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My 20yr old cat has teeth issues and is on maintenance pain meds every 8 hours for the rest of his life. Our vet wont take out his tooth due to his age solely. I was wondering if orajel or baby orajel would be ok to use in conjunction with his pain meds.
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These are both Highly toxic to cats.

According to a recent Veterinary Article, this is what they said:


"The cat ate my Orajel!"

Benzocaine is an over-the-counter topical anesthetic that, if ingested or absorbed through the skin, can also result in a toxicosis characterized by methemoglobinemia and a Heinz body anemia in cats. Methemoglobinemia can develop in cats in just 20 to 30 minutes after a single topical application (spray). Treatment is the same as that for acetaminophen toxicosis. If the benzocaine was applied topically, bathing with a mild soap is also indicated. If the benzocaine was ingested, attempts to decontaminate the gastrointestinal tract may be necessary.

So the answer is a definite NO, do NOT use it at all.  

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