Canine Plaque-Reducing Products
I was reading an article yesterday on Dogster Warning: Some Canine Plaque-Reducing Products Contain Toxic Xylitol!
The Dr. Barchas ends with this statement: I unequivocally recommend that no dog owner use this, or any, product that claims to prevent plaque in dogs. In the best case, you’ll waste your money. In worse cases, the product will contain a known poison.
With anything you are going to give your dog you need to check the ingredients. Make certain there are no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, dyes, alcohol, acids or chemicals. I do this for everything I buy for my dogs including their dog food, treats, toys, beds, etc. anything that will come in contact with your dog needs to be safe.
I have to disagree with the author about not using any plaque and tarter control for your pets. If you are a dog owner who brushes your dogs teeth everyday (which we all should be doing), then it may not be as important to put something into your dogs water which will help break down tarter build up. However, if you are like most of us dog owners and only brush your dogs teeth twice a week or less then plaque and tarter control is an important item to have, especially if you own a dog breed which has crowded teeth and are more likely to get plague and tarter buildup which can lead to Periodontal disease.
I have been using Pet Kiss plaque and tarter control for the last four years. It contains: Purified water, zine, vitamin B, vegetable glycerin (not corn derived), and red beet juice extract. It does not contain any preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, alcohol, acids or chemicals. It has no order or taste and my dogs do not notice it at all my dogs teeth are white and clean.