By Dr. Andrew Jones
I recently enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, but you wouldn’t believe what happened to me.
Family and friends are huddled around the table.
It’s overflowing with food.
Creamy mashed potatoes.
Cheesy yummy squash.
Brioche- a fabulous french bread
Vegetables all laden with seasoning and extra butter.
The gravy is calling me.
A wonderfully cooked goose.’
It’s 7:30PM and I am starving- the cooker of the birds was a dad who started cooking a little late- he’s usually the ‘provider’- not the kitchen person…
But that’s OK
Everything is finally ready
And…did I mention..I am STARVING
I lather my food with gravy
I bite into the largest piece of meat.
And I find this:
Which then leads to this:
( That’s a picture of my broken tooth!!)
I have never eaten goose before- this may be the first and last time.
The goose came from our friend who happens to be a hunter. It’s not my thing, I have never hunted.
We choose not to discuss it- I would suspect that many of you have friends which have beliefs you don’t ascribe to.. we deal with it in the ‘guy just don’t talk about it way’
Which in itself works for me- I just wish that some of the females of the world would see the value in this lack of communication- but that is probably for another blog post 🙂
P.S. Here are a few tips that you can use if your dog or cat has any dental issues…
VITAMINS. Vitamin C is used by many alternative practitioners for dental disease. It is an immune stimulant and helps the production of normal gum and teeth tissue. The starting cat dose is 100 mg daily. The starting dog dose is 100 mg per 10 lbs daily. If your pet gets diarrhea, lower the dose.
SUPPLEMENTS. For cats with recurring gingivitis, lactoferrin can be helpful. The dose is 1/2 a 350 mg capsule daily mixed in syrup or baby food. Propolis is a product of honeybees and is an oral antiseptic. It is applied topically to the inflamed gums.
PLAQUE OFF. This is a completely natural product which is suitable for both cats and dogs. It is a special type of seaweed which has been found to have specific beneficial effects for oral care. It comes in a granulated form which is easily added to food every day. It is rich in natural iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals and is free from artificial colors, preservatives, gluten and sugar. You can get more information here: www.plaqueoff.com.
HERBAL TINCTURE. A tincture of OREGON GRAPE, GOLDENSEAL and MYRRH can be liberally applied to your pet’s gums with a cotton swab.
ARNICA. For acute pain/injuries to the mouth or teeth. I have used it myself for a tooth root abscess. Dose 30C, 4 times daily.
P.P.S. I was popping the Arnica after chewing on the pellet. Today I am going back to the dentist..
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