Despite their name, rodent ulcers have nothing to do with rodents. They get their name from their appearance -- rodent ulcers resemble rodent bites. You can incorporate natural treatments with traditional veterinary care, to strengthen a cat's body and immune system against this often chronic allergy- and immune-related condition.
Rodent ulcers are sores that develop on a cat's mouth or lips. The first sign is a pink or yellow shiny patch, which later ulcerates and becomes darker in color. As it progresses, it grows and causes swelling around the gums and teeth. Rodent ulcers can affect cats of any age, and are more likely in females. The cause is unknown. Due to the presence of specific white blood cells known as eosinophils, rodent ulcers are believed to be allergy or immune-system based.
Natural Treatment Complements Vet Care
Veterinary care is required to address the cause of rodent ulcers. But since they can recur and become chronic, many cat parents seek natural at-home remedies. Rodent ulcers are inflammatory, so part of a natural approach includes reducing inflammation causes from the cat's diet and environment. Eliminating parasites such as fleas, and replacing artificial ingredients, chemicals and unnatural foods with whole foods like meats and oils, can help reduce the likelihood of allergic reactions.
Homeopathy and Fatty Acids
Along with purifying a cat's diet, you can add supplements that help reduce inflammation. WebMD says omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may benefit cats with rodent ulcers, as they reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Homeopathy can contribute a natural remedy for rodent ulcers. For example, Eosinophilic Granuloma Sarcode is a homeopathic remedy designed to combat rodent ulcers and administered to a cat in either pill or liquid form.
When approaching a natural treatment for rodent ulcers, introduce all new treatments cautiously. An already-suffering cat needs to gentle handling, so introduce new foods, homeopathic treatments, essential fatty acids and other remedies gradually. This will let his body adjust to the change and will help avoid intestinal disruptions and other reactions. In addition, keeping your vet apprised of your natural rodent ulcer treatments will help ensure your cat gets the best care possible.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
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