Good morning, everyone. Rise and shine. I’m sure none of you are reading this with an ice pack on your head, pouring hot coffee down your green-stained throat and wondering how the heck you’re going to make it into work today. I’m sure none of you do that kind of thing.
My days of waking up with a pounding head and cotton mouth are long gone- eons gone, really- at least so far as hangovers are concerned. I still have to contend with that whole morning breath thing, though- not mine, but that of the dogs, breathing expectantly in my face trying to wake me up with a puff of noxious fumes.
We covered this whole scenario back when we were talking about Dental Health Month- Brody’s OK so far, but we’re starting him early on preventive maintenance. Koa supposedly had a dental a month or two ago, but I was having a hard time buying that based on her horrid breath. So I did one again.
The outside of her teeth had been scraped and polished, but the insides of her teeth, as well as the area under the gums, was still very gunky. This is the sort of thing I see a lot with so called “awake dentals”- and really, there’s only so much you can do with an uncooperative pet. Geez, half the time people need the funny gas to get a cleaning, right? This should surprise no one.
The dental helped, but did not eliminate her stink-breath. Fortuitously enough, I had just been sent a sample of Teddy’s Pride to try out, and had been sitting on it since both Brody and Apollo really didn’t have any measurable dental disease at the time.
Teddy’s Pride is a probiotic designed to replace the gross odor producing bacteria with “good” bacteria. I am a huge fan of probiotics in the treatment of GI disease, but this was the first I have heard of probiotics being used for dental health. The idea makes sense.
I poked around some of my sources to see if I could find any literature on the use of probiotics for dental disease, but I couldn’t really find any. This is a pretty new concept so if you try it, you’re charting new territory. That being said, here are the key points:
- You scoop it on your pets’ food once a day.
- Can be used for dogs AND cats (hallelujah!)
- Probiotics are considered very safe and should not interact with medications (of course you should always check with your vet before starting a new treatment if your pet has any health conditions.)
- For most healthy pets, the biggest risk would simply be that it doesn’t work.
- I can’t attest to the claim of whiter teeth, but I definitely feel it has improved Koa’s breath in the 3 weeks she’s been using it. As in, I no longer feel the need to bleach my arm after she slimes it with her kisses.
This is a really easy to use product that should be appropriate for most pets. And on that note, Teddy’s Pride sent along an extra box for me to share with one of you! If you’d like a chance to try it out, leave a comment telling me who you need it for and why. 🙂 I will pick a comment at random next week.
That sounds like a great product if it works as well as you say it does! We could certainly use it for our chow-German shepherd mix Cordy, who has some of the most atrocious breath I have ever smelled. We, too, have had her teeth cleaned frequently, but I hadn’t thought about going at it from the gut angle… Hmmm… We’d love to try it!
oh, I need that badly for my rescue greyhounds. Their breath is something that will knock you out of your chair!
I would love to have a sample of that for my 3 cats. Every single one of them has gingivitis which leaves them with stinky mouths (despite yearly cleanings). They were all rescues and are finally getting comfortable, and close, enough with me that I have been forced into trying a whole bunch of different products. Unfortunately I can not brush their teeth yet but I hope that will come soon, lol.
I would love to have that for my girl cat. I have three cats and I brush their teeth a couple times a week (that is all any of us have the tolerance for), but my girl cat still has very stinky breath–she has even woken me up with it by breathing in my face! Thanks for the giveaway!
i’d love to try it on my new cat milo. he’s got the smelliest breath i’ve ever encountered on a feline. plus, i’ll be able to tell you if it does work on cats. 🙂
I would love to try this for Beethoven! We get him dentals once a year, but not even 2-3 weeks after the dental, his breath is right back to where it was before hand, even with the brushing we can do on his mouth. It is horrid! DH comments on it almost daily, lol. Thankfully Akira’s breath is still great and hopefully it stays that way. I will have to look in to this for Beethoven for sure!
the 7msn ranch says
Umm… those kisses I’m getting from Smooch do seem a little ripe now and then, and I’m sure it has nothing to do with her sticking her head through the corral fence to eat horse poop.
We adopted our own golden last summer-he is beautiful, but slightly overweight (yes, we’re still working on it!) and with, well, middle aged dog breath. We’re going to get him a dental soon, but it the meantime….:-)
I tried something once that was sprinkled on food. I forget the name, but it was seaweed based and high in iodine so I worried about it a bit. I brush my dogs’ teeth, but haven’t figured out a good way to take care of the cat’s teeth.
I would be interested in trying that on my cat, Alley. I bought her the CET chews for cats, but she has digestive issues (she’s going through a bout right now and has an appointment with the vet tomorrow). She is fine for months, then she will go into a period of a week or two tummy troubles. At that point, I hesitate to give her anything that will upset her system more, so the oral care is limited. I wonder if this would be something that could benefit her with both issues.
Rose D. says
I would love that for my Eesa! We brush her teeth, but she still ends up needing a dental every other year. This would help I hope!
Tabitha W says
Ohh that would be great for my Cats Mini and Magoo. I have been trying to introduce the tooth brush just like you suggested Dr. V VERY SLOWLY. Magoo lets me touch his mouth and some of his teeth, however anything other then my bare finger and he wont do it. I am still trying. Also starting with the water additive. I mixed it in a jug (as it stated on the box) and labeled it “cat water” however my boyfriend ended up drinking it as he did not read the label! The water additive is good, but Magoo has horrid, stinky, putrid breath. (Got him check, no gum or teeth issues, just bad cat breath). This product would be a welcome addition since magoo sleeps on my pillow by my head and breaths in my face at night (however I wont give up my cat snuggles no matter how bad his breath is). Good thing we cant smell while we are sleeping!!!
My parents’ golden, Sadie, has killer breath. They use water additive but it doesn’t seem to help. I think she melted my contacts with her breath last week. Poor girl, you can smell her coming a mile away. 😉
With three dogs in the house – it can get pretty stinky. The older dog has to get cleanings every year, and the other two are about to start. This could really help the doggie budget!
Our older dog Marley (he’s a sheltie and he around 10 years old) would most certainly benefit from anything to help his teeth!
I would love to try this on my 14+ year old Dalmation. Right now the best way to describe his mouth odor is A fish pier at low tide on a steamy hot day in August. It’s awful, he does get dental treatments but he seems to be one of the unlucky ones with a heavy plaque buildup between treatments. I’ve tried the cookies and Greenies but the cookies don’t seem to have any effect and the greenies he does not like at all and leaves them alone. We’d love to try this so we can finally accept his kisses without holding our breath!
We would use it for Weezie, our thought-she was-a-lab-mix rescue who turned out to be a golden-german shepherd-dalmation combo – still a lovely, smart dog. And for our old lady cat, Scout who we haven’t been able to get to the vet for the past two years because she always disappears right before we have to leave (how do they know?)
This sounds perfect for my dog Toby. His breath STINKS. I got his teeth cleaned and it still smells.
Sara Grothe says
I would love to try it on my Schnauzer Maxwell who went in for his yearly dental the other day but Liver enzymes came back too elevated that they could not put him under safely. It was the level that should be no more than 200 but was up around 550! They checked his liver function and it is functioning just fine. No other symptoms. He’s 11 and has some arthritis in his hips and cataracts so we probably wont attempt anymore cleanings under anesthesia. He would love love love it if you could help him out with some better breath from his belly though.
Oh I would LOVE to get some of that! Hank’s breath is straight funky. I’ve tried to brush his teeth a bajillion times and he fights like the devil! I’ve looked into a few things and didn’t feel like any were safe for him.. this sounds like it would be good. I’d love to try it out!
I would LOVE to try this out for 2 of my 3 cats, Cali (14 yrs. old) and Link (6 yrs old). They both have rather obnoxious breath! I would also try it on my 3yr old Shep Mix rescue dog, Brooklyn. You’d think she’d been eating off the streets of Brooklyn, instead of being named Brooklyn. Thanks !
Fanny’s (doggie) breath has turned stinky the past month bc of skipping brushings (we were in the midst of moving). I’ve started wiping her gums with witch hazel pads in addition to getting her back on a daily brushing schedule but halitosis is not an easy thing to get rid of! Thanks for the info on the “awake dentals”– i was always curious to know the real results of one of those. Elaine.
My mini dachshund, Oscar could definitely use this product, his breath has no been so great lately. I just bought him a toothbrush, and he’s also going to get his teeth cleaned next month…but,I’d love to try this as a possible part of his regiment:)
I have two dogs and two cats, I’m sure they could all use it but our dog Henry has the worst breath after he eats his food.
Ahahah. It’s me again. The one with the cat with perpetually bad mouth. Maaaan is her breath ever foul, even post-dental. Partly, I’m sure, because when her teeth are actively hurting her (she has lifelong recurring ear problems too, so sometimes chewing hurts) I try to feed her soft food although it’s not helping her teeth, I know; partly also, I’m sure, because of her gingivitis and general unstoppable tooth decay. Couple that with 14+ years of life experience and receiving cat kisses from Sybil occasionally feels like a routine that should require a gas mask, love her dearly though I do. I’d love to get my hands on something to help her… the stuff you pour into their water bowl just didn’t work. Even if the random generator (or toddler) doesn’t pick me I will probably be looking into this.
I’ve been balking at introducing Lolita-of-the-whirling-claws to the toothbrush but I think I’ll start. Her breath is pretty good, I’d like to keep it that way.
we just got an old dog a couple of weeks ago and we’re not really sure how well the previous owners took care of her. Her breath is unforgettable, in a bad way. Anything to help her until we can get her to the vet would be great!
Lisa W says
Oscar’s okay so far, but Sophie is one of those who starts with nasty tartar the minute she wakes up from her yearly cleaning! She won’t do the water additive (she just stops drinking) and so far she won’t let me brush her teeth either. And she has allergies, so a lot of things that are supposed to be good for teeth cleaning are off the list for her. So even if I don’t win this I think I might have to try and find some to purchase!
I’d love to try this on my Schipperke, Vader. (I know, but my husband is of a certain age…). He is a sweet, lovely dog (especially for a Schip) but has atrocious breath. Brushing his teeth doesn’t happen because he hates it and I can never do a good enough job that it makes the fight worth it.
crazy weinerdog lady says
I would really LOVE to have some as my oldest dachshund Leo has periodontal disease. I have his teeth cleaned twice a year but it doesn’t help and his gums bleed if I try to brush his teeth. Every time the vet puts him out for the cleaning I’m SO scared he won’t wake up.
oh goodness, sammy could use that! i like to blame all of his crazy on the fact that he’s a rescue, and even just to have him groomed, we have to have him sedated, nonetheless cleaning his teeth. as such, he only gets his teeth professionally cleaned when he gets all his hair shaved off – once or twice a year. every so often, he’ll let me near his teeth with some toothpaste, but that’s not nearly often enough. besides the stink, i always worry he’ll have dental problems that’ll matter much more than my dislike of his breath. would LOVE to try this product.
Rwan Hardesty says
I was going to say Learned needed it, but so many other people’s pets seem to have worse breath problems than he does. We’ve got both the dogs on the CET chews and surprisingly that has been working well enough that Learn’s teeth are starting to regain their white appearance. Enzo was blessed with great teeth and gums… yay!
Chau Randall says
I would like to try this on my dog, Chipper. His breath is horrible lately and the annual teeth cleaning from his insurance is not due until June. I’ve tried with brush and dog toothpaste but that didn’t help much. The dental chew doesn’t work either because he just breaks a chunk and swallow it.
my three cats’ breaths smell like ass. with cheetos. and sweaty socks. maybe it’s because they lick certain body parts, certainly because i don’t do much by way of dental care because well, the last time i tried, i got a lovely bite through (yes, you read that right) the nail bed. ouch. i’ve tried crunchy and chewy treats that claim to scrape the tartar, but who are we kidding? my cats swallow their crunchy treats whole, and they don’t like to chew so they don’t care for that treat much. i would love to try this and see if it gives my cats acceptable-within-range-of-my-nostrils breath until they’re all slated for a thorough general (sometime later this year around August). my husband and i would be very thankful.
We just adopted an 8 week old puppy. We want to start her off with good dental hygiene!
Tha sounds like a great product . Stanley just had his cleaning and it went very well and for now his breath is ok. I would love to keep him that way 🙂 . Charlie is still too young and has a hint of puppy breath. ( I wish we could bottle that smell ) Max , the middle dog has not had a cleaning but his teeth arent bad enough but sometimes his breath could peel the hairs from your nose when he comes for that sloppy kiss / lick LOL.
Max is the one that cant control his licker LOLOL I am thinking about just going and getting some of this stuff either way 🙂 Anything that you reccomend and can help keep my pups teeth clean and btrath sweet , cant be all bad 🙂
I would love to have that for Jessie. She will knock you over with her breath. Her favorite time to give you “sugar” is first thing in the morning when she’s awake and you’re not.
I would love to try that for Belle, my min pin/dach mix. Her breath amazes the dentist! She has a few tummy issues (colitis, mostly), and a bad habit of raiding the litter box when we’re at work. Not much you can do to keep the dog out when one of the cats is bigger than she is! Vet says her teeth aren’t nearly bad enough to explain the toxicity of her breath, so we’re willing to try just about ANYTHING!
Emily in IL says
I’d love to try it on my adopted greyhound Stoney. From the looks of his canines & front teeth, it appears that he tried to chew his way out of the racing kennel! His canines were worn to nubs and his front teeth are just pitiful.
Amber Guffey says
Both of my pooches need it! They love to cuddle with my husband and I, but they love to stare at my poor husband … breathing right at his face!
I would love to try that product. My cats have the stinkiest breath and one of them is very vocal. Any time I pet or play with him, I feel like I have to hold my breath!
My dog Bailey loves to get right up in your face when he needs to burp. Enough said.
My Lily has the most awful breath. She tries to cuddle with my husband and he has to turn her head away! She’s getting a dental in May-lets hope it helps!
This would be great for Marley! He’s a stinker.
Our Bailey – could REALLY use it. Knowing Westies, as I’m sure you do, the thought of putting my fingers in the mouth of the 12 pound white alligator is more than I’m ready to risk. To be able to use this for her and improve her dragon breath would be a god-send! And my husband would be especially grateful as she likes to “watch TV” lying on his chest and facing him!
mel w. says
Is it just for dogs breath? If used daily will it reverse buildup the need for expensive doggie dental checkups? Would love the try it on my border collies food.
Tammy S says
I have three rescued Boston Terriers who could use this. I’ll definitely be giving it a try – they HATE to have their teeth brushed, even with peanut butter flavored t’paste!
Stephanie F says
My Cavalier Amelia could use this! We do a good job with most aspects of hygiene – she’s great about brushing, nail trimming, etc., but HATES having her teeth brushed, no matter how tasty the toothpaste is. I would love to try this!
I quite possibly have the perfect pet in every way but the breath. We joke that he has a direct pipeline to the other end! It’s that bad. I had his chops cleaned when I could afford it…helped for about 2 weeks. Chico would appeciate the chance to try life as a rat terrier with better breath. I love my dog and would love him even more with less offensive breath….oh and he loves to yawn…ugggh