Rodent Ulcers
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Mary
Posted on: December 30, 2009

I was wondering if you can recommend a herb or two for my cat who has rodent ulcers. She has been to a few vets and they all say the same and do the same. Cortisone shots and pills to work with it and she has also had clavamox. Nothing seems to work anymore and its getting very expensive because I am retired now and don’t have the bucks I use to...

Also known as Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex (made up of three distinct syndromes: Eosinophilic Granuloma, Eosiniphilic Plaque and Indolent Ulcer), Rodent Ulcers are notoriously difficult to treat. They can be caused through a hypersensitivity reaction to insect bites, allergies to food or the environment or even a genetic predisposition. So, the first thing to do would be to see if you can track down a cause for hypersensitivity: is your cat eating the best possible food? Strong immune systems depend on the best possible nutrition. You may be interested to look at making your own food for your cats. Please see the work of Richard Pitcairn, "Natural Health for Dogs and Cats", "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy and "The Barf Diet" by Ian Billinghurst for further information and recipes. Does your cat have an issue with insect bites or fleas? These can at times, set off a rodent ulcer. Again the answer here is a strong immune system. Is there something in her environment that may be causing her to be sensitive? If, after you take a look at all of the above and have done your best to strengthen her system, the rodent ulcer still hasn’t healed, I would suggest she be seen by a qualified homeopath who has experience with animals. Often times the issues that need to be cleared are quite deep and homeopathy can make all the difference.

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