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

| Modified on Aug 23, 2021

Coconut Oil for Stomatitis
Posted by Jane (Dover, NJ) on 03/15/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio) on 05/24/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!!

Coconut Oil for Stomatitis
Posted by Gail (Fl) on 04/20/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I use a 1 ml syringe with coconut oil and water mixture. My cat has FIV with stomatitis and dental problems..gums were very red..Was taking him to the vet every month for antibiotics. I first started using the oil to coat his mouth and gums to soothe them before eating as it was so painful and had problems eating and drinking. It was amazing ...he began to eat and drink and is getting better and better.. Eyes are clear and bright...fur getting softer and hes beginning to groom himself again. I also began him on Lysine. I am now hopeful as he plays with me and loves to be petted and groomed. Had to apply coconut oil directly to gums as well and put a little on a q-tip that he loves to lick. This helped with swallowing it seems.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Stephanie (Toronto) on 03/17/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 15 year old cat that got her teeth cleaned this past year for the very first time. The dentist noticed she had lesions on her back molars. They wanted to extract them all. That did not sit well with me, so I decided to go all natural.

Within the first day I began to see the lesion disappear with the application of coconut oil. I put coconut oil on her teeth and gums every time after I wipe them with a wet cloth. I put about a finger nail amount and wipe on the gum in the front and behind the tooth both sides. The best is to do it when they are sleepy, and if they won't let you restrain them in a blanket or get help.

I feed her everyday a table spoon of plain organic kefir milk. Everyday I give her lots of grass to chew on. Cat grass neutralizes the acid in the mouth. Also with an eye dropper I drop cat fish oil on her lesions. About a teaspoon worth. The cat fish oil has vitamin e in it, which is good to heal inflammation. Her teeth are healing themselves.

When I first started her molars were black around the gum line and now they are reddish pink. Also when I clean her teeth I push the cloth as close to the gum line as possible almost digging the scraping the tooth. Use a cotton baby cloth. Be sure to wash the cloth every week. This is a long process be patient and you will see results. You have to do it everyday, don't put the coconut oil in the food it won't reach the gums which is what you want. If your cat has plaque on her teeth you need to remove the plaque.

There is a natural remedy you can use without paying lots of money at the vet. It requires hydrogen peroxide and aloe vera juice. I am going to use this on my 22 year old cat. Also if your cat is a picky eater like mine, it is very challenging to change them to a raw diet. The best is to introduce them to an all natural wet brand. Slowing mixing it in their food. I think it would be difficult to start a cat with bones and raw meat especially since they are in pain from their bad teeth.

Colloidal Silver
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?

Colloidal Silver, Slippery Elm and DMSO
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

Colloidal Silver, Slippery Elm and DMSO
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 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


Coconut Oil
Posted by Cj (St Paul Ne) on 12/10/2013

Does coconut oil works really good for cat gingivitis?


Coconut Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.


Dental Plaque Remedies
Posted by Jayme (Oregon) on 08/23/2021

I have dogs and cats, both. It's only my elder dog who's had issues with that concrete-type plaque you're describing. I got a puffer and some food grade diatomaceous earth - have been puffing it onto her teeth for about 3 weeks now (3x daily - her teeth were REALLY bad) and we're winning! That nasty stuff is just coming right off without having to put my Grrrl through a traumatic vet event. It works, for real, really!


Frankincense and Thieves Oil
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc. Canada) on 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


Coconut Oil for Stomatitis
Posted by Diana (Western Australia) on 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.


Coconut Oil for Stomatitis
Posted by Venus (Canada) on 01/12/2016

I have over 12 years old cat. She had 5 teeth badly inflamed the only solution was to be all extracted. Getting to see a different opinion on the procedure and my vet suggested it may not be a good idea as she may be too old and may not make it. The cost would be from 500 - 600 Ca dollars. We love this cat and there was no way to put her thru so much pain and suffering. - or even to think we may loose her.

So I started to treat her the way I know. I put 1-2 homeopathic Arnica Montana 200ch into tiny amount of water to dissolve and put into her milk...She loves milk..... I also mix wet food with water and clay dissolved in it.... (she won't eat for weeks or only a bit and this was the first time she started to eat slowly once, I started to add clay/water to the wet food.) After weeks I noticed she had one tooth kinda loose on one side of her mouth.

Than I started to add to Arnica... also homeopathic Silicea 30ch 2-3 tablets....it took another 2 weeks and the loose tooth all came out and her mouth is totally healed. Silicea would EXPEL the loose tooth...this cat was in such a rough shape we all thought she will die...NOOO she is super happy now, bouncing around, , , eating like crazy now...be patient, it takes time and it took about 6 months in total...but we have now super happy, bouncy cat again....


Gum Disease
Posted by Dog_Conscious (New York Area) on 04/06/2014
0 out of 5 stars

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.


Diet Change, Lysine
Posted by Kathryn4 (Lanham, Maryland, Usa) on 11/28/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!


Coconut Oil for Stomatitis
Posted by Lilly (Ca) on 03/01/2018

Put it on his paw. He will lick it off.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/09/2017

Hey Brandee,

Cats can suffer from a condition called stomatitis, and in some cases removal of all the teeth is the treatment of choice. Please confirm with your vet the diagnosis to be sure what you are dealing with. Next google "homeopathic treatment for stomatitis in cats" and "home remedies for stomatitis in cats" and also "natural remedies for stomatitis in cats". Please let us know what you do and keep us posted!


Sardines for Mouth Sores
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!


Raw Bones
Posted by Earlgrey (New York, US) on 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


Gum Disease
Posted by Babs (Usa) on 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.


Gum Disease
Posted by Griselda (Valencia) on 07/05/2021

I have a cat who has only 3 fangs left no other teeth and he is in perpetual pain and the gums go from a bit inflamed to very very inflamed so my experience is that teeth have nothing to do with inflamed gums and it is a terrible mistake to take the teeth out to stop gum inflammation - it does not work


Gum Disease
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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!


Salivary Mucocele
Posted by Lilly (Margate, Florida) on 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.


Colloidal Silver
Posted by Kittymom (Northern, Nm) on 03/20/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!

General Feedback
Posted by Katrinika (Morehead City, Nc Usa) on 12/10/2010
1 out of 5 stars

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.


Coconut Oil With Oregano Oil
Posted by Sherie Suter (Rainier) on 05/15/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using coconut oil with a small amount of oregano oil added in to brush my Pomeranian's teeth for years. And have not had to have her teeth cleaned since I started! She used to have gingivitis but within days of using this it was gone.

I brush her teeth every morning first thing she never has bad breath and her teeth are white and beautiful. And she loves the taste. If I get busy and forget for a few days, the gingivitis starts coming back and she starts getting build up on her teeth. It's very obvious the difference it makes. I melt the coconut oil, add enough oregano so I can barely taste it, then pour it in a jar and let it cool.

*Tip for dogs with tiny mouths

My Pom is only 4 1/2 pounds so finding a small enough brush was a problem. Colgate makes tiny disposable toothbrushes that come in a 4 pack with a dot in the middle. You have to pop that dot out and rinse it off because dogs can't have fluoride, but once you do that, the brush is the perfect size and lasts for months!

Hope this helps some of you!!


Elderly Cat Remedies
Posted by RSW (OH) on 05/20/2019

Hi Anton,

We had our ten year old cat's teeth cleaned a few months ago. The vet told us that if her teeth needed to be removed, she would still be able to eat, even dry cat food. She tested our cat's blood first to see if her kidneys and liver could withstand the anesthesia, and the blood work came back OK. Our cat's teeth were fine after she cleaned them, and none had to be removed.

I am wondering if your cat's liver and kidneys were OK for the teeth cleaning? I hope you were able to feed her some soft, canned food or fresh meat or fish, cut up very finely, if he might eat? I would have reservations about subjecting him to surgery and anesthesia again, so soon. I would also question why the teeth need to be removed if they were OK at the time of surgery? I have used a small amount of colloidal silver topically on my cat, and think you could rub a little bit on his sore gums perhaps? A little bit of coconut oil could also work. I hope he fells better and starts eating again soon.

Best wishes.


Elderly Cat Remedies
Posted by Denise W. (Vermont) on 06/26/2021 20 posts

My heart broke to hear about your poor cat. It must have been such a shock for her/him to have so many teeth taken out at once. She probably doesn't know what the heck happened. What are the vets thinking? Honestly, some of them sound like sadists. I can't deal with the regular medical "profession". They seem to be so out of touch. Your cat wouldn't want to eat right now I can imagine. Animals fast when they are sick. Fasting is incredibly restorative. One thing I can vouch for is colloidal silver. It is amazing. It is tasteless. My dog is very fussy and I am going through teeth problems with him presently. Sometimes I put some colloidal silver in a syringe and squeeze it into the side of his mouth and other times I put about a teaspoon full in his water. I always see improvement in him the next day. I feel for you, as my dog is having some problems with teeth too.


Colloidal Silver
Posted by Josephine (Toronto) on 08/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hi All,

I agree with Belil of using Colloidal Silver as antibiotic. My 13 years old who had CHF and stop eating last year due to sore mouth. I research online and found from this website on effective antibiotics - Colloidal Silver. I gave my dog a spray ( I have a human grade on) at night and in the morning he ate his food no problem. I kept spraying on his mouth for good two day 2X a day and absolutely work. It was effective and safe...good luck everyone!!


Colloidal Silver, Slippery Elm and DMSO
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.


Colloidal Silver, Slippery Elm and DMSO
Posted by Phyllis (Tuscumbia, Alabama) on 02/03/2015

Hello Jane, I am so outraged by your vet's actions that I can hardly give you good advise right now but I will try.

First, if it were me I would report that money grubbing do badder to whatever veternarian medical board you have available. Reporting an owner who obviously is trying to help their pet just because they don't want to put an aged companion at risk of death through surgery is the most cruel misuse of office I have ever encountered in my life! I worked as an animal control officer five years and I assure you if you had been reported to me I would be on your side. And I would have tried to help you find a viable solution to the problem.

That being said, I agree with the colloidal silver, you can just put it in her water so that every time she drinks she is getting the benefit of the antibiotic action. Also I would start getting raw organic apple cider vinegar in her system. You can mix it with purified water and give it to her in a syringe. I also agree with irrigation, but using the ACV with a bit of water to take the potential sting out. It would also be beneficial to rub her gums with aloe gel afterwards, as well as being healing it will be soothing.

As to finding good products; Bragg's is the best ACV and you can get it online. Nature's Sunshine Products and Nature's Plus are top of the line.


Colloidal Silver, Slippery Elm and DMSO
Posted by Lynne Hunt (Toronto, Ontario) on 12/08/2015

I was told I had to get my 14 year old Mini Poodle in fir a teeth cleaning........she almost died, they gave her way too much knock out drug she looked like a Heroin Addict when I picked her up. Didn't eat for 10 days......Vet"s response oh she is just sensitive to the drugs.......ya think.. NEXT

This is your Pet and don't let anybody bully you into doing anything that you are not comfortable doing...intuition is a wonderful thing......


Colloidal Silver, Slippery Elm and DMSO
Posted by Doug (Southern California) on 03/29/2016

Okay I am in my 60s and have been owned by quite a few dogs (currently 3) The worst problem I have seen with disgusting neglected teeth in dogs is that destroys their kidneys. I lost two very loved terriers to this problem. The each went at 15 years old and each spent the final months on what I call doggy dialysis, which involves flushing toxins via IV bags feeding fluids under their skin every day. It was not great quality of life for them either. BOTH of them DID keep having oral surgeries over their lives to try to keep up with the problem but we did not do enough maybe in finding some other answer.

IF a dog really is still healthy enough to have SUPER rotting teeth pulled then I would be miffed if an owner (that could afford it) refused to give their pet a chance.

Having said that, we also DID lose a beloved dog to surgery (not oral) It was a "routine" spaying done at low cost by vet trying to do good I think. But our little gal went into shock the same night after we brought her home...it has been suggested it could be from lack of pain medication? THAT makes me mad if so because NO ONE even asked us about it!? We would GLADLY have paid considerably for pain meds if we knew?? We just ASSUMED then that the vet did the best he could for a dog...WHY would they not say "HEY do you wish pain meds for you dog?"

Every dog I have lost has been so hard to take. The teeth thing? Is not cut and dried, the teeth can easily get Life threatening as can surgery ...not an issue solved by ignorant emotions and assumptions...of course there are crooked vets. and of course there are stingy pet owners too that would rather not look at the facts. And online? Who really KNOWS what the truth is. Shame on anyone not being honest about what they know or don't know though... I think anyway...


Dental Plaque Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 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


Dental Plaque Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.


Stained Teeth
Posted by Sylvia (Az., US) on 03/02/2015

Olive oil has removed plaque off my dogs teeth. I have not taken my dog to the vet for teeth cleaning in 6 years and her teeth look great.

Just rub olive on their teeth and let it sit a few minutes and then use a tooth brush and a little tooth paste or wrap gauze around your finger and brush pets teeth. Be careful of the gauze my dog likes to lick it and you don't want them to swallow the gauze!


Frankincense and Thieves Oil
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

Frankincense and Thieves Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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: https://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.


Coconut Oil for Stomatitis
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/12/2015

Hey Sky Pilot!

Your vet is not trying to milk you out of every red cent - full tooth extraction is one very effective way in resolving this condition. See images here:

http://www.mypetsdentist.com/feline-stomatitis.pml

This info from around the web:

"There are probably a number of factors that contribute to the development of this chronic inflammation in the mouth and gums. Although the exact cause is unknown, it is primarily thought that some cats may have a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to bacterial plaque and are called 'plaque-intolerant.' All we know is that cats with this disease have an abnormal immune response."

Source: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2121&aid=368

Successful treatment in some cases has involved frequent and routine brushing of the cat's teeth along with antibiotics and steroids to suppress inflammation.

Natural approaches might involve colostrum to help build up the immune system; quercetin and/or yucca for inflammation; turmeric for both antimicrobial properties and inflammation; coconut oil for antimicrobial properties and inflammation. In addition alkalizing the water with baking soda may help by balancing the PH which helps all the bodies systems.

Good luck and please report back!


Coconut Oil for Stomatitis
Posted by Jewels (New York) on 08/17/2016

You may want to check the litter. Some cats have a reaction to pine. Blue buffalo makes a great litter made from walnuts. Best of luck with the furry babies.


Raw Bones
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.


Gum Disease
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.

Gum Disease
Posted by Sunsmile (Sunnynv, Us) on 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.


Salivary Mucocele
Posted by Nh Gardener (Small Town, Nh, Usa) on 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.


Salivary Mucocele
Posted by Sandy (North East, Tx, USA) on 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!


Raw Bones
Posted by L (Whitefish, Mt) on 06/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Raw Bones
Posted by Gracieuse (Ut, Netherlands) on 09/13/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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).


Teething Remedies
Posted by Rainman (Central, Vt, Usa) on 06/04/2010

I don't care how old your dog is... do not ever (I mean EVER) give your dog rawhide. They are absolutely without a doubt poison. Not too mention a choking hazard. Do a good search.. you will find testimonials about dogs with pancreatitis and a slew of other issues from eating these chemical and bacteria charged chew toys. Just don't do it. I would say nylabones are safer... but, ask a few vets how many dogs he has seen with gum disease and injuries from obssesively chawing on these synthetic bones.

Melijda... look up raw meaty bones for teething. Not only is this good for teething... it is very healthy and NATURAL! RAW food is what god (mother nature) intended for our beloved pets... we should do as much as possible to see that they get what they need.


Colloidal Silver
Posted by Meredith (Hamilton, New Zealand) on 07/27/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.


General Feedback
Posted by Callista (Penang, Malaysia) on 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.


General Feedback
Posted by Malteseandme (Tulsa, Ok.,74137) on 01/22/2011
1 out of 5 stars

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.


General Feedback
Posted by Jholl (Louisville, Ky - Kentucky) on 11/18/2012 25 posts

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.


Water Pik
Posted by Barb R (Norwood, ON Canada) on 12/07/2019

Just had one of our 9 kitties at the vets for a loose tooth. $400 later, and me refusing to allow 3 different aneathetics, 1 should due, she came home with a further diagnosis of needing more extractions. We have had 2 cats and a dog have major dental work done. I don't know about elsewhere, but vets in Canada are getting ridiculously expensive. We already follow earthclinic and have used coconut oil massaged with clean cloth into teeth and gums. So we now need to find something more aggressive for this cat, Millie, to avoid surgery and pain. My husband has been through root canal extractions and metal filling removal as prescribed in the great doc Root Cause. Dr Thomas Levy in his book, The Toxic Tooth says you can cure human dental conditions with a Water pik type device with hydrogine peroxide added to water. I am off to buy one for all of the animals. 7 cats and 2 dogs, and I'll let you know how it works. Will likely be a 2 person exercise.

Water Pik
Posted by Barb R (Norwood, ON Canada) on 12/07/2019

Barb again. Forgot to mention we've been feeding raw recipes to all of our animals since 2003. For cats, great website called Catnutrition.org. For dogs, searching BARF recipes will show a lot of info.



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