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Old 01-25-2011, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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AQUADENT OR BIOTENE WATER ADDITIVE, which should I use?

So, I just spent over $800 having teeth pulled and doing a MAJOR cleaning on my dog. My vet highly recommended I use a water additive such as Biotene or Aquadent to the water bowl daily for my dogs. I am definetely buying one of them but wondering anyone else's experience with any of them.

I brush my dog's teeth on a weekly basis and they get chew toys, but the plaque builds fairly quick regardless.

Please, if you are going to post about Xylitol, I already know it is bad for dogs and Aquadent has it in it. I also talked to various vets and others that the amount is ok for dogs so I am just looking for which product is better, not any reasons why I should not give either product to my dogs. I am not posting this to debate if I should or should not give them one of these products, again, I am just trying to figure out which one to give them and anyones experience. Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why not give your dog some Raw Meaty bones....

Necks are really good at cleaning teeth.... I don't feed raw, but I give my boy a raw bone once a week and his teeth are very pretty
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I second the comment about the raw bones... our dogs have always gotten chicken quarters/backs and we have never had a problem with teeth or smelly breath.
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I had no idea these products existed, so thanks on behalf of my 16 year old cat.

After reading reviews, the Biotene reviewers indicate that it has actually reduced existing plaque in addition to providing relief from bad breath.

The Aquadent reviews have some strident folks regarding the Xylitol, as you expected. But, more important to me, the Aquadent users indicate that the product works to prevent plaque but not remove any that already exists.

I'm going to try the Biotene. Phat Cat, the former barn cat, has excellent teeth, and all of them, and I'd like to keep it that way now that he's a house cat and no longer eating "extras" like chipmunks, mice, and birds.
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Brushing once a week has GREATLY reduced the plaque in the yorkies mouth. Even the tech can't believe what a difference it has made. I used to get her teeth cleaned 3 or 4 times a year, but decided that was getting to be too much for her. Tech and I were looking at her teeth just last week and she is starting to get some buildup on her back teeth that I can't get to as well. Cuddles is 14, has all her teeth except 3 that were pulled several years ago because they were loose. Maintenence (just like in people) is very important. Most people wait until the mouth is a disaster before they do anything. I have noticed in client's dogs that after that 1st cleaning, they usually need it again in a year. The clinic's dentistries are $105 or $110 with extractions. Price will go up if dog needs to be put on anitbiotics afterwards. That is not xrays (don't do them). I will probably go ahead and talk very nice to the tech and get one scheduled for her soon. She hasn't had one for almost 2 yrs because of her age, but I don't want her mouth going downhill. I am going to ask about the Biotene and Aquadent as I have not heard anything about them. I appreciate your posting about this because I was not familiar with these products.
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How much do you put in their water and how often, if I may ask.
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4 pumps per quart of water for the first two weeks. Thereafter, maintenance is 2 pumps per quart of water.
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This is actually for our wiener dog. For big dogs, it seems a lot easier to brush their teeth well. The raw would be ok but she (wiener) takes all bones onto the couch or bed so that won't work. Also, when we brush the wieners teeth, she fights us and clinches down real hard so we are not always able to get in it real well, especially for the inside back teeth.

Our vet says the Biotene and Aquadent are safe. I know many things out there are bad for dogs, just like eating red meat is bad for humans, but I still eat burgers and tacos fairly often. I just want my dog to have good teeth and I don't want to have to put them under to get cleaning ($140 in my area) and that is w/o extractions. My vet says his clients have had GREAT results with these products.

I guess I will figure out which one to go with tomorrow, Im leaning towards Biodene right now since it does not have Xylitol. Aquadent is made by Vrbac which is also a pretty good company (from the products I have used at least so far). Thanks for any and all feedback! I will post again after a couple months of use.
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This is actually for our wiener dog. For big dogs, it seems a lot easier to brush their teeth well. The raw would be ok but she (wiener) takes all bones onto the couch or bed so that won't work. Also, when we brush the wieners teeth, she fights us and clinches down real hard so we are not always able to get in it real well, especially for the inside back teeth.

Our vet says the Biotene and Aquadent are safe. I know many things out there are bad for dogs, just like eating red meat is bad for humans, but I still eat burgers and tacos fairly often. I just want my dog to have good teeth and I don't want to have to put them under to get cleaning ($140 in my area) and that is w/o extractions. My vet says his clients have had GREAT results with these products.

I guess I will figure out which one to go with tomorrow, Im leaning towards Biodene right now since it does not have Xylitol. Aquadent is made by Vrbac which is also a pretty good company (from the products I have used at least so far). Thanks for any and all feedback! I will post again after a couple months of use.
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You also might try Leba lll it is a spray Patches my Doxiehad her teeth cleaned last year cannot afford to do that since they charge over $200.00. I use a battery powered Brum toothbrush with the little round head.If I choose to brush her teeth she does not have a choice in the matter.We just do it also a good product is Pets Life comes in a gel & a spray.Happy Brushing.
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what type of food are you feeding them? Sometimes colors and dye in the food like benaful will cause a lot of tarter build up. I dont know if it will work for you but I actually used to scrap the tarter off myself with a dentist's tool. Gabriel used to just sit there as I did it.
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We feed Diamond and I know its not the food. I bought the BIOTENE today so it should be here by early next week.

I am also going to give them chews like Rawhide or Bullystix a couple times a week. Any suggestions on a good edible dental chew?
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Yeah then its not the food, rawhides don't settle very well in a dogs stomach, tends to give them diarrhea the bully sticks I would highly recommend because they are a lot easier on the stomach and they last a lot longer. The greenies have changed their formula so they are saver to eat now, so that might help for the little guy. Also pedigree makes some dentabones and I looked at the ingredients and it seemed pretty good.
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I bought some Pedigree Dentabones yesterday and the two wieners were done with it within 5 minutes. I was hoping to find some kind of long lasting treat so they would grind and chew at it. We are brushing at least once a week (minimum) and hopefully the Biotene will help. I may try the Greenies.

Bullystix were great for my doberboy so I think I will just cut them up into 6" pieces for my doxies.
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