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.