Feline Peridontal Disease

Wow, this has been an amazing year. My cats and I have moved twice since 2008. We are now planted in a gracious home of cats lovers, one whom visits upon occasion and has become the benefactor of my cats for the time being. Grace, it’s grace for sure. Thank you God.

Gem and Clea are both twelve, and Rosie and Bear turn eleven this month. Clea is markedly Hyperthyriod, although it is being managed quite nicely with homeopathy, herbs, and tender loving care. Gem is pretty settled, no more bladder issues, although he now has a skin rash and diagnosed asthma (metal–lung/colon), both being addressed with homeopathy.

Rosie has a lesion on her tooth which has to be removed, and I just found out that Bear has the same thing. We saw the dental surgeon today. The assessment is all of their back teeth need to be removed to the tune of $4,000. I had lots of misgivings about having all of their teeth removed even before we went to the appointment. I kept feeling the doctor was going to suggest that.

Rosie and Bear are sister and brother, and supposedly periodontal disease and Feline Odontoclastic resorptive lesions are familial. It means there teeth are rotting. Eleven years ago, I trapped Rosie and Bear in my backyard when they were three months old.

Rosie was tiny and in poor health. She had multiple problems, including a heart murmur. Bear was sturdy, yet very sensitive. After 6 months of wild kitten massage, I claimed these babes as mine own. Since then, Bear has gotten his teeth cleaned every year due to the extreme build up of plaque he had.

My other two cats have never had their teeth cleaned by the dentist, due to the chomping of raw chicken necks doing the job so well. This year, both Bear and Rosie have lots of plaque and they both have lesions on under teeth, called Feline Odontolastic Resorptive Lesions, red swelling along the tooth/gum line.

I emailed Dr. Pitcarin on his website forum and asked if there was another way to address this issue. He said sometimes it can be reversed with homeopathic treatment and is usually brought on by vaccinations. These two cats have had the minimum vaccinations, so now we are going to begin a 3-4 month homeopathic protocol to hopefully restore the integrity of what teeth they have left.

Actually, I spoke with my veterinarian last night, she feels homeopathy is not the best route for these cats teeth. We are going to begin Rosie and Bear on several supplements: oxygenated olive oil, BioDent, and PlaqueOff rather than follow a homeopathic protocol. She feels periodontal disease and feline resorptive issues are familial and ancestral by nature.

We also scheduled a regular dental cleaning to remove as much plague as possible and see how we do from there without removing all of their teeth. Thank Goodness:)

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5 thoughts on “Feline Peridontal Disease

  1. Hi,

    I am wondering how this worked out for you. Was the homeopathic treatment helpful? I have a cat who may have lesions. I won’t know for certain until they can do x-rays and examine her under anesthesia. I hate to have her teeth pulled if there is another way.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Sybil,

      Thanks for your question.

      If your cat has Stomatitis related to the Calici-virus then homeopathic may work for you, but I suggest working directly with a homeopathic veterinarian as this is a tricky virus. The kittens I have are doing well on Mercurius Solubis and my adult cats recovered within several weeks and do not have Stomatitis.

      If I can be of further help, please let me know.

      Wendy

      • Sybil, I see you were commenting on the re-absorption issue. For my cats Rosie and Bear the dentist suggested to have all the teeth removed. My vet and I decided against this, though they had several teeth removed. They both are older and I thought it was just unnecessary. Bear passed last May and Rosie is doing just fine without having all her teeth removed. I did not use a homeopathic for this condition, but rather give CoQ10, which helps maintain gum health and cardiovascular health.

        Dr. Pitcarin has a forum where you can ask questions. My vet who is very holistic and a homeopath told me she rarely sees cats teeth recover from this condition with homeopathy, but she also may not have many cases with this condition.

        You can find a holistic vet on the http://www.AHVMA.com website in most states in the US.

        What is happening with your cat?

      • Hi,
        She has been eating in shifts rather than all at once as is normal for her. I knew she had some tartar and so I took her to the vet in case tooth pain was the problem. He said she might have lesions but he won’t know without x-rays and an exam and at that point they would just proceed with an extraction if she does have lesions. Her mouth is not too bad though, just a bit of redness at the back. So I don’t really know if it is tooth pain that is causing the eating change or if it is something else. She has had allergy and digestive issues in the past. I am consulting with a homeopath next week and will certainly list the eating issue as a symptom with the possibility that it is tooth pain.

      • Hi,

        Thank you for the information. I am going to see a homeopath next week and we will see what she says. The main symptom is eating in shifts rather than all at once which was her usual way. I don’t know for a fact that she has a periodontal disease, the vet could not be sure without x-rays and a full exam requiring anesthesia. At that point they would just proceed with the extraction.

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