In a message dated 4/1/05 9:50:52 AM, jodi_robin@...
<< I noticed that his gums were red and were bleeding after I
What did you brush with?
<< So she could give him antibiotics to control
any infections. >>
Are there any bacterial infections?
<< Well the last time Max had flagyl it completely
constipated him, and he's never been the same. >>
Flagyl (metronidazole) kills/inhibits anaerobic bacteria, which are part of
the bacterial balance in the gut. This can contribute to digestive/elimination
problems. (Clindamycin, or Antirobe Rx, is another antibx often prescribed for
<< Does anyone
know if gingivitis can make his cardiomyopathy worse? >>
Bacteria in the mouth can affect other parts of the body, incl heart and
kidneys. Further, it's important to maintain oral health, since it's the door to
nutrition, which is essential to overall cat health.
There are several ways to promote oral health in a cat.
1. Coenzyme Q10 supports gum health...and heart health. Typical dose is about
10-30 mg daily (altho it is used up to about 70mg depending on
circumstances). It's available at any health-food store; you can buy it in 100mg doses and
just sprinkle out a tiny amt in food. VetriScience (www.vetriscience.com) and
US Animal Nutritionals (www.usanimalnutritionals.com), which belong to the same
parent company, also make a Q10 product in animal-size doses, in animal-size
gelcaps, for pilling.
2. Raw chicken, game hen, or duck necks...smashed lightly with a braising
mallet and cut into small (like 1 inch) chunks...provide exercise for the cat's
jaw and also help clean cat's teeth. The consistency of the neck resembles that
of natural prey animals, so that the abrasive action of sinking in the teeth
cleans the teeth and stimulates the gums. The necks are also slightly acidic,
which maintains proper oral pH (the high carbohydrate content of dry food can
elevate pH, which contributes to gum/dental issues in cats, and provides
readily available food for oral bacteria; this is exacerbated b/c dry food
particles get stuck between cats' jagged teeth).
3. There are several oral health products for cats with generally nontoxic
ingredients, incl MaxiGuard Oral Cleansing Gel; see
basically contains water, Vit C, and minerals, with generally nontoxic
preservatives...and is available from various online suppliers.
Another is CHX, but I believe that contains alcohol. // Rosemary