For my fellow pet owners, I’m sharing a savvy 2-step routine to prevent bad breath and plaque in dogs (and cats) that I’ve used for 3 years and that has kept my dog in perfect dental health.
When my goldendoodle Cam was a puppy, his breath was really bad. I tried canine toothpaste and toothbrushing, but that was an ordeal beyond words. Some dogs don’t mind a toothbrush; Cam didn’t like it at all. So I asked our vet for his advice at one of Cam’s puppy visits.
- The breath spray is designed to restore and maintain a dog’s (or cat’s) natural flora and saliva flow. It also helps dissolve biofilm that leads to plaque. According to my vet, dry mouth is typically the reason animals have bad breath.
- The Clenz-a-dent works similarly, but the vet said to wipe it on Cam’s teeth and gums with a cotton pad for best results (as opposed to using as a water additive). He suggested daily for optimal results and 3-4 times a week at the minimum.
I started the 2-step routine and have done it most days of every week for more than 3 years. Cam has not had to get his teeth cleaned yet; they have checked out perfectly at each vet visit so far (but a cleaning is on the horizon due to his age).
In the video I show you how quick and easy it is to do this 2-step routine. And isn’t my Cam a sweet boy?
In addition to the 2-step routine above, I use a few other products that were recommended by someone at Hollywood Feed. I list them below with snippets telling how I use them.
- Tropiclean Fresh Breath Mint Foam (far left in photo): I use this for an instant blast of minty fresh breath for days that Cam will be around lots of people. I squirt inside both of Cam’s checks and once directly in his mouth. It has anti-plaque properties as well.
- Tropiclean Papaya Mist Freshen Up Cologne. This smells FAB; I use it to give Cam a “spit bath” of sorts. I get a washcloth wet, spray this on it, and wash his beard, face, and neck. Then I spray all over. Folks comment on how good he smells!
- The Tropiclean Gel (3rd from left) needs to stay on teeth for 10 minutes with no food/no water. After 10 minutes, the dog can eat dry food (which helps work the gel into gums). I use this about once a week. It gets rave reviews on amazon.
- The Zymox spray and Clenz-a-Dent that I use daily are on the far right.
Cats are said to benefit from the Zymox and Clenz-a-dent (both bottles say so), but I have no idea how anyone gets a cat to sit still for a mouth wiping/spraying session. I’d love to hear from my cat loving friends on this one~LOL!
Do you use anything on your dog (or cat) to help with breath or plaque? I’d love to hear your experiences, good or bad, so that we can learn from each other what works and what doesn’t.
Hope this post helps you and your furry friend(s). What would we do without them? As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed and savvy day!