Dental Care for Dogs and Cats - Natural, Herbal DIY Remedies, Treatments

dental care for dogs and cats, natural herbal DIY remedies and treatments

In this article:
1. Natural Care of Gums, Mouth, Teeth
2. Review of Oral Health Benefits - Herbs and Nutraceuticals
3. Regular Maintenance Gum Treatments - support good oral health
4. Tooth paste - Natural Herbal Recipes
5. Bleeding Gums, Infected Teeth - Natural Treatments
6. Oral  Rinse, Mouth Was Recipes
7. Plaque Softener Recipes
8. Foods, Herbs that Fight Oral Bacteria and Reduce Plaque 
9. General Guide for Daily Intake of Herbs and Spices

1.0 Natural Care of Gums, Mouth, Teeth
There are many natural, herbal and homeopathic interventions and treatments that you can adopt to improve and maintain your dog’s and cat's oral health.

If your dog or cat already has gingivitis or periodontal disease it is best to work with a holistic professional to establish a plaque dissolving natural protocol, and then start a regular maintenance regimen. Fragaria Vesca can be used to soften the tartar/plaque - you will find instructions on the use of Fragaria below along with many options for simple, effective natural, herbal, homeopathic oral health care, including:
  • Toothpaste
  • Gum treatments
  • Oral rinse
  • Treatment/remedies for bleeding gums
  • Treatment/remedies for killing bacteria
  • Foods & herbs that fight oral bacteria and reduce plaque
A dog that has infected teeth and gums can become weak as they do not wish to eat due to pain. You will see below that there are many herbal tinctures that you can choose from to treat the pain caused by infected teeth and gums so that your dog will be interested in eating again. These same tinctures also work to fight bacteria which causes infection while reducing inflammation and bleeding. 

1.1 Note
  1. If you are using one of the treatments below that call for use of tinctures make sure you use alcohol-free tinctures only.
  2. Organic ingredients have greater medicinal value than non-organic, in addition, non-organic can be high in herbicide and pesticide residue - go organic as much as you possibly can.
  3. If you have decided on using a particular treatment - read the related links when provided. These links are an important source of detailed information on health benefits, selection of quality and appropriate products, cautions, interactions, etc.
  4. Make sure that you use good quality human food-grade and pharmaceutical-grade products. 
2.0 Review of Oral Health Benefits -
      Herbs and Nutraceuticals

Before we get into the actual treatments lets take a quick look at some of the benefits of the herbs and nutraceuaticals that will be used in the oral care recipes and treatments. These include:
  1. Baking Soda
  2. Calendula
  3. Ceylon Cinnamon
  4. Coconut OIl
  5. Colloidal Silver
  6. Echinacea
  7. Feverfew
  8. Fragaria Vesca
  9. Goldenseal
  10. Grapefruit Seed Extract
  11. Kefir
  12. Manuka Honey
  13. Myrrh
  14. Oil of Oregano
  15. Oregon Grape
  16. Vitamin C

2.1 Baking Soda


Baking Soda is derived from a naturally occurring mineral called natron, which was first mined by the ancient Egyptians. I. the 1800’s to bakers from France created the modern version of Baking Soda. It is a mild abrasive and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
2.2 Calendula (also known as Pot Marigold)

Calendula has been used in herbal preparations for thousands of years. Calendula is excellent for promoting the healing of wounds and stopping bleeding. It has antiviral, anti-genotoxic, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Calendula promotes the metabolism of proteins and collagen which is necessary to grow new healthy cells and tissue. Calendula is safe for dogs and cats, including pregnant dogs and cats.

2.3 Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon Cinnamon provides an extensive list of beneficial properties for oral care…it is an:
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-microbial (fights bacteria, fungi, etc.)
  • Anti-septic;
  • Mild anesthetic;
  • Helps dissolve food particles and aids in the digestion of food.
Historically cinnamon has been used to numb teeth and gums, including the gums of teething infants.

Daily  Dosage
  • Small Dogs and Cats - 1/8 tsp a day.
  • Medium Dogs - ¼ tsp a day;
  • Large Dogs - ½ tsp a day;
Cautions: In some very rare cases cinnamon can be an irritant, particularly cinnamon oil. All of my ten dogs (small, medium, large breeds) have cinnamon on a daily basis and have never experienced any reaction. Ceylon cinnamon powder in the doses mentioned above is safe for pregnant dogs, but do not use cinnamon essential oil on a pregnant dog or cat. My cats have never had an adverse reaction to cinnamon. 

For detailed information about cinnamon read here

2.4 Coconut Oil - organic 

Coconut oil
  • Helps fight tooth decay and oral health issues;
  • Hardens tooth enamel;
  • Can help reduce sores and infections.
Organic Coconut Oil has many other health benefits and is an excellent supplement to add to the daily diet, for detailed information about organic coconut oil read here. Coconut oil is safe for most dogs and cats.

2.5 Colloidal Silver

Silver is a natural and powerful broad spectrum antibiotic agent, it also has excellent antiseptic, anti-fungal and disinfectant properties.
  • Colloidal Silver kills virus, fungus and bacterium
  • Colloidal Silver can be used:
    • As a topical treatment
  • Go to this article for:
    • Use and dosing instructions
    • Guidance on selecting colloidal silver products
    • Cautions and other important information

2.6 Echinacea (Cone Flower)

Echinacea has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and analgesic properties. Echinacea has been used in oral care for hundreds of years, popular as a mouthwash, it aids in the fight against gingivitis and periodontal disease by supporting immunity to bacterial infections that help destroy germs and minor infections in the gums. Its analgesic properties soothe aching guns and teeth. Echinacea is safe for use with pregnant dogs and cats.

2.7 Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Feverfew has been used in herbal preparations for thousands of years. Feverfew contains  parthenolide - a naturally occurring volatile oil that inhibits the release of inflammatory substances that cause inflammation. Not all feverfew products are effective as some do not contain enough parthenolide. Look for a Feverfew tincture that contains at least 0.2% parthenolide. 

Caution - don't use on pregnant or lactating dogs, don't use on dogs that have (environmental) allergies to ragweed and related plants. Don't use if your dog is on an anticoagulant/Antiplatelet drug, or on a drug that is changed and broken down by the liver.

Feverfew is safe for use on most dogs and cats. If you would like to know more about feverfew you can read here

2.8 Fragaria Vesca (Fragaria 6x, Woodland Strawberry)

Fragaria Vesca is used for softening and removing tartar and plaque. Once softened normal use of a toothbrush is more affective and can be used to effectively help keep teeth clean. Continued use of Fragaria Vesca helps keep tartar and plaque from reforming on teeth. Fragaria Vesca is safe for use on pregnant dogs and cat's.

2.9 Goldenseal

Goldenseal has been used for centuries by Native Americans and is a widely used herb today. Goldenseal has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Do not use on pregnant or nursing dogs or cats.

Learn more about Goldenseal in this article.

2.10 Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit. Extract from the seeds of the grapefruit are valued for their medicinal qualities. The benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) were first noted in 1972 by physicist Dr. Jacob Harich who observed its broad spectrum use as an antibacterial and antiviral remedy. You can read more about Dr. Jacob Harich and the history of GSE here.

Grapefruit seeds contain active ingredients that are:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-parasitic and more 
Learn more about Grapefruit Seed Extract in this article

2.11 Kefir- Fermented Milk

Kefir is a creamy, dairy based food made from the milk of cows, goats and sheep, sometimes also made from coconut milk, rice and soy. (Do not purchase kefir made from soy if you live in North America as almost all soy crops are from genetically modified seeds). Kefir contains a large amount of phosphorus and B Complex vitamins (important for maintenance of healthy teeth), it promotes the faster healing of wounds, illness, it is excellent for the immune system, and a rich source of good bacteria - these are just a few of kefir's health benefits. 
Learn more about kefir and understand how to choose a good product for your dog or cat  read here.

2.12 Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey is produced by bees that feed on a native tree of New Zealand. Manuka honey has been used for its great healing properties for centuries. Manuka Honey is well known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic properties. It speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues; initiates the healing process in dormant wounds; is an autolytic debridement (helps remove damaged, dead, infected tissue) and is an excellent moist wound healing agent.

You can also use other types of raw unpasteurized honey - i.e. wild flower, lavender etc. which also have medicinal properties but Manuka honey has even stronger medicinal properties than most other honey. Do NOT attempt to use any type of pasteurized honey as it has NO medicinal properties and is simply another form of sugar. Honey is safe for most dogs and cats.

If you cannot get Manuka honey you can substitute with any organic unpasteurized honey. Make sure you read this article for detailed information on health benefits, selecting an appropriate product, optimizing health benefits, cautions and interactions. If you are treating a puppy or kitten under 6 months of age make sure you read section 10.0 of this article.

2.13 Myrhh

Myrhh is a natural dental care product with antibiotic, astringent, amoebocide and anti-inflammatory properties. Historically it has been used for many centuries to treat swollen gums, mouth ulcers, etc. Myrhh is safe for pregnant dogs when used in small amounts. Don't use Myrhh for cats.

2.14 Oil of Oregano 

Oil of Oregano has excellent anti- bacteria, anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Oil of oregano is safe for most dogs, don't use oil of oregano on cats.  Oil of oregano should never be used undiluted.

2.15 Oregon Grape
          (also called holly-leaved barberry, mountain grape)

Although grapes and raisins are very bad for dogs and cats, the tincture of Oregon Grape is non-toxic to dogs and cats, provided it is used in moderation - large quantities are not necessary. Oregon grape is a natural antibiotic, astringent, amoebocide and anti-inflammatory. Do not use Oregon Grape tincture on pregnant dogs or cats.

2.16 Vitamin C


A deficiency of vitamin C in the diet has been proven to lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease and a reduction in the body’s ability to fight infection. Clinical research has shown that vitamin C improves host defence mechanisms thus supporting periodontal health and boosting the immune system. Vitamin C is required for the development of collagen - a substance that gives cell tissue strength and elasticity. Gums are fragile by nature so supporting healthy collagen production is all the more important. Vitamin C is safe for pregnant dogs and cats.

3.0 Simple Regular Gum Treatments -
  Support good oral health

You can use the following treatment several times a week as part of an ongoing oral care maintenance program.:
  • Using a cotton swab, gently and generously apply tincture of Oregon Grape, or Myrrh or, Goldenseal to your dog’s or cat's gums;
    • This will inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes plaque and tartar;
 In addition to being antiseptic, Goldenseal, Myrrh and Oregon grape also stimulate new tissue growth of the gums.

4.0 Toothpaste - Natural Herbal Recipes

4.1 Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)

  • Dampen a tooth brush with a little warm water.
  • Dip the brush in baking soda (just a little soda is required - do not load the brush with soda).
  • Gently brush your dog’s or cat's  teeth - baking soda is an abrasive so do not apply pressure when brushing.

4.2 Baking Soda and Ceylon Cinnamon
  • In a glass combine 1 tsp of baking soda with 1/8 tsp of cinnamon.
  • Mix the soda and cinnamon.
  • Dampen a tooth brush with a little warm water.
  • Dip the brush in the cinnamon/baking soda powder mix (just a little is required - do not load the brush with soda).
  • Gently brush your dog’s or cat's teeth - baking soda is an abrasive so do not apply pressure when brushing.
The amount of baking soda required to clean your dog’s or cat's teeth is very small - you do not need to laden the brush - a little is effective. If ingested in large amounts baking soda is not good for your dog. Ingesting a large amount of baking soda can cause problems with electrolyte levels (low calcium, low potassium, high sodium), muscle spasms and/or congestive heart failure.

4.3 Baking Soda and Coconut Oil
  • In a glass or small bowl combine:
    • 1 tsp of baking soda.
    • 1tsp of coconut oil.
    • Mix the soda and coconut oil until it forms a paste.
    •  Optional ingredient:
      • You can add a drop of food grade peppermint oil.
      • You can a pinch of very  finely chopped fresh peppermint.
  • Dip the brush in the baking soda/coconut  mix (just a little is required).
  • Gently brush your dog’s or cat's teeth - baking soda is an abrasive so do not apply pressure when brushing.

4.4 Coconut Oil 
  • Dip a tooth brush in coconut oil.
  • Gently brush your dog or cat's  teeth.

4.5 Ceylon Cinnamon, Kefir and Manuka Honey

In a glass mix kefir, with manuka honey and a little cinnamon - the consistency should be that of a paste. Use this paste to brush your dog’s or cat's teeth. They will love the taste! As an option you can also add a drop pf grapefruit seed extract,

4.6 Fragaria Vesca (Fragaria 6x, Woodland Strawberry)

  • Place 3 Fragaria pellets in ¼ cup of warm water.
  • Allow the pellets to soak in the water for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes remove the pellets from the water.
  • Use the resulting fragaria water to brush your dog's or cat's teeth and gums.

4.7 Vitamin C
  • Mix one cup of warm water with ½ tsp of powdered vitamin C (or grind-up vitamin C tablets to create a powder.
  • Use the resulting liquid to gently brush your dog’s teeth.

5.0 Bleeding Gums, Infected Teeth -
      Natural Treatments

Use one of the following to:
  • Treat bleeding, inflamed or infected gums, reduce painful swelling.
  • Treat infected teeth.
  • Help stop more serious infection from setting-in.

5.1 Calendula (also known as Pot Marigold)

  • Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of calendula on inflamed gums.
  • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until condition subsides.

5.2 Ceylon Cinnamon, Kefir and Honey

To relieve your dog’s or cat's discomfort, make a paste of:
  • 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp Kefir (optional)
  • 5 tsps Manuka honey
  • Apply the paste to the aching tooth
  • Apply this paste up to 3 times per day

5.3 Coconut Oil and Oil of Oregano
  • Combine:
    • 2 to 3 drops of oil of oregano
    • 2 tsp of coconut oil
    • Mix thoroughly
  • Use a cotton ball to gently apply the mixture to the affected areas of the gum.

5.4 Colloidal Silver     
  • Use a cotton ball to gently apply colloidal silver water or gel to the affected areas of the gum.

    5.5 Echinacea
    • Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of echinacea on inflamed gums
    • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides

    5.6 Feverfew
    • Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of feverfew on inflamed gums
    • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides

    5.8 Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)
    • Option One:
      • Mix together 1 tsp of coconut oil and 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract.
      • Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply the grapefruit seed extract and coconut oil mixture on inflamed gums.
      • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides. 
    • Option Two
      • Mix together 1 tbs of water and 2-3 drops of grapefruit seed extract.
      • Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply the grapefruit seed extract and water mixture on inflamed gums or infected teeth, or;
      • Use a small spray bottle to spray the water/GSE mixture onto the tooth (teeth;
      • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.

    5.7 Myrrh
    • Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of myrrh on inflamed gums.
    • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.

    5.8 Oregon Grape
    • Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of Oregon grape root on inflamed gums.
    • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.

    6.0 Oral Rinse, Mouth Wash Recipes

    6.1 Ceylon Cinnamon, Kefir and Honey

    • In a glass, mix about 2 tbs of warm water with 1/8 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon powder;
      • Make sure the cinnamon is completely mixed with the water.
    • Use an eye dropper or medicine dispensing syringe to squirt the liquid into your dog or cat's mouth.
    • Have a towel ready and keep it under your dog’s chin as the liquid will dribble back out of your animal’s mouth.

    6.2 Goldenseal
    • In a glass, mix 1/2 tsp. Goldenseal root powder with 1 cup of water in a microwavable glass bowl or cup.
      • Microwave for three minutes.
      • Remove from microwave and cover bowl or cup with plastic wrap or other cover.
      • Allow the liquid to sit and cool for an hour.
      • After an hour, strain the liquid.
    • Use an eye dropper or medicine dispensing syringe to squirt the liquid into your dog or cat's mouth.
      • Have a towel ready and keep it under your dog’s chin as the liquid will dribble back out of your animal's mouth.

    6.3  Echinacea
    • In a glass, mix ½ tsp dried Echinacea root powder with 1 cup of water in a microwavable glass bowl or cup.
      • Microwave for three minutes.
      • Remove from microwave and cover bowl or cup with plastic wrap or other cover.
      • Allow the liquid to sit and cool for an hour.
      • After an hour, strain the liquid.
    • Use an eye dropper or medicine dispensing syringe to squirt the liquid into your dog or cat's mouth.
      • Have a towel ready and keep it under your dog or cat's chin as the liquid will dribble back out of your animal's mouth.

    7.0 Plaque Softener Recipes

    7.1 Fragaria Vesca (Fragaria 6x, Woodland Strawberry)

    • Place 3 Fragaria pellets in ¼ cup of warm water.
    • Allow the pellets to soak in the water for 5 minutes.
    • After 5 minutes remove the pellets from the water.
    • Use the resulting fragaria water to brush your dog or cat's teeth and gums.
    • After you;ve brushed your animal's teeth, discard any remaining fragaria water. 
    • Make a new batch each time you brush your dog and cat's teeth.

    8.0 Foods & Herbs that Fight Oral Bacteria
          and Reduce Plaque

    8.1 Apples, Carrots, Celery
    Offer a pirce of fresh, crisp apple to your dog. Chewing fresh apple helps remove bacteria and food particles from teeth. Just wash the apple, remove the apple core, slice the apple-up and let your dog enjoy. Carrots and celery are also healthy choices offering the same bacteria removing action as apples. These foods also increase saliva production which helps to wash away bacteria and plaque.

    Citrus Fruits, Melons and Berries
    Citrus fruit such as clementines, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tangerines; melons and berries such as blackberry, cranberry, gooseberry, raspberry and strawberry all contain high levels of vitamin C. A diet that is rich in vitamin C creates an environment in which bacteria does not thrive. These foods also increase saliva production which helps to wash away bacteria and plaque. The other benefits of vitamin C are listed in the section on Vitamin C above. Lemons have many other health benefits as well - you can learn more about the benefits of lemons here. To learn how to prepare and add fruits and vegetables to your dog's diet read here.

    Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon) - Sprinkle it on Food
    If your dog or cat self-select Ceylon cinnamon, you can sprinkle cinnamon on top of your dog or cat's food. Cinnamon helps dissolve food particles and aids with the digestion of food. Daily maximum dosages for cinnamon are provided below.

    Particularly cheddar cheese. Eating cheese drops the pH level in the mouth. Lower pH levels help fight plaque, protects tooth enamel and erosion of teeth. Cheddar cheese  contains the highest levels of alkali making it the best cheese for attaining better pH levels in the oral cavity. To learn more about the benefits of cheese you can read here.

    Corriander (cilantro), Mint, Peppermint and Spearmint have germicidal properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. You can add these fresh herbs to your dog’s and cat's food or combine with some sliced apple, etc. Finely chop the fresh herb and serve with food.

    Daily Serving Recommendation:
    • Large size dogs 3 - tbs a day
    • Medium size dogs - 2 tbs a day
    • Small dogs and cats - 1 tbs a day

    Raw Meaty Bones, and Bone Broth

    Dry processed dog and cat food is NOT good fro oral health. Dry processed food is not species appropriate, it destorys gut and oral health. To support gut and oral health, tranition your dog and cat to a species appropriate raw or gently cooked diet. You'll find an example raw or gently cooked  fhomemade food recipe here. More on appropriae fresh whole foods for dogs in this article.

    Although dry food is promoted as being great for dental health – dry food is the number one cause of dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. In the absence of moisture particles of food remain on the dog’s or cat’s teeth. With insufficient moisture to flush the particles away – bacteria forms, then plaque. You inadvertently create dental issues for your companion animal. It is important to note that commercial dental bones contain species inappropriate ingredients, toxins and carcinogens.

    Include species appropriate raw meaty bones in your dog and cat's diet. Raw meaty bones are nature's toothbrush for dogs and cats.
    You can further increase the dental health benefit by sprinkling some Ceylon cinnamon on top of the food and broth.

    By hydrating your companion animal’s food you support dental, digestive and eliminatory health.You can read more about this and access a homemade broth recipe here.

    Yogurt or Kefir

    Include kefir or yogurt in your dog or cat's daily diet. Kefir and yogurt help reduce odor-causing hydrogen sulfide in the oral cavity, and helps destroy bacteria that causes plaque and tartar. A diet rich in Vitamin D (yogurt and cheese are both high in vitamin D) creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria. Make sure you give your dog plain yogurt with active cultures, not highly processed yogurt with sugar or artificial sweeteners. I usually give my dogs 2% plain yogurt. You can add fresh fruit to the yogurt, top it with a little cinnamon and give it to your dog as a treat on its own or add it to their kibble etc. Most cats prefer the yogurt plain (without fruit added). To learn more about yogurt and how to choose a good product for your dog or cat you can read here.

    You can also combine yogurt, kefir and fruit such as berries with Ceylon cinnamon to make a smoothie for your dog or cat - you can find recipes here.

    For the Recommended Daily Intake of Kefir or Yogurt go to this article.

      10.0 General Guideline
      Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight

      Dog’s, Cat’s Weight
      Dry Powder
      Tea or Infusion
      Tablet, Pill
      pounds (lbs)
      1-10 lbs
      1/16 –
      1/8 tsp

      1/8 cup
      1x to 3x
      1x to 3x
      1 -
      1x to 3x
      10-20 lbs
      1/8 tsp -
      1/4 tsp

      1/4 cup
      1x to 3x
      1/2 -
      1x to 3x
      3 -
      1x to 3x
      20-50 lbs
      1/4 tsp -
      1 tsp

      1/4 cup -
      1/2 cup
      1x to 3x
      1 –
      1x to 3x
      5 -
      1x to 3x
      50-100 lbs
      1 tsp -
      2 tsp

      1/2 cup –
      1 cup
      1x to 3x
      1 –
      1x to 3x
      1x to 3x
      +100 lbs
      2 tsp -

      1 tbs
      1 cup
      1x to 3x
      1x to 3x
      1x to 3x
      tsp = teaspoon     tbs = tablespoon    times/day = times per day    x = times per day

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      1. Hi Karen,

        You have an amazing site here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I totally [heart] this page!!

        I have a little knowledge of "alternative" /herbal treatments for humans and appreciate learning that my pups can benefit from them, too. :) My knowledge has yet to translate into much in the way of function really; it's a new thing and I'm a bit overwhelmed by the discomfort of trying new things where precision is required & lives can benefit vs. end at my hand. And in this case, one of the pup's teeth may just need to be pulled so I'm rather intimidated w/ the whole thing..... But- you have really, really helped me not be afraid to try and that's super! I'm so grateful! Now I just need to grow a money tree & buy some things not already in the medicine cabinet.

        One of my questions is related to Fragaria Vesca (Fragaria 6x, Woodland Strawberry). I've read two search results on this, one says the Alpine Strawberry is the same type and the other says it isn't. I've grown the Alpine strawberry in my garden and I believe it has overwintered nicely. Do you have any opinion on the matter as it pertains to using for dental care? I have dried leaves from last season (and maybe leaves I could cut outside?) that could easily be steeped as a 'tea' and used as you recommend w/ the pellets, but Idk if that'd be worthwhile. What say ye?

        Also, where you list: "Corriander (cilantro), Mint and Spearmint have germicidal properties...," I'm just curious what kinds of mint you refer to here. I grow a few varieties of mint (citrus, apple, peppermint, spearmint, and maybe another I can't recall) and probably other plants that are of the mint family. I read the other links you provide regarding safe/unsafe herbs and don't see anything specific on this. So I guess I'd like to know if "mint" refers to all plants in the family or if there's something specific to use/stay away from?



        1. Hi Jen,

          Alpine and woodland are not the same so stick to the Woodland. Use peppermint or spearmint.

          Woof and Cheers, Karen

      2. Karen,
        Can I use the Fragaria Vesca water, add a little bit of baking soda to make a paste and use/store it in the refrigerator for a week or longer?


        1. Hi Debbie, doing so should not pose a problem :>)

      3. Thank you for all of the great advice. I have a dog with problematic gingivitis and the vet bills are getting to be too much for us. So when I found your blog after doing a search for treating her at home, it was a godsend! I have started giving her some of the remedies you have listed here... I only found you yesterday so I cant give any feedback on anything yet. But I have a good feeling :-)
        I have you bookmarked now and will refer back often.
        Thank you again, Lisa

        1. Dogs that do not salivate much and that eat dry dog food can end up with a lot of issues as in the absence of moisture there is nothing to wash the bacteria out of their mouth after eating. You can make some plain chicken stock - add 1/8 cup to her food bowl, and a tbs of plain yogurt, sprinkle with 1/8 tsp of cinnamon on top and see if that helps. Also read

      4. Hi Karen! I have a 17yr old german shepard/lab mix. She weighs about 43lbs. Would she be considered a large dog or a medium? She has an infected tooth. I want to try your advice. I just dont want to give her too much. Also, what could happen if a dog had too much cinnamon? Thank you for all your tips as well. :)

        1. I would consider your dear girl a medium size dog. You should not need to use more than 1 or 2 tsps a day to treat her and that amount should not cause any issues :>) Cinnamon is also a digestive aid.

          My dogs (10, including 3 German Shepherds)have cinnamon sprinkled on top of their food twice a day. The larger dogs take in a tsp of it on an ongoing daily basis.

          Cinnamon is not dangerous,however excessive amounts can cause irritation.

          Cheers, K

        2. Hi Karen, Today my Yorkie had 8 tooth extracted and stage 2 & 3 Periodontal disease.

          I also give my dog cinnomon sprinkle on top of their dry food plus a very small sprinkle of DE
          for clean good stool. So I was shocked to learn about his periodintal condition.

          Do you think the DE is drying their mouth too much?

          Also, you might want to mention to use ceylon cinnomon (not the one from supermaret) to be safe. Thanks so much for all your informative articles.

        3. It could be many things - i.e. the dry dog food of itself; not enough immune system boosting real foods in her diet; not drinking enough fluids after eating the dry food,
          Cheers, K

      5. What a great blog and article! How often do you recommend administering Echinacea and myrhh to a 16 1/2 yorkie with an infected tooth?

        1. You can administer twice a day, once if you do not have time to do twice :>)

      6. Hi Karen, my 60lb Bassett has a swollen and infected back tooth and is very grumpy if it is touched so I don't know if I would be able to access the area presently. I also cannot afford proffessional care unfortunately or I would - what advice do you have that might help reduce inflamation and pain until I can access it more directly or afford a pro? He will still eat if its soft enough or tasty enough so maybe a mix of some of the natural ingredients mentioned above? Thank you for posting!

        1. Mix the following together and give it to him two times a day...
          3 tbs of plain natural yogurt;
          1 tsp unpasteurized honey;
          1/4 tsp turmeric;
          1/4 tsp cinnamon;
          1/4 of a dry clove crushed and ground;
          1/8 cup frozen or fresh blueberries mashed;
          1/4 glove of fresh chopped garlic (let it sit for 10 minutes before mixing in with the other ingredients, and;
          Add a few drops of
          Goldenseal or Myrrh or Oregon Grape tincture if you have any.

        2. Every second day make the mixture as indicated above - but without the clove in it, so...

          Day 1 - clove-in;
          Day 2 - no clove;
          continue to repeat cycle :>)

      7. how long do you need to do this remedy? I have been laid off from work and I also cannot afford a vet bill at this time. I first noticed the fowl odor from my dog's breath and then found severe decay with a back tooth. the gum above it is bleeding some. what can I do to keep him from getting sick? I cannot do credit because right now I have no job. every place wants cash up front, even the vet that I used to use. any suggestions? he still eats well.

        1. Fight this through diet and topical treatment…

          Add to his daily diet…
          1. Garlic - preparation, dosage as per this article
          2. Probiotics via yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut - preparation, dosage as per this article
          3. Turmeric - preparation, dosage as per this article
          5. Add fresh lemon – preparation, dosage as per this article
          6. Make chicken stock:
          o Take a piece of chicken i.e. (a leg with back attached) put in a pot of water;
          o Add:
          o ½ tsp of sage;
          o ½ tsp of basil;
          o ½ tsp of rosemary;
          o 1 tsp oregano;
          o You can toss in a few carrots and or parsnips of you want to;
          o Cook on a low heat;
          o When cooked remove chicken and carrots/parsnips;
          o Allow to cool a bit;
          o Pour stock into glass jars and store in the refrigerator.
          o You can give the cooked chicken and veggies to the dogs.
          o Add 1/8 cup of the stock to each meal - sprinkle ¼ tsp of Ceylon cinnamon on top of the stock in the bowl – you have a doggie mouthwash in the bowl with the dry dog kibble

          Topical Treatment until the infection & inflammation clears...
          1. Rub his gums once a day with local raw, unpasteurized honey;
          3. Use the Echinacea mouth wash once a day

      8. Hi have just found your site and have found it very informative . My giant schnauzer ( 50 kls , ten and a half yrs old )has developed bleeding gums and I am very upset about this . He is on heart meds , I bought echinachea tincture today and would like to know how much and how often I can safely apply this to his gums . He has been given antibiotics by my vet which does not seem to have had any effect on his gums as they are still bleeding . Now that the antibiotics are finished I have to apply dentisept to his gums . These meds were prescribed before I discovered your site . can I use dentisept at the same time as the echinachea or should I wait to see if the herbal does the trick . How long would you expect to wait before seeing some improvement . Thanks

        1. just put a drop or two of the tincture on your finger and apply it to his gums. You could also use a cotton swab if you prefer. Echinachea is non-toxic to dogs. You should do this treatment twice a day.

          I would also advise you to add plain all natural yogurt to his diet. 3 to 4 tbs per day mixed into or put on top of his food.

          His overall dental health would also benefit from having lemon ( added to his diet especially since he is on heartworm meds (which are full of toxins and carcinogens). You can read about that here

          I would not bother with the dentisept if you are using the echinachea.

          If you are feeding him dry kibble I would recommend that you do the following to help keep the bacteria in his mouth down...

          • Chicken Stock
          o Take a piece of chicken i.e. (a leg with back attached) put in a pot of water;
          o Add:
          o ½ tbs of sage;
          o ½ tbs of basil;
          o ½ tbs of rosemary;
          o You can toss in a few carrots and or parsnips of you want to;
          o Cook on a low heat;
          o When cooked remove chicken and carrots/parsnips;
          o Allow to cool a bit;
          o Pour stock into glass jars and store in the refrigerator.
          o You can give the cooked chicken and veggies to the dogs.
          o Add 1/2 cup of the stock to each meal - sprinkle ¼ tsp of cinnamon on top of the stock in the bowl – you have a doggie mouthwash in the bowl with the dry dog kibble :>)

          If you do all of the above you should see improvement in a couple of weeks at the most.

          Cheers, K

        2. Thak you so much for the advice I will start on your remedy right away . I would like to point out that the heart meds is for an arrythmia not heart worm . I take it that this would not change the advice you have given .

      9. Super helpful! Excited to try the chicken stock (mouthwash) as well as plain yogurt for my 8year old boxer with swollen gums. Also thinking it can't hurt to give to my new pup 1 yr. Old lab/pitbull mix to hopefully prevent future oral problems :) very very appreciated

      10. Actually you can add yogurt to both doggies daily diet, it is really good for their overall health can read more about the health benefits, how to choose a good yogurt for them and daily amount to feed them here

        And here is a yogurt treat that you can make for them

        Cheers, K

      11. Thought I would give you an update on my giant schnauzer . Unfortunately his bleeding gum is due to a very aggressive type of melanoma which my own vet did not spot . We are devastated as it will now be a case of keeping him comfortable for as long as we have our beautiful boy

        1. I am so very sorry to hear this :<( You may want to consider doing the following...

          To Help Fight the Bone Cancer:

          -If you have him on commercial dog food, I recomend getting him off of it and making him this homemade grain-free anti-inflammatory food
          - I also suggest turmeric Add additional to his meal - 1 tsp on top of what is in the homemde food recipe), rooibos tea, fresh lemon and organic apple cider vinegar - all anti-carcinogen and immune system boosting - dosages and preparation as per articles below.
          - Also either salmon, krill or flax oil (unless you are already giving him some), I know pasture feed meat is high in Omega 3, but he will need additional;
          - If he will eat frozen semi-thawed blueberries I would add those to his meal as well - 1/3 cup (anti-carcinogenic, high in natural pain killers, and high antioxidants, etc.)
          - If you have access to raw honey, give him 1 tbs of raw honey a day
          - If he would eat finely minced dandelion mixed in with his food that would be beneficial too..

          Apple Cider Vinegar is Good for Your Dog’s Health

          Curcumin and Turmeric is Good For Your Dog's Health

          Fatty Acids for Dogs - Omega 3, Omega 6, Health Benefits, Best Sources, Dosage

          Lemons - Good for Dogs, Many Health Benefits and Uses In this article you will learn...

          Rooibos Tea for Dogs - Immune System Health, Cancer Inhibitor, Allergy Mediator Dog's Health

          Fresh Papaya - information in this article

          Wishing you and your dear boy the best, Karen

        2. Oops - typo above - please ignore the word 'bone' - meant to write 'melanoma', K

      12. I have a seven year old collie with an infected upper tooth.

        I am confused which treatment to use.

        Colloidal silver?



        1. Hi, Use the colloidal silver - you can apply it topically on the tooth and I would suggest you do one 10-day course of ingested treatment.
          Cheers, Karen

      13. Thanks Karen!

        One more thing.

        He is going in for a teeth cleaning under anesthesia on oct 2.

        Will the silver plus the anesthesia be too much on his system being so close together?



        1. Hi Jeff,
          1) The silver has no interaction with any drugs;
          2) The topical treatment can continue right up until Oct 1st;
          3) If you start the treatment this week the silver will be passed through his system prior to Oct. 2 and even if it was not - it would only be a concern if he had renal issues, which could slow down his body`s ability to pass the silver and then the anesthesia. The concern would be that if renal issues were present it would not be wise to overwork the kidneys, liver, bladder.

      14. I have a Pug that just lost one of his fang teeth from chewing on a bone. It does not look like there is any tooth left but I am sure he is in pain. Is there anything like goldenseal that I might b able to put on it for infection but that will not cause more pain?

      15. Yes -
        #1 Colloidal Silver would be the best thing;
        #2 Raw unpasturized honey;
        #3 Echinacea;

        You may not have any of things things on hand at this moment but if you have any whole clove garlic in the house - take 1/2 of a clove, mince/chop it up fine, let the finely minced garlic sit for 10 minutes and then gently place a little of it on top of the tooth.

        FYI recreational bones are the #1 cause of tooth chipping/breaking for dogs :<(

        Hope your little guy feels better, Cheers, Karen

      16. Hi Karen.

        I used Colloidal Silver for about 12 days topically only.

        I rubbed it on his gums as well.

        By rubbing it on his gums, would the silver get absorbed

        into his body?



        1. Yes it would to some degree as his saliva would wash it done his digestive tract :>)

      17. Where can I purchase the Fragaria Vesca pellets in Ontario, I live near Peterborough abd none of the stores have it or know what it is? Thank you

      18. Purchase on-line

        Cheers, K

      19. Hi there you have given me some good advise in the past and now i'm back again...

        My American Bulldog Babe Ruth was diagnosed with GME on June 3rd, She has been on Prednisone (starting at 80 mg's a day down to 20 mg's a day) and Procarbazine. She started getting Ulcerations in the montuh last month and had a 1 inche laceration under her tongue. 2 weekends ago she had bleeding for the mouth again. We brought her to the ER and her mouth was filled with ulcerations. We had them biospsied and they are none cancers and are not bacterial or fungal. The vet belived she was a side effects to the Procarbazine and switched her to mycophenolate and prednisone. She has been fine so far. Do you have any recommendations to help treat her ulcers in her mouth? The dr gave me a miracle mouth wash which babe hates. Also on a side note she got a really nasty UTI back in June once she started all these immune suppresent drugs. It finally cleared for two weeks and this morning i noticed blood dripping. My hubby is bringing her in for another urinalysis and culture this morning. She has been on a cranberry supplement, probiotic, denamarin and Turmeric root regularly along with the immune suppresant drugs.

        Thanks Christina

        1. Hi Christina,

          You need to boost her immune system - follow the advice that I provide in this article regarding diet, supplementation and as well the things I advise to avoid...

          In the link I provided just above I mention raw unpasturized honey as one of the supplements - apply it to the ulcers daily. I would also recommend using Colloidal Silver as per this article

          Cheers, Karen

        2. Karen, How did I miss that Article??? OMG thanks so very much.

          Funny thing is I just started adding the honey two days ago.

          Again thank you, Just trying to get this Baby girl healthy. It has been a long hard 3 months

          Thanks, Christina

        3. Hi Christina, you did not miss the article :>) After seeing your comment above - that Baby Girl had been diagnosed with GME (and several people in the last month have also asked for advice regarding their dogs with GME) - I decided to write and post an article to answer your question :)

          Hope it helps you and Baby Girl ❀α΅”α΄₯α΅”❀ Cheers, Karen

      20. Oh wow, you are awesome, Thank you so much again.

        Do you have much knowledge on UTI's. My girl has had one on and off since Mid June and due to the Immune suppresnt drugs I'm being told they are common.
        I'm just worried and waiting results and a call back from the vet regarding my latest find with her.
        I noticed blood drop lets on monday morning. My hubby brought her in for a urinalysis and they confirmed a UTI and we are awaiting the results of the culture. The dr started her on baytril which cleared it last time while we wait.
        My concern is that I do not see blood in her urine and that i really only see it dripping when i bring her on a walk. Her rear legs were covered last night after her walk. But wheile she is home all day it doesn't drip. Just nervous. Any thoughts?

        Thanks for that great article on GME there really isn't that much info out there. Babe is Multifocul and we are lucky we caught this when we did. She was at Tufts paralyzed for a week and half. I'm thankful for everyday I have with her.


        1. Hi Christina,

          Yes I have an article on UTI's - you will find some very good advice in it

          You should also read this one - particularly section 4.4 Struvite Stones as dogs with chronic UTIs can be susceptible to this type of bladder/kidney stone so following the dietary advice provided in the article on UTI's and GME is very important as a good diet will boost her immune system, help fight UTI's and avoid the formulation of stones. It is very important to keep her fluid intake up so follow the advice that I give in the article on kidney and bladder stones under section 8.1 Fluids - for all Stone Types.

          Cheers, K

      21. Are the remedies you mentioned only safe for cats if you mention cats in the description?

        1. Yes, the remedies where I mention cats are also safe remedies for dogs.

          Cats have toxicity to some of the items which dogs do not have toxicity too.

      22. For making the different mouth washes, could you use the herbal exctracts/tinctures instead of the root powder? How much drops, water and what would be the procedure for preparing the mouth wash?

        Thank you!

        1. Yes you can use tinctures in place of root powder. Make sure you purchase alcohol free tinctures. I have added a table at the bottom of the article which provides maximum daily dosages for herbal powder, capsules, tinctures and teas. Use the water measure as noted in the recipes and add 6 to 8 drops of tincture, mix and use.

        2. Thanks a lot! Blessings to you and your home :)

      23. Hi. My dog has an abscessed tooth with facial swelling. He will be put to sleep in 2 days as he also has a detached retina in one eye and glaucoma in the other with total vision of only 10%. Please tell me if I can apply clove oil to this tooth over the next couple of days to reduce his pain and suffering. Thank you kindly for your response.

        1. For reducing the pain: I am going to suggest some alternatives to clove oil...

          If the clove oil you have is a truly good quality product you could put a very,very tiny amount on the tooth. The problem with essential oil is if you do not have a good quality one, clove oil could cause more trouble than good. Clove becomes poisonous for dogs if the oil is not good quality and/or too much is used - and too much depends on the quality of the product.

          Arnica Montana would be a very good choice

          You can use marjoram


          Golden Seal

          Grapefruit seed extract

          Just a further note - if the only health issues your dog has is the fact the he is going blind and the dental issue...

          As a canine behaviorist I work with many dogs that are completely blind (from birth or due to loss of sight later in life) as well those that are are blind and deaf. Dogs adapt to such conditions very quickly especially if they are otherwise quite healthy. If your boy is simply facing loss of sight and does not have further health issues (other than the dental one) he can still live a very fulfilling life and not be a burden.

          Dental Issues - the dental issue can be resolved via one of the interventions above plus a few dietary additives that provide natural support for immune system and are also broad spectrum antibiotics - i.e. garlic. This blog site has many articles that would be helpful to you in that respect.

          Wishing you and your boy the best,


      24. Hi Karen I am totally impressed with all your wonderful advise. i know have several things to try for breezie She had her teeth vet cleaned i try to brush daily .she has had a diet change and still having problems with constant air licking after eating (she always has gobbled ) her food. her gums are very red and swollen so I am thinking she is in pain which is why she chooses not to chew her biscuits properly . I will start with the baking soda and coconut oil as that is what have on hand hopefully this will be soothing and help heal her poor gums. thank you so much for such an informative web site ..

      25. I sent a post I am not sure what happened to it rather than repeat myself.I shall wait a couple of days and see if it show up Thanks again fo such an interesting informative site it was about my Breezies teeth and gums she is now 6 yrs and a gorgeous king charles caviler feel she is suffering with her mouth!

      26. Lemon is deadly for cats. Same with Peppermint & most mint family herbs other than Catnip & small amounts of occasional Fennel. You should mention these in your blog or at least suggest the fact that some of the ingredients may be ok for dogs but not cats.

        Also in the case of vegetables, though they should be included in our pets diets, some of them are hard to digest for cats in raw form. It's usually mentioned that some veggies should be slightly (not too much) steamed or boiled.

        Some people may actually try anything they see here without doing proper research.

        Great article though. I do appreciate all that i've learned here. Thank you.
        God bless.

        1. Hi Belilu - you have some more research to do - your statements above are NOT correct - below are the actual facts...

          The juice of fresh lemon is not deadly for cats unless they are being forced to consume copious quantities of it. The concentrated extracted OIL of lemons is poisonous to cats, dogs and some other non-human animals. My cats are perfectly healthy as are my dogs - neither have had to go to a veterinarian for years and they all have fresh lemon in their water bowls.

          Many members of the mint family are safe for cats – this includes the following mint family herbs…

          OTHER HERBS
          There are many, many herbs that are safe for cats and some that are not.

          Parsley has a very extensive list of health benefits for cats;
          Regarding methods to prepare fruit and vegetables – fresh, frozen and steamed/cooked, to ensure ease of digestion and maximum absorption of nutrients read here

          Go to the index page of my site, read, read, read.

        2. Thanks! I appreciate the corrections on the effects or safety of proper usage of lemon & Mints…Will definitely be reading all of the info. u've provided.

          The parsley part i knew about & have included them in my cats' diet in both boiled/tea & raw form. I have read though in many places that certain vegetables should be at least slightly boiled or steamed for cats because they can't digest them as well in raw form.
          Thanks again. I truly appreciate all the info.

        3. Regarding digestion of vegetables - both dogs and cats read the guidelines for preparation and the reason why in this article

          Cheers, K

      27. Hello, I currently have a 13/13.5 yr old dog. He is in great shape for his age and has been raw fed since 2004. He has done very well on this diet, so I do not feel a need to change it - he gets probiotics and supplements as well. I noticed he had some black spots on his gums which quite surprised me, and he has some halitosis. His teeth actually look pretty good for his age, just has some plaque on some back molars. He used to be a very good chewer of bones but is not as much now. I really do not want to have to do a dental as his age. Which recommendation would you suggest?

        Thank you.

        1. Use one of the simple daily treatments provided above that he would enjoy - such as the coconut oil.

      28. Hi Karen, I love your site as much as we all love our faithful pets!! I have a cat 13 years old suffering from terrible mouth ulcers and a serious mouth infection. How often should I give him oregano oil diluted with vegetable oil? Lynn Allan Masson France

        1. Hi Lynn

          Don't use oil of oregano on cats.

          For a serious infection you can use one of the following applied 3 x daily:
          Colloidal silver;
          Oregon grape
          Any unpasturized organic honey (does not have to be Manuka honey but it does have to be unpasturized organic)

          Self-heal – Prunella Vulgaris is also very good for treating mouth ulcers. Self-heal has no drug interactions or side effects and is fine for cats.

      29. Hi Karen
        I rescue abandoned animals (mainly cats) and unfortunately many of them have ill health.
        The worst is gingivitis. I have now three cats with gingivitis (two of them have also FIV). I have tried everything under the skies to cure it, including prednil, prednisone, antibiotics, zithromax,antirobe, colloidal silver, Maritime Pine Bark, herbal conditioning mix, organic coconut oil, aloe Vera juice, etc . Unfortunately I have failed to help them- especially one who cries from pain :((((

        I just purchased raw organic unpasteurized honey and am thinking of adding it to their food. It is impossible to rub anything against his gums as he cries and wiggles out. Would you kindly suggest relatively simple (in applying) mix to cure gingivitis? I have several other rescued cats whom I want to bring back to health and it takes me several hrs per day to attend them all. I feel overwhelmed so I need to give them medication in the food as it is the easiest way. I will not be able to find them homes till I cure them. HELP!!! You are my last hope ...
        As result of all this I am now short of time & money, but can’t afford not to try to give these beautiful beings second chance for happy and healthy life after all what they went thru as result of abandonment by irresponsible humans.
        Many thanks in advance

        1. Drugs such as prednil, prednisone, antibiotics, zithromax actually make the condition at hand worse and also cause other health threatening conditions.

          The root cause of the problem is diet and if that is not addressed you will not resolve the symptom - which is gingivitis. I strongly recommend that you read my articles on food or you can engage me to consult with you on this.

      30. Just found your site last night after discovering the cause of my 9 yr old Red Healers bad breath. She suddenly had extremely bad breath. I discovered her gums were bleeding and she had alot of dried blood in her mouth. Thank you for providing me natural ways to help treat her. I cannot afford the vet bills at this time and cannot bear to think my girl is in pain. Going to try the grapeseed extract topically. I will also start adding yogurt and cinnamon to her food. Your site is truly wonderful . Thank you for all you do to enrich the lives of animals!

      31. hello Karen!
        I found this form of fragaria vesca but I'm not sure if it can be used and how, since instead of 6x it is 30C (which I don't know what is): Boiron Fragaria Vesca 30C 75 30c pellets. It's hard to find since just a few stores ship to South America. Is there any other natural option for tartar remove? Thank you!

        1. Boiron makes good products and you can use the 30C as you would the 6X, cheers, K

        2. Thanks Karen, I've also found this:, which is 30x; since it has more strenght than suggested (6x) could it be used in less quantity? like 1 pellet in 1/4 cup water. Cheers!

      32. Hi Karen,
        You have a very informative site that has helped me tremendously, thank you very much for all you do. Six months ago I was given an adorable 4 yr. old Yorkie, now 4lbs. that has teeth and gum issues. Last year he had to get his teeth cleaned and 5 extractions under anesthesia which hurt my heart. He tends to have problems with tartar build up. He eats dry food with boiled poultry and vegtys. Going forward, just finding your site I started using coconut oil in his food which he loves. I would like to purchase ECHINACEA tincture; I found several sites that offer organic alcohol-free tinctures. The problem here is that they say not to administer to PETS only humans. Is there a difference between pet and human tinctures? I found a site that does offer PET tinctures one being ECHINACEA/GOLDENSEAL which has certified organic goldenseal root, Echinacea purpurea, garlic, alfalfa, spirulina, vegetable glycerin and distilled water, is this something I can purchase for him? They also said they will be offering ECHINACEA tincture soon. I want to follow your advice and incorporate the ECHINACEA tincture, coconut oil and any other variations I can use all together as long as they are safe for him. Can I buy the alcohol-free tinctures made for humans that are based in vegetable glycerin and follow your general guideline chart above, the oil of oregano would that be oregano essential oil? Do you advise on feeding my baby ORGANIC RAW food purchased from a reputable company? Also, any other advise you can offer is much appreciated, his next dental check-up is in June, praying for a clean bill of health. Thank you very much….Cheryl/Sir Tyson

        1. Hi Cheryl, yes you can use the made for human alcohol-free tinctures for Tyson. Organic raw is a good choice however you have to transition properly or Tyson will have digestive problems. You can also make your own homemade version of raw using my homemade dog food recipe.

        2. Karen, thank you for your reply, I will try making Ty one of your homemade dog food recipes I’m sure he will like it. Based on the above dental treatments how many can I use, and which one(s) would you suggest using on Ty? With Ty being 4lbs how many tincture drops should I give him? Cheryl/Sir Tyson

        3. Karen, thank you for your reply, I will try making Ty one of your homemade dog food recipes I’m sure he will like it. Based on the above dental treatments how many can I use, and which one(s) would you suggest using on Ty? With Ty being 4lbs how many tincture drops should I give him?... Cheryl/Sir Tyson

        4. I would be pleased to put together and send to you a guide designed for Tyson's dental care - short term and long term covering supplementation and topical care. To do so I would need information on:
          Conventional medications/drugs if any;
          Any health issues - chronic conditions etc.
          I can then design a treatment/maintenance plan.
          For this consultation time is required - if Tyson is not on conventional drugs and does not have additional health conditions 45 minutes of my time is required

        5. Hi, Karen looking at the above remedies I have a few questions for you.
          I tried using a pet toothbrush on Ty’s teeth and noticed on the brush there was a little blood so I stopped using the brush and put some coconut oil on his gums as this is what I have in the house and I know this would be safe for Ty to ingest. Looking at your remedies I’ve come up with a few choices to use. It’s hard to find the 6x Fragaria Vesca; can I purchase either the 6c or 30c? Can I use MYRRH, OREGANO, or GOLDENSEAL essential oils instead of the tinctures, if so, how many drops should I use? I don’t have tinctures but I have a lot of essential oils that I use in my aromatherapy products. I’m looking to purchase some of the above items, right now I’m working with the items I currently have…. Thanks, Karen….Cheryl/Tyson

        6. Hi Cheryl - I would be pleased to continue to assist. You can use the purchase consultation time pull down menu and paypal button located at the upper right hand of this page.

      33. My cocker spaniel (don't really know her age since she was adopted 12 years ago) has extramedullary plasmacytoma - a kind of tumor/growth in her mouth. She was put through a risky operation to remove the growth in Oct 2013. It regrew in December and it's back to it's original size now. Problem is, it's been bleeding and I'm pretty sure there plenty of bacteria there inside her mouth. She also has bad breath (most likely from whatever is going on in her mouth), and brushing her teeth is tough, bcos it only hurts/aggravates the spot and makes it bleed again. Surgery for removal is almost out of the question bcos of her age. What can I use in your list here to a) battle the gum/tumor bleeding/inflammation b) stop the bad breath c) help clean her teeth.

        She was fed dry food before with chicken stock and rice for her meals. For treats she got apple, carrots and melons. Dry food now has been soften/rehydrated to make things easy of her teeth. And her carrots have to be soften a tad.

        Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

        1. Hello Alex, it is important to understand that when dealing with cancer the overall diet and treatment must be designed to fight the cancer and its symptoms. It is a health issue that must be dealt with holistically. Simply applying 1 substance will not resolve the symptom or the underlying condition. The diet and the treatment must work together. I would be pleased to assist you with her diet and topical treatment plan to address the cancer and the symptoms.

          Critical information that I require from you:
          Food - manufacturer, product;
          Treats - manufacturer, product;
          Current supplements if any;
          Conventional medications/drugs if any;
          Alternative medicines if any;
          HEALTH CARE
          Prescription or off-the-shelf insect and parasite preventatives if any;
          Vaccination schedule - are you vaccinating annually?
          Known allergies/allergens if any;
          Any other known health issues - chronic conditions etc.

          After you provide this I can provide you with a cost for putting together a Diet/Wellness Plan - generally for cancer Diet/Wellness plans my fee is 100.00 to 200.00 dollars. You can email me if you are serious about engaging my consulting service.

        2. karen
          thanks for the reply.

          My cocker, Jessie, does not have cancer. the tumor that was once removed was tested benign.

          i was just wondering what was the best item(s) from your list above to aid with her bleeding plasmacytoma, and her bad breath.

          thanks again

        3. Alex - whether the tumor is benign or malignant the issue must still be addressed as noted above. To quote you 'It regrew in December and it's back to it's original size now', its bleeding, mouth smells' etc. My advisement to you stands as noted above. Any meaningful intervention requires what I have noted above.

      34. Karen
        I just found your page. Great information!
        I have a question about fragaria vesca. Your instruction is to put 3 pellets in warm water and use this water to brush teeth. Can I mix this water with food and give to my cats? I wonder if it has some effect and also if it is safe. Thank you.

      35. Hello Karen,

        Thank you so much for this information! Unfortunately I found this site too late to prevent my nine-year-old mini schnauzer from having eight teeth pulled earlier this year. Her breath is still terrible and I'm concerned she might still have gingivitis. (I try to give her a probiotic, too.) I would like to apply a tincture, but am concerned about the alcohol drying out my dogs gums. I don't know of any tincture made without alcohol. I tried to steep dried goldenseal in hot water and apply the cooled mixture, but didn't find it very effective. Please let me know your thoughts about alcohol in tinctures.

        I'd love to save my pups teeth and prevent another astronomical vet bill!


      36. Hi Karen,
        I was just infrmed today that my dog has peridontal disease and that the vet recommends having a teeth pulled. If I start the things you list above today, is there any way to reverse the disease and save some of her teeth. Her roots are not showing just look dirty and a little swollen. i have not noticed any bleeding. The vet said that there was puss coimg out from under the gum but when he showed me it wasn't... I just dont want to have him pull her teeth if we can avoid that. He is older and said there is nothing that can be started or done to help her oral hygiene.... That I don't believe. Thanks in advance.

        1. Yes! absolutely there is much that can be done via a combination of:

          The right natural topical treatment + ingested treatment (herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines + a properly designed diet.

          Veterinarians are notorious for duping loving owners into pulling teeth that don't need to be pulled, and in the process of doing so:
          - expose the dog to anesthetic which is hard on the dogs system
          - after surgery, put the dog on conventional antibiotics which cause immune system suppression
          - sometimes these procedures cause secondary health issues - from mild to chronic in nature

          I definitely recommend natural intervention for your dog over removal of teeth.

      37. Hi,

        I have a 12 year old poodle that has a bad case of periodontal disease. He started having this a few years back and his teeth are becoming loose. My dog is also epileptic and has been his whole life. The vet said that the only option to get rid of the infection is to extract the teeth that have been infected but being 12 years old and epileptic it is very risky to put him under the anesthesia for 2-3 hrs. I want to help him out and try to control the infection naturally. What would be a good way to start trying natural remedies that are safe for epilepsy?

        Coconut oil? Colloidal Silver?

        Thanks in Advance!

        1. When seeking to use natural means to support good health and/or treat and remedy an existing health condition - such as advanced periodontal disease, there are several key elements that must be put in place to work together...

          #1 Herbs, nutraceutical or alternate medicines are meant to be used in combination with other naturals to adjunct each other. The simple act of adding an herb will not cure a chronic condition.

          #2 The diet must also be designed to work in tandem with herbs and nutraceuticals to create a health supporting plan, designed to address the specific condition and overall health

          #3 If 1 and 2 above are not designed to support each other than any benefit from #2 is neutralized by the disruptive nature of #1 (a poorly designed diet). Periodontal disease is also an inflammatory condition - and inflammatory diet contributes to the exacerbation of oral health. Periodontal disease is linked to and directly affected by gastrointestinal health, renal health and the immune system in general.

          The solution is to align #1 and #2 with proper consideration and while doing so other health conditions should also be addressed in that plan – i.e. epilepsy.

          I would not be prescribing anything to you without knowledge of existing drugs that your dog may be on – or without an understanding of your dog’s renal health etc.

          For situations such as yours I must recommend this

      38. Thank you for responding so quickly! Truly appreciate that!! I am all for natural cures over medical intervention. Especially with myself and family. So naturally that would play into our pets health as well. I have changed their diet due to the fact that Baby Girl has had an abscessed anal sac for the past 2 weeks, this is the start of week number 3. We switched to Blue Buffalo dry food. I plan on visiting our natural foods store this week to pick up the few things I didnt have that you listed above. I am interested in getting more info from you but I dont think I need a full extensive plan. I looked at your plans and costs of each. Can we chat more to find out exactly what we can do for a life style change for them? I am looking into other natural remedies as well and would be curious on how that would play into what you would recommend. Thanks in advance!

      39. I have a 13 year old dachshund who has diabetes, is there anything I should avoid giving him? He has awful teeth and his vet thinks it is not worth the risk to put him under for a teeth cleaning.

        1. For this you would require

      40. I have a 13 year old dachshund. He is in very good health however he has had dachshund paralyses in 2010. He was operated and is now living a very healthy and pleasant life on the farm. He only has very bad tooth decay, gum infection and bad breath. Sometimes they also bleed if he eats bones. I tried dog food for that and tooth paste. But its too bad. He also does not allow brushing as it hurts and he always wipes his mouth with his feet. Due to his age and medical history, I do not want to put him on anesthetics again to get them cleaned or pulled. My jacky had to be put down right after they pulled his bad tooth as he got heart problems. What can I do to lessen the pain and to try and get rid of the infection?

        1. Your dasch would require this

      41. Hi Karen,
        My german shepherd (approx. 70 pounds) has a tooth abscess. The reason why I know is she had this before a few years ago, we got a quote to have surgery and it went away. I have been applying oil of oregano topically on the inside of her mouth daily since I noticed the swelling on the one side of her face. How long do I do this before I go to the vet and try antibiotics? She is still in good spirits, eating and behaving the same. Is there anything else you would recommend? Thanks so much in advance

        1. Hi Klaudyna, I would not recommend that you put her on antibiotics as they will simply serve to further suppress her immune system leaving her vulnerable, and if she has been on ABX before she can become ABX resistant. In addition the ABX will not resolve the root cause. Your girl needs to have her diet looked at, inflammatory items removed and items added to resolve the infection and support her long-term health.

      42. Hi Karen,
        My 10yr old American Pitty has gum hyperplasia (sp?) where the gums grew over her teeth. My Vet performed a dental cleaning and removed the over-growth with surgery about a year ago. It has now returned but only on one side of her mouth. Especially over two teeth. One is almost not visible and has darkened. The other tooth has a large blob of gum growing around it and her gums will bleed if she chews anything like toys or bones. Plus her breath smells foul and before it didn't. I took her back to the Vet yesterday and he didn't seem too concerned. He said she may lose the teeth and I should make an appt. in 6 mos. for a cleaning and possible gum removal or tooth extraction and just to continue to brush. I felt completely helpless! I have been using a q-tip with a mild peroxide and water solution to wipe the teeth plus brushing. I do have collodial silver but wanted to know what your recommendation would be to brush and keep bacteria levels low. Thanks, Frances & Yoshi

        1. Hi Francis - sorry to say so but your veterinarian is an ass. He would love for you to do nothing and what for your pup's oral condition to get worse - more $ at the expense of your Pitty's health. If you would like my assistance please email me - her oral condition and oral health should be addressed properly via diet first and topical second - gut and immune system health are very important for supporting her oral condition - all three are linked. Treatment = food + herbs + nutraceuticals + alternative meds (ingested and topical). I recommend this

      43. Hi Karen,
        I have a 3yr old Lhasa,Apso and I struggle brushing her teeth because the upper jaw is like an hour glass. Do you have any suggestions? Also she does have some plague & swollen gums, I've used a dental pick on her as well but its a continuous problem. With the apples/carrots & celery, how much is enough? I don't want to give her too much. I did start putting Goldenseal Root extract on her gums too. Thank you, Tracy

        1. If you want to look after her oral health holistically recommend course of action is

      44. Hi Karen! Thanks for such an informative article! My 11 year old chihuahua recently developed a dental abscess in her upper gum, right below her eye. I am concerned due it's proximity to her eye. Is there any remedy here? Or is a trip to the vet inevitable? I really don't want to put her on a cycle of antibiotics but am really concerned about delaying treatment for fear it might affect her eyesight if not remedied properly!

        1. Recommended course of action is to treat this properly via
          Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness to address the abscess and long-term oral health

      45. Hi Karen! I'm hoping you can help me. I just found an abscessed back tooth in my 9 year old Bluetick Coonhound's mouth. I have 12 years in the vet field, and have treated my animals with naturopathic medicines since pups and kittens. I feed them organic veggies, a non gmo chemical free kibble, with a splash of raw organic grassfed milk with their breakfast and dinner. I also do not vaccinate-except rabies due to my state laws ): . Needless to say, I wanna try to treat this abscessed tooth holisticly. There is green puss along the gumline, and the rest of his tooth looks pretty good. How can i remove the puss, to apply the colloidal silver to the infected area? The colloidal silver is 500ppm... potent stuff, and from a "clean" company. What else should i do, besides the colloidal- and do you think i have a chance of clearing this up on my own- i do not want to treat him with conventional medicine. Thank you sooooo very much for any advice you can give me!! Deanna

        1. You would need to schedule a consultation with me to address this.

      46. With the help of fragaria, coconut oil, silver, time, and an extremely patient dog, my elderly dog (who is too old to be put under for dental) is having tartar scraped off at a pleasantly rapid rate. This stuff WORKS, but use it persistently.

        I cannot thank Karen enough for her world of knowledge to help our friends live the longest, happiest, and healthiest possible lives. I was extremely skeptical of homeopathy as a whole for many years, but having now used remedies on both my dogs for various reasons I'm sold as a believer.

        I was stressing so horribly about having my old dog put under because I know bad teeth are bad for organs, and he has a few organs that aren't quite up to par. This has helped me relax so much.

        Again, thank you for your wonderful, informative website.

      47. Hello, Can you please let me know if it’s safe to give garlic to a diabetic dog? He's on Caninsulin and has although he's still eating and appears relatively happy, his oral health is very poor - inflamed gums and a bloody discharge which makes me think he has an infection. At 10 years old, he will not cope with an operation - when he last has teeth out 4 years ago he didn't eat for days which affected his sugar levels and resulted in facial paralysis. I've read your recommendations on herbs for oral health (clearly honey would be out for him too) and just want to do what I can to help him; he's such a gentle boy and has gone through so much in his life with being born deaf too. Thank you for any help you can give me and thank you for sharing your knowledge on this wonderful website. Jo

        1. I will not prescribe for your boy in the absence of knowing his current diet, other health conditions, and any diabetic symptoms he has. If you would like a proper oral health approach for him you can choose to engage me to develop one for him.

      48. Hello Karen... my 3yr old cat has been diagnosed with Gingivitis and tested positive for Bartonella+. My Vet cleaned and scaled her teeth/gums and prescribed Azithromycin oral suspension for 21 days. Meanwhile, not knowing of your site, I purchased an oral- care spray at a local pet shop that helps to remove plaque and tartar. Ingredients: Distilled water; grain alcohol; peppermint oil;grape fruit seed extract; grape seed extract; Thyme Oil; and Neem Oil. Will this harm my cat and have I wasted my 10 bucks?

        1. Grapefruit seed extract is contradicted when taking Azithromycin.

      49. Hi Karen,
        We have a 6.5 pound Brussels Griffon. He has been on a raw food prey model diet since 4 months of age. we took him to a holistic vet in the month of October and when the vet was checking his teeth he noticed he has a gum overgrowth on his last molar. He also told me that the tooth was broken, but didn't have a fracture. He told me that he found the over growth strange and wasn't sure why it was happening. Then casually mentioned that he could easily remove it. I then asked when he thinks I should bring him for removal and he said I shouldn't wait more than a few months.

        I would like to know if there is an alternative to removing the gum with surgery? Is it possible to heal it without surgery? I really don't want to have to put him under, and find the procedure to very invasive. Plus he would have to deal with all the discomfort and soreness afterwords. I also read there is also the possibility of it growing back.

        1. Hi Shian, if you are serious about having me look at, and address this, you are welcome to become a client.

      50. Hi Karen,
        Thanks so much for the care you put in this article. It's so helpful.
        I have a Yorkie and I'd like to try the cinnamon/baking soda toothpaste. Can I mix the ingredients for, let's say one week, without a problem? Like everyone, I'm busy and having his toothpaste ready would be easier for me. Also, could a mix of coconut oil, baking soda and cinnamon be a good idea, again in a pre-prepared toothpaste? Thanks so much

        1. Hi Eve, yes you can premix the ingredients and store the resulting paste in a glass jar. You can also add coconut oil approx equal parts coconut oil to baking soda.


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