Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Product Review-Petz Life Oral Care Gel and Spray

February is pet dental health month .   According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) almost 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three have some sort of peridontal disease.   Since bacteria on the teeth and gums travel to other parts of the pets body: heart, lungs, joints, kidneys, and intestinal tract.   So its easy to see that proper oral hygiene is a very important component of any pets medical routine.   Tooth care is especially important for small dogs who have the same number of teeth, 42, as a large dog but in a smaller space. The breeds who tend to have the most tooth problems are Poodles, Maltese, Chihuahuas, and short faced breeds like Pekinese, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Boston Terriers, and ....Pugs!


The most important part of a pet dental health care routine is brushing at home, especially if like me you want to avoid anesthesia at all cost (a bigger concern if you have a breed that has difficulty with anesthesia like a pug).   

To care for my dogs teeth I use Petz Life Oral Gel and Spray

Petz life is recommended by a number of well known Holistic vets.  It uses grape seed extract to remove plaque and tartar from a dogs teeth.  According to Petz Life when using the gel you don't have to brush and can just apply with your finger (I choose to brush as its more effective and my dogs are used to it).  Petz life gel also contains a small amount of grain alcohol which makes some owners nervous.  After reading up on the product online and talking to my vet I feel completely comfortable using it with my pets.  The company also welcomes calls from consumers and will discuss any concerns with you over the phone or through e-mail.  You can by it at any number of quality pet supply stores, on amazon, and from Olive Green Dog.

From my own experience I do feel Petz Life works, its true that even with daily cleaning Tubby and Ping have some small signs of dental disease, but my vet assures me it is less severe then in most pugs.   My vet has also told me that Bob has the best teeth he has ever see on a Bulldog



and at nearly 11 Norbert has no plaque at all!

Getting a puppy used to tooth care is very easy, it may be a bit more of a challenge with an older dog.  Start by running your finger over your dogs teeth while you are holding them.   If they resist you can put something tasty on your finger (I never had to do this with either  Bob or Weasley as I started touching there teeth right away when they came home and they never minded).   Once the dog tolerates you rubbing the teeth put a little tooth paste or tooth care gel on your finger and rub it on the teeth.   I also let Weasley chew on his brush a lot when he was a younger puppy, something he still enjoys:




For Weasley who as a puppy has no plaque at all I choose to brush is teeth with  Petosan  mostly because it is a bit less expensive then Petz Life.  Happy brushing!



24 comments:

  1. I have to confess that I have never brushed any of my dogs' teeth. I get their teeth checked at every appt. and fortunately so far, they are in good shape. I feed raw and I think that helps a lot.
    Wilson did crack a tooth on a bully stick one time so when that tooth was removed, I had his teeth cleaned as well. But at almost 6 and almost 10, my vet is pretty impressed with their teeth!

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  2. Woof! Woof! It is important to take care of your doggie teeth. My mom is extra careful especially I am a senior dog. Brush Brush Brush. Happy Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  3. Scarlet is such a rascal when it comes to brushing, but I have to be more diligent. Thanks for this review, I will look into these.

    ♥♥♥
    Meredith & Scarlet

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  4. We hit and miss and need to do much better...thank you for the info!!
    stella rose and maggie

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  5. Looks like you are really into teefs brushing, that is very important to us pups!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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  6. MY Mommys used to brush my teeth every night. Then I got antsy about it and they brushed them every other night. Well, we are down to once or twice a month and that is not good. I will ask them to start being better TONIGHT and I promise to cooperate as well. Thanks for the reminder.
    Love Noodles

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  7. Wonder if I can get this in the UK.. Mom cleans my teeth like once a month and I have dental chews :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  8. Thanks for the tips...when I got Max the vet mentioned he might need a teeth cleaning but that they'd have to put him under to do it - I'm a bit scared to do that so we've been using dental sticks and liquid you add to water so will have to check this out. Thanks!

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  9. Nola's teeth get brushed every night, and her vet says Nola has the best teeth he's ever seen.
    Nola's Mom

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  10. Awesome review! Mom ordered us some since we can't get our dentals yet because of that whole weight loss thing. Dental health is super important, more than just stinky dog breath. Dental disease can lead to kidney and heart damage, too! We aren't a fan of tooth brushing (especially Isabelle), but hopefully this stuff will help!

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  11. I need to brush Freedom, Casper & Nikki's teeth! Currently we use VetzLife (which is the vet version of PetzLife) and I really like it. Since I am so hit and miss with brushing, it's probably the only thing saving us from having horrible tooth problems.

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  12. That was a very nice informative post. Thank you

    Loveys Sasha

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  13. We are going to have to try this stuff. It is nice know that it is working for you.
    hugs
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  14. I have a feeling that my toofies need to be brushed more often! Thank you for this post.
    love
    tweedles

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  15. Now I am very interested in this product. Gotta try! Currently we use C.E.T toothpaste and chew. One of my kitties tebds to get teeth issue and like you, I want to avoid anesthesia as much as possible. Thank you for your review!

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  16. These pics are so cute! I bet you guys have the best doggie breath in the city!
    Love,
    Christy

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