Dogster Obsessions: Herb-Packed Oral Strips for Dogs

Dr. Doug Kramer's melt-in-the-mouth strips help pets and people fight common health challenges.


Veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer of Los Angeles, practitioner of “fusion veterinary medicine,” knows that your dog’s tongue is a vital gateway to his overall health, and his goal is to help dog owners stay away from the animal hospital as much as possible. Good vet! So it’s not terribly surprising that he has invented a trio of ways to support canine wellness.

All three Vet Guru Enlightened Therapeutics are made of all-natural herbal ingredients that don’t interfere with other medications, and all three can be delivered anywhere inside the mouth — on the tongue, inside the cheek, on the roof of the mouth — for maximum efficiency and speed of absorption.

These whisper-thin strips instantly melt, to start working fast. Plus, dogs like the way they smell and taste, so administering them is easy.

Upset Stomach Strips work well for my German Shepherd, Desiree, who suffers from gastric distress often, despite my best efforts at prevention. When used with a bland diet, the strips’ blend of ginseng, ginger, licorice root, peppermint, and chamomile goes to work immediately to relieve nausea, vomiting, and (our fave) diarrhea.

When I think of how many times I’ve had to syringe-squirt Pepto-Bismol into my dogs’ mouths … ugh, I’m not sure who winced more, me or them.

“Well, think of this as Pepto for pets,” Kramer says, “except without the unpleasant taste, or the risk of pink fluid staining your clothes, furniture, or carpet.”

For dogs who must take nasty-tasting medications (such as antibiotics or pain meds), Kramer offers Immune Boosting Strips, which wrap easily around pills to make the package palatable to your pup.

Infused with Echinacea and goldenseal, these versatile, zero-calorie strips also make a wonderful treat for overweight dogs looking to shed pounds. I like to give them to my dogs right before they go into boarding or daycare to defend their immune systems just in case one of the other dogs-in-residence happens to have runny eyes or the sniffles.

Finally, there’s Dental Care Strips, infused with an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory blend of Baptisia, Baical skullcap, Devil’s Claw, peppermint, and Echinacea. These are not a substitute for regular toothbrushing, but rather an extra way to improve your dog’s oral hygiene. The strips freshen a dog’s breath while fighting the germs that cause plaque and gingivitis. Pack these in your kit the next time your dog makes an appearance at the neighborhood kissing booth, and you’ll rake in the dollars.

To learn more about these products and the visionary vet who created them, visit the Vet Guru website.

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