MAXIE GUARD SITE: http://www.addisonlabs.com/products/maxiguard-oral-cleansing-formula.php
Following are the concerns about the levels of Zinc and Parabens in the product, and copies of the communication I had with the company who makes Maxie guard, about my concerns… I was satisfied that the levels are minimal and safe for prolonged use of this product.
These emails, arranged chronologically from top to bottom by date sent and received..
From: Pamela Myers
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:19 PM
To: Info General
Subject: Maxi-guard Dental Spray
My veterinarian sent my Toy Poodle home with a bottle of Maxi-guard Dental Spray after her dental surgery. I have to take Lil-Lea for her two week check up tomorow. (probably today by the time you read this)
I plan on purchasing another bottle, but since my veterinarian does *price match, I would like to purchase more.
I can not, however locate the “shelf life” of the unopened bottle and I only started the present bottle two weeks ago, so with only using it for her every night, I have no clue how long it will last yet!
Can you please tell me the shelf life of unopened bottles ?
I was also told that, providing I use it every night faithfully (which I do) , this is an adequate replacement for brushing and will clean teeth with or without brushing. I would like to hear more about that please,
Such as how this works.
From: Kelly Rackley
Sent: Mon 10/25/2010 9:29 AM
To: Karlin Yaeger
Subject: FW: Maxi-guard Dental Spray
From: Pamela Myers
Sent: Mon 10/25/2010 3:04 PM
To: Karlin Yaeger
Subject: Re: Maxi-guard Dental Spray
That is great info on the shelf life. This bottle will not last that long <G> It is already down to the below the word “directions” on the bottle and I have been using it every night for about 2 weeks and 3 days now. I just wanted to know how many it would be wise to purchase ahead of time without having to worry about them them expiring:) I keep the opened one in the fridge door. Thank you!
Actually, I do have a few other questions as I have done more research :) (i research everything that has to do with Lil-Lea) But first, I want to say that since the veterinarian is not agreeing with the no brush situation. She discussed with me, that I if I use a wet gauze pad and rub it across her teeth after Lil-Lea eats (within 24-48 hours), that will get most of the gunk off as it is the rubbing/friction that is the best for that. Then use the spray. I agree, and so, what I am doing is spraying the maxi-guard on the gauze pad, rather than water, and rubbing her upper and lower teeth on the outside. Then, I use the spray, just at bedtime, when I know she is done eating and drinking for the night. Or, I do bot at the same time, each night.
Now, …………. I read all the info on your pdf with regards the testing that was done. What I am wondering is how much Paraben and how much Zinc are actually in the bottle and/or in each application of, lets say 6 sprays.
Since Lil-Lea only weighs 7.5 lbs, she can overload on things quite easily. I did the research on Paraben and saw that it is a “possible” contributor to risk of being a carcinogen. I read that is has been found in connection with breast cancer, but is unconfirmed as a direct cause. So that does concern me less than the Zinc, actually, but still worries me a bit.
Can you please expound a bit on the Zinc content and how that would play out, using the spray twice a day, as a wipe and then spraying at night. I spray along her gum lines, upper and lower on both sides. It takes about 3-4 short sprays on each side. Her bottom jaw has bone loss and a 2 tooth roots very close to the bone, so I am making sure that those bottom teeth and gums, get sprayed directly, even though I know the directions said it would *travel! If she gets anything wrong with those 2 teeth that have that issue of the crooked roots, and needs them removed, her jaw could be fractured trying to get them out and I am wreck worrying over that and my veterinarian said he would not want to be the one doing it!
So, I am weighing the extra spaying, against the Paraben amounts, which seems like a good trade off for a possible fractured jaw down the road, and it seems that is much less of a risk, since she is 8 now and the risk of her getting cancer in the next 8 years, and dying from that, at 16, assuming she lives that long, seems unlikely to me. . I am, however still worried about a Zinc overload, and I would love to have your input and figures on the Parben and Zinc :)
Thank you :)
PS: Lil-Lea got a clean bill of health on her surgery on her two week check up on Friday and doctor said the healing looks fantastic, so hopefully your product helped with that. :)