TREAT RODENT ULCER THE HOLISTIC WAY

Alternative therapies can remedy this serious condition.

By Helen Jablonski

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Don’t let the name fool you — rodent ulcer, eosinophilic granuloma complex (EGC), actually has nothing to do with rodents. Rather, it’s the most common feline inflammatory disorder, which produces swelling and lesions on a cat’s mouth area.

“The cause of rodent ulcers is not fully understood, but it’s obviously related to the immune system,” says holistic veterinarian Donn Griffith of Ohio Holistic Veterinary Service in Columbus. Typically, allergies trigger the inflammation in a hypersensitive immune system.

Although conventional treatments such as steroid injections provide immediate relief from inflammation, the overuse of steroids can lead to serious health conditions including diabetes and pancreatitis.

“Conventional treatments have potential side effects, so alternative therapies can be very helpful,” Griffith says.

**Get the October 2007 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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kimberly    white house, TN

2/7/2011 8:15:05 AM

I would like a copy of the October 2007 issue about rodent ulcers. How do I order a copy.

PJ    Chester, VA

2/14/2010 10:14:26 AM

I changed my cats diet to Royal Canin Green Peas & Venison, changed the food bowls to all stainless steel, took away all toys n(catnip, etc.), use arm & hammer litter NO blue crystals and the Rodent ulcer is a thing of the past along with the cortizone (depo) shots. Just eliminate the irritant and it will take 3-4 weeks and be gone. My cat gets a few after scratching the head or neck with claws. Put antibotic ointment on and let it sit for a few minutes before they clean it off. Give it a shot it saved my cat from having those shots every 3 months. Shes very happy now, misses her toys but we give lots of attention and it's worth it!

nancy    deptford, NJ

1/31/2010 8:07:50 AM

how do I get a copy of the entire article?

Bill    Hot sprinfgs, AR

5/17/2009 8:22:51 PM

Thank you,can someone please send in the artical mentioned.
Do you have a format in which we can submit it for others to read ?

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