PlaqueOff has been the best thing I have been able to buy over-the-counter for my cat Lily. I discovered PlaqueOff while searching through Amazon.com for anything that might help her stomatitis symptoms.
When I wrote this review in early 2013 I had been giving PlaqueOff to Lily for almost four months. Two years later Lily has improved so much that her stomatitis seems to be completely controlled and I was able to wean her from the steroid cream she had been on. This product has been truly amazing for her, and I think it may be just as helpful to other cats suffering from the symptoms of stomatitis.
IMPORTANT – Before I continue, though, I want to state now that PlaqueOff should not be given to cats that have hyperthyroidism. I discuss this a bit more below, but I want to make this clear so that cat owners of cats with hyperthyroidism know that this is not a product they should use.
[12/19/2013 Edit – When I first started buying PlaqueOff for Cats, it was sold on Amazon by someone located in England. She sold it for about $12, plus $2 shipping. She has since stopped selling it, and someone else is. The new seller has increased the price horrifically. The last time I checked it was being sold for about $39, with shipping that cost about another $39. That is despicable! My guess is that this person is able to sell it for that price because there is no other competition. I know that the regular PlaqueOff product is identical, except that it does not contain brewer’s yeast for flavoring. I bought a bottle before running out of the cat formulation, hoping that Lily would eat that instead. Fortunately, she is fine with it. I suggest you start with the much less expensive PlaqueOff product. If your cat refuses to eat it, then buy the more expensive cat version or add Brewer’s yeast to it.]
What Is PlaqueOff?
PlaqueOff is a powder. The ingredients listed on the package are:
- Seaweed meal (specially selected Ascophyllum nodosum D1070)
- Brewer’s yeast
There is another version of this product meant for either dogs or cats that contains only seaweed, but some cats apparently didn’t like the flavor. Brewer’s yeast was added to the cat version to make it palatable to finicky felines. Brewer’s yeast has a flavor most cats love and it is safe for them to eat.
How Does PlaqueOff Work?
The research that I did on this product states that it works systemically. It is believed that the seaweed somehow prevents plaque from sticking to teeth and gums, therefore minimizing a variety of mouth ailments such as plaque, tartar, and bad breath. This product is not meant specifically for stomatitis, but it is helpful because it greatly diminishes plaque, which is most often the cause of stomatitis symptoms.
How Do You Give PlaqueOff To A Cat?
This is very easy. The container comes with a measuring spoon. All you need to do is sprinkle a spoonful of the powder onto either wet or dry food so your cat will ingest the powder with her food.
To be honest, I am not sure if cats will eat this over dry food. My thinking is that the powder will fall to the bottom of the bowl and not get eaten. Therefore, I give this to Lily by mixing it with a small amount of wet food that has been diluted with water.
Are There Any Side Effects Of PlaqueOff?
According to the manufacturer, the answer to this question is, “No.” However, they state that this product should not be given to a cat that suffers from hyperthyroidism. Check with your vet before giving this to your cat if you are unsure if your cat has hyperthyroidism. Otherwise, it is perfectly safe to give this supplement to your cat.
How Long Will One Container Last?
I do not yet know the answer to this. I give Lily one scoop per day, and I started giving it to her almost four months ago. The container says that it should last for about six months, but I have quite a bit left. My guess is that one container will last us between nine months and one year.
04/28/2015 Update: The container that I originally bought, when I was giving it just to Lily, was the 180gm bottle. This size lasted at least six months when given daily to one cat. Now I buy the larger 420gm container and give it to all five of my cats each day. The 420gm container lasts me about one year when given to my five cats.
How Long Will It Take Before You See Improvement In Your Cat’s Stomatitis Symptoms?
According to the manufacturer, it can take between three and eight weeks before you see improvement. Keep in mind this timeframe is for non-stomatitis symptoms. I can tell you that I noticed improvement within four weeks, and even more improvement at eight weeks.
What Is The Difference Between The Two Types of PlaqueOff?
ProDen makes two versions of PlaqueOff: PlaqueOff Animal (for cats and dogs) and PlaqueOff Cat (specifically for cats). The ONLY difference is that the cat version has Brewer’s yeast added to it to make it a bit more tasty for cats. Cats are notoriously finicky but they love Brewer’s yeast, which is why it is added to the cat version.
Again, there is no difference at all other than the Brewer’s yeast. I am stressing this because you might want to start with the Animal version, which is much less expensive to buy on Amazon than the Cat version. If you cat turns up her nose at the Cat version then you can add a bit of Brewer’s yeast to flavor it. Or, you can give it to your cat the way I do by mixing it with a bit of water and wet food. A little further down this page you will find a video showing you exactly how I give PlaqueOff to Lily.
Where Can You Buy PlaqueOff?
PlaqueOff is made by a company in the United Kingdom. I live in the United States and my vet had never heard of PlaqueOff prior to when I showed it to her (she looked at the ingredients and verified that there is nothing harmful in it), which tells me that it is not a well-known product here in the US. This is not a product that you can find locally here in the states, so if you also are a resident of the US I recommend that you buy from Amazon.comwhich is where I buy it from.
It comes in three sizes: 60gm, 180gm, and 420gm. I have both the 180gm and 420gm containers. I originally bought the smaller 180gm container but then I discovered that there is a larger container and that is what I buy now. The larger container is much more cost effective, especially since I now give PlaqueOff to all five of my cats. I kept the smaller container and I fill it from the larger one. I’ve never tried the 60gm size but the medium and large sizes both include dosage spoons so you don’t have to wonder how much to give your cat.
As of this writing there is only one seller of this product on Amazon, and the seller is located in the United Kingdom. Do not let this scare you because the cost of shipping is incredibly reasonable. However, this means it may take a few weeks for your order to get to you. [See my 12/19/2013 edit near the top of this page about PlaqueOff sellers on Amazon.]
If you purchase PlaqueOff and it helps your cat as much as it does mine, be sure to order a new bottle about a month before you think you will run out so that your cat does not have to go without while you wait for the new batch to arrive.
If you are a resident of the United Kingdom then the easiest way to place an order is directly through the manufacturer ProDen. You can either call them at 0800 032 9099 or visit their website at http://www.informpet.co.uk/.
Pictures Of Lily’s Improvement After Taking PlaqueOff
As I stated above, I saw improvement in Lily’s symptoms of stomatitis after four weeks, and there was additional improvement after eight weeks. You can see for yourself how much better her stomatitis looks because of the PlaqueOff.
Before Starting PlaqueOff
Unfortunately I do not have a “Before” photo to show what her mouth looked like before I started treating her with PlaqueOff. My vet and I tried to get a photo but it hurt Lily too much to have her mouth held open so we couldn’t get a photo. I remember it well, though. The back of her throat was fire-engine red, and it looked meaty, like raw hamburger.
Four and Eight Weeks After Starting PlaqueOff:
The first photo below looks painful, but it looks much better than how her mouth looked before she started PlaqueOff (I deeply regret not taking a “before” picture). Lily’s stomatitis in the “After Four Weeks” picture is bright red, the back of her throat is very inflamed, and her gums where her teeth used to be is also bright red.
In the “After Eight Weeks” picture the color is a lighter shade of red than four weeks earlier and the inflammation in the back of her throat started to calm down. The difference is striking!
Two Years After Starting PlaqueOff:
04/28/2015 Update: I just realized that I did not take another picture of Lily’s mouth and it is time for me to correct that. Here is how Lily’s mouth looks today, about two years after she started taking PlaqueOff. As you can see, it looks even better than the “eight week” picture above.
Lily’s throat still has some pinkness, but it is no longer red or inflamed, and the redness on her gums where her teeth used to be is completely gone. Her mouth can now be touched and she doesn’t show signs of any pain at all.
How I Give PlaqueOff to Lily
Here is a video I made that shows how I give both PlaqueOff and Lysine to Lily.
My Conclusion About PlaqueOff
It should come as no surprise for you to learn that I wholeheartedly recommend PlaqueOff Cat. This product has made a life-changing difference for my cat Lily. I can see that she feels better because she is playful again, and she almost never drools now that she is taking this supplement.
Regarding Lily’s drooling, I didn’t keep track of how often she drooled before she started this, but I have an idea because I give her a pain medicine called Buprenex when she drools. Before starting Plaque Off I was giving her a dose of Buprenex about once a week. Now, I give it to her maybe once a month, possibly even less often than that. That’s huge.
10/07/2013 Update: It has now been five months since I wrote this review. Lily has not needed the pain medicine Buprenex in at least six months. I credit PlaqueOff for her incredible improvement!
The bottom line for me is that PlaqueOff truly is a must-have supplement that has improved Lily’s quality of life!