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Today we’re rounding out our February blog series for National Pet Dental Health Month, highlighting several “non-brushing” products that many pet parents find especially convenient and effective in the fight against plaque and tartar.

The oral care products from PetzLife are particular favorites in my household. These are a line of specially-formulated natural products that are designed to eliminate plaque, soothe gum inflammation, help remove tartar, and freshen breath from the moment of application. They’re a great way to help prevent gum disease – without the use of an actual toothbrush!

PetzLife oral care products are suitable for both dogs and cats. Many customers especially love the fact that they’re made in the U.S.A. with all-natural ingredients, and they’re recommended by veterinarians. Several of the ingredients in PetzLife oral care products have natural antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can help control the bacteria directly responsible for tooth decay, gingivitis, and offensive “doggie breath.” These ingredients are combined in a solution of pure distilled water and include grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, thyme oil, peppermint oil, and neem.


Brushless Solutions

There are a range of excellent “brush-less” options when it comes to safeguarding your pet’s dental health. These include (left to right) PetzLife gels and sprays; Zymox enzyme-based therapy; Fleecy Clean chew toys; and Bright Bites chews. Ask our team for additional suggestions!


Let me take a quick moment to mention that this last ingredient, neem, has been a “secret weapon” wellness ingredient I’ve used with nearly all of my pets. It’s literally been around for centuries (Indian households have used it in cooking, lotions, shampoos, and medicines for thousands of years); but it’s appeared on the western healthcare radar only recently. Dr. Oz calls neem a “super-herb,” and there are several holistic pet-care specialists who couldn’t agree more. Its anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic qualities make it an excellent topical healing agent for sores, hot spots, and abrasions. It has a fairly pungent aroma, so many pets are reluctant to lick it off. Yet it’s also safe to ingest, so those same properties make it a highly effective ingredient when it’s mixed into dental health preparations with a more palatable flavor. We always keep some neem oil and neem capsules in our Furry Friend First Aid Kit!

Because of this all-natural ingredient list, PetzLife oral care products are rich in Vitamins A, C, and E; omega-3 fatty acids; and bioflavonoids such as proanthocyanidin (a polyphenol found abundantly in many teas, which has potent antioxidant properties). You can choose from a gel formula or a spray formula, depending on your pet’s preference and the version that’s easier for you to use. The spray comes in a portable 1 oz. size, plus 4 oz. and 12 oz. dispensers; while the gel comes in a 4 oz. and 12 oz. bottle. Both versions also come in two different formulations: peppermint and wild salmon oil. The peppermint flavor freshens your pet’s breath instantly; while the version containing wild salmon oil is great for finicky pets who might need a bit more prompting to accept a new taste.

If you’d like to remove existing plaque and tartar buildup, simply rub the gel or spray the liquid directly onto your pet’s teeth twice a day. Results can vary, but you’ll normally begin to observe cleaner, whiter teeth within the first 30 days. Combined with manual brushing, this type of product delivers an amazingly effective one-two punch against tooth decay and gum disease (though PetzLife oral care products can also be used on their own).

Once your pet’s teeth are looking cleaner and brighter, you can use PetzLife oral care products as a preventive measure at least three times per week. It’s best to rub or spray the solution directly onto the gumline (or as close as your pet will allow) to see the fastest results. Don’t be overly concerned if you can’t reach the gumline directly, because the product will still work with your pet’s saliva as he licks it around in his mouth. Remember, brushing between applications can greatly speed up the process. Your pet may pull back during the first few applications, mostly due to a new taste being introduced. Simply be patient and go slowly, treating the entire application process as a fun game that earns extra praise, ear scratches, and belly rubs.

Two Bostons carries dozens of products that can help protect your pet’s pearly whites for a lifetime. Some of our absolute favorites include Zymox enzyme-based dental gel, water additive, and breath freshener – all of which use the patented Zymox triple-enzyme blend to help break down plaque and soothe gum irritation. Other great “non-brushing” options include Fleecy Clean chew toys, which exert a natural “flossing” action thanks to their durable fibers; easy-to-use Oxyfresh Oral Hygiene drinking water additive; and fun, star-shaped Bright Bites dental health chews. Ask anyone on our team for firsthand insights and additional product suggestions for your specific pet!