Bad breath in dogs is not only unpleasant, it is a warning sign that the dog’s teeth may need attention. Neglected teeth can shorten the life of a dog.
A short time ago I heard about a product called Easy Brush from Farnum. It seemed too good to be true. It allows the dog to brush its own teeth.
A regular dental cleaning at the vet’s office under anasthetic is important, but for most owners brushing a dog’s teeth on a regular basis is as appealing as cleaning out an inhabited cage of psycho gorrillas.
Here's how it's supposed to work: the rubber bone shaped Easy Brush taps into the dog’s natural desire to chew. As the dog chews, the Easy Brush has real bristles to clean down to the gum line like a human toothbrush does.
Easy Brush uses a special dog toothpaste (dog teeth should not be brushed with human toothpaste). The dog is supposed to chew only for a few minutes every other day under adult supervision.
Does it work?
Not with my dogs.
They took one sniff and backed away like they were offended by the smell of the toothpaste. Which is pretty weird considering the disgusting smells they seem to be attracted to. The tube of toothpaste says it is “poultry flavored.” Maybe they would be more attracted to “dead seal on the beach” or “rotting bird in the field.”
None of them showed the slightest inclination to actually chew on this blue bone-shaped thing with bristles at both ends.
It costs $14.95. I might as well have folded the money into paper airplanes and flown it out the window.
Has anyone had experience with Easy Brush? Do any of your dogs clean their teeth with it? Is there some way that you have found to introduce your dogs to it that I haven’t thought about?
Or is this a repeat of my dogs’ infamous Nylabone Affair?