Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Can be primary, from an infected tooth, or secondary to systemic illness.
Symptoms: Inflammation and swelling of the gums and mouth.
Diagnostics: Should include testing for viral and bacterial infections, immune-mediated disease, trauma, anatomic causes or nutritional deficiencies. If detected, these conditions should be corrected.
Special Notes: Local can be corrected with dentistry, while deeper illnesses may require more involved treatment plans.
Principles for Supplementation: Treatment of the local conditions with modern dentistry can be augmented with the addition of nutraceuticals, vitamins, herbs and minerals.