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Oliver and Tanner
Getting in the Groove of Healthy Teeth
While at Global Pet Expo earlier this year, I discovered a multitude of gel type treatments for dogs' teeth. I saw so many different brands that had a long list of no-no's that I became a bit discouraged that I would not find one acceptable to try. Finally Tropiclean turned up with a better ingredient list--no food coloring in particular. I have a bad attitude toward that nasty stuff ever since reading where it comes from.
When I picked up the bottle, my first inclination was that it included food coloring because of its pleasant green color. Turns out that the green comes from natural ingredients in the product: chlorophyl, mint, Aloe Vera, and Green Tea. Now there's a list I can work with.
|© Carrie Boyko|
Oliver Licks to Spread the Gel
What should you expect? Following the application, your dog will lick his lips repeatedly. This helps to work the gel into the saliva and around the mouth, coating all the surfaces so that it can do its job.
What about brushing? While bushing the dog's teeth is not necessary, it will speed up the removal of tartar if you are able to accomplish this. I'm thinking the reason they invented this stuff is because so many owners find it difficult to brush their dog's teeth, but I suppose it could further reduce dental problems if combined with a brushing regimen.
How often should you apply the gel? TropiClean recommends daily application for about 30 days. Following this period, most dogs can reduce the frequency of use to twice a week and still find that it works well.
We're just beginning to use this gel on Oliver, whose tiny mouth is impossible to brush in the back. He does react as the packaging describes, licking repeatedly. The smell of the gel is quite pleasant to me, and surprisingly I found that by placing a few drops on his food, he suddenly became more agreeable to having the gel applied to his teeth. Wish us luck; we're hopeful to keep his tiny choppers for a long life.
Would you like to give TropiClean a try on your pup? Big or small, it doesn't really matter. I suppose you may use a bit more on a large dog, simply because of the larger mouth and more teeth. But that could be me counting Oliver's teeth and assuming incorrectly. At 6 months when Oliver was neutered (hear that high-pitched bark; yup, that's him!) the vet had to also remove several teeth that were coming in sideways due to lack of space. He described Oliver's mouth as one of the tiniest he had seen, despite Oliver's normal Papillon size; he's 10 lbs. Check out this short video clip on Tropiclean products:
Six bottles of TropiClean Fresh Breath Clean Teeth Gel are available for winners of this drawing. Three were provided by TropiClean and 3 by Petco, so thanks to both! This is a great New Years Resolution kind of thing to get going--taking care of your dog's teeth so he can hold on to them for a lifetime.
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