When it comes to dental care with my Husky-Shepherd mix, Spice, I feel I am fighting a losing battle. My 12-year old "puppy" joined our family when she was 3 years old. We didn't know much about her, other than she was from a bad area. It quickly became apparent Spice used to be an outside dog. Her ability to track and eat flies was spot-on for a 60 lb pup. I tend to think flies and grass were her main source of nutrition during her formative years, as her dental health is extremely poor.
We always thought Spice had dental problems due to the stink that emitted from her mouth. However, the vet said nothing was wrong. Years later, a different vet diagnosed Spice with gingivitis and surgically removed teeth. Now, at the mature age of 12, Spice has less than half her teeth due to surgical removal of bad teeth.
When PetSolutions first had Dr. George's Plaque Blast, I figured Spice would make a good test subject. Her last dental surgery was early 2011, but her breath was already foul again. Not wanting to put my 12-year old pup under anesthesia again for dental surgery, I started Spice on a Plaque Blast regimen on February 7th. Spice lives with my parents, so I only spray Spice's mouth once a day. The day after Spice's first experience with Plaque Blast, her breath was so much better. Now, 20 days into the 30 day treatment, Spice's gums aren't as red, her teeth have lost a lot of the gunk that coated them, and, unfortunately, we are now able to see that she has some cavities. Her teeth are now much cleaner, but still discolored. Spice is also much better about having her mouth messed with, so I'm guessing her gums do not hurt as much.
One of the things I like about Plaque Blast is that the formula is 100% alcohol free and safe for pets. The directions state that heavily soiled teeth should be treated 2 - 3 times per day. However, I am the best at spraying Spice's teeth, so we only do it once a day. Following the directions, I spray her back teeth 2 - 3 times, then her front tooth area 2 - 3 times, and I repeat on the other side of her mouth. Saliva and tongue movement distribute the solution to other areas of her mouth. And, that's it! Her teeth have gone from having a gunky layer covering them to looking clean. The discoloration is starting to fade. Her breath is actually pretty fabulous. I can only imagine what results we would get if we could spray Spice's mouth 3 times a day, but I'll settle with the one time.
Here are a few pictures of Spice's teeth. She hates cameras, so I am lucky to get these shots!
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