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- Published on Amazon.com
Size: SmallDesign: Pack of 1
***I did NOT purchase from amazon. Rather, I just purchased them from a different web site because they had them on sale at half price. I purchased 3 new ones!*
My Review for SMALL DOGS Triple Pet Toothbrush:
Wow. I'm so shocked to read the negative reviews on this "small" dog toothbrush. ??? I absolutely LOVE this 3-headed toothbrush!
My breed = Shih Tzu (aka, a Toy Breed Dog. She's small. Maybe NOT as tiny as a Maltese, Chihuahua, or a Yorkie, but she's still a SMALL dog with a SMALL mouth, yet this brush is tiny enough to easily fit inside her mouth. To be fair, she's on the upper range of her Breed Standard (11" at the withers), so she's slightly slightly smaller than a Lhasa, and a tad larger than the avg Shih Tzu. Nevertheless, if you have a Shih Tzu or larger dog, I can't see that this brush would be too big. JMO.
Ok, so does my dog LOVE having her teeth brushed?
Answer = are you serious? lol NO!
Of course it's not in her top 1,000,000 things to have done. This, despite having her teeth brushed every other day since she was 10 WEEKS old. She's now 11 yo, and her teeth are GLEAMING. So, despite her Academy Award worthy antics at teeth brushing time, this brush rates an A+++++ with me. The proof that this toothbrush works is in her vet comments about how her teeth are tartar-free! Since using this toothbrush, I no longer have to use a scaler on her teeth anymore. :) She doesn't really fight me while I brush, BUT she does "wiggle". lol And she likes to CHOMP down on the brush. THAT is the scary part. Shih Tzus are said to have "crystal jaws", ie, as in they are VERY fragile. And I did not like using the standard type brushes lwith the HARD plastic handles for just that reason. It was a struggle every time to hold her mouth open with my fingers -- gently, yet firmly -- while I also tried to brush her teeth. Around 4 years ago (maybe 3?) we saw the Triple Pet EZ Dog brush at a store. We've never looked at any other brush since. This brush makes brushing EFFECTIVE, and MUCH easier! I actually have put her chomping action to good use -- she helps to clean her own molars that way. :) She doesn't bit down HARD (I'd never allow that), but I do let her gently gnaw on the brush a tiny bit. The FLEXIBLE toothbrush head allows for the brush to move/sway/bend as she gnaws. Does this mean you can let your dog chomp down HARD and they won't hurt their jaw? NO. I'd say do not let them chomp down hard if you have a small breed known to have fragile jaw bones. I know a very few Tzu owners who allow their dogs to chew RAW bones, but I'm not one of them. The same can be said for this toothbrush -- use common sense, but at least this brush offers a bit more safety than the harder handle brushes, imho!
I also love the ergonomic grip handle on this brush. I'm not sure if it's rubber or silicon; all I know is that it's comfy to grip, and that matters when you have carpal tunnel occasional flair ups as I have!
Btw, the bristles on this brush head DO soften up over time, as would any other toothbrush. I read a comment somewhere saying that the bristles were too stiff? I did not find them too stiff, but if so, just use less pressure when brushing. Over time, the bristles will soften. Once you start to see the bristles fray, it's time for a new brush! My original brush lasted almost 2 years before it began fraying.
NOTE ON TOOTHPASTE:
I do use the Triple Pet Toothpaste, but read that someone didn't like it because it contained "sorbitol". I do not use that much toothpaste on the brush to where I think it would really matter, and I DO rinse the toothbrush off with water and go over my furbaby's teeth again for the final brush. However, if you are worried about sorbitol, another good "natural" toothpaste is the "KISSABLE" doggie toothpaste brand. That one contains only STEVIA as a sweetner. I ALT between both toothpaste brands. Kissable products also has a 3-headed brush, but I have not tried it; therefore I cannot comment on how effective it is. Design-wise, just from what I have seen, I much prefer the Triple Pet one, as the Triple Pet seems much more flexible in the head design.
I hope my review will help other small breed dog owners to decide on whether or not this toothbrush would suit their pup. I DO agree that Triple Pet should come up with a smaller sized toothbrush, BUT they shouldn't change the "SMALL". They should leave this brush as is, and simply add an "X-SMALL" to their line up for the teeny-tiny furbabies. You can contact the company at their new Fetch4Pets web site and suggest an X-SMALL if you have a tiny dog. :)
***NOTE: My dog is fed a 100% homecooked diet (has been for the past 9 yrs), and I do brush her teeth every day or at least every OTHER day. I also use a homeopathic remedy to keep tartar at bay (Fragaria Vesca -- 3 pellets dissolved in 2 oz distilled water, and brush on teeth 1 x week). While I LOVE this particular toothbrush and find it emmensely effective at cleaning her teeth, I really do feel that her superior dental health results are due to ALL of the above.***