Help your dog get Fresh Breath with help from TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™
As a veterinary technician, I have experienced first-hand many stomach-turning odors and sights during my career, but Darwin’s pungent breath? Ugh. It’s the one thing I’ve happened upon that can trigger my gag reflex, and for a technician who once spent an entire day covered in porcine feces after improperly restraining a pig during anesthesia administration, that is saying a lot!
As a side note, I spent my lunch that day being shunned by my fellow Starbucks customers, but no one ever said that being a vet tech superhero was easy. We rock, even without the accolades.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned how frustrating Darwin’s breath is because we do follow a strict dental examination and cleaning schedule. I’m talking textbook compliance. Despite applying every technician skill I have, Darwin & The Halitosis remain.
We decided to try TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ as an adjunct to all the preventative care that my training, my textbooks and my veterinarian recommends. As always, before trying anything new in or on my dogs, I checked the ingredients and figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt and, fingers crossed, I hoped it might even help turn Darwin’s sewer mouth into a minty, olfactory sensation! So we started a thoroughly unscientific, anything-but-clinical trial to find out for ourselves: Will TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ sit next to all of our other magic canine health potions?
With four large dogs, we typically use a large water bowl with a built-in reservoir of 5-gallons of fresh water that automatically refills the bowl as it gets low. At the beginning of our test, we packed that sucker up and returned to a large, traditional water bowl, one that we have to fill four or fives times a day to keep our 320 pounds of South Florida dog hydrated and healthy
The directions are as straightforward as they come: Add 3 pumps to every 16 ounces of water every time you refill the bowl. I don’t know anything about that new fancy, fandangled Common Core math, but this I can calculate. 8 ounces = 1 cup; my bowl holds 6 cups of water. 6 cups per bowl times 3 drops per cup = 18 drops for every bowl! A+ for me! Take that Mrs. Armstrong, 6th grade nemesis, I mean teacher.
My first concern was, what does it taste like? There are very few things I will not try on myself before offering my dogs. If I won’t eat it or taste it or drink it or put it on my skin, then I’m sure as heck not going to force them to. Honestly, the only exception that I can think of is raw meat protein. THAT I do not try.
After testing it first on myself and feeling comfortable with it, my second concern was that the water would taste or look different to a canine nose and tongue and that Darwin and the rest of the dingoes wouldn’t take to the water. Turns out, that was not a problem either.
So on to the real test: will it improve Darwin’s potty mouth?
For the past three weeks, I’ve been pumping in TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ every time I fill their water bowl. Then I started to purposefully stick my nose in poor Darwin’s mouth several times each day. I’ve become quite familiar with the topography of his teeth and the ridges of his soft palate.
For the first few days, I didn’t notice any changes, but I pressed on. After a week or ten days, I started to notice that the smell of death was dissipating, and for the last two weeks, his yawns and late-night face licks have actually been pleasant and enjoyable. There is nothing offensive about his breath and, in my book, and considering our starting point, this is a huge win!
Yes, I will continue to offer holistic, healthy food. Yes, I will keep our annual dental exam and cleaning appointments with the veterinarian. And yes, I will keep on offering appropriate toys that can also help clear some of the tartar that is bound to build up; I’m a technician and these efforts are just good pet parenting.
Remember, that dental disease is the most commonly occurring disease in Man’s Best Friend. Neglecting proper dental care and cleanings can lead to many more health issues, up to and including heart disease! Get his teeth cleaned every year by a veterinarian, and forget those non-anesthetic dental cleanings. That is hogwash and a waste of your money. Want to know why I say that? Check out this statement by the American Veterinary Dental College:
A thorough oral health exam can’t be done on a dog or cat that is awake. During a thorough oral health exam, all surfaces of your pet’s mouth are evaluated and radiographs are taken. This allows a veterinarian to identify painful problems including broken teeth, periodontal disease or even oral tumors. An oral health exam and x-rays can’t be done on an awake pet. – See more at: http://avdc.org/AFD/reasons-not-to-choose-anethesia-free-pet-dentals/#sthash.YW62SHSS.dpuf
As an adjunct to everything we’ve been doing and will continue to do, these Fresh Breath Drops™ from TropiClean® are like manna. I love my dogs, and by love I mean adore. When someone you love kisses you on the face, it’s just bad form to vomit all over them. If this is you, then grab some TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ and give them a try! Find a store near you here.
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