Dog Dry Mouth

by Diane
(Niagara falls, New York)

My female dog is 14 and has canine cushings. I have not gone with regular treatments because of her age and the side effects. She is given raw meats and cooked vegetables and other "real" foods, along with vitamins, St.johns, e,c, etc., etc., from all the articles I have read. She has been on this regimen for over a year and is actually doing pretty well.

The one thing I haven't been able to find in any of the articles or research is how to treat her mouth being so dry. She has a clacking of her teeth, which bites the back of her mouth which is raw and red. I squeeze vit.e on my finger and massage it in that area but don't know if that really helps. Any info would be appreciated.


Editor Comment - Dog Dry Mouth

Dear Diane,

Thank you for your question.

Canine Cushing's Disease or Hyperadrenocorticism is a disturbance in adrenal gland function where there is a chronic excess of the hormone cortisol. Common symptoms of this condition are increased appetite, heat intolerance, weakness, alopecia (dog hair loss), weakened skin, obesity, increased thirst and urination.

Increased thirst and excessive urination will cause dryness in the mouth, ultimately disturbing oral and gum health.

There is a specific treatment for Canine Cushing's disease, which also requires regular monitoring of cortisol levels in order to confirm any improvement.

As you mentioned, if your dog is older and has certain sensitivity towards a specific
treatment, it is better to take extra care and use alternative treatment plans, such as using natural remedies.

It is possible that care can help to improve your dog's condition, but remember this can never be an alternative to specific therapy. The monitoring of your dog's cortisol level and a reduction in the severity of symptoms over time are some of the indicators for success in any treatment plan.

To control symptoms only, you can offer your dog water, preferably containing vitamins and energy content and by keeping your dog's activities limited. Also, research has shown that dogs with Cushing's are that are under stress, or who are not treated specifically for the condition, can suffer from the reduced capacity of different glands, including the salivary glands and/or a dog can develop urinary incontinence (problems with the ability to control urination).

Understanding the current health and sensitivity of your dog to specific conventional treatment approaches, it is recommended that along with the care and management measures you have been following, you should try a natural remedy such as Cushex Drops as well, as an alternative to specific treatment. Also, offer a lot of clean drinking water and make sure that your dog does not feel stressed.

A Vitamin E supplement such as K9 Vitamin E is also an effective option, as it has anti microbial properties and hastens the healing process.

Please keep us up to date on the dog dry mouth condition. Best wishes to you and your dog.

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Apr 02, 2015
Products that can help
by: Anonymous

For humans with dry mouth there is Biotene oral care, for pets with dry mouth there is Zymox Oral Care. These products are made by the same company that develpoed and patented Biotene. You can find Zymox Oral Care online.

Feb 07, 2018
Dog Cushings
by: Debra

I have a theory, that Cushing's might be related to a deficiency in Magnesium. I noticed that my dear, beloved little dog, who was suffering from it (but passed, due to heart failure after choking) seemed to really improve and act so much happier, when I sprayed her with Magnesium Oil. I was also treating her holistically, like this person--with Flax, CoQ10, Cushex drops, a high quality Vit E, Milk Thistle, Reishi. I actually thought the change in her behavior was from Inositol IP6, but recently one of my other dogs (who I had taken to the same lousy vet, I believe responsible for the Cushing's, btw) was diagnosed with diabetes. When I noticed his back legs were weak, I sprayed him with Mag. Oil and he is back to normal, jumping on furniture, walks fine around the block again. I would STRONGLY suggest using Magnesium Oil, it's applied topically, so there's no side effects.

Editors Note Regarding Magnesium and Cushing's Disease in Dogs

We could not find any information about magnesium being used to treat Cushing’s disease in dogs. However, magnesium is an important mineral for dogs’ overall health. It is involved in muscle health, organ health and functioning, and helps regulate proper body weight, tissue structure, skin condition, and other features of good health.

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