Bear went in for his annual exam a couple of weeks ago and the vet mentioned that his teeth are a little stained. His gums look healthy and there’s not a huge amount of tartar built up but I think I have been thinking I want to do something about it. Our dental routine is nonexistent. I don’t brush his teeth but Bear gets Nyla Bones to chew all the time and the occasional raw bone but we don’t have a regular supply.
My resolve was further strengthened to do something about Bear’s teeth when, at last week’s grooming seminar, Deneen brought in quotes from a local vet who stated a tooth cleaning for a large dog with no complications costs about $200. Aside from the ridiculous cost, there’s the anaesthetic to worry about – older animals do not tolerate it as well – especially for something that is preventable. Bear isn’t that old and he’s healthy but I could see how things might deteriorate to a point that 8 or 9 year old Bear might have some dental issues.
I have been looking round at dental products and one in particular caught my eye. It’s called Petzlife Oral Care Gel and was donated by George from Pet Food Source for a grooming seminar door prize. There are a couple of things that appeal to me about this product:
- No brushing: Let’s face it – if I haven’t been brushing up until now, it’s not likely gonna happen – ever! I barely fit in a bath every month and toenails every week.
- Natural & safe ingredients: The product contains a blend of natural herbs and extracts including: grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, rosemary oil, thyme oil, neem oil and peppermint oil. Other ingredients include water and grain alcohol…wondering how much alcohol was in it, I tasted a dab of the gel and it tastes faintly of peppermint but not remotely as strong as toothpaste and not even a bit of alcohol.
The bottle recommends 1-2 doses a day and a large dog should get 1tsp. Bear’s teeth aren’t hideous so I’ll plan to give him one dose a day. For comparison’s sake I have taken ‘before’ pictures of Bear’s teeth (below) and I will post pictures again in 30 days so we can see if there is a noticeable difference.