What is a Dog Drinking Water Additive?

Dog drinking water additives are the safest and most convenient way to provide oral heath care to dogs. Dogs suffer from various dental problems such as plaque, tartar and gum-related diseases. Similar to humans, dogs too have tooth decay problems, which can progress to inflammation and abscesses in the gums.

Dog drinking water additives have been proved to be one of the healthiest methods to prevent the dental problems in dogs. The water additive mixture does not contain any harmful ingredients such as chlorhexidine, chlorines or alcohols and are safe enough for daily ingestion without any side effects. At present, several types of oral additives and dental rinses are available in the market. It is important to take the advice of a veterinarian before using any additive.

Biotene Veterinarian Drinking Water Additive

Several oral care products are available for pets in the market. Biotene Veterinarian Drinking Water Additive is a flavorless mixture that is a safe and healthy additive to keep the dog's teeth clean without brushing. It contains the patented mixture of mutanase and dextranase enzyme system, which breaks down the glucan bonds that form the plaque biofilm. The enzyme is further potentiated with antibacterial enzymes for a comprehensive oral care system. This drinking water additive does not any harmful ingredients such as chlorhexidine, chlorine or alcohol and is safe enough for daily consumption. The mixture can be added to the drinking water and used daily.

BreathaLyser Plus

BreathaLyser Plus is another product formulated by veterinarians for oral care and inhibits bad breath causing microbes. The formulation contains specific proteolytic enzyme (Emilgase) and zinc gluconate that reduces the bad odor breath, which arises due to lack of brushing of teeth. The formulation can be used by adding it to the drinking water and is safe for daily ingestion. However, the product is unsafe for human consumption. For better results, the formulation should be taken on a continual basis.

C.E.T. AquaDent Dental Drinking Water Additive

C.E.T. AquaDent Dental Drinking Water Additive, developed by veterinary dental specialists, helps in preventing plaque formation and freshening up the dog's breath. The additive is mixed with regular drinking water and can be used on a daily basis. However, the unused mixture should be discarded after 24 hours. This additive is not safe for human consumption, and the product should be kept away from the reach of children. The formulation comes in 500-ml bottles and can be given to dogs and cats 6 months of age and older.

Ora-Clens Dental Rinse

Ora-Clens Dental Rinse is an antimicrobial formula that reduces plaque and tooth decay in dogs. The main ingredients of the formula are sorbitrol, chlorhexidine gluconate, zinc acetate, cetylpyridinium chloride, and added flavor. The antimicrobial, anti-plaque and anti-calculus properties of the dental rinse affect the plaque biofilms and prevent tooth and gum diseases. In addition this dental rinse freshens up the dog's breath. It is not safe for human consumption.

Unlike the drinking water additives, this is a direct application formulation. Following every meal the dental rinse should be applied as directed by the veterinary dental specialist. Gently lift the lips of the animal to expose the teeth and gums in order to apply the rinse. The bottle is held upright and squeezed to allow the stream to flow along the gum line.

The formulation quickly and completely covers the entire oral cavity, including the hard-to-reach areas. As a precautionary measure to prevent injuries, avoid contact between the tip of the bottle and the gum.