I wanted to write a brief review of the Tropiclean brand water additive. There are quite a few water additives out there on the market -- but we decided to go with Tropiclean for one very easy reason, it's all natural. Many of the other brands out there have more chemicals than I am comfortable with, including dyes, which are a big no no as far as I am concerned (my dog doesn't give a rat's behind if its water is a luscious shade of blue, thanks).
We've used the product for about 6 months now.
It's ingredients are:
Purified water, aloe vera leaf juice, citric acid cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorophyllin, glycerin, sodium benzoate, green tea leaf extract.
To use the product, you mix 1 capful with 2 cups (16 oz) of water. Then you let your dogs drink it as they would their normal water. I refresh their water bowl every day as everyone should so its important to not make too much of the mixture or you end up wasting. 2 cups of water is just about right for my 4 dogs. There is always water left at the end of the day, but we do not live anywhere particularly hot and my dogs are fed a primarily pre-made raw diet which contains more moisture -- you will have to adjust if your pup is kibble fed as they need more water to process their food
A $6 bottle lasts our 4 dogs about 3 months, so it really isn't expensive at all.
Overall, I firmly feel like the product helps control "doggy breath". Let's face it, a healthy dog mouth doesn't stink, but really, its not kissably fresh, either, if we are being realistic. I feel like it also aids in maintaining healthy gums.
I do brush my dog's teeth
, I'm not trying to skip that step through the product, but every time my dogs take a sip of water, they get a little "boost". I've drank a glass of water with the product in it -- it is almost entirely indecipherable to the human taste buds, which are stronger than a dog's, so my guys don't notice it at all.
Our 2 sensitive tummy dogs handle it no problem, really the only effect it seems to have is it makes oral care maintenance just a little easier -- brushing is more effective, and their mouths are less stinky
I have had a battle keeping my Oakley's teeth tarter free, she has a tiny mouth, lots of teeth, and somehow really has buildup if I am not on top of her oral care, but since starting to use this product, I have noticed that with daily brushing, oral care chews, and Tropiclean gel, she has had NO NEW TARTER buildup. I was doing everything I just listed with her, but not the water additive, and the tarter was still there....so that to me says it makes a difference. Her teeth have stayed white since she recieved a professional cleaning and 3 teeth pulled in June, which is HUGE!
My boys, who have grown up on this additive, have sparkling white teeth with very little maintenance, and it has really helped Laurel's stinky breath and I have noticed improved gum health in her, progressively over the past 6 months.
I can't say the product is life changing -- it just isn't strong enough for that, but it certainly has made maintenance easier, but I *definitely* recommend it, and has cut down on any real "dog" breath, which I'd say MOST of us wouldn't miss if it were gone
Whether you give this stuff a try or not, remember -- dogs that don't receive appropriate oral care often have gum disease that can dramatically affect their quality of life by the age of 3...yikes. Raw meaty bones should be your first line of defense but if you have a strong chewer, be selective and research bones that are safe, edible and "softer". Brushing comes next -- with a good enzymatic toothpaste! If you aren't a full on raw feeder, you should be brushing your dog's teeth... I follow up with an oral care gel before bed, and this water additive, and my dogs have never had healthier teeth and gums
The vet says they have the best teeth they've ever seen in small dogs. All of that takes less than 3 minutes per dog and is so worth it