Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a list of questions frequently asked by our customers. If you have a question that’s not listed here, feel free to contact us!
What does the number on the front label of my dental spray mean?
The number on the front label of your Bark 5 TM Alcohol Free Dental Spray for dogs is referred to as an NN number and a lot of people have never heard of it.

It’s a number you need to look for when you purchase dog, cat or horse products. It tells a customer the product meets the relevant conditions established by Health Canada. The Low-risk Veterinary Health Products Program, that issues those numbers, covers items such as oral and topical products for use in cats, dogs and horses, not intended for food, that meet specific safety criteria.

Bark 5 Alcohol Free Dental Spray for Dogs has a Low Risk Veterinary Health Products Notification Number – NN.D9Q9

A list of products that have been assigned notification numbers and their labeling information is available online here.

What are the ingredients in Bark 5™ Alcohol-Free Dental Spray for Dogs?
All the ingredients in every product we sell are listed with each product in the shop. For your added convenience, the ingredients in the Bark 5™ Alcohol-Free Dental Spray for Dogs (regular and XXS extra strength) are” grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, propolis, blended with chemical free, distilled water.
Is there alcohol in Bark 5™ Alcohol-Free Dental Spray for Dogs?
No, all the ingredients in the Bark 5™ Alcohol-Free Dental Spray for Dogs are alcohol-free and water-soluble.
How much spray is in the 60 ml bottle?
A 60 ml bottle provides 2 fluid ounces of spray.
How many sprays are there in the 60 ml bottle?
There are up to 480 sprays per bottle.
How long does it last?
The bottle may last up to two or three months if it is being used on a small dog that does not have too much plaque. However, if the small dog or other larger canine has very bad plaque, the spray may last up to one month. It largely depends on how bad the teeth are and how many sprays used.
It also lasts longer if stored correctly, in the fridge.
Can I use it on any size dog?
Yes, you may use it on any size dog.
Can I use it on cats?
No, this product is not intended for use on cats.
Can I use it on humans?
No, this product is not intended for use on humans.
How do I apply it?
Shake well before using. Spray at the back of the mouth on the outside of the back molars, the cheek side of the dog’s face. The spray coats the teeth and starts to work. Typically you will start to see results within approximately four days. If you cannot get the spray to the back of the teeth, aim for the front. It still works.
Here are several other ways to apply the spray: spray it into the palm of your hand for them to lick, or spray it into an empty bowl to lick. You may also add a drop or two of chicken soup to entice them to lick the bowl. You may also use a spoon or even an eyedropper. If you spray it into the palm of your hand, add TWO extra sprays above the usual number, as some stays on your hand.
When is the best time to give it?
Many of our clients use the spray just before bed. If you do choose to use it first thing in the morning, wait until a half hour after the dog eats before giving the spray.
Can I give it with food?
It is best if it is not given with food. The food coats the teeth and makes it harder for the product to work. While it still works, it takes longer to do so.
Can I spray it on food?
It is best if it is not sprayed food. The food coats the teeth and makes it harder for the product to work.
While it still works, it takes longer to do so.
How do I store the spray?
The best place to store the spray is in the fridge.
What if my dog does not like having stuff sprayed in his or her mouth?
Here are several other ways to apply the spray: spray it into the palm of your hand for them to lick, or spray it into an empty bowl to lick. You may also add a drop or two of chicken soup to entice them to lick the bowl. You may also use a spoon or even an eyedropper. If you spray it into the palm of your hand, add TWO extra sprays above the usual number, as some stays on your hand.
Can I use this on a puppy?
Yes, you may use it on a puppy, but you would be using fewer sprays per day as it would be used as dental care maintenance. If you’re not sure how many sprays to use for your puppy, contact us. We are happy to help you.
My dog has really bad plaque, what product would work the best?

If your dog has really bad plaque, he or she would likely do best with the XXS (extra strength) dental spray.
It needs to be used consistently to achieve results. With very bad plaque, it may take up to 7 weeks to get the toughest of it off.

Does the spray remove the stains on the teeth once the tartar is gone?
Not always. We have seen it come off in some dogs, but not in others. Stains are embedded in the tooth enamel and are very difficult to remove. Some owners have, in addition to using the spray, brushed and scraped the dog’s teeth.
We always strongly encourage customers to use the dental spray in partnership with veterinary dental care. Although the spray does tackle plaque, a dog with an abscess or rotted teeth may need extractions and other oral care.
How long does it take to see/smell results?
We have seen and smelled results within 4 days. It varies from dog-to-dog depending on how bad the plaque happens to be.
How often do I use the extra strength dental spray for dogs?
If your dog has really tough plaque, we recommend two sprays each side of the mouth, twice a day, and stay with that regime until you see results.
How often do I use the regular strength dental spray for dogs?
The maximum recommended sprays varies by dog size. Usual dose two sprays, per side, once a day. Although this spray also works with bad plaque, it does take longer.
Can I use the spray right after my dog has had a dental procedure?
That depends on what your veterinarian advises. Some dogs will have really inflamed gums after dental surgery and may be on antibiotics or have had other procedures performed. Always ask your veterinarian when you are in doubt.
The propolis in the dental spray does help with inflammation.
Does the spray affect my dog’s kidneys?
No, the spray does not affect a dog’s kidneys. It has no harmful ingredients in it and is made with human grade water-soluble ingredients. You will also note that many “other” dental products for dogs on the market today list grapefruit seed extract and grapeseed extract as ingredients. Always check labels before buying a dental spray for dogs. Many of them contain alcohol in one form or another.
Are the ingredients used in Bark 5™ alcohol-free dental spray for dogs human grade?
Yes, the ingredients used in Bark 5™ alcohol-free dental spray for dogs are human grade.
Do I brush the dog’s teeth in addition to using the spray?
You certainly can brush in addition to using the spray.
Do I scrape the tartar off while using the spray?
You certainly can scrape in addition to using the spray.
If I start using extra strength dental spray first, can I go back the regular strength?
Yes, you may go back to using regular strength dental spray once you are satisfied with the results obtained from the XXS (extra strength) spray. It is okay to switch from one to the other.
Does my dog need to see the veterinarian if he or she is on this spray and it is working well?
We ALWAYS recommend you tend to your dog’s dental care in partnership with a veterinarian. Veterinary dental care is still a part of taking care of your dog, whether you are using the dental spray or not. It is not intended to eliminate the need for dental surgery, as your dog may have other issues that need resolving, such as broken teeth, rotting teeth or abscesses.
Will this spray help me avoid dental surgery?
While that may happen, the spray is not intended to eliminate the need to speak to a veterinarian about your dog’s dental care. There are many things that may go wrong in a dog’s mouth. Always consult with your veterinarian about canine dental care in addition to using the spray correctly.
What happens if I start using the spray and then we go on a holiday and forget the spray? Or we miss days?
If you have started using the spray and stop, or miss days, it will still work. However, it just takes longer.
What is the shelf life of Bark 5™ Alcohol-Free Dental Spray for Dogs?
The shelf life of Bark 5™ Alcohol-Free Dental Spray for Dogs may range up to 6 months. However, that is only if it is stored correctly (in the fridge.) Additionally, many owners never have the spray for that long, because they are using it daily, and if they are not using it daily, it would still be gone before 6 months was up.
Does it matter if my order arrives frozen?

No, just allow it to thaw slowly at room temperature. All ingredients are water soluble.
You may notice some cloudiness, but this does not harm the product or your pet.

Why is propolis in the spray?
Bee Propolis has been documented as a healing agent for more than two thousand years and is considered to be an effective, natural herbal antibiotic to fight infections – the cause of inflamed gums and loose teeth. Once the inflammation subsides, the gums tighten up around the teeth.
Why is grapefruit seed extract in the spray?

GSE works by destroying the cell membrane of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi, inactivating them and making them unable to replicate and survive in the body. You can see how that would go to work and deal with infected gums.

In addition, GSE is fact helpful in alkalizing the blood. Microorganisms like bacteria cannot live in an alkaline environment.

GSE is different from antibiotics in that it does not kill off the good bacteria; therefore the body can still have a healthy gut micro flora despite GSE use since GSE only destroys the bad bacteria.
GSE does not contain chemicals and is non-toxic. Over-dosing is unheard of. Lab tests show it would take at least 4,000 times the normal dose of GSE to produce a 50 percent chance of poisoning.

If your dog is taking medications, check with your veterinarian about whether the GSE in the spray may cause problems.

Why is grapeseed extract in the spray?

Grape seed extract contains active ingredients that are:

  • Anti-allergen;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Antioxident;
  • Antimutagenic.

Among its many uses, it is highly effective for canine dental care and gingivitis. Grape seed extract is not toxic.

Why is distilled water used in Bark 5 TM dental spray for dogs? Why not use tap water?
Distilled water is used in Bark 5 TM dental spray for dogs because it has no chemicals
or heavy metals in it, which means the product is not contaminated and the ingredients
remain true.