Dog Breath is packed full of essential oils with a variety of properties. Copaiba is recognized for having anti-inflammatory properties, as well as anti-bacterial and pro-healing abilities as referenced in this research review HERE. Many studies have documented increased healing speeds of wounds, protection of other organs such as liver and kidneys, and of course safety as well. What we see clinically is just that. A safe, mild, almost tasteless essential oil, that reduces inflammation of gums and mucosa, aides in healing, and reduces discomfort. All while helping out other areas of the body that may be stressed or taxed by other disease or by the dental issues themselves. Ask any veterinarian, and they will tell you that oral bacteria is hard on the body. Entering the blood stream and increasing stress to kidneys, liver, heart, and urinary system.
Peppermint has long been known for its particular actions - from anti-nausea to breath deodorant. But this research article maps out the actions of Peppermints main constituent - Menthol - and how it contributes to analgesia and inflammatory pain relief.
Helichrysum is widely recognized in the aromatherapy community as being beneficial to nerves (note: if you've ever experienced tooth pain - your tooth equals one giant nerve!) From receding gums, exposed tooth roots, chipped teeth, or broken teeth - nerves carry the message loud and clear - I HURT! But of course, it is in all animals' nature to hide pain, so we are rarely aware of it until the condition is advanced. Helichrysum is also amazing in so many other ways, and clinically we see reductions in bleeding, decreases in inflammation and infection, and speedy healing whenever Helichrysum is added to a protocol.
Myrrh has been used for decades in the dental community for a variety of explanations. Myrrh is well recognized for its anti-inflammatory abilities as stated in THIS research article. While we cannot always have research articles for a direct dental outcome - it is noteworthy that anti-inflammatory and health promoting properties - do tend to work on multiple areas of the body.
It's a marvelous thing when I am able to teach my clients to keep a mouth healthy, instead of struggling to correct dental disease later in life. To reduce the cost and concern associated with more frequently required dental cleanings or possible extractions - all parties involved are happier - guardian, animal, and yes, the veterinarian! Introducing Dog Breath and good oral hygiene skills like teeth brushing, bone chewing, and oral examination - young animals will surely show a lifetime of benefits. Rubbing Dog Breath onto a chew toy, adding it to toothpaste, applying to the gums and teeth, or even offering "Dog Breath Drinking Water" is a great way to get young animals accustomed and set up for a lifetime of healthy habits.
Yes! Essential oils cross over so many benefits - it is almost amazing to consider. Taking care of a seniors' dental issues with essential oils - can indeed aid in comforting soreness and arthritis discomfort in the entire body. Helichrysum has been noted clinically to help with liver stress and even elevations in liver enzymes - and while a puppy may be experiencing the bodily stress that comes with vaccination - isn't it nice to know that the toothpaste you may be using (with added Dog Breath of course) - is actually supporting the liver, immune system, and repair of any inflammation or stress caused by the process? To me - it is just a wondrous thing - when all of our daily "other products" such as shampoo, toothpaste, or even breath deodorizer - can carry other significant bodily benefits along with it.
Dogs: Once you and your vet have determined that your dog's mouth and teeth are healthy enough to try natural options for their teeth and gums, Dog Breath is a perfect addition to an oral health routine. When Dog Breath is rubbed onto teeth and gums up to daily to twice a day, reduction in gingivitis and inflammation is greatly noticed - and breath often improves. Some dogs may have to get used to the flavor of the blend, but most tolerate it very well. Occasionally a bit of drooling or salivating may be noticed after an application, and this is completely normal and harmless (unless you have a large mastiff that likes to shake their additional saliva all over your curtains!) Any frequency of application can be beneficial - so if you are like me, and tend to forget to brush or apply oils - never fear! Even a one time application of Dog Breath, has shown beneficial results.
It is important to recognize that this blend is not going to fix a broken tooth, repair severe periodontal disease, or correct an abscessed tooth. True, essential oils will reduce discomfort, decrease inflammation and redness, and can act in an anti-bacterial action - but, if a tooth is truly damaged to the point of needing extraction - then the tooth may need extraction or reparative surgery. This being said, occasionally there are teeth that may be worth saving - and this is where essential oils shine! Without additional help to keep inflammation down, infections at bay, and support healing of periodontal tissues - questionable teeth are almost always lost over time. Working with your veterinarian, and especially with dental x-rays, to monitor progress - Dog Breath can be incredibly helpful towards reversal of dental disease, especially with regular use after a cleaning. Using Dog Breath with a doggy toothbrush is an extra added benefit from just rubbing the solution on with your finger too!
If dental cleaning, surgery, or extractions are needed - this blend can be incredibly helpful in providing comfort before and after the procedure, as well as aiding in a speedy recovery. As stated, Myrrh has been used in dental applications for many years, and the combination of anti-inflammatory oils with the advanced healing properties of Helichrysum - has shown dental procedures to heal in record time, with more comfort to the animal.
If your dog is scheduled for a dental cleaning, with or without possible extractions, using Dog Breath for at least 1 week prior to the event will be highly beneficial to your dog's ability to heal. Don't worry if you don't have a full week, even one application can be helpful. And, of course, long term use is just fine as well! Use alongside of other medications, antibiotics, or pain medications indicated for your dog's dental procedure is perfectly fine.
If your veterinary dentist is willing, we have dripped this blend right into an extraction site prior to closure or rubbed the blend onto the gum line after a dental procedure is completed - before the dog even wakes up from anesthesia. But, if your veterinarian is not holistically-minded, nor comfortable with the application - just gently apply the Dog Breath to your dog's gum line as soon as you are able after the procedure. If a cleaning or extraction has occurred, I will usually attempt to apply Dog Breath to the gum line or area of extraction once to twice a day for at least a week. Longer term is even more beneficial, as when you can start with a "clean mouth" - applying every day to every other day can greatly increase your chances of maintaining your new oral health!
Add it to Coconut Oil: Raw Coconut Oil (the kind that becomes solid at lower room temperatures) - is not only full of health benefits but animals tend to love it! Although Dog Breath already contains Fractionated Coconut Oil (this is so that it does not become solid), adding a few drops to the thick and "solid" version of Coconut Oil can make dogs (and some cats) extremely happy and willing to lick it right up. Rubbing onto the gums and teeth can be very easy when the animal sees it as a tasty treat. The raw coconut oil will also enhance the Dog Breath benefits with its own anti-inflammatory and health wielding benefits!
Horses & Large Animals: This blend is appropriate to use in the mouths of Horses, Cows, Goats, and other animals who may have oral inflammation. However, it is often much more difficult to apply to the teeth of these animals, due to locations and accessibility.
Cats: This blend is safe to use in cats, however, your cat will generally not appreciate it. We recommend the use of KittyBoost, and allowing your cat to groom beneficial oils into their mouth instead of applying this blend into their mouth directly. All of the oils contained within Dog Breath, are actually included within KittyBoost - just in a concentration that is far more accepted by cats. Cats often encounter stomatitis, dental disease, or oral tumors and for them - good nutrition, supplements, and KittyBoost is recommended. However, if your cat enjoys drinking Dog Breath Drinking Water - this is totally safe and beneficial!
Birds & Exotics: Exotic animals who are "similar" to the canine family, may be accepting of having Dog Breath used in their mouth. This will completely depend on your relationship with them, and their behavior and actions. For example, Ferrets may do very well with a light coating of Dog Breath rubbed onto their gums. But, on the other hand, they may bite you! Please make sure to always keep yourself, and your animal safe! Birds would not use Dog Breath generally, (although they could indeed drink it in their drinking water) and there are other products recommended for them. Please see the BIRDS page in our menu bar at the top of our website for more recommendations for birds.
Add it to Toothpaste: There are tons of natural toothpaste recipes out there, and most of them are well accepted by dogs and other animals. One easy recipe reported to be well accepted by dogs is a simple 1 part Raw Coconut Oil and 1 part Baking Soda mixed together. For this household - 1 Tablespoon of each was mixed with 15 drops of Dog Breath. For super picky or sensitive animals - you could start with less drops, and gradually work up to larger amounts. And, some animals may indeed need more essential oils added to be effective. The recipes are never set in stone - and so you can also experiment with less Baking Soda, etc... A quick web search will result in hundreds of potential toothpaste recipes!
Add it to Drinking Water: We've all heard "oils and water do not mix" - and although true, it doesn't mean that we don't add essential oils or other fatty oils to water - and with some pretty good results. Make sure to read THIS PAGE on adding essential oils to Drinking Water (also found under our Learn More menu at the top of our website) - for all of the finer details of adding essential oils to water, what type of dishes are required, additional water sources, etc. For some animals this is a very easy way to expose their mouth to the benefits of essential oils - and YES - it is just fine if your cat decides to drink out of the dog bowl! A general rule of thumb is to start with a very small amount - maybe one drop of Dog Breath in your dogs' bowl (assuming it is not a very, very tiny water bowl) - and swish it around to mix well. This will usually end up being about one drop per 8 cups (or 2 liters) of water - and then you can gradually increase to 1 drop per 4 cups. I change the water once or twice a day, depending on consumption and clean and rinse the bowl at that time. You can make your water solution in a large glass jar, and use it to refill your water dish if you'd like. In a clean glass jar, your water/oil solution will generally stay fresh for a week or more - but usually for dogs, they drink enough water that you'll run out of Dog Breath Water before you would have to worry about it becoming "stale". Remember This: Even if the Dog Breath floats on top of the water, our goal is to have it coat the mouth and teeth. So lapping it up off the surface, is really no different than rubbing it onto gums. Just a lot easier!
Have you ever been knocked over by "dog breath"? As a veterinarian who practices advanced dentistry, this is one of the most common complaints I deal with as a vet. It is important to recognize that there is never a "quick fix" for dental disease, and a complete veterinary examination is necessary to make sure that there are not more serious reasons for your dog's breath to be offensive!