This is a little out of the ordinary, but I need help from you guys.
My little baby Meiko — who I’ve introduced in a previous post — needs your help. She has juvenile stomatitis, an incurable feline virus that results in painful inflammation in the oral cavity and, if left untreated, can move down the throat and make eating and swallowing extremely difficult and painful.
This little 10-month-old princess means everything to my bf and I, and we want nothing more than to give her the world and keep her healthy. Unfortunately, right now we need help to do this. We’re asking for your help to reach $1,000 for the medical procedures that would give Meiko some relief.
Below are some pictures of Meiko’s constantly inflamed gums.
It hurts me so much to see my little baby having to deal with this virus. Sadly, full dental extraction is the only for sure way to rid cats of this virus, and it just breaks my heart. Meiko’s so young, and I hate that there’s not more we can do for her to avoid a full extraction. But there is one preventive measure that can be taken that can push back the necessary extraction for a few months or even years — a gingivectomy. We’re hoping to opt for this preventive measure with this fundraiser to let Meiko keep her teeth for as long as possible while still keeping her pain-free.
A gingivectomy involves x-rays, a full dental cleaning and plaque removal, and the trimming and removal of the diseased tissue in the gums. This procedure can temporarily remove the effects of juvenile stomatitis and keep Meiko happy until the virus comes back. The next step will be a full extraction.
The price for a gingivectomy ranges from $800 – $1,000, depending on the age of the cat and the severity of the virus. We can’t get a more specific estimate unless we take Meiko in for x-rays and a consultation, which runs between $500 – $600 and is included in the gingivectomy cost. The full dental extraction ranges from $1800 – $2200. We’ll tackle that hurdle when it comes time for that.
Meiko’s dentist recommended that we take action as soon as possible to prevent the virus from getting worse, so we have a tentative gingivectomy appointment scheduled for July 24th. Anything you can do to help us raise the money for this procedure — whether it’s donating or simply sharing with your friends or on your blog — would help tremendously.
I hate that I can’t afford to do this for Meiko on my own, but she needs help, and it’s just not something that can be put off. Thank you so much for any help you can give.