It is entirely possible to treat canine gingivitis at home, naturally and inexpensively. In this post I am going to tell you exactly how I healed my dogs red swollen gums and reverse his periodontal disease in a short six weeks, without paying for an expensive vet procedure.
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Our sweet little Toby has been with us for almost eight years now. He is a terrier mix and for as long as I can remember has had the stinkiest breath!
I’m embarrassed to omit that I thought nothing of this for the longest time. I just assumed that it is normal for small dogs to have bad breath. I never connected the dots that foul-smelling breath could be a sign of periodontal disease in dogs.
As a mom to a toddler, life gets a little crazy at times, especially when my husband leaves town and we are on our own.
I do my best, but I often look down and realize that poor Toby’s food bowl has probably been empty for a day or so. It’s no wonder he won’t leave us alone at the dinner table.
One day, I was giving him some love and the smell coming from his mouth was absolutely repulsive.
I took a close look at his teeth and this is what I saw.
You can see how far advanced his periodontal disease is because his gums are swollen, inflamed, and infected.
Honest to God I didn’t realize it was that bad and still feel horrible for neglecting my dog for so long.
I came close to calling for an appointment with the vet but was worried what they would do to him.
For sure they would put him under anesthesia to clean his teeth and start antibiotics. I shudder at what that would do to his little body. All medical procedures have side effects and repercussions, even in dogs. I didn’t want to take that risk but knew I needed to take action to heal his swollen gums quickly.
I thought to myself, if this was myself or my kid, I would search for a natural remedy before I do anything that drastic and expensive.
I started treating him right away so everything I discuss going forward and the pictures are my results for treating canine gingivitis 100% naturally at home since January 2020.
Home Remedies for Canine Gingivitis
To heal my dog’s periodontal diease I used a combination of homeopathy, nutrition, and better hygiene.
1. Homeopathy for Canine Gingivitis
I alternated two remedies for Toby’s gingivitis treatment.
Kresotum or Creosote is a homeopathic remedy made from wood tar, and is indicated when there is foul breath, painful discolored gums, and tooth decay.
Mercuius Solunilis is a homeopathic remedy made from the powder of precipitated mercury and is useful for painful, swollen, spongy, receded gums that bleed easily.
My dog had all these symptoms so I chose to use both these remedies.
In the beginning, I gave my dog both these remedies twice a day for three days. Then I alternated them every other day for a week or so.
Now I am pretty much giving him the remedies when I remember, which isn’t really the scientific way to tackle this problem but it is the “busy mom, practical way.”
Whenever you use homeopathy, do not open the bottles near strong smells like freshly brewed coffee or essential oils. It can make them ineffective.
You also want to tap the pill container on your hand three times to redistribute the energy of the remedies. I know…this sounds crazy. Just do it.
2. Cod liver oil
I also give my dog 1/4 teaspoon of cod liver oil every other day to increase his omega-3 intake which is an important nutrient for inflammation reductions and tissue regeneration.
3. Raw Beef Bones
Raw beef bones are great for reducing plaque because the bones are very hard and scrape teeth. One study showed over a 70% reduction in dental plaque after 12 days of chewing raw bovine bones.
I gave my dog beef bones as often as I could remember.
4. Oral care
Another major portion of my success in reducing my dog’s gingivitis had to do with increasing the frequency I brushed his teeth.
I neglected this area for a very long time. I didn’t see the importance of brushing a dog’s teeth because wild dogs don’t have this luxury.
I realized how foolish I had been because domesticated dogs don’t eat the same diet, live the same lifestyle, and often live a lot longer than wild dogs. They are privy to some of the same chronic maladies that we humans are.
I am fortunate that my dog is very mellow and allows me to mess around in his mouth some.
I actually flossed his teeth a few times with a dental pick, which made it easier to navigate when he tried to move his head.
A few times a week I added in activated charcoal to the mixture for it’s antimicrobial and detoxifying properties. Activated charcoal is abrasive and helps remove plaque.
At six weeks in I was brushing his teeth about 4 times a week.
Lastly, I actually go brave some nights and after my dog was pretty sleepy, I used a cuticle pusher to scrape the plaque off his teeth. I can’t believe he let me do that!
I found using this scraper was the easiest way to get a solid grip on the thick plaque quickly before he had much time to protest. I was surprised how easily the plaque came off.
I placed the scraper right on his gum line, and pressed in and down in a fluid motion to lift and scrape the plaque from his teeth. It literally came off in chunks like a potato chip.
Being consistent with oral care is key if you want to reverse gum disease. Do not yield even if your dog rejects it at first.
Here are my results over the weeks
These results are just extraordinary to me. Forever I have been preaching about using nutrition and homeopathy to transform health and I love that I can finally provide a visual to show how powerful this is.
Recently, I noticed my 8 year old dog is acting super spunky. He struts around playfully as he did as a puppy. I think he is finally relieved of his pain.
I read that dogs naturally hide their pain because it is disadvantageous to show weakness in the wild. He never gave me an indication that he wasn’t feeling well but now that he is healing, I see how low energy he actually was!
I hope that you take a chance on these remedies to heal your pups gingivitis. The temptation is to be scared and feel out of control with advanced illnesses, but you can absolutely heal without invasive surgeries. My dog is proof!
If you have any questions about this protocol, leave me a comment below.