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Dentahex Oral Rinse by Vet Solutions (8 oz)
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- Palatable and highly effective
- Anti plaque and anti callus properties
- Prevention of tooth and gum disease
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Dentahex Oral Rinse by Vet Solutions (8 oz) with Chlorhexidine 0.12 and Zince, is an antimicrobial oral rinse for reducing plaque and freshening breath in dogs and cats. The unique formulation provides antiplaque and anticalculus properties thus aiding in the prevention of tooth and gum disease. Contains: Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, SD Alcohol 38B, Flavor, Chlorhexidine gluconate, Poloxamer 407, Zinc gluconate, FDC yellow #5, FDC blue #1. Directions: Shake well before each use. Rinse daily following each meal or as directed by your veterinarian. Gently lift the upper lip to expose the teeth and gums. Point and squeeze to apply a gentle stream along the gum line. Oral Rinse disperses rapidly and completely covers the entire oral cavity, even difficult to reach areas. Avoid touching the gums with the applicator tip to avoid any injury in case of movement of your pet.
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The label on the bottle tells you to squirt the Dentahex along the gumline on each side of the mouth, then let it spread through the oral cavity. I'm against that, and so is my vet. Neither of us wants the cat ingesting more of this stuff than absolutely necessary. (Read the warning on your own bottle of mouthwash; if you swallow a hefty mouthful, you're urged to seek immediate medical attention.)
Here's what I do: I get brand-name Q-Tips. They have more cotton at the tip than the store brands. I let 2 or 3 of them marinate for a few minutes in the Dentahex, so that the tips get super-saturated. That way, if you can just (gently) press the business end of the Q-Tip for a second or two against the animal's gums (upper and lower, both sides) the saturated Q-Tip will release its payload of Dentahex, and the rinse should spread through the mouth evenly. And as long as you've managed to get the Q-Tip in there anyhow, seize the moment and GENTLY move it back and forth along the animal's gums, even if only for a second or two.
I know this isn't easy for most of us. It wasn't easy for me. I've had lots of cats over the years, and not one of them took medication gladly. The technique I've described above made it at least POSSIBLE for me to do the right thing for this cat. (And it still wasn't easy.) But if you love your animal(s), the alternative -- just bailing and saying, "This is too much for me!" -- is something to strongly resist. Poor oral health promotes a pro-inflammatory state throughout the body, for all animals including us. Your dog or cat can't tell you, "Hey, I feel lousy." But take it on faith that if you don't look after their oral health conscientiously ... and their gums get really bad ... lousy and sick is exactly how they'll feel.
Final thought: I have to do this all by myself, seated in a wheelchair. If you can rustle up a volunteer in your home, and the two of you simply double-team the dog or cat, while standing up ... then in my book you're out of excuses.
I find myself using it at least once a day, and for a few hours it works quite well, however my dog does not particularly like it much, and if she happens to ingest too much of it, she gags and vomits. So you have to be careful with it, using it sparingly.
My suggestion, as I have done is add a little bit to the water dish when you change the dog's water which seems to help, however you need to experiment as your dog may not want to drink from minty smelling water. My dog was apprehensive at first but did drink and haven't had a problem since.
She will only allow me to do as is suggested, spray her gumline and rub it in. She will not even let me brush her teeth, the mouth as she sees it is off limits, so for me its intended usage does not work, however you may have different results. But as far as whether it works, it absolutely does take the smell away temporarily.
I try not to use this more than once a month for my dogs since they hate it and I'm also not sure how I feel about my dogs ingesting this. Last thing I need is to give my 3 dogs stomach problems, so the bottle has lasted over 2 years. My dogs eat mostly dry dog food with fish oil and I don't really have anything to compare it with but I think it's doing it's job.