I forward this review by saying I bought it at work. On that note, this post will also serve as my unofficial announcement of affiliation with BONeJOUR Pet Supply. Even though I bought this product at a discount at BONeJOUR, I still purchased it with my own money and this review will reflect that unbiased fact.
Dipper has bad teeth. It’s the curse of the small-breed dog. But what Yorkies lack in oral health, they make up for in cuteness, so I’ll take it.
TropiClean has a massive line of oral health products for dogs and cats, from traditional tooth brushing kits and dental chews to water additives that freshen breath without manual brushing. You can buy their products far and wide—I’ve seen them on Amazon, at Walmart, and on the shelves of even the most high quality pet retailers.
Like most dogs, Dipper’s not a fan of having his teeth brushed, and I wasn’t too keen on the idea of adding a mysterious liquid to his water. But in hindsight, I’m not sure why I thought squirting a mysterious gel into his mouth would help, either.
The fine print
The gel freshened his breath for about 30 minutes after application. It quickly became clear that the gel simply masked his bad breath, the least of my problems (as an aside, I’m weird: I really like the smell of dog breath). Thus begins my rant against pet dental products.
With products like this, you really have to look at the fine print. Another reason I declined to buy the water additive was because it claimed to “freshen breath,” not necessarily to reduce plaque and tartar.
This is problematic because the root of the bad breath problem is the presence of plaque and tartar. If you don’t get rid of this buildup, the bad breath won’t go away. All these products do, then, is cover up the stench.
I gave this product a fair shake. I planned to review it after a month of use, but after we didn’t see any changes, I decided to wait another month. I applied it on Dipper’s teeth daily. Still nothing.
That isn’t to say this product is wrong for every pet. Nor is this a reflection of all TropiClean products—Dipper thoroughly enjoyed the dental chews I bought him (whether they did anything to clean his teeth is up for debate). As for this gel, I think a dog with minimal plaque and tartar buildup could have luck using it for preventative purposes. But it does little to nothing for present dental disease on dogs like Dipper. For that reason, I’ll keep using it to prevent further buildup on his teeth…but I won’t buy it again.
I guess it’s time to see the doggie dentist.