Lulu is a 15 year old spayed female cat whose owners had recently noticed a change in her personality and routine. She had taken to hiding under furniture and often seemed withdrawn. In the past, Lulu had been eager at mealtime but now regularly walked away from the bowl without eating anything. Her family was concerned about her health and brought her to Ryegate Small Animal Hospital (RSAH).
While the majority of her physical exam was normal, Dr. Hyde was able to find one possible factor for Lulu’s melancholy – a diseased tooth that her owners were not able to see at home. Hopeful that removing the problem tooth would restore Lulu’s interest in food, her owners scheduled Lulu for a dental cleaning and tooth extraction.