I know that brushing is the “gold standard” recommended by veterinarians but I also know that I am not alone when I say that I don’t brush my dog’s teeth. According to a recent study contracted by Banfield Hospital, 62% of dog owners do nothing to address their pets’ bad breath, one sign of dental disease.
Just because I don’t brush Chester and Gretel’s teeth doesn’t mean I don’t care about their dental health. By the time they are 3 years old, most dogs already show signs of gum disease. As a result, dogs may be at risk for problems caused by chronic infection like tooth loss, heart, liver, and kidney problems.
Although I don’t brush my dog’s teeth, I don’t want to be in the majority that DO NOTHING to address their oral health. I don’t want YOU to be in that majority either so I am on the search for alternatives I can present to you that are easy and better than doing nothing.
I am currently trying out some of the TropiClean oral health products. I have been using the Clean Teeth Gel, the Water Additive and alternating Chester and Gretel’s chewies with the Advanced Cleaning System chews.
I told you about the gel before so today I want to tell you more about the water additive. Putting an additive in your pet’s water is an easy, non invasive way to start taking charge or your pet’s dental health.
The TropiClean water additive is the first one I have felt safe using. I looked into various water additives and was shocked to find that some of them contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. The claim is that such small quantities aren’t harmful but I don’t believe that….especially for small dogs. TropiClean is passionate about creating natural, healthy products so their water additive doesn’t contain any xylitol.
It’s so simple to use that it barely takes effort. I just add a cap full to the water dish when I am filling it. To make it even easier, I often fill a water pitcher, add the appropriate amount of water additive and leave it on the counter. That prevents me from having to remember to add a cap full to the dish when I am in a hurry or distracted. When Chester and Gretel need more water, I just fill the dish from the pitcher (I suggest letting your family know about the pitcher so they don’t get an unexpected surprise).
I do have one “warning” about putting the water additive in the dish. I recently started using one of those fountain-type water bowls. The agitation of the water, in conjunction with the solution, creates a little mass of bubbles on the surface of the water. The bubbles don’t deter Chester and Gretel from drinking but it freaked out my hubby the first time he saw it. He thought they barfed foamy stuff in the dish.
The TropiClean water additive is designed to promote healthy gums and eliminate bad breath for up to 12 hours. Chester and Gretel’s gums already LOOK healthy so I don’t expect to see a visible change. I know that doing something is better than nothing though so it has to be an improvement. I do notice that their breath is a little sweeter since I have been using the water additive and gel.
I have only been using these products for about 3 weeks. The instructions for the gel says it can take up to 30 days to see a significant difference so I am going to wait that long for the water additive too before I say whether it worked well or not. I will be sure to let you know.
Have you used the TropiClean water additive? What did you think of it?