For the last 30 days, I have been trying out our new Amazon arrival which is Tropiclean Fresh Breath gel in an attempt to remove our 3 year old Collie’s plaque, mostly being on his back teeth.
We’ve tried a number of products prior to this which started with a good old dog toothbrush and liver flavoured toothpaste, which quite honestly, I’m sure he would gladly tell you he hated it. Then for months, we’ve tried Plaque Off which is a kelp based powder you add to your dog’s food. I had high hopes for the latter as it had such great reviews but sadly, we’ve seen no difference at all. I then also bought a dog’s dental scraper (please note I am always careful to stay away from his gums) but couldn’t really shift any plaque off his back teeth, which were my main concern. I later noticed my friend also used a water additive with her dog but after spending a fair bit, I stayed away as seen it had mixed reviews.
So, I eventually sort of brushed it under the carpet for a while until I started looking for a new product to work. Unfortunately our local dog groomers didn’t clean dog’s teeth and heard vet bills for this sort of thing were extortionate, so I thought I would share my experience in a YouTube video while testing it to share my truthful opinion so you can make your own decision and hope it will save you some money one way or another.
The gel comes in a squirty bottle so you can place a splodge in the corners of the mouth, then apply another splodge on each tooth that require plaque removal. Apply nightly and remove his/her water and food 30 minutes before and after applying.
Initially, Hans found the tube application in his mouth unpleasant and took some getting used to the light minty taste, so to make him more comfortable, I found applying it to my finger then rubbing on his teeth a much more friendly and warm experience for him.
After the first week of using, any slight plaque on his fangs had pretty much disappeared and it was starting to disappear on his back teeth.
The instructions do recommend brushing your pet’s teeth for quicker results (note it also for cats too), but sadly, Hans did not want me to brush at all. However, I got my dog dental scraper out and although he only allowed me to do it in short moments, he takes pleasure in trying to sniff the removed plaque which started to soften and scrape away.
I can’t say it improved Han’s breath because he only tends to have a smelly breath on an extremely hot day which are rare in England and he needs to hydrate, but luckily we were making good progress to prevent any future risk of periodontal disease.
When we reached the 2nd and 3rd week of testing this product, his back teeth continued to brighten and the plaque was slowly disappearing, yet in to the 4th week, he wanted to lick it straight from the spout. Every time I applied, he would lick any excess gel off my fingers and so, I felt he has finally learnt to accept the routine once the 30 days were up. After a month, we also still have half a bottle left.
I’ve seen quite a few photos where the Before and After’s showed dramatic results but found it was a slower process than I was expecting, although I am sure it will depend on the dog’s teeth. However, I am extremely pleased to see our first signs of any dog dental care home products actually working. At £10.99 from Amazon, including shipping, I feel it is a small price to pay to try and remove my dog’s plaque and will continue daily until I feel it is ready to decrease to the recommended twice a week for maintenance.
If you’ve used this product yourself, then please share views below and maybe it will help someone else who is currently mid-research.
Good luck with your furry friends and I hope you see some results too!
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