Hi Dr. Carol, My cats are doing very well, thanks! The PAAWS vitamins do a great job on their coats, alertness, energy levels, everything! I can only imagine the internal benefits they are getting from them. Whats great is there have been no more issues with vomiting or diarrhea so I have to guess that your PAAWS has also helped Margies IBD clear up.
I wonder if you have any suggestions for dealing with aging cats’ dental problems? The usual irritated gumline, etc. Sherlock, who has been tartar-prone since he was a kitten, gets only wet food like the others and he has been turning his head to one side to chew since he lost a front lower “fang.” He doesn’t appear to be distressed, but… I gently brush his teeth and have been using a dental gel for a few months now. Vet sold me Nolvadent but some of the ingredients put me off – was I wrong about that one? His gums do seem less inflamed, breath better, but he has already lost one lower tooth (decayed at the root) in the past and I don’t want him to loose more teeth.
The cats, including Margie, are doing so well otherwise that I would hate to lose them to dental problems gone extreme…also I am very wary about vet cleanings for older cats, particularly the anesthesia (despite all the precautions they claim to make). I don’t think I would ever put Margie through that risk, as she was so sick with her IBD, either… Yet I do want to steer clear of dental problems that could lead to systemic dilemmas. I know folks who have had cats die because of dental disease and they had not had a clue. I also hear of cats who died under the anesthesia during cleaning. Brushing with cat toothpaste alone has not helped. The CHEWS I used to give them didn’t help. Any other ideas? Must I put an elderly cat through dental cleaning? I am willing to do all I can to avoid it.
PS: I have been telling all my pet owning friends about PAAWS, your study on aging cats and dogs, and the tremendous customer support you provide!