My dog Darwin is the most perfect dog in our pack: handsome, well-behaved, gentle, patient, clean…basically, everything I am not. He is much more like my husband than I usually admit publicly.
The day he came to live with us, I had found him running loose in a pharmacy, terrified of being lost and alone. It happened during my last semester of veterinary technician school, he was about six months old and he quickly became my best friend and study buddy. He tolerated me practicing technician skills on him that I needed to master, such as general physical exams, assessing normal heart rhythms and lung sounds, palpating his abdomen, manipulating his joints and examining his mouth, teeth and gums. He was my on-call patient whenever I needed one.
My academic mentor was this veterinarian. When she neutered him, she allowed me to practice my surgical technician skills, such as preoperative blood work, inducing anesthesia, intubating, surgical area preparation, monitoring his body temperature and vital signs, acting as a surgical assistant and monitoring him during recovery.
Since he was already under anesthesia, I used the opportunity to practice performing a complete dental cleaning. Darwin became my real-life guinea pig in a canine body and I am so grateful that he was willing to help me learn practical technician skills that I would draw upon throughout my career.
Despite being the most perfect (and handsome!) specimen of dog ever whelped, Darwin does take after me in one rather disgusting way: his breath smells like my grandmother’s outhouse.
And you know what? It’s very frustrating to me as a technician because I take very good care of his mouth. Seriously, I’m textbook good.
He eats healthy food, he has appropriate toys designed to help clear away plaque, I brush his teeth and every year in May, like clockwork, he goes to the veterinarian for a complete dental exam and cleaning. Yet, the halitosis remains.
It’s frustrating as a pet parent because Darwin, like every other dingo here, is extremely affectionate and loves to give slobbery dog kisses. However, his breath is so horrible, I always push him away. I feel bad about doing so, but I can’t stand the odor.
I realize that dogs, like people, are more prone to certain health issues or conditions, and apparently Darwin’s Waterloo is bad breath. We’re doing everything right but to no avail. So, as an adjunct to all the American Veterinary Medical Association recommendations for proper dental care, we’re going to try a new product: TropiClean© Fresh Breath Drops™.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I’ll share my experiences and my thoughts on the effectiveness of TropiClean’s Fresh Breath Drops. With any luck, Darwin will get to lick my soft palate without any resistance!
These brand new breath freshening drops from TropiClean are really simple to use. Add three pumps to every 16oz of water, end of story. As Darwin & Co. drink their water every day, they are also freshening their breath safely and easily. Since we just started using these drops, I’ll be sharing more information about our experiences in a few weeks. Where to buy, you ask? You can try them yourself by purchasing a few bottles here.
In the mean time, here are a few Dog & His Boy #TropiCleanFresh Breath Hacks when using TropiClean’s Fresh Breath Drops:
- Make sure you follow the directions an the bottle. It only takes 3 pumps for every cup (16 oz) of water to freshen your dog’s bad breath!
- Add water to the bowl before adding the TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops. If you add water after, the bowl will fill with sudsy looking bubbles. This isn’t harmful, I just prefer to give a sudsy-free water!
- PLEASE provide fresh water at least once each day.
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Does your dog have stinky breath? Have you tried TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops?
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