My old dog has recently had a check up at the vets and I was told she had teeth which would need cleaning more regularly. I've always had problems with this as my dog hates her face being touched. She also hates doggy toothpaste, which I've tried in the past. I've therefore been persevering with brushing using only bicarbonate of soda because I really have to. In fact she seems to be rather getting used to the amount of attention the routine gives her. To supplement this I also saw this Beaphar Tooth Gel which promises to "control plaque" and I thought it might help to reduce tartar and soften plaque to make brushing an easier job.
The product is actually suitable for both cats and dogs. It comes in a 100g sized tube. This has a screw off lid but it also has a large nozzle with a cap which can be attached instead of the cap. This is meant to make for easier application but my dog seems to shy away from the nozzle as it's quite large and long.
The gel is a cloudy colour and is said to be "liver flavoured" but it has no discernible smell that I can recognise. However it does appear to be very tasty to my dog which surprised me initially. She is normally quite picky about flavours but she loves this gel. She even tries to lick it off of my fingers!
The gel can be squeezed onto the teeth and around the gum line via the nozzle but I prefer to use a finger to apply it as my dog trusts this more. The gel forms an invisible coating over the teeth. My dog then uses her tongue to disperse any gel over the remaining teeth surfaces.
The brand state that the gel has anti-bacterial qualities to help fight gum disease. The gel also contains special enzymes which help to reduce tartar formation. The product is generally considered something to use when your pet won't accept teeth brushing!
As stated my dog really enjoys this and I have no problem at all applying it to her teeth despite years of fighting over her teeth cleaning routine before. It is advised to use the product 2-3 times a week. I'm confident that the gel is helping to keep my dog's teeth and gums healthy although I'm not completely convinced it's as good as a paste or brushing would be at getting teeth REALLY clean. However, since I'm using this gel as well as brushing I simply see this gel as a helpful dental aid which will reduce tartar and stop plaque forming. Since my dog likes this so much I intend to keep using it and would advise to cat and dog owners who are looking for easy to use pet dental products that their pets will accept. It only costs around £4-5 per tube and I'm happy to pay that amount.
As a new mummy way back to my lovely now one year old half ragdoll cat Myrtle I went out and spent a small fortune on things for her, a lot that I quickly found were silly buys, some things that I have ended up seeing the value of and using often.
I remember showing this happily to my parents and my Stepdad walking away saying Bonkers and making up beat box noises to make his point and my mum rolling her eyes about in her head muttering something about some people having more money than sense. However to me it seemed right that Myrtle should have her own toothpaste and for me to give her toothy pegs a wash from time to time and anyway this gets a thumbs up from Vets too and I paid about £3.50 for a huge tube in my local Pets At Home store which again, I thought was going to be great value if we used it and saw the benefits of it.
This came in an oblong box and in appearance and information wise it is the same as the plastic squeezy tube. On the front of the tube there is a photograph shown of a dog and a cat and we are clearly told that it is Indeed Beaphar Tooth Gel an there is a little diagram of this being applied to an animal's tooth and we are told that no brush is required then on the back of the tube other information listed includes being told a little bit about the product, how to use it, the weight is stated which is 100g and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given. The tube has a large nozzle to the bottom of it and a small easy to twist on/off cap to the bottom of that and like I have already mentioned this comes in a squeezy to tube, so easy to use it really is.
The gel is white in colour and runny and has no smell at all to me. I simply open up Myrtles mouth and direct a very thin line of the gel against her teeth, which isn't the easiest of tasks with a cat getting cross and too much coming out as you only need a little then it's up to your pet to lick about in their mouths and wiping their teeth with it with their tongue!
You can use this daily should you want to however I use this on her a couple of times a week as it is meant to strengthen teeth and keep plaque, tartar and general build up at bay plus her breath fresher.
I don't know if it's down to us using this toothpaste/gel or the fact that my girl is still very young but she has beautiful white, pin and razor sharp teeth. She wakes me up every morning with face full on mine and staring at me to get up and feed her and her breath never smells horrible and her teeth look impeccable to me so I am happy to buy this however a little of it goes a very long way indeed and a tube like this even used daily would last us over a year so value....yes I guess it is!
Available in all good pet shops and it's easy to pick up online too.