Monday, January 31, 2011

Homeopathic Treatment of Feline Stomatitis, Cat Gum Disease

Although I have written about the homeopathic treatment of feline stomatitis (gum disease or inflammation of the gums) before, I regularly get requests for more information on this important issue.

Before we get into the treatment of this condition, let’s look at the cause. It’s always far better knowing the cause and addressing that, rather than treating a problem, while maintaining the cause.

Richard Pitcairn is perhaps the leading veterinarian cum homeopath in the US. He qualified as a vet in 1965 and soon after that he studied homeopathy.

So he has a large reservoir of knowledge to draw upon.

He tells of the common problems in cats (and dogs) in that period before he became a homeopathic vet. And guess what - THERE WAS NO STOMATITIS in cats his early days as a vet. And it wasn’t just in his practice. Other vets claimed the same.

So what does this mean?

Well, in my opinion, there have been two big changes in the care of cats since 1965 or thereabouts.

One is the diet.

The other is the increased use of vaccines.

Despite the spin done to influence buyers, most commercial pet food is one of the greatest scourges of our time. From the low cost and quality of the ‘meat’, to the indigestible filler which helps to bulk out the ‘meat’ to the added chemicals to preserve (despite claims on the packet to the contrary), to colour, to flavour, to make it smell and taste good enough for cats to eat, to the ‘nutrients’ added to address the low quality.

I don’t want to go into the reasons why most mainstream vets push commercial pet food. But one thing I will say is that veterinary schools are always short of money, as are most colleges and universities today. They welcome financial assistance. The commercial pet food industry is a lucrative business and they can easily help out.

Holistic vets always advocate natural food as the way to preserve the health of their patients, even though it means a drop in business.

What does your vet encourage you to do?

I, along with probably all natural therapists, am no advocate of vaccines. We recognise they do tremendous harm, not just with all their questionable ingredients (such as mercury, aluminium, squalene, formaldehyde, cross species tissue, etc), but also because they by-pass all the subtle ways a body has evolved to increase their resistance to disease.

However, in the majority of cases, vaccines are less damaging than a diet of commercial pet food. Food is eaten every day. The vaccines are normally only once a year.

The frequency of consumption of this maintaining cause is perhaps the single most important reason why younger and younger cats are getting stomatitis.

The homeopathic treatment of feline stomatitis, along with all homeopathic treatment, must be tailored to the individual cat’s symptoms, and if possible, personality. When this is done well, the stomatitis will clear up quickly.

But it will return if the cause is also not addressed.

Dr Pottenger (of the 1940s) claimed that all degenerative feline disease are as a result of their diet. Fed a natural diet, the diseases disappeared.

Is the world of cat health going forwards or backwards? Who profits most from your cat’s lack of health?

Just to end with a smile on your face, I include two photos I was recently sent by Sally L. Thanks Sally.

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