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Biotene for Pets

By Tricia McMillan, eHow Contributor 

Oral health is very important for dogs. Oral health is as important for pets as it is for people; gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to serious conditions including respiratory problems and heart failure. Biotene is a line of pet dental products that can make oral health a goal more easily attained for your pet.

Products

The Biotene line includes a brushless toothpaste, a mouthwash, an antiseptic gel and a water additive. Each product contains enzymes that boost the natural antibacterial properties in your pet's saliva while maintaining beneficial bacteria and controlling bad breath. The products work in conjunction with one another to keep your pet's mouth at its healthiest.

Side Effects

Biotene products are based on three major enzymes: lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin and lysozyme. These enzymes occur naturally in milk, and are considered safe and gentle enough to be used daily. No side effects have been reported.

Advantages

The main advantage of Biotene products is their ease of use. The brushless toothpaste eliminates the need to brush your pet's teeth, and the water additive is a simple way to provide him with antiplaque treatments.

Disadvantages

The main disadvantage is the price. Since the products work together, it is necessary to use the toothpaste, mouthwash and water additive for best results. The products together can be quite costly, and if used daily, may only last a month or so depending on the size of your pet. Also, your pet may not like the taste and spit out the product, rendering it ineffective.

Alternatives

There is a variety of pet toothpastes on the market that can be used with a soft toothbrush to brush your pet's teeth, but many pets will not tolerate this. There are treats and kibble designed to clean a dog's teeth as he chews, although their effectiveness varies. If Biotene is not for you, ask your vet about her favorite oral-maintenance product.

 

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