Is alcohol in dog dental sprays a good or bad thing? When this question became part of the national conversation for mainstream dog and cat lovers, the truth of the matter became clear... clearly divided that is.
Manufacturers of cat and dog dental care products as well as the consumers who buy them put forth valid arguments both for and against the question. Here is a look at both sides of the issue.
The two top manufacturers of pet oral care sprays, as their respective labels reveal, add 25% straight grain alcohol (ethanol) to their well-known products. This is equal to a 1.25 ounce straight shot of whiskey. The reasons for doing so are two-fold and completely valid, at least from a business point of view.
It's good business sense
First, in manufacturing circles, alcohol is as common as water and cheap as dirt. Adding pennies worth of an ingredient to a product that can retail for $20 to $30 a copy is just good business sense. As profits increase, shareholders get big dividend checks and masses of consumers become convinced the products are harmless because more money goes into buying more advertising to convince them. As the saying goes, the more you tell the more you sell.
A second point in favor of using alcohol in cat and dog oral care sprays also goes to profitability. Alcohol is, after all, an excellent preservative. By mixing their products to the equivalent of a 50 proof cocktail, the Big Alcohol boys can turn out tens of thousands of bottles at a time, bringing manufacturing costs to a minimum. Warehousing costs are cheaper than small-batch manufacturing costs. Finished products can sit stockpiled in pallets, waiting for market distribution for 1 to 5 years before going out to consumers. This practice maximizes corporate profits.