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Doggie Dental Care

Dental Hygiene is very important for your pups. We understand that keeping up with brushing your pups teeth isn’t always easy, especially if they don’t particularly enjoy the process. We are guilty of being a bit to lax with this ourselves even though Oshie loves it..well he loves the toothpaste that is.

So why is it so important to brush a dogs teeth? Here is a short list of the benefits.

  1. Regular brushing will help prevent tartar, plaque and calculus build-up.
  2. Brushing helps prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
  3. It is a great opportunity to check your pups mouth for any problems. (broken teeth and etc.)
  4. You get to spend more time bonding with your dog 🙂

Periodontal disease (gum disease in dogs) is commonly seen when a dogs reach three years of age. Left untreated this infection can result in heart, kidney and liver problems for your pup. Dogs can also be in a significant amount of pain due to dental problems like abscessed teeth and you would never know it because they don’t shows signs of pain like we do.

So remember to regularly brush your pups teeth to keep them happy, healthy and free from pain.  Also have your vet check your pups teeth during regular check-ups. (Usually included in a check-up)

If your pup doesn’t enjoy having their teeth brushed as much as Oshie (see video below), you might need to start of slowly. Use your finger at first instead of a brush. Allow them to get used to it and eventually work your way to a brush. Also try to make it fun and use a doggie toothpaste that they like. If all else fails, consult your pups Vet.

Does Your Dog Take Medication?

How many of you fellow dog owners have to give your furry friend medication in pill form each month? Do you experience difficulty in getting your dog to actually swallow the pill and if so how do you trick your canine friend into swallowing the medicine?

In our case Oshie has to take one pill every month that covers heart-worm, flea and ticks (I think). The pill is supposedly beef flavored or scented however Oshie hates it. As soon as you try to give it to him he is running for cover. We have tried smothering it in peanut butter, wrapping it in cold cuts or cheese and breaking it into tiny pieces and mixing it in with his food. Not a single one of these methods has worked without fail. We have had the most success with hiding it in some kind of treat like the cold cuts or cheese but it still takes a while to get him to actually eat it. Check out this short video of the process.

Sometimes I think he refuses to eat the pill on purpose because he knows he will keep getting treats.

If you have trouble getting your dog to take their medication check out the comments on the video. There are some great suggestions posted by people who have viewed the video and experienced the same troubles.

Please don’t hesitate to comment on the video if you have a method that has worked well for you! Have a great weekend!

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