Toothpaste and dental spray for dogs?

ms_minnamouseMarch 23, 2011

I've been looking at what's out there in terms of toothpaste and dental sprays and there's so much to choose from.

For the last few years, I've been using Petco brand baking soda toothpaste but I recently noticed that it has artificial sweeteners in it and I don't like that.

So what's a good toothpaste that doesn't have artificial sweeteners in it? I'm not big on holistic stuff, I prefer proven ingredients like Chlorhexidine and baking soda, and Ginger can't have corn, wheat, soy, chicken, or beef. So that leaves out a lot of the meat flavored ones.

I also want to step up her dental care and start two rescue dogs off by adding a dental spray. Again, a lot that I've seen have artificial sweeteners or are hollistic. Again, I prefer without any artificial sweeteners and I prefer proven ingredients like Chlorhexidine, etc.

Thanks a bunch for any suggestions!! Please don't make this a debate about hollistics. I have a right to my opinion, please respect that.

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deb18

I started using PetzLife Oral Care Gel after reading numerous good reviews. It does a very good job of softening and removing tartar. The ingredients are distilled water, grain alcohol, grapefruit seed extract, and a proprietary blend of herbs and natural oils (whatever that means). I don't know whether your dog would have trouble with the grain alcohol if he has allergies, but you only use a small amount.

You could just use grapefruit seed extract mixed with glycerin as described in the article I linked.

Here is a link that might be useful: graperuit seed extract

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 8:43AM
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mazer415

Use baking soda on a piece of cotton gauze

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 5:32PM
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ms_minnamouse

I'm not a big fan of alcohol.

Ginger can't have grapefruit because of a medication she's on (I realize it's not a large amount but she would be consuming some, I'd think).

And grapefruit seed extract is a very weak disinfectant at best. I've done research on it when looking for a cleaner for my parrots' stuff.

Thanks Mazer. She hates the taste of baking soda, I don't blame her. It's so salty. I may go with Drsfosterandsmith baking soda toothpaste because the ingredients are so limited, with no alcohol, artificial sweeteners, or alcohol. I hate paying more for s&h than for the actual toothpaste though. Seems odd.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 4:43AM
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ms_minnamouse

I forgot to say that PetZlife sounds hollistic, which I'm not a big fan of. I want something clinically proven to remove plaque and tartar.

The ingredients in PetZlife aren't proven. The results people could be seeing could just be the abrasive action of the brushing. Plus, the prices for this product are ridiculously high.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 4:46AM
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nodakgal

Our vet told me to try this after teeth cleaning visit. It seems to help. I just give a pump into the dogs drinking water every morning.
I can buy it from the vet or online. I've gotten it cheaper than Amazon shows it right now. I think I paid $13/bottle. It lasts quite awhile for the 2 Chihuahua's that live here.

Here is a link that might be useful: Biotene Water Additives

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 12:02PM
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calliope

If you find one check out the label for xylitol. It's used heavily in toothpastes and is toxic to dogs.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 10:59PM
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