4/18/2017 3:42:00 PM |
“Dog breath” is so common that it’s probably seen in most cases as a dismissible quirk. Dogs don’t prioritize their health like we do, so it’s up to us to go the extra mile and provide them with necessary care. Brushing your dog’s teeth even just three times a week could extend their life by as much as five years.
Developing a New Hygiene Routine for your Pet
Brushing your teeth is a common practice. We know we have to brush our teeth in order to maintain our health, and because we’d like to prevent bad breath in most social situations. Bad breath is usually synonymous with bad health and hygiene, so why is bad breath tolerated in dogs?
If your dog is over thirty pounds, a regular toothbrush should work well to effectively clean teeth. For smaller dogs, buy a specialized finger brush. In both cases, you will need edible toothpaste as well; the regular toothpaste you use can be harmful to your pet’s digestion. It’s important to be calm and reassuring during the teeth cleaning process. If your dog appears anxious, and calming him or her down doesn’t work, save the cleaning for another day; you don’t want your pet to form a negative association with brushings.
The main target of teeth cleanings is removing plaque build-up, which typically requires working on the outside of the teeth. Don’t be too thorough, but do work slowly; the cleaning shouldn’t last more than two minutes. Afterward, consider giving your dog a treat, so that they look forward to the next cleaning!
It’s important to remember that while brushing your dog’s teeth can improve his or her life, the practice is not necessarily a cure-all. Sometimes bad breath can serve as a red flag of a more serious problem.
The Benefits of Regular Pet Teeth Cleanings
Regular dental cleanings can help avoid:
· Calculus (Tartar)
If your dog’s bad breath persists, you should consider a visit to your veterinarian for a check-up. It’s important to take any bothersome symptoms seriously when it comes to the health and well-being of your best friend.
1/10/2017 9:30:00 AM |
When you love your dog it may be tempting to feed them something from your plate, and while this is a safe practice most of the time there are certain foods that are toxic to canines. It’s also important to know what not to leave around the house, because dogs can be just as curious as cats. You shouldn’t let your dog consume any of the following foods:
· Chocolate. Chocolate isn’t just lethal to cats – it’s just as bad for dogs. Cacao, tea leaves, and the kola nut all contain Theobromine. If you want to give them something sweet, fruits besides grapes and raisins are a safe bet. Just make sure to cut apples up for them, because apple seeds are dangerous for their digestion as well.
· Onion and garlic. Onions, garlic, chives – these foods are toxic and can cause anemia in your pets. You should also be wary of letting your dog eat baby food; certain baby foods contain onion powder.
· Avocado. You’d think a nice dash of avocado would be a fancy addition to their breakfast bowl, but unfortunately avocados contain the toxin Persin. If you’re looking to add something green to their diet, celery is an excellent choice, as it’s a good source of vitamins which are good for the heart and can even fight cancer. Unsalted peanut butter is another great choice for a nice appetizer, and a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree can do wonders for your buddy’s upset stomach.
· Cherries. While the fleshy around the seed is safe to eat, the cyanide in the plant itself is dangerous for dogs. A cup of raspberries, which is high in fiber and provides vitamin C, would be a great substitute.
· Raw salmon/ trout. You’d think all fish would be fair game, but raw fish contains bacteria that can lead to fatality. Non-fatty, cooked meat is a welcome alternative however.
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN
If you believe your dog has eaten something harmful, you should take them to an emergency vet immediately, and they will be given prompt care. The sooner you respond to symptoms, the more assured the results will be. As always, research is your friend when it comes to the diet of dogs. If you’re ever unsure if something isn’t safe for your dog to eat, don’t hesitate to consult a verified source. It’s better to safe than sorry!
10/17/2016 11:17:00 AM |
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