If you thought going to the dentist was a painful experience, wait until the day you try brushing your dog’s teeth! Of course, it’s for your dog’s own good. But, by golly, does that dog put up a fight! Fortunately, there are ways to clean your dog’s mouth without having to use a toothbrush…
Here are five ways you can clean your dog’s mouth without brushing.
1. All-natural dental spray
These dental sprays are designed to attack the bacteria in your dog’s mouth without brushing. Dental sprays like Ora-Fresh Dental Care Spraycontain all-natural ingredients that act as antimicrobial and antibacterial agents. Just be sure to choose a dental spray that does not contain alcoholor sodium benzoate as these ingredients can be very harmful to your dog.
2. Water additives
Water additives work much in the same way as dental sprays, and they also work well together. Dental water additives contain some of the same ingredients that are used in dental sprays, but the water additives are more concentrated. All you have to do is add the product to your dog’s water bowl and let him lap up the plaque-fighting ingredients.
3. Dental chews
Dental chews offer a great way to freshen your dog’s breath while scraping the plaque from some of her teeth. Chews are an effective way to help clean your dog’s teeth, but they shouldn’t be the only method you use. When your dog chews on one of these, or anything else, she isn’t using every tooth for the action. So, you aren’t cleaning every tooth.
4. Dental gels
Dog dental gels are very similar to dental sprays, but they contain ingredients to thicken the formula so it will stay on your dog’s teeth for some time. Look for an all-natural dental gel that is alcohol and sodium benzoate free. They are a bit more difficult to apply than the dental spray, but they can be more effective – if your dog lets you get the gel on every tooth.
5. High-quality dog food
When your dog is in good overall health, his body is better equipped to fight off bacteria and you’ll have an easier time keeping his mouth healthy. No dog food will replace good oral hygiene entirely, but it can help you get more out of your efforts. Look for a dry dog food with all-natural ingredients. Avoid fillers like corn, wheat and flour. Also steer clear of foods with artificial ingredients like food coloring.
No one will ever tell you that it’s a bad idea to brush your dog’s teeth. Well, there may be one exception. Your dog will probably try to convince you that tooth brushing is a terrible idea.
However, if brushing seems difficult or impossible, there are some good alternatives. Choose an all-natural dental spray or gel and add dental chews, water additives and high-quality dog food to your dog’s routine. With good oral health, you may avoid costly cleanings and extractions, and your dog can live a happier, healthier life.
About the Author:
Christina Dillon is a freelance copywriter and dog health enthusiast. To read more about what she has to say about natural dog care products, visit Cheerful Canine.
Well, our mothers were right when they said that it’s important to take your fish oils, because they are good for you from the inside out. You hear Dr. Oz talk about it all the time. But, why is fish oil so important for humans and our dogs?
Well, fish oil has the polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. Salmon oil in particular, is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. The polyunsaturated fats that are thought to be especially beneficial for your heart. They are touted for helping improve blood cholesterol levels by lowering LDL – the “bad” cholesterol, which may decrease the risk of heart disease, help lower blood pressure levels and reduce inflammation.
These Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s are essential fatty acids that means our bodies need them to function. However, we can’t make Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids on our own; we must get them from the food we eat. Unfortunately, most of us don’t eat enough fish, or the fish we’re eating may not be great sources of these necessary fats.
Plant-based sources of Omega-3s, like walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds, are great sources of one type of omega-3 – EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), but not the other, DHA (Docosahexaeonoic acid). You need to eat good sources of fish like wild salmon, trout, sardines, anchovies, herring and mackerel, or algae…as in sushi, or take supplements in order to get the DHA you need. Omega-3s have been found to be very beneficial for many different conditions for humans.
Most of the health benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 are also beneficial for our pets.
As dogs age, they face an increased risk of heart problems, stiffening joints, and loss of energy and stamina. These health risks may be reduced by a diet supplemented with readily accessible long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids.
Like with humans, essential fatty acids are critically important to your pet’s overall health and vitality. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are called “essential fatty acids” because they provide essential nutrients for your pet’s overall health, but can’t be made by your pet’s body and therefore must be supplied by their diet. These fatty acids help the entire body, working on the cellular level from the inside out. The most important of these fatty acids for pets, are the long chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found in cold-water fish oils. These have a much higher bioavailability than Omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources.
In a typical dog’s diet today, the ratio is about 1:40 (one Omega-3 fatty acid to 40 Omega-6 fatty acids), which is actually a pro-inflammatory diet. By adding pawTree Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil to your dog’s diet, you increase the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids achieving a preferred 10:1 ratio of over 15 heart-healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Think about it, we often see poor quality, itchy coats in our pets today. One of the reasons is that our pets are not getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids. By increasing the amount of Omega-3’s in their diet, and giving them the proper ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6’s (10:1), you’ll see an improvement in the health of their skin, the largest organ in our pet’s body, and a huge improvement in the quality of their coat. The results…less itching, less shedding and a lustrous, huggable coat.
Not all salmon oils are the same
Salmon oil is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dog’s diet, because the Omega-3 fatty acids provide widespread benefits. By increasing the amount of good oils in your dog’s diet, you’re supporting overall optimum health and vitality for your dog.
Our pawTree® Dental Sticks will take care of that problem and more!
Good oral hygiene is very important to the overall health of your dog. Most dogs have oral disease by the age of 3. Poor oral health results in: painful mouth conditions, difficulty eating, bad breath, gum disease, and costly dental procedures. A recent study showed that two-thirds of pet owners don’t provide the basic dental care recommended by their veterinarians. We brush our teeth every day, and it’s important to do the same for your dog, but this is rarely done as most people find it challenging.
That’s where we can help with our pawTree® Dental Sticks! They’re a delicious and nutritious way to help control plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth while freshening their breath at the same time. No more ‘doggie breath!’
They are fully digestible, high quality dog chews that help to control plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth just through the mechanical action of chewing the treat. These are unlike other hard dental chews…these are easy to chew and digest. They work in a unique way. The best way to think of it is to picture eating an oreo cookie. When you eat an oreo, the stuff gets all over your teeth. Well, that’s exactly what happens here with our dental sticks; it literally has what we refer to as an “oreo effect” in your dog’s mouth. That means, when they take a few bites and chew, it coats their teeth with the active ingredients (similar to an oreo). We want that to occur.
The spearmint and the parsley will have an immediate effect, getting into all the nooks and crannies in their mouth and help to neutralize their bad breath. The most important ingredient is the sea algae which breaks down the biofilm – and layer upon layer upon layer of biofilm is what tartar is made of. So our dental sticks coat your dog’s teeth with the ingredients that break down the biofilm or tartar. This works…unlike hard dental chews, where you’re affecting the bottom of the teeth…but the problem is really at the top of the teeth, at the gum line. Also some of these hard dental chews contain gluten which essentially sticks to their teeth. The treat form is really only the mode of application. It’s an easy way to get the active ingredients in their mouths. Much easier than trying to brush their teeth!
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After the long, dark days of winter, the warm evenings and brightly colored flowers of spring often can’t come quickly enough – and we’re not the only ones who look forward to this time of year.
Spring also means our cats can get outside, bask in the sun and explore our gardens and beyond.
However, with the sun and the flowers comes a few extra risks for your cat. Petplan takes a look at some of the additional issues your cat may face during the spring months…
Poisonous plants and flowers are in bloomAs we mentioned in a previous blog post - keeping your cat safe in your garden, certain flowers, shrubs, wild plants and mushrooms can be extremely dangerous for your cat.
Species of poisonous plants that are common during the springtime include:
Beware too of snail and slug pellets, as they have a toxic compound in the pellet that can cause poisoning.
If you do happen to notice any signs of poisoning – such as vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, disorientation or even collapsing – then contact your vet immediately.
Cats can suffer from allergies tooJust like people, cats can also develop allergies to plants, grass, pollens and other substances during springtime – and the symptoms can often be very similar to people. These include:
Fleas and ticks are more common in warmer weatherAlong with sunshine, spring brings about many pesky little creatures. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to limit the chances of your pet getting fleas and ticks:
Things to be wary of at Easter time
Easter is often a fun family time, with weekend’s consisting of Easter egg hunts and hot cross buns.
But have you ever considered how for cats, eating the leftover chocolate on the grass can be dangerous? Chocolate poisoning causes lots of pet emergencies every year, especially around Easter time.
Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine which can be deadly to cats (and dogs) because unlike us, they can’t metabolise theobromine effectively. Different types of chocolate has varying levels of theobromine, with dark chocolate containing more than milk chocolate.
The most common symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, urinating more, an irregular heartbeat, tremors and fitting. A large dose of chocolate can induce a coma or death. Symptoms can occur within a few hours up to a day after ingestion. Contact your vet immediately if you think your cat has ingested chocolate.
Another factor to consider are cats and insects. Cats often enjoy chasing after wasps and bees, and in the process can be stung.
In most cases these are not emergencies, however, if your cat is stung near the mouth or neck, then you may need to contact your vet. Cats, like humans, can be allergic to stings. If this is the case, you may notice swellings, distress and breathing difficulties.
If the sting is not too serious, you can treat it yourself.
With a bee sting, remove the sting if it’s still in place and clean the area with a little bicarbonate of soda. For a wasp sting, gently clean the area with lemon juice or malt vinegar.
Posted on June 24, 2017 by Anna Francesca Bradley
f I had $1 for every time an owner told me how irate they were about something that had happened in the park when they were walking their dog – well, you know the rest! So what are the unspoken rules about how us dog owners should conduct ourselves, what’s expected of us, what’s frowned upon, what constitutes unruly canine behaviour and how can we prevent it in the first place? That’s a whole load of questions for one blog but let’s start at the end and work back!
What’s Frowned Upon?
Now I’m going upon personal experience here, both my own and with clients – other people may have more to add:
Most of the above refers to the 4-legged contingent of the dog/owner relationship, but it is important to realise that nothing the dog is doing here is actually bad, wrong or naughty – it is absolutely normal behaviour. What makes it ‘unruly’ is the fact that it is behaviour that we deem inappropriate or out of context to be appropriate. It is up to us to teach our dogs, appropriate behaviour in social settings or contexts.
How Can We Prevent Socially Inappropriate Behaviour?
Start early with puppies. Most owners are aware of the sensitive period up to 14 weeks, that hugely important development window where socialization and habituation are two critically important processes for owners to engage in. Many owners socialize their puppy well with friends and family and other people he/she may encounter in life but for various reasons (worries about vaccination status/size of puppy and being hurt etc.) fail to adequately mix the puppy with conspecifics. It is very important that the puppy has experiences with other dogs and puppies at this young age. Join play groups, puppy parties and of course enroll in training classes with a suitably qualified and accredited trainer who knows how to organize and structure sessions. This is critical because poorly run training/socialization sessions can have an adverse or even harmful effect on your puppy.
What Else Can We Do?
Monitor Play & Interpret Body Language Better
Play is good and sometimes we can intervene too much. Dogs learn by having the opportunity to interact – this is how they learn canine lexicon and it takes time for them to achieve this. Having said this, play needs to be balanced and appropriate. Take time to brush up on canine body language. If your dog is hounding the other party, body slamming or the other dog is continually running away for example, play is unbalanced and you should intervene. Balanced play involves both parties taking turns to stop and start play and with no party controlling play. Dogs can quickly learn to bully if you do not step in. If you recognise signs of being a little ‘full on’, ask your dog for a time out – stop, sit, wait for 5 secs and resume only when calm.
Calm & Cool – Then Play
If you always let your dog off lead at the first sight of another dog, then pretty sure you’ll end up with one of those dogs who goes crazy at the sight of another furry friend! Teach impulse control. Sit, wait/look/ count for 10, then go play.
Dog Park Doesn’t Always Mean Go Wild
Dogs are great at associative learning. They quickly learn that a certain context = great fun, especially if they’re off lead and can root around, go in the river, play with friends etc. Sometimes, do something different. Go to the park, have a calm walk, try a little training, do some trail work.
Practice ‘Come Back’ Early On
Make sure you start your recall training early on and only gradually re-introduce distractions. Don’t set your dog up to fail – if you know there’s a high chance he wont come, don’t try. Practice where there are fewer distractions, a quieter corner of the park maybe/use a long line, increase your reward factor and repeat another day. You can also begin lots of focal training which has a great bearing on recall. Make sure you choose a qualified and accredited behavioural trainer to show you how. Similarly, although we’re in the park together, I think we sometimes forget that not everybody actually likes dogs! Indeed some people can be very afraid of dogs, so, a secure recall is a must. Furthermore, changes to legislation dictate (for example Dangerous Dog Act 2014) that dogs must be kept under control in public (and private), this refers to all dog breeds and the dog simply has to appear as though it may injure someone, to be in trouble.
Be Aware Of Other Owners
You may have a confident, outgoing dog – you’re very lucky. Lots of owners do not and they keep their dogs on lead for that reason – the approach of your dog may severely affect theirs. If you see an owner with their dog on lead, always put your dog on lead too. If you’re in doubt about whether your dog can play, just ask! Most people are very happy to let their dogs play but it’s always best to check first.
If we plan ahead when our dogs are young, we can prevent so many of these social issues which make life very unpleasant for other dog owners. I see many dogs who were once outgoing and happy individuals and due to one or more adverse experiences with other dogs are now not, and that is very sad to see and their road to recovery is a long one. It is up to us as dog owners to ensure that our dogs interact well and behave appropriately in public and if not, to seek qualified assistance.
About Anna Francesca Bradley
Anna Francesca Bradley MSc BSc (Hons) is a UK based Provisional Clinical, Certified IAABC Animal Behaviorist and Animal Behavior and Training Council, Accredited Animal Behaviourist. Anna owns Perfect Pawz! Training and Behavior Practice www.perfectpawz.co.uk in Hexham, Northumberland UK, where the aim is always to create and restore happy relationships between dog and owner in a relaxed way and using methods based upon sound scientific principles which are always force free and fun.