What’s The Deal With Dog Water Additives & Dental Rinses?

In recent years, the importance of dental health for our beloved dogs has become more and more well-known. Not only does dental hygiene help keep your pup’s teeth clean and breath fresh, it’s a key to their overall health.

Now,  for the hard part: how do you keep you’re dog’s mouth clean?

Judy Morgan, DVM explained in a story by Dogs Naturally Magazine:

“80% of dogs have dental disease by age 3. That’s a pretty staggering statistic. It’s actually the most common clinical disease seen in dogs.”

She continued:

“Dental disease begins when bacteria turns into plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. Minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into tartar which spreads under the gum line. Bacteria under the gum line secretes toxins which contribute to tissue damage.

This bacteria is considered a foreign invader by the immune system and it causes an immune response. The immune system reacts, inflammatory chemicals move in and these chemicals cause damage to the supporting tissues of the tooth. Instead of solving the problem, your dog’s own immune system makes the disease worse.”

Not only that, but dental disease can cause excruciating pain, lead to a host of other dangerous issues, and can even cut your pup’s lifespan by 3-5 years!

But implementing a proper oral hygiene routine can be easier said than done. Some dogs are toothbrush-chompers, others simply won’t sit patiently for their regular mouth maintenance. If you have a less-than-cooperative canine, you’re not alone! Luckily, it’s easier than ever to help your pup maintain a healthy mouth routine, thanks to a variety of products from toothbrushes to dental chews to textured toys.

One of the simplest-to-use products to hit the market is a water additive (also known as a dental rinse), which can be added right to your pet’s water bowl. Veterinary News explains:

“Developed to be added to a dog or cat’s water source, [water additive] products can result in a significant reduction in the accumulation of plaque, tartar or both.”

Knowing the import role that dental hygiene plays in the overall health of our dogs, iHeartDogs set out to develop an effective and easy-to-use water additive.

Happy, Healthy™️ Mint-Flavored Dental Rinse was formulated by vets to help pet parents manage their pups’ oral hygiene routine. Daily use helps reduce plaque and tartar-causing bacteria, and decreases digestive system odors, including bad breath! Just one teaspoon added to your dog’s water dish a day can start yielding results in as little as 2-4 days.

In addition to helping your own pup’s health, the purchase of each product provides 10 meals for hungry shelter dogs!

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