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Experience:  DVM SGU 2006, AnSc BS 1999 Purdue Univ.
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Is sea buckthorn oil safe for cats, and has it shown any effectiveness

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Is sea buckthorn oil safe for cats, and has it shown any effectiveness for possible stomatitis (early) in a 5 month old kitten?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Douglas replied 7 years ago.



I have some questions for you:


  1. How severe is the stomatitis?
  2. How much does she weigh?
  3. What is the amount of buckthorn in the supplement?

Awaiting your reply.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for your response, but I don't have any of the sea buckthorn, I was just reading about it. The companys who distributes it says it is safe for cats, and to appy topically on her gums with a q-tip. The
stomatitis is just in early stages, red gums at tooth line. She is about 6 lbs or so. I also wonder if she can take the sea buckthorn internally. Thanks. I have been reading about this online until my eyes are about
to fall out, and the news is not encouraging. Thanks for your help.
Linda Francis
Expert:  Dr. Douglas replied 7 years ago.

Hello Linda:


Sea buckthorn should be safe for use in cats, but discontinue if any vomiting or diarrhea occurs. I did not come across any studies that determine how effective it is, but it is an antiinflammatory.


Stomatitis is believed to be caused by calicivirus which has a tendency to stay in the body and cause problems when the immune system isn't working as well as it should. A product called Viralys or L-lysine is an excellent antiviral and will help prevent the stomatitis from getting worse. Dental care will also be very important in your cat's case.


Let me know if you have further questions or if I can be of further assistance.

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