episodes of generalized inflammation in all surfaces of the mouth, bad breath, and oral discomfort, primarily triggered by an allergic reaction to tartar and plaque accumulation.

Upon diagnosis, Dr. Monica Morgado and her team at ASEC determined that total mouth extractions were necessary to eliminate all structures in Beans' mouth that were harboring harmful bacteria. Though a significant procedure, it is one of the recommended courses of action for cats suffering from FCGS to increase the likelihood of reaching remission.

The surgery proved to be a turning point for Beans, who made a remarkable recovery and was soon back to her rambunctious self within just a couple of days. Her success story serves as an inspiration for other feline friends battling similar dental challenges. Our dental department highlighted the importance of early intervention, emphasizing that surgical extractions, when recommended, can significantly improve the chances of achieving remission for cats suffering from FCGS. We urge cat owners to be vigilant about their pets' oral health and seek professional care at the first signs of discomfort or generalized gingivitis & mucositis.