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Monday, October 30, 2017

5 Tips for Healthy Dog Teeth and Gums

 5 Tips for Healthy Dog Teeth and Gums
  You brush your own teeth every day, right? And you get regular dental cleanings, don’t you? We’re not here to judge your oral hygiene, but we have a feeling your dog’s teeth and gums don’t get the same amount of care and attention as your own. And we get that. But did you know that by the time they’re 3 years old, most pets suffer from some form of dental disease? Slacking on dental care could lead to painful periodontal disease, tooth loss or worse.
  Gum disease can be avoided altogether but it takes a bit of effort at home. Veterinarians agree it is well worth the effort. By making dental care a regular part of your routine, you can improve your dog’s teeth, help her enjoy a healthier, more enjoyable life and minimize the need for costly dental treatments at the veterinarian’s office.  

1. Visit your veterinarian

  Make sure you ask about your dog’s teeth during checkups, and try to get that checkup at least annually. You can also ask the vet whether your dog is at particular risk of dental health problems and what kind of preventive care she might recommend. If your dog has current dental issues or is at higher risk, consider asking for a referral to a veterinary dentist. Also ask about any products that might be damaging to teeth such as chews that are too sharp or hard.
 Your vet will inspect teeth and gums, remove tartar and plaque, and take x-rays. If any teeth are loose  or diseased, they'll be pulled. Once you get the all clear, let the brushing begin!

2. Give him dental chews

  Chewing is a natural behavior in dogs - one that can also benefit their oral hygiene. Chew toys and ropes, bones, rawhide, and chews provide friction along the gumline and act as natural flossers. Provide your dog with chew toys that are an appropriate size and shape, and let them start chomping their way to healthier teeth. Be sure to replace chew materials when they are worn, and provide durable toys and bones to aggressive chewers. If your dog has sensitive teeth, try latex toys and other softer chewing materials.

3. Daily Brushing with a pet-friendly toothpaste

  The single best preventive treatment is brushing to break up bacterial films on the teeth before they develop into plaque and cause damage to teeth and gums. When it comes to toothpaste, a palatable, meat-flavored paste is going to be more fun for you dog. Do not use human toothpaste because the ingredients can be irritating. Make sure you select an applicator that is right for your dog’s size and gum sensitivity. Options range from brushes to rubber fingertip applicators and presoaked dental wipes. Brush the outside surface of the teeth in small circles, avoiding any contact with the gums.

  Using veterinary, species-specific toothpaste is essential. Human toothpaste has too much fluoride and is toxic for animals. You'll find animal-friendly flavors, like chicken, mint, and peanut butter, at most pet stores.

4. Add a medicated rinse to his water
  While not a substitute for brushing, medicated rinses may help by making the surface of your dog’s teeth less hospitable to plaque and bacteria. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation and then simply add the product to your canine’s water or spray it in his mouth. Medicated rinses can also help combat stinky breath — a win-win for your pup’s oral health and your nose.
  No matter what, some pet parents simply can’t brush their dog’s teeth. If you fall into that category, think beyond the brush. Daily oral swishes and rinses, chew treats containing anti-plaque ingredients, and specialized teeth-cleaning diets are easy options. Be honest with your veterinarian if you struggle to clean your dog’s teeth; ask for alternatives to tooth brushing. I almost always find another technique the pet parent can use. Are these substitutes as good as brushing? Of course not. But they’re infinitely better than no oral care, and some work nearly as well. 

5.Monitor your dog's diet

 Diet can factor into overall dental health in a variety of ways. Make sure to feed your pets nutritionally balanced dog food. If tooth health is an issue, try using specially formulated dry foods that don’t crumble as easily to wear away plaque and tartar with chewing.Your veterinarian may recommend feeding your dog a specially formulated dental diet to help improve his oral health. This type of kibble tends to be larger and usually has an abrasive texture to aid with cleaning teeth and removing plaque build-up. Dental foods may also contain ingredients that help reduce tartar formation. These tasty snacks contain beneficial nutrients that aren't found in most dog foods.

 Talk to your vet before making a major change to your dog’s diet, and make sure to choose dental health food that has the Veterinary Oral Health Care (VOHC) seal. Avoid feeding your pooch table food, especially scraps that are high in carbs and sugars. And since dogs tend to eat pretty much anything, make sure your pets do not have access to trash, yard debris, or anything else they shouldn’t be munching on.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why Your Dog is Good for You?

Why Your Dog is Good for You?
  Dogs offer more than just companionship. If you’ve got a furry friend already, you likely have quite a few reasons to thank your dog. If you’re considering getting a pooch, check out these surprising benefits of having a dog.


  While dogs can be one of the worst triggers for people with allergies, growing up in a house with a dog makes children less likely to develop allergies over the course of their lives. Even if you were just a fetus when your mother lived with a dog, you are still less likely to be bothered by animal hair and dander, or to develop eczema as an adult.

2. You’ll exercise more.

  Owning a dog can motivate you to exercise every day. On those days when it might be easy to skip a workout, looking at your dog standing by the door waiting to go for a walk can give you the push you need to get out there. Taking your dog for a 30 minute walk every day can greatly improve your health.

3. Dogs Boost Your Mood

  Dogs have long been known to make great companions, but did you know that they actually improve your mood? Research has shown that it only takes a mere 15–30 minutes with your pet to feel more relaxed and calm. Playing with your dog also raises your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, which are neurotransmitters that are associated with pleasure and tranquility. Psychologists from Miami and St. Louis Universities found that the benefits of having a canine companion can be equivalent to having a human companion. Looks like pooches can get your tail wagging!

4. Your social life may improve.

  Not only does walking your dog help you to get exercise, it might also help you get a date. People are more likely to stop and talk with you when you’re walking a dog. Going to the dog park or taking your dogs to run errands can also lead to strangers striking up conversations with you about your dog.

5. Dogs Are Better Than Medicine

  In addition to boosting your mood, your dog is also great for your health. Your body reaps a lot of benefits from having your fur baby around. Dog owners have been found to have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, fewer heart attacks, and according to a study by the British Journal of Health (2004), dog owners also have the added benefit of having fewer medical problems than those without pets.


  Your dog could save your life one day. It seems that our canine friends have the ability to smell cancer in the human body. Stories abound of owners whose dogs kept sniffing or licking a mole or lump on their body so they got it checked out, discovering it was cancerous. The anecdotal evidence was later backed up by scientific studies. Dogs are so good at this that some of them are trained to detect cancer, in as little as three hours.

7. You can grow old gracefully.

  Dog ownership benefits elderly people in many ways. Alzheimer’s patients have fewer outbursts when there is a dog in the home. Caregivers of elderly patients report less stress. Dogs offer wonderful companionship for the elderly as well.

8. Dogs Can Help Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

  Clearly, dogs are extremely helpful in helping people deal with medical issues. Dogs have been found to be beneficial to people with various medical issues, but especially with those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Dogs help people with RA to move more often and encourage play as well as helping them get their mind off of their condition. Dogs are great motivators to get moving and they sure are good at distracting us from things!

9. You’ll feel safer.

  Dogs can be an effective home security system. Studies show that barking dogs deter burglars. Just knowing that you’ve got a dog who can use its keen sense of hearing to detect anyone prowling around can help increase your sense of security, which is good for both your mental and physical health.


  Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than non-pet owners. Even for those people who do become clinically depressed, having a pet to take care of can help them out of a depressive episode, in some cases more effectively even than medication. Since taking care of a dog requires a routine and forces you to stay at least a little active, it is harder to stay inside feeling down all the time. The interaction with and love received from a dog can also help people stay positive. Even the mere act of looking at your pet increases the amount of Oxytocin, the “feel good” chemical, in the brain.

Happy days with your dog!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to Choose a Vet

How to Choose a Vet
   Whether you’re a new pet owner or have owned several pets for years, it’s a good idea to select a veterinarian before you actually need one. This way, you’ll be working with someone who you feel comfortable with and seems to have a good rapport with your pet rather than a vet who is simply nearby, open, or listed first in the Yellow Pages.
  The best solution is to find a good vet in advance before you need one, to make sure that you feel happy that they will provide the best care for your particular pet.
  To find the right vet requires the same patience and diligence that you would devote to finding any other kind of professional — a pediatrician, dentist, real estate agent, or plumber. 
  The letters following a vets name, D.V.M. or V.M.D. mean that they successfully graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a council on education which sets the accreditation standards for the colleges offering such programs in the U.S.  Before they can practice medicine, a prospective vet must also pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE).  The state of Ohio does not require veterinarians pass any further state specific exams prior to practicing.  

1.Compile a list of veterinarians in your area. 
  Check the yellow pages in your local phone book. This will give you a place to start and organize the contenders so that you can efficiently begin researching them. The best advertisement is through word of mouth, ask your friends and neighbors who own pets on which vets they trust. Not only can they guide you in who you should go to, but they can be a valuable resource in who not to go to as well. If you frequent a dog park or have one close by, chat with some of the other pet owners for advice. You'll gain a lot of useful information and guidance. If you're planning to move or have recently moved and in need to look for a new vet, you can ask your current vet if they can refer a clinic or a specific veterinarian in your new area.

2. Utilize your resources. 
  Gather as much information as possible. You can obtain data by asking neighbors, friends or other pet enthusiasts and a bevy of other ways as well. Ask your local Humane Society or peruse the flyers they may have on their bulletin board. Some pet supply stores will offer an information booth or board to assist patrons who have such queries. Research vets on the Internet by logging on to pet related chat rooms or websites. Look for articles regarding any local veterinarians or clinics, positive or negative. Professional directories such as American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) inspect offices and offer information regarding their status.

3.Visit the clinics/offices personally and ask to speak with a vet and take a tour of the facilities. 
  Ask to view where the animals are kept overnight for procedures that would require an extended stay. If possible, speak with a few of the clients in the waiting room to assess their satisfaction. The offices should be clean, well lit, and up to date with the latest in veterinary medicine advances. The staff should be courteous, knowledgeable, and handle animals with care. The vets should be kind, patient, and of course accredited. Don't simply assume that they have had the required schooling and other advanced education, ask for details or proof. Arm yourself with a list of questions to ask and don't be afraid to voice your concerns and opinions. A good vet won't try to bully you into doing something you have reservations about, or belittle you for asking what may seem like simple questions. Look for someone who you feel truly has a love for animals and will develop a personal relationship with you and your pet. They should possess a gentle touch and a soothing demeanor. This will help put your understandably, nervous pup more at ease.

4. The vet should offer either emergency care or have an emergency clinic that they work with, should you encounter a problem after regular office hours.
  All procedures and policies are to be explained to you up front and in detail, as are fees and payment information. They should inform you of what services they do and do not provide, and be able to refer you to a specialist if one is required. They should be able to provide you with literature about a number of things, from flea and tick prevention to proper nutrition to training.

5. Above all, trust your instincts.
   If something appears sketchy or makes you uncomfortable, speak up. Your dogs can't tell you that someone is being too rough with them by means of anything but a yelp, and many times dogs will cry even when the vet is being as gentle as possible. It's up to you to keep your eyes open and be alert for these things for your pet. You are never contractually obligated to revisit a vet or clinic should you feel uncomfortable with him/her or the services. If you've encountered any problems, start looking for another alternative.

  If your pet especially doesn't like a certain vet, but doesn't mind others, follow your pet's instincts.

List of questions to ask the vet:
  • Opening times, important if you need to have flexible access to your vet, for instance evenings and weekends.
  • Fees – find out their standard consultation fees, also their fees for standard treatments such as vaccinations, worm and flea treatments etc.
  • Emergencies – what are the arrangements for out of hours emergency care for your pet, for instance do they do home visits?
  • Alternative medicine – find out what their attitude is towards alternative and complementary treatments for your pet.
   Never be afraid to ask a vet anything. If you feel afraid to ask them something to do with your pet and it's well-being, this obviously isn't the right vet for you

  Your veterinarian will be the most important person in providing your dog with proper care, second only to you the owner. He or she should be someone you feel comfortable talking to, capable of leaving your animal in his/her care, and with whom you would develop a long-standing relationship. In a manner of speaking, the vet you choose should become a part of your dog's family. By thoroughly investigating the potential vets and coming to a well-informed decision, you can rest assured that it will save both you and your pet stress in the future.

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