Vitamin C for dogs with gingivitis

debbiep_gwAugust 10, 2010

Sally my 6 year old basset has gingivitis.Sometimes the flareups are bad.The vet said at her last visit her teeth don't look to bad.Right now she is drooling lots especially when she is active and the fur around her mouth and under her mouth is very discolored.The covers from the drool have the brownish color like blood but when you look in her mouth you see no blood on her gums or around her teeth.Bassets have that extra skin around their mouth)don't remember what its called)and hers is not looking normal,just very loose looking.I was searching about gingivitis and I read vitamin C was used and I was wondering does anyone give their dogs vitamincin C for any reasons.Is it safe to give a dog this every day?Also I suspect she has some of the lipfold illness going on to as she has had that also.I clean her mouth area outside at least twice a day with peroxide.Anyone have tips?By the way right now its not affecting her eating,she eats dry dog food.

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There shouldn't be any issue with giving them vitamin C, just watch the dosage. I'd go with Calcium ascorbate powder, not Ascorbic acid, gentler on the stomach.

Dry food is probably the cause of the dental issues.

Here is a link that might be useful: Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 4:44PM
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Our little pug developed mast cell tumors about 8 years ago. The specialist we took him to at a university veterinary school said there was anecdotal support for Vitamin C delaying the growth of the tumors. For the next five years, Pugsly (about 15 lbs.) took at at least 2000 mgs. of vitamin C a day. Ultimately, he redeveloped the cancer, but I will always believe the vitamin C delayed the metastasizing.

I'm not recommending that dosage for every dog, but I still give our other little pug at least 500 mg. of Vitamin C daily, just for general health.

If you give your dog too much vitamin C, they will "throw it off," i.e., eliminate it through diarrhea/loose bowels and/or vomiting. You can then back off/reduce the dosage.

I buy gel capsules of time-released vitamin C (no additives) at a health food store. They are more expensive, but they are easy for the pugs to swallow. I wrap the capsule in a piece of soft cheese. They never turned it down!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 4:40PM
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I need to correct my last post--they're not "time-released." I checked the bottle, and they're just vegetable-gel caps from Whole Foods.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 5:10PM
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Vitamin C is an antioxident so a good general supplement for dogs, so certainly no harm. Ester-C is supposedly more absorbable, but I've never seen documented scientific proof of that. That said, I give my dogs Ester-C :) You would dose to bowel tolerance. Start with 500mg per day.

Best treatment for gingivitis is a good dental cleaning by your vet, followed up with daily home care.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 11:17AM
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