As pet owners, we want to ensure our dogs maintain healthy teeth and gums, but sometimes brushing alone isn’t enough. According to veterinarian Doc Halligan, “While nothing can replace regular brushing every other day, dental sprays and additives can be a helpful supplement, especially for dogs that are difficult to brush.”
There are a lot of choices when it comes to dog mouthwashes and rinses, but not all products are created equal. Paw through these five picks for best dog mouth wash that we found were safe, effective, easy to use and appetizing to the dog.
Oxyfresh Premium Pet Dental Spray is a unique unflavored, alcohol-free solution for a dog’s bad breath. Its patented blend of Oxygene and zinc neutralizes organic compounds that cause bad breath. $14.95/8 oz.; oxyfresh.com
TropiClean Fresh Breath Advanced Whitening Dental Health Solution is a water additive that promotes daily plaque and tartar defense while brightening your dog’s teeth. $14.99/16-oz.; tropiclean.com
Warren London Dog Dental Spray & Water Additive fights plaque, tartar, bad breath and gum disease with plant-based peppermint extract and cinnamon. It can be added to the dog’s water bowl or applied directly to their gums. $13.99/8 oz.; warrenlondon.com
Zymox Oratene Enzymatic Brushless Oral Care Dog & Cat Dental Water Additive freshens breath, kills germs, and removes plaque without any brushing required. $25.79/8-oz.; zymox.com
Vet’s Best Breath Freshener Dog Dental Water Additive is a vet-formulated solution that helps fight plaque and tartar with natural ingredients like grape seed extract, thyme oil and neem oil to reduce buildup. $16.57/16 oz.; vetsbest.com
How to choose a dog mouth wash
Let’s talk about what makes a great doggy dental rinse. Hint: If you’ve ever tried to use one, taste is a big factor as it’s not going to do your pup any good if he turns up his nose to the mouth wash. We like to look for these four criteria when shopping for dog mouth wash.
Safe – The product should be specifically formulated for dogs, as human products may contain harmful ingredients.
Effective – Look for products that reduce plaque and tartar buildup, freshen breath and promote healthy gums. Ingredients like chlorhexidine and enzymes can work wonders in combating bacteria.
Appetizing – Dogs can be picky, so choose a mouthwash or dental rinse with natural flavors that appeal to them, like chicken, beef or peanut butter.
Easy to Use – Look for products that are easy to administer so it is less stressful for both you and your dog.
Keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy is super important for their overall well-being. Whether you use a dental spray, water additive, or brush their teeth regularly, feel good knowing that taking care of their dental health can lead to a happier and healthier pup!
Want to read more on dog dental issues? Check out 9 Top Doggie Dental Issues.
Autor Rachel Phelps, MBA, MPA, Dip. PDT, Pet Product Expert