General information on Glossitis
Glossitis is the inflammation and infection of the tongue. Cats with immunodeficiency diseases often also get glossitis. Cats may also irritate their tongues while cleaning themselves. Cleaning certain materials and things off of their coats can cause tongue burns. These burns, cuts, and scratches can become infected causing glossitis.
Symptoms of Glossitis
Some of the symptoms for glossitis may be that the cat looks ungroomed due to the fact that they stop cleaning themselves since their tongue is sore, the neck area may be covered with dirt and drool, and there may be visible open sores and ulcers on the tongue. You may notice when a cat with glossitis sheds the inflamed surface, the tongue then may appear to be red and shiny due to a loss of the hooks on the tongue.
Treatments for Glossitis
To treat glossitis, your veterinarian may give you a solution to rinse out the catís mouth out a couple times a day. Antibiotics may also be prescribed by the veterinarian. If the catís tongue is extremely sore, altering the catís diet to soft canned food served at room temperature may help make it easier for the cat to eat. If the case of glossitis is severe enough and there are ulcers on the tongue, your veterinarian may have to cauterize them.
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