Mouth, Teeth, and Gums: Oral and Dental Pet Health

Last Modified on Dec 24, 2014

Dental Care for Pets
A lot of our pets have mouth and teeth issues. Let's face it, they're not good tooth brushers. And flossing? Forget it! Still, we can take some easy steps with home remedies that improve our pets's oral and dental health.

The teeth and gums are just as prone to infection and decay in our cats, dogs, and other pets as are our own dental hardware. A little dental care routine for cavity prevention and gum care can go a long way in keeping our pet's overall health in the best of shape.

Natural Pet Care Remedies: Raw bones (not boiled--these can splinter!) can be an easy thing to give your dog to strengthen and clean their teeth. Brushing your dog's teeth is critical, as best you can do it and as often as you can, and it doesn't hurt cats either. Make sure to gently clean the gums as well, and look for pet food that isn't full of cavity-creating carbohydrates. The better balanced diet will help to support oral and dental health!

User Reviews


Coconut Oil   1  0   

Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio) on 05/24/2010

[YEA]  My dog has AWFUL teeth, they are rotted and horribly decayed, she's 10 years old. Finally one morning her whole face was swollen and deformed, and her gums were bleeding and oozing pus. She was so sick, and lethargic we were looking into crematoriums, and making plans to put her down.

She, ofcourse, was unable to eat dry food, so my mother started hand feeding her wet food, and we put about 2 TBSP coconut oil in there mixed in. Within a week, she was dramatically improved and the swelling went completely down. In 2 weeks she was better than ever, (completely healed)and full ofyouthful energy. We continue to feed her wet food now, and she had one other minor flare up, since then, and we gave her coconut oil and in 2 days she was good as new.

Remember guys, Brush your dogs teeth!!!!

Replied by Kimberly
Akron, Ohio
03/01/2011
What type of dog do you have? I have a lab about 125lbs. Just wondering on the dose of coconut oil
Replied by Cj
St Paul Ne
12/10/2013
Does coconut oil works really good for cat gingivitis?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
12/11/2013
Hey CJ! You are responding to a post that is over 2 years old, so I will try to help with a reply.

Coconut oil fat is nearly 50% lauric acid, which is a compound with amazing health promoting properties. It contains antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties that boost the immune system. Lauric acid is converted by the body into monolaurin and makes coconut oil effective in treating many bacterial and fungal infections.

The kind of coconut oil that best retains its healing properties is virgin. raw, centerfuge extracted, but cold pressed or expeller pressed can be good also.

Coconut oil melts very easily and can be easily added to your cat's wet food.

One thing to consider feeding your cat once his mouth has healed is raw bones. Raw chicken wings, raw chicken necks are the right size for a cat and eating them will provide the natural tooth brush action to keep your cat's teeth and gums clean.

Coconut Oil for Stomatitis   1  0   

Posted by Jane (Dover, NJ) on 03/15/2014

[YEA]  Coconut oil has helped my cat's stomatitis greatly. I was told at the vets that the only ways to help this condition was either repetitive steroid shots for the inflammation or removal all of her teeth. I put a small amount of coconut oil on her paw, she licks it off and inflammation is gone. Also, she likes the taste and her fur has never looked so good.

Replied by Diana
Western Australia
08/20/2014
Jane, your news about how effective coconut oil was for your cat sounds so wonderful - I'm so worried about having to pay $500 each year ($300 just for anaesthetic) to have my cat's teeth scraped - can you tell me what product of coconut oil you used? Or maybe what's its properties are, as listed on the pack? Perhaps I can match them. Thanks for your advice.
Replied by Mandy
Rockaway, NJ
11/02/2014
Hi Jane - any updates on how well your cat is doing after a few months?
I have 2 cats with this and have started mixing coconut oil into their wet food. I haven't seen improvement yet after a week or two. This week, I'll try putting it directly on their front paws to see if that makes a difference. Thanks for any insight you can provide.

Colloidal Silver   2  0   

Posted by Cate (Alta Loma, Ca) on 08/29/2012

How much colloidal silver should I add to my dogs bowl to treat his peridontal disease? is it safe to use?

Posted by Kittymom (Northern, Nm) on 03/20/2010

[YEA]  To Whom It May Wellfully Concern, all kinds of animals and humans, too. To all you kitty lovers out there whose kitties/doggies are quite impossible to brush their teeth, try putting some drops of colloidal silver in their daily drinking water. As it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it keeps the mouth germs down to a minimum. A kitty who had 3 teeth out 2yrs ago, had an exam recently and her mouth was in good shape due to this little tip! also, cured in a couple of day, an oozing cold in her eye. you can use it safely in eyes, ears, nose or directly in mouth as a holistic viral/bacterial natural medicine. it is great! and almost tasteless. As a human being i use it myself often to keep germs from making havoc by squirting a few drops down my throat and in my nose every time i'm out and about in crowds/hospitals, etc.-where germs are rampant, also whenever i get a hint of soar throat. i squirt a few drops and voila they're dead and i'm all well!

Replied by Meredith
Hamilton, New Zealand
07/27/2010
[YEA]   I've also had what I consider to be amazing results with using colloidal silver in my dogs drinking water. Our 10 year old French Bulldog has awful teeth, having had several rotten ones removed over the years. I was told by the vet due to Frenchies having very crooked teeth and big jowels to hide germs and food scraps that they would always need attention. Her mouth has always smelled AWFUL. I recently bought some colloidal silver and decided to try it out and saw results within a couple of days. Now her breath is not smelly at all. I've also noticed her general well being has improved- she's more active and bubbly. I use 1 tablespoon colloidal silver to a bowl of water refreshing both water and silver daily. I've been doing this for 4 days now and will stop after 7 to see how things go. The amount of colloidal silver may be on the high side for her body weight but she had a significant problem so I'm treating it as an acute infection.

Colloidal Silver, Slippery Elm and DMSO   0  0   

Posted by Jane (Usa) on 11/26/2014

Hello,

I have read your posts regarding mouth gums and teeth in dogs and have few questions about it.

I have a golden age almost 14, she has bad gums and teeth and the vet wants to operate a surgery on her teeth, pull out more than few of them....I am concerned about doing that and am trying to find alternative ways to help out.

The dog does not show any discomfort signs, eats regularly and acts as normal, but the vet who is new to me, is fixed on surgery...he threatens to call the animal organization to report me. I am concerned regarding her age, she is almost 14 and I have heard there are many infections and complications after the dental surgery.

I read all the posts in your website, and there are several options people experienced good results using them.

Colloidal Silver, DMSO and slippery elm.

First, where can I get ? I google it and there are few that sell them, but how can I know which company is the best, as unfortunately there are some bad products out there when it comes to natural stuff...

Second, can I use them all together, or I have to use them separately and they can not be taken on the same day?

And my last question is if they can not be taken together, which one is the best for helping her gums to get better? (this vet says she has gingivitis, periodontal disease and abscess. I don't know how much is true or not, as I have not been to another vet for second opinion, but this is what she says. I do believe the dog has some of it as her gums are not good but I am not sure the dog suffers from all what she said. I am going for 2nd opinion soon.

In the meantime I would like to try and help the dog as much as can be and though maybe to use those products mentioned on Earth Clinic.

I would like to thank you for your time and help, and am hoping you will be able to help me out with this issue. It would be greatly appreciated and helpful.

Thank you and I am looking forward to hearing back form you.

Jane

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
11/26/2014
Jane --- your post made me really mad! What gall! When my German shepherd/husky mix needed stitches, she was twelve years old and they had trouble getting her out of the anaesthesia. It is a great risk. What greed! What insensitivity to an aged animal's need!

And threats for you on top of it!

I have a seventeen yr. old rescue poodle with bad mouth and teeth. I have to presoak his dog biscuits. I have used MMS spray for his mouth and turmeric powder in honey is also good. A dab of celtic sea salt on the tongue helps. Essiac tea, one tsp. of the decoction on the tongue twice a day is very potent, or with a thing to irrigate teeth from the tooth section of the pharmacy. Can't think of the word right now. Also chamomile tea in small amounts of food. Also sage tea applied with irrigation tool.

So there is much. Drinking water with H203 hydrogen perox alone is excellent.

What a brutal procedure and attitude. I am mad. Don't let him intimidate you. Stand up to such example of manipulation for money.

Namaste, Om===== *waterpick

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/27/2014
Hey Jane!

I agree with Om that your post is very troubling; my 'take away' is a bit different. I have never heard of a vet threatening to report someone for cruelty/neglect - so *for sure* take her in for a second opinion ASAP.

As to the original diagnosis of gingivitis, periodontal disease and abscess - your first vet, and certainly the second opinion vet - should be able to show you these disease conditions in your dog's mouth, or at least point to symptoms present as to why the diagnosis of abcess was made [the other two conditions are obvious to the uneducated eye]. All three disease conditions with the bacteria and toxins associated with them, add stress to your dog's heart and kidneys. Failure to treat the mouth very easily and quickly can lead to cardiac complications and renal failure.

My only advice is to get the second opinion - possibly from a wholistic vet - to legally satisfy the first vet that you are not neglecting your dog, and to find a diagnosis you have faith in so you can begin the appropriate treatment of your choice ASAP.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
11/27/2014
Hi Jane, Theresa and all ---- it was a few years ago when a lady posted on EC about being forced via a vet and a local animal organization to purchase the meds which she found did not help for her mangy dog what seemed to be a court order.

So it does happen and it is clear in my mind still.

Years ago I had a bajenji mix from the Carribean that was on death row. Water on the lungs and emaciated. A person on the street accosted me for cruelty, got in touch with the SPCA and I had an inspector at my door. He knew me and asserted that the dog was properly looked after. The vet that I had seen before that said the animal was in too low health to have success with removal of fluid from the chest cavity.

So he had a better option than being abandoned for convenience and when he died, he had received ample love from us.

Yes, it does happen. And, as I, doing rescue, only adopted needy, unwanted and sick animals, have faced that situation several times.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Jane
Canada
11/28/2014
Hello Hope,

Thank you so much for your replies. I appreciate it. The vet did call, and the spc got in touch with me and accused with cruelty. I am looking for a second opinion, but I am concerned where to find such an open mind vet that will truly want the dog to be healthy, and not just the money behind it...I am traumatized because of that vet...

This vet also suggested that if I won't do the surgery I should put her to sleep, and she gave me 3 days to decide...

Since you mentioned you had them in your door few times, would you be able to tell me how it goes with them? What should I do?

If I get second opinion and it is better that the previous one, will they accept it? How did you fight them? what can I do?

I am so sad and it never happened to me , never in my life a vet accused me or threatened me . I wish all dog owner would treat their dogs as I do. And, yes, mine are also rescued from the streets, but I picked her up from the street almost 14 years ago and she is part of our family.

Also,

What is MMS spray ?

Where can I get all the things that you mentioned?

The h203, in the water, where can I buy it and which company should I go with? I assume there are few of them out there, how would I know which one to buy? how many drops should I put in the water?

Thank you so much!!!

Please help me in any way you can, I feel so helpless. Thank you.

Replied by Jane
Canada
11/28/2014
Theresa,

Thank you so much for the reply. I myself never heard about it before, but the reality is that she threatened and called...unfortunately there are those out there.

I read here in previous posts that there is Colloidal Silver, slippery elm and DMSO.

Where can I get those and how much can I give the dog and how...as well , what is DMSO?

Thank you so much for your help, I appreciate it.

I wish I just did not go there at the first place, I was in the wrong time, at the wrong place, meeting the wrong person, and now my dog life is depending on that.

Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/28/2014
Hey Jane!

Your location has posted as USA and now Canada; where are you? I only ask because you should be able to locate a holistic vet to give you a second opinion - and a holistic vet will be open to alternative therapies such as the colloidal silver et al.

Search for a holistic vet here - it does have Canadian vets:

http://www.ahvma.org/Widgets/FindVet.html

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
11/28/2014
Hello Jane --- for medications ask Theresa which I see you have done. Let's see what comes of that first.

Where do you live?

I would even call organizations out of town and ask. They know much. Explain your case.

Try to contact a rescue organization in your area and see if they are amenable in supporting you. I know a clinic in East Vancouver where you might find sympathy for your case. (Apex) Try to call Angels Rescue in Merritt for additional help; 'cause I don't know where you live. where do you live?

Keep calm. See to your dog. Theresa is so knowledgeable. First, you must be protected.

Let's keep in touch. Namaste, Om

(in Hope, BC)

Replied by Jane
Canada
11/28/2014
Hi Theresa,

My first post was posted by the moderator of the website and she probably thought I was from USA, I did not post it by myself. Now that I posted it by myself I fixed it...sorry for the confusion.

During my current research for helping my dog I found the website you mentioned , thank you for referring me as well, and I scheduled an appo with holistic vet .

In the meantime I am trying to get as much as info as I can to start give the dog all those great natural remedies you all refer to and have wonderful results , hoping that her condition will be even better than now.

I checked on line about the colloidal silver, DMSO, slippery elm , but I am confused as for which company to purchase them of, which concentration of the product, and to find a product I can trust it to be safe and good quality.

Would you please be able to assist me with these products?

Thank you

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/29/2014
Hey Jane!

Read up on EC's page on DMSO; I pay particular attention to Ted's advice.

http://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/dmso.html

Also where to buy in Canada:

http://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/dmso5.html#canada

You may have already visited EC's page for colloidal silver:

http://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/colloidal_silver.html

I have no first hand advice so cannot recommend a particular brand, but the feedback and comments will give you an idea of what people find is working well.

I have no first hand experience with slippery elm, but it looks to be amazing. I think if you can find a local whole foods co-op you could start there to see if they carry the powder. You might also search "herb store [your city]" and see what results you get. I would get my hands on whatever powder I could just to get started. It appear you would need to make a paste of it and keep it on the gums over night if possible. Not sure how that will work, but if you can do it that would be ideal.

Keep us posted please!

Replied by Jane
Canada
11/29/2014
Hi Theresa,

Thank you so mcuh, I appreciate it. I will look on those pages . I found Sovereign Silver at the health store here , but I am guessing it is not the same as Colloidal silver. Can you tell me if this is the same thing?

I also found on line MesoSilver - Nanoparticle Colloidal Silver, which looks a good product , but again, I am not sure this is the one everyone talks about...

If you have any suggestions on them, please share it with me.

Thank you so much for your help!

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
11/29/2014
Hello, Jane --- Meso silver seems to be a good brand. The sovereign brand is just a name but there are many brands. I just finished reading EC's section on colloidal silver - very interesting and educating. Also look online where they sell silver generators. Those sell silver water too and they seem to be well known. Just stay away from too high prices as that is not necessary.

Silver, sprayed on the skin seems to stop the itching and does address the mite issue, too. I like to rotate these remedies such as enzyme cleaner in sprays you find online. Keep in mind that big corporations that deal with janitorial items do not permit a small business that sells an enzyme cleaner, to claim their product kills mites. However, enzyme cleaners work in my experience.

I am about to purchase a silver generator since I am used to make my own and of course, it's only expense is pennies.

Slippery elm has to be done on the stove too, which you can add any liquid. Let it simmer until well emulsified. Low heat. It is a great remedy for digestive problems and to add to medications like a food. When just warm, you can even add honey.

Since mites tend to be behind the eyelids and eyes, a mixture of cold pressed castor oil and VCO smoothed into the eye sockets will suffocate them. It is quite beneficial, too. The same goes for the ears.

Let us know how you are making out. Good luck.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
11/30/2014
I find this may be helpful as Native American Indians used this for years.I have not yet tried this but plan on it soon. I do a lot of searching & re-searching and I have a vet on call just in case. I strongly feel that if one huge nation discovered this remedy and still live then I too will follow suit.Plus the foremost natural remedy is: can pumpkin.

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/slippery-elm

Dental Plaque Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Petrina (Castleton, Virginia) on 10/01/2014

I have two 16 year old twin boy cats, Atma and Brahma. They have eaten raw food for years. Now they had a solid capping of plaque on their back teeth. the vet was able to pick it off, except for one side of one cat. It is like cement. He can go and be sedated at the animal hospital and have it cleaned off. The hospital is about 90 minutes of yowling in the crate, away. Any natural suggestions to soften and or disolve it enough to pick it off at home? Thank you, Petrina

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
10/01/2014
Hi Petrina --- how I enjoy the names of your cats.

When I did some research on EC, people mentioned that their pets teeth were white and healthy from DE (diatomaceous earth) in their food. On earthworkshealth there is supposed more info. on DE. That was from a post on EC. Maybe this will be of help.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada
10/01/2014
Hi Petrina --- how I enjoy the names of your cats.

When I did some research on EC, people mentioned that their pets teeth were white and healthy from DE (diatomaceous earth) in their food. On earthworkshealth there is supposed more info. on DE. That was from a post on EC. Maybe this will be of help.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/01/2014
Hey Petrina!

Here is an oral spray that may be helpful for you: PetzLife Oral Care Spray - Spray it on teeth once or twice daily; It's safe for cats www.petzlife.com.

Replied by Petrina
Castleton, Virginia
10/03/2014
Thank you Theresa. I will def give this a try.

Petrina

Replied by Petrina
Castleton, Virginia
10/03/2014
Thank you! I have diatomaceous earth!!!!
Replied by Petrina
Castleton, Virginia
10/03/2014
Thank you for the recommendation. I will check this out asap.

Diet Change, Lysine   1  0   

Posted by Kathryn4 (Lanham, Maryland, Usa) on 11/28/2012

[YEA]  I have discovered a remedy for my cats herpes like sore she gets now and then on her mouth. First of all I swtiched to a better cat food, and secondly use Lysine cat treats that you get over the internet. Every day give some and they work like a charm to keep those sores away!

Frankincense and Thieves Oil   0  0   

Posted by Eileen (Usa) on 05/26/2014

Hi my name is Eileen ...I have a little Toy Fox Terrier who is 12 yrs old ...2 weeks ago he had to have all his little bottom teeth removed ...he has been in a lot of pain and is not recovering well ..his lips and gums became very swollen and sore ..took him to the vet today ..and he gave him the pills that are equal to morphine for humans ...he said there wasn't much that can be done other than removing 1/2 his jaw ...and I can't do that ..I was wondering if you think that frankincense and thieves oil will help him ? the vet said it was time to make a decision ...but I can't even think about that ...I really need to help him he is my baby ...and I don't want to see him in pain anymore .Thank you

Sincerely, Eileen

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada
05/26/2014
Ellen from USA -- from Om

So sorry to hear about your little one. At the moment I am treating a tooth abcess and I am using colloidal silver with DMSO for the pain with very good results.

Give him a tsp. of colloidal silver with two drops of DMSO using a water pick, frequently. Swelling will go down and pain disappear. The DMSO will take the silver deep down to kill pathogens. In between you could also take warm chamomile tea and irrigate the gums with a water pick. That would soothe the nerves, too. It is alright to have it go down the gullet. Stay clear of antibiotics.

My good thoughts for your success. Om

Replied by Eileen Hart
Ontario
05/26/2014
I was going to use Colloidal Silver ..and a friend told me about essential oils ...and what is DMSO? ...I have already ordered the oils ...and I never give antibiotics ..it is a cancer tumor ..I don't own a water pick.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
05/27/2014
Hey Eileen!

I'm sorry to hear about your TFT having cancer in his jaw :(

Please read up on bone cancer remedies on EC: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/bone-cancer-treatment.html

Certainly the essiac tea applies, but you may also find a remedy that resonates with you as you read through the remedies on that page.

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Stacey (Knoxville, TN) on 01/03/2009

Please help: My rotty/lab mix has worn her teeth almost all the way down. Is this a vitamin problem? Do they suffer the same way we do when they have teeth problems. She doesnt have problems eating, She still has all her energy but she loves a rope tuggy and really doesnt play with it anymore. what can I do to help? The vet didnt really reccomend anything at our last visit but I always prefer herbal treatments to actual medication. Thank you

Replied by Bagofnuts
Metairie, LA
04/30/2009
Hi, I too have a dog that his teeth are almost completely worn down or gone. He was a super frisbee, ball playing dog. Vets don't seem to react to teeth missing or worn down. My dog is now 10 yrs. and he eats fine and still plays ball but I stopped the frisbee. Evidently they don't have the same nerve endings in their teeth as humans! A few years ago I was ready to bring him to special vet for giving dogs new teeth!
Replied by Callista
Penang, Malaysia
09/11/2009
re: Teeth problems in pets

To any pet owners who are looking for safe and effective toothpaste for their pets, there is a company that makes oral gel and spray using all natural ingredients: grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, neem oil, thyme oil, rosemary oil and peppermint oil. You may try googling it. Please, I am in no way associated with this company. It's just that I've been looking for safe toothpaste for my dog, and so far all the products I've looked at have questionable ingredient(s), until this one. So I'd really like to spread the word.

Replied by Katrinika
Morehead City, Nc Usa
12/10/2010
[WARNING!]   Collapsed trachea emergency solved -- Update on Gidget... If I hadn't been very ill with a antibiotic drug reaction, my Gidgi-poo would have been put down. I figured out what was wrong, and she's almost completely well. One night, not being able to sleep with the Keflex rash and too weak the two days before to bring her in to be put down, I lay listening to her heaving for breath - at least once she passed out. She had been so much worse that day that even at the highest dose the vet's medicine was no help at all... I thought, "what was different about today?" and it hit me... I thought that since she was dying anyway her weight didn't matter, and little by little over the course of the week I had given her all the treats/chews I had... Then I ran across a few Dentley's dental enzyme dog chews and gave her one. That evening and night she struggled, heaving and strangling for breath. The CET enzymatic dog toothpaste works so much better than the regular.. I thought these dog chews would be good for their teeth.

So I went online and researched collapsed trachea in dogs. It is a common weakness in toy and miniature dogs, some more so than others. Its cause is unknown, but the action is that the rings of the trachea somehow soften.. The rings are made of cartilage... Dental enzyme, plaque, calcium... Cartilage, calcium...!!! She always had a weakness for the symptoms of trachea trouble, hoarse coughing when she got excited, probably because she was under-nourished as a puppy, but these were her first attacks. She had had her first attack of trachea collapse in July and I took her to the vet, gave her the medicine and she got better. Well, I now realize that first attack coincided with the first time she had been on another brand of dental enzyme chew, Sentry HC Petrodex (Seargent), for a couple of months, I ran out while she was getting the meds.

It wasn't the vet meds that made her better, it was running out of the enzyme chews. When I got more in, after a couple of months again she went down - this time the vet meds did no good. With the addition of the Dentley's occasionally during the day and my recent increased use of the enzyme toothpaste.. I almost killed her. While I suspect that there will be residual damage from the spell of collapse before I discovered my mistake, two days without enzyme chews and she is almost back to normal. Warn everybody.

Replied by Malteseandme
Tulsa, Ok.,74137
01/22/2011
[WARNING!]   On the toothpaste gel for pets, I would be caution about giving my maltese something with grape seed extract since grapes are very toxic to them. (09/11/2009: Callista from Penang, Malaysia replies: "re: Teeth problems in pets)I just wouldn't want anyone's pet harmed.
Replied by Jholl
Louisville, Ky - Kentucky
11/18/2012
I think this is a case of mistaken identity. The supplement is grapefruit seed extract. No worry about the grapes. Of course, grapes are toxic to all dogs. Grapefruit seed extract is anti-bacteria, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It is used in some hospitals as an antiseptic. It is very bitter and MUST be diluted. Many people use it on their toothbrush to eliminate bacteria

There are pet sites that sell it, so I believe it is safe for pets. I have used it for myself and for my dogs with good results.

Also, oil of oregano is great for dogs and healthy teeth. Just a drop or two and like the GSE, it must ALWAYS be diluted.

Gum Disease   0  0   

Posted by Tango (Tijeras, Nm, US) on 03/03/2013

I was wondering if there was something topical that I could put on my cats gums. Can I use clove oil or is that toxic for cat's. I have read that it is, so I'm a little scared to use it. He is 16 years old and I don't know if that would make him more sensitive or not. He is on a very good Diet and also on Vitamins too. If anybody else has any suggestions for something topical that I can put on his gums, that would be great. I feel desperate to make him comfortable because he's been through a lot in the last three years. 3 Operations and he is doing well but now his gums are red and he's uncomfortable again. Also has Herpes Virus. Poor guy has been through a lot. Thanks so much.

Replied by Sunsmile
Sunnynv, Us
03/26/2013
Hi, I'm aromatherapist, my kitty has the same gum problem. DO NOT USE CLOVE OIL on cats or dogs. Its Highly toxic. All u can put straight on its gums is Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, and its nice also to mix it with his food. And Coloidal Silver water to get rid of the infection. Use only High quality organic raw products-Cold pressed oils are raw.
Replied by Maude
Sacramento, Ca
08/13/2013
I have an older cat with chronic gum, teeth, mouth ulcer problems. Petzlife spray has worked well. Also will try the other suggestions for colloidal silver and lysine treatment for the ulcers.
Replied by Babs
Usa
02/25/2014
I know this is an older post but I just stumbled across it. I am taking care of a dozen rescued cats, and one of them I found with stomatitis....and she'd had it for a very long time....years. We had to have a few teeth pulled but after some scary antibiotic issues, we stopped it all. I found that she just didn't want to eat her food, which caused her to not heal as she should (feeding raw, with multiple nutritionals). I did some research into the stomatitis (teeth and mouth infections) and found that in most cases the whole mouth is like an ulcer....inflamed...and very painful. I began to use slippery elm powder, mixed with hot water and then cooled, and then I would add the nutritionals, and whatever meat I was giving her. The VERY FIRST time I gave it to her (I was having to feed her by a dropper), when she finished I set her on the floor, and then a couple of minutes later I offered her food bowl.....she snapped her head down and smacked away and cleaned her plate!! From that day forward I just simply mix in the slippery elm/water mixture with her meat and nutritionals and she licks the plate clean.

I know it was the slippery elm....it was the only thing I changed. She had been on colloidal silver, probiotics, olive leaf, etc. etc. and a handful of nutritionals for a long time. Small improvements tho....the slippery elm put us over the top. I'm about to add bladderwrack for it's fucoidan content as well as healing iodine.

Slippery elm is very healing.....it makes a soothing and protective coating for the mouth (actually the entire digestive tract), soothes inflammation and helps healing to begin.

This is over two months now and after nearly a year working on her health, I NOW see vast improvement! She is so fantastic. Take away the pain, soothe the tissues, and healing can begin. Do some research....it's incredible reading.....

I am also using it for another of the rescued cats with mega colon. I refuse to use the laxatives the vet wants and do not want her on meds. Slippery elm normalizes bowel movements. I mix the same slippery elm into her food, along with soaked chia seeds. Beautiful.....no problems anymore. Am transitioning this one to a raw diet also, and hope to reduce her weight and bring her back to good health!

The slippery elm is fantastic stuff! It has a light maple flavor, and I thought for sure they wouldn't touch it but they seem to love it. I have another that I give it to in his cream.....loves it.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
02/25/2014
Hey Babs!

Thanks for the awesome feedback on the slippery elm! When the right remedy is applied, it works - and obviously so. Kudos on not giving up until you found the right remedy!

I am very excited to hear about your results with slippery elm and mega colon - wow! Can you please provide doses that you used - how much slippery elm powder into how much water? And how much chia seeds? I know readers following in your footsteps will be asking about dosage.

Thank you for sharing your journey!!!

Replied by Dog_Conscious
New York Area
04/06/2014
[SIDE EFFECTS]   My experience with slippery elm and my dog. My dog has had very bad acid reflux for years and unfortunately no vet, holistic or traditional has been able to help (they only say take Pepcid - a very bad solution). After a dental procedure in July 2013, we were given antirobe to give to our dog. It's a very potent anti-bacterial drug that is strong enough to penetrate bone. The acid reflux became so severe that our dog would faint and have a seizure from it. Again, no vet, holistic or traditional knew what to do. So, as I always do, I researched and found slippery elm. It was a "miracle" for a month. Then, he started to show signs that again no vet, holistic or traditional (we went to 5 different vets for help) knew what was going on. From Sept. 2013 thru Dec. 2013 there were symptoms which included: extreme hind side pain, wouldn't eat unless it smelled right, excessive thirst (he's got kidney disease so we thought he could be in renal failure), dry eye, etc. We tested for numerous things. I questioned everything (as I usually do). He got sub-cutaneous fluids and homeopathic remedies. It was miserable for him and for us. He would only eat liver. We got a vet nutritionist to help. Finally, after he lost a pound in a matter of weeks and then gained several pounds in two weeks, it dawned on me. It's the slippery elm that stopped the absorption of his hypothyroid medication that caused this. Yes, as I said, the severe reflux improved to just minor episodes for a month but the reflux came back anyway and in addition, he now didn't have enough thyroid medication in his system. I followed the directions of what I found online for the slippery elm (which wasn't adequate - 1 hour before the medication) because as I asked every vet no one had an answer for me except one after the fact (as that one vet mentioned, "The slippery elm should always be given at least 2 hrs before or two hours after any other medication.") Of course, no vet wanted to believe my conclusion until all the symptoms finally went away during the weeks following the end of the slippery elm usage. It took about 12 - 16 weeks following the end of the slippery elm usage for the symptoms to be completely gone and his thyroid to be back to normal. We now have found other alternative health solutions for the acid reflux (still all the vets wanted him to take Pepcid) that appear to be working.

I'm not saying to not use slippery elm. I've heard of it being helpful for very sick animals outside of this forum, too. Just please be careful if your dog/cat is on any medication (although we try very hard to use alternative health solutions, he eats home cooked organic food, thyroid medication is a necessity for our dog). I also do wonder if the slippery elm does not allow for the complete absorption of nutrients when given with food. If it causes lack of absorption of medication, that leads me to believe it could cause lack of absorption of nutrients, too.

Another thought, when a vet says that tests or study's were done on humans so the result might correct not be for dogs/cats, trust your instinct. Who's to say it might not be for them, too. BTW: every single symptom I researched that was about humans applied to my dog and led us to be able to help him. Also, he was never in renal failure (YAY! ), his excessive thirst was due to dry mouth which IS (no vet wanted to believe which caused the wrong homeopathic remedy and was just a waste of time and money) a symptom for hypothyroidism (in humans AND dogs). In addition, I found a study from the NIH that stated that humans who have hypothyroidism can have their sense of taste and smell thrown off because of it. And finally, we couldn't understand why our dog would only eat liver for weeks (which made us a bit nervous). Turns out liver is very good for the thyroid.

Bottom line: listen to your animal and then, yourself! Good luck to everyone.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
04/09/2014
Hey Dog_Conscious!

Thank you so much for sharing the journey of healing for your boy. It really pays to stick with it, and to go with your gut. I appreciate your sharing what you learned about slippery elm; it is important to understand that even when 'natural', remedies and therapies need to be studied and fully understood to avoid or negate negative side effects.

Very impressed with how you did not give up on your boy and found the answers you needed!

Thank you!

Raw Bones   3  0   

Posted by Mrsg (Jupiter, Fl, USA) on 06/13/2013

[YEA]  Giving my dog raw bones has helped clear the tartar build up on my dog's teeth. Even her vet said her teeth looked white. Thanks EC!

Replied by Carolyn
Carrollton, Tx
07/13/2014
[WARNING!]   Good luck with that on a regular basis. I was giving our greyhound raw beef bones and he got a sliver caught in his intestines. Finally passed it with a cooked turnip and potato.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
07/13/2014
Hey Carolyn!

How interesting your experience from mine. I've fed from toy breeds to giants raw bones for over 20 years and never had a complication with splinters. Perhaps its the cut of bone you fed? The O shaped marrow bones I find useless as teeth cleaners, same with the knuckles - they only serve to wear the teeth down prematurely. Rib bones and some steak bones have worked well for my pack. That said, I have introduced bones early on to my puppies and they learned from the onset to gnaw their bones rather than crush/splinter and swallow. I do believe early exposure allows for puppies to learn to gnaw bones rather than crunching them and wolfing them down.

Replied by Earlgrey
New York, US
12/24/2014
I cured my cats naturally of mouth sores and this also works for other illness :

- rub 2% foodgrade Lugol's Iodine on the infected area twice a day for one week then once a day with a Q-tip-apply more often if severe infection

- add 3 drops of foodgrade Lugol's in a small bowl of water daily for 3 months then 2X a week, if cats very ill- daily

- sprinkle half cap 200mcg 3X a month in food

- sprinkle some psyllium husk powder once a week on food

- foodgrade DE on food daily for 2 months then 1X a week

- Cod Liver oil

- clean cats teeth with olive oiled Q-tip

- Nutrex Bioastin 12MG Hawaiian Astaxanthin- 2X a week on food

- Weruva Cat food

- Do not vaccinate pets- vaccines cause cancer

- Do not give antibiotics to cats, cause parasite overgrowth

Earmites:

Zymox

Posted by L (Whitefish, Mt) on 06/12/2011

[YEA]  We have 3 big dogs - a chocolate Lab, a chocolate Newfoundland, and a Great Pyrenees/Bernese Mountain. We just had their regular vet visit and he was is awe over our dogs teeth. All of them are between 4-5 yrs. Old and their teeth are gleaming white, with no tartar at all. He asked what we did. We feed them half their food (high end kibble with no corn) am and then other half at noon. But at night we always give them a raw marrow bone to chew. We have a butcher that cuts them at 3" and we freeze them and give it to them frozen so it lasts longer. It also keeps them occupied at least a 1/2 hour, another bonus!

After reading so much on this site, however, I am going to start moving them and our 2 cats to an all raw diet.

Hope this helps someone with high vet dental bills!

Replied by Gracieuse
Ut, Netherlands
09/13/2011
[YEA]   Yes! I've had my puppy, now six months of age, on a complete raw meaty bones diet, supplied with organ meat once a week. She's blazing with health, with pearly white adult teeth, doesn't smell.

For more info see www.rawmeatybones.com

Also worked wonders with a cat suffering from various ailments (sneezing, bad teeth, bad coat, urinary issues).

Salivary Mucocele   0  0   

Posted by Sandy (North East, Tx, Usa) on 06/04/2012

In search of a Natural Cure or at least a bit of help or advice. My Iris probly has http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/HealthConditions/SmallAnimalTopics/SalivaryMucocele/ .

We just need to save the money to get the test to find out for sure. But yes the bump is on the right side of her neck, not in the throat. We cannot afford $5,000 or more for surgery so I already have a place for back up to give her to who will give her the surgery of corse she'll be lost to us forever. Iris is part of the family and also has the job of getting us across the streets and driveways safely. She loves her job and looks foward to it everyday. Please help find a way to avoid surgery and get her back to normal. There has to be at least a person if not more who'll answer this honestly. If you find it in your heart to write anything Bless You.

Replied by Lilly
Margate, Florida
06/07/2012
I have a 4yr old pit w/the same lump on her head, just behind her ear. I tied it off w/a string to cut off the blood flow. When it died or popped open I poured hydrogen peroxide on it, let it bubble. Then poured baking soda on it. Never took off the string. After it was gone and healed, the string fell off. Her black fur turned brown in that area but soon turned black again, never to return, she's almost 6 now. Thats what I did. good luck.
Replied by Nh Gardener
Small Town, Nh, Usa
06/19/2012
For Sandy from East Texas re. Iris--I posted above, recommending you try food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) mixed with her raw apple cider vinegar-dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to 1 or 2 level or rounded tsps. 2 X/day. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from the body, and is inexpensive. Check internet for sources. Gently melted coconut oil is helpful, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day in food, increasing to 1 tsp. Twice a day. If she likes it, no need to melt it. It's probably already melted this time of year in Texas anyway. If she were our dog, I'd also order calcium bentonite clay from a certain company website, also in Texas, and apply it to her neck as a poultice, if possible. The clay is very fine and draws toxins out. You hydrate the clay with a 2:1 mix of water to clay. Add clay to the water and let sit for several hours or overnight. Stir well. Make a slab 3/4 inches in depth, apply to swelling; cover with an herb leaf such as comfrey, or a tree leaf, then cover that with self-adhering plastic wrap, wrapped around Iris's neck to keep damp and hold in place. Change once or twice a day. Along with that, pray. All good wishes be with you and Iris. I think DE will help a lot.
Replied by Sandy
North East, Tx, USA
06/24/2012
Thank You So Much! Iris thankfully went from a huge opening that was probly about 3 inches, you could even see her swallowing inside her throat, to a little tiny scabbed up hole. Since this can happen again to her I am printing out the note so I have it. I cant believe I cleaned her wound up to 6 times a day with hydrogen peroxide (just like I would me), switched her food to no grain or gave her homemade food, Iris loves Organic Coconut Oil! Now she has bacteria in her ear. I would rather deal with that though. Thanks!

Sardines for Mouth Sores   0  0   

Posted by Kathryn9 (Owings. Md.) on 04/16/2014

Cat has had mouth sores off and on since I can remember. For awhile, enisypril lysine cat chews seemed to work. Then they stopped. I now use 1/2 tsp of real sardine packed in olive oil every other day. Problem solved once again!

Stained Teeth   1  0   

Posted by Kat (NC, US) on 08/27/2014

[YEA]  Thank you so much for this site. It has been a God send so many times for me and mine!

I read about using Colloidal Silver to help with my dog's teeth. His teeth were dark and full of plaque; I couldn't brush them well enough and they bled. Winston has an underbite and his teeth looked brown.

I use 1/2 tsp. Colloidal Silver per dish of water and add to his water about once per day. I don't add more until he drinks the whole thing. He weighs 35 lbs. I just got a non-name brand C.S. and it seems to work great!


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