Most of us brush our teeth twice a day. We floss, we go to the dentist, we avoid certain types of food. But only 1% of pet owners bother with brushing their pet’s teeth, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. And it’s hard to blame them. Dogs aren’t the most willing participants in oral hygiene. Even the most involved, loving pet owners have a hard time with it.
Zumby, from Animal Oralectrics, is a new device that tricks your dog into taking better care of her teeth by disguising the whole process. Instead of tedious training to make your canine buddy comfortable with the toothbrush, just let her play with the Zumby toy a few times a week. The micro-current technology uses a small, safe electrical stimulation to kill bacteria in her mouth.
If you’ve ever attempted to brush your pet’s teeth, Zumby probably sounds too good to be true. But it’s backed up by laboratory research from Case Western Reserve and the University of Buffalo. If you’re curious, we hope you’ll join us tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET for a sponsored Twitter chat with the designers of the device. Get your questions answered, find out more about Zumby pre-orders, and you might even win a free Zumby for your four-legged friend.