This post is sponsored by bluestem™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to increase awareness of and share my experiences with the bluestem™ oral care products, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Bluestem™ is not responsible for the content of this article.
We were invited to try bluestem™ Oral Care for dogs (and cats) for 30 days. While most of us love puppy breath, dog breath is a lot less desirable. Having three middle-aged to senior dogs and a senior cat, I was a little skeptical but also hopeful. Thanks to Alice G Patterson for the photos with the exception of the “before” photo.
From bluestem: “According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of cats and dogs will show signs of poor dental health including red and swollen gums, bad breath, pain, and tooth loss. Small and mid-sized dog breeds are especially susceptible. If left untreated, these conditions can progress to plaque build-up, gum recession, loosened teeth, bad breath, inflammation and bleeding of the gums, and eventually loss of teeth, oral infections, and even poor overall health.”
While Theo has all of his teeth, I am sad to say, that Sophie had two loose teeth pulled this spring. The surprising part is Sophie is possibly the youngest of my dogs, but her teeth were by far the worst. I need to be more vigilant in taking care of my pets’ mouths. Of course, bad breath can be a sign of gum disease and other dental issues. I know that good oral hygiene is important for a dog’s overall health.
Using bluestem is easy. Simply add one capful per 1.25 cups of water or two capfuls for 2.5 cups of water. I added the full amount of bluestem to my pets’ water dish the first day and everyone drank it without issue. If your pet is more sensitive to change, simply start at a smaller amount of the water additive and then gradually increase it. Bluestem recommends starting with a quarter capful of additive to 2.5 cups of water on the first day. Increase the additive to half a capful the second day, and gradually increase until you are using the ratio of 2 capfuls per 2.5 cups. There are three flavors of bluestem water additive: original, chicken and vanilla mint. Cats should not use the vanilla mint as it may cause an upset stomach. There is also a vanilla mint spray suitable to use with dogs.
I like the fact that bluestem™ oral care products are made with 100% food-grade ingredients and are suitable for daily use. They are Xylitol-free, alcohol-free, and chlorhexidine-free. All bluestem products are powered by coactiv+™ technology which is scientifically formulated to break down biofilm where harmful bacteria multiply. By removing the food source bacteria needed to form plaque and tartar, it has been proven to reduce tartar by 23% when used daily as directed. Research has stated that 9 out of 10 dogs using bluestem™ oral care with coactiv+™ showed significant improvement in their oral hygiene.
So the big question is does bluestem oral care work for my dogs?
The answer is yes. Because I just had Sophie into the vet for a dental cleaning (and her teeth pulled), her teeth and gums are now in great shape. However, now all my three of my dogs have fresher breath. Just as importantly, Theo and Nelly’s gums are looking healthier and they have less tartar.
Hopefully, we will see more improvement with continued use. Try bluestem products for 30 days and see the difference it makes for your pets! Use the promo code TRYBLUESTEM for 20%!
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, Alice specializes in dog photography, senior portraits, and commercial photography. Follow her on Instagram.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of bluestem. The opinions and text are all mine.