Keeping a pet's oral hygiene in good shape can combat bad breath and help prevent more serious issues down the road. Here's a look at oral-care products on the market that aim to deter these issues.
Pet King Brands’ Zymox Brushless Enzymatic Oral Care Therapy (zymox.com) offers protection against bad breath, plaque and periodontal disease. Zymox Oral Care delivers two patented enzyme systems to effectively inhibit the bacteria that cause bad breath, boost the natural oral flora, help protect against gum disease and dissolve plaque. The line comes in three forms: a water additive, breath-freshening spray and dental gel. It can be used for dogs, cats, puppies or kittens. Zymox Oral Care does not contain xylitol, alcohol or tooth-staining chlorhexidine.
Fetch…for pets! has teamed up with the Burt’s Bees Licensing to introduce a line of dental care products for dogs. The Burt’s Bees Natural Pet Care Dental Products (burtsbeespets.com) line features Breath Drops, Multicare Dental Foam, Dental Gel and Dental Spray. The natural dental products include ingredients like mint and cranberry. The products do not contain parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or sulfates. All packaging is made from postâ€consumer recycled (PCR) materials, and the bottles are designed to be recyclable, allowing for minimal impact on the environment. The line is not tested on animals.
In Clover’s (inclover.com) Grin for dogs and Smile for cats help combat plaque. The supplements’ natural ingredients kill plaque-causing bacteria above and below the gum line, freshen breath and support healthy digestion. The U.S.-made products are grain free. Grin is also available in a 2.2-lb. jar, perfect for multi-dog or large-breed households.
Vets Plus (vets-plus.com) has introduced KaNoodles Premium Dental Chews. The crevices in the chews increase tooth surface interaction time and reach down to the base of each tooth to effectively remove plaque and tartar. Made with wholesome grains, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, the pasta-based chews are easily digested and provide nutrition that helps keep teeth and gums healthy. KaNoodles chews do not contain preservatives, artificial color, added sugars or GMOs. The chews come in four sizes—small to XL—for adult dogs. KaNoodles chews are sold in 6- or 12-oz. bags. Green and orange dispenser boxes are available for each size of individually wrapped chews.
Smart n’ Tasty Grain Free Feline Dental Treats, from Emerald Pet Products (emeraldpet.com), have a taste cats love, plus fun, crunchy fish shapes. Smart n’ Tasty Feline Dental Treats promote clean teeth and fresh breath, while reducing plaque and tartar build-up at less than two calories each. The limited-ingredient formulas are made with allergen-sensitive, picky cats in mind. The made-in-the-USA treats are available in Chicken, Salmon, Turducky, Catnip, Tuna and Ocean Fish flavors.
Breath-Less Plaque Zapper and Brushless-Toothpaste chews, from Ark Naturals (arknaturals.com), help make pet oral care easier for pet owners. Breath-Less Plaque Zapper helps maintain saliva’s natural pH. Pet owners simply empty a packet into a pet’s drinking water to help prevent dental decay, plaque, tartar and bad breath. It contains natural enzymes, including lysozyme, lactoferrin and petizyme. It is odorless, tasteless and colorless, and it will not change a pet’s drinking or eating habit. Brushless-Toothpaste chews are filled with the company’s patented StayC50 toothpaste and contain breath-freshening ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla, clove and chlorophyll. They are wheat, gluten, soy and corn free, and they do not have artificial colors or flavors. The chews come in mini, small/large, and medium/large sizes.
PetzLife’s Complete Oral Care Spray and Gel (petzlife.com) are simple and easy to use, as no brushing is required. The 100-percent natural sprays and gels contain a blend of extracts and oils. PetzLife provides a complete solution, as it works to not only kill bad breath, but also break down existing plaque and tartar and keep it from coming back. The company recently incorporated its key ingredients for its new veterinarian-formulated healthy Dental Treats.
The Doggie DentalAID (doggiedentalaid.com) floss holder and Fido Floss—dental floss for dogs—floss around a dog’s gum line, aiding in preventative oral care. Using the special dental-floss holder, which is made specifically for a dog’s mouth, pet owners can floss a dog’s teeth. Doggie DentalAID is made in the USA with the highest-quality material.