It’s National Pet Dental Health Month

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Hi everyone, a sparkly toothed CEO Olivia here. It’s February which just happens to be National Pet Dental Health Month.

Just like with yourself, regular dental care is an important part of a good dog or cool cat’s overall health. Gum & tooth problems are a far too common cause of significant health issues in us four leggers. I’m sure you see a dentist regularly, so should your good dog or cool cat. An examination & a possible cleaning at least once a year by your vet is vital to check for early signs of an issue.

I had to have dental surgery last year due to a cracked tooth. While under I got a full cleaning. It was expensive & since then, for me, going to the vet is kind of scary. huMom never wants to put me through that again so she helps me take good care of my teeth.

Regularly brushing of your good dog or cool cat’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth & gums healthy. Most dogs accept brushing, but I hate toothbrushes & cats being cats, can be a bit more resistant – patience & training is key (hint : treats). Daily brushing is best if possible. Brushing several times a week can also be very effective. Simply wiping the teeth & gums with a warm cloth can also be an effective approach for those canines who like me, don’t like brushes to get used to our daily cleaning. Use something we like, like coconut oil instead of doggy toothpaste to help us accustom to this new dental regime.

Next week, I’m going to be offering the chance to beta test a new a natural hemp finger brush for cleaning teeth that my huMom & I have developed & been using since my dental surgery. My vet is super pleased with the results.

On a final note, just the other day we read that every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever used in your lifetime is still on the earth, probably in a landfill, and it will be there for thousands of years. Yikes! Thank dog my finger brush bio degrades.

CEO Olivia

Taurine and Canine Epilepsy part 1

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. A few days ago I had a unwelcome visit from the epi monster. However, I had gone 107 days without a seizure. That’s a good run for me. Several months ago my huMom added a supplement called Taurine to my diet. We think it is helping me keep the monster at bay.

Taurine is an amino acid & is considered to be a long-lasting anti convulsant. Low levels of Taurine has been observed in both human & canine epileptics. According to vetinfo.com, it has been speculated that puppies with low taurine levels may develop epilepsy.

Taurine is released during a seizure & has a protective effect on the brain (much like GABA) during the event. Since it’s an inhibitory compound, it allays seizures & can reduce their frequency.

Taurine also plays a role in regulating the levels of other amino acids. Since the levels of amino acids in epileptic dogs are often irregular, taurine supplements can be very beneficial for them.

By contrast, a diet deficient in taurine can lead to a higher frequency of seizures in a dog with epilepsy. Besides this, taurine is a metabolic transmitter that regulates the blood sugar levels. This is particularly important because incorrect levels of blood sugar is also related to a higher incidence of seizures.

Two things you should know before buying a Taurine supplement. Be sure to get capsules, not tablets, since tablets may have binding agents added. Be sure it’s 100% Taurine with nothing else added. As always, check with your vet before adding anything to your good dogs diet.

Taurine also has many overall health benefits, especially for the heart which I will be barking about next Monday.

CEO Olivia

Are Essential Oils Safe for Good Dogs?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I live in a “scent free” home. That’s an odd concept for us dogs but what I mean is, huMom doesn’t wear perfume or use stinky soaps or burn scented candles. But some people like these things.

Some humans like to scent their homes using essential oils in a diffuser. Some essential oils are safe but many are toxic to good dogs & can cause serious harm just from sniffing them.

One popular oil in particular, Tea Tree oil, is highly toxic to both humans & dogs if taken orally. There’s no antidote, the more ingested the worse the symptoms.

Symptoms of toxicity vary depending on exposure. Minor symptoms like drooling or vomiting may happen with just a small exposure. A dog may appear weak, have difficulty walking, or seem partially paralyzed. Prolonged exposure can lead to life-threatening symptoms like organ failure, seizures, greatly reduced level of consciousness, or coma. It’s possible that symptoms may not be noticeable for up to 12 hours after exposure. That’s far too long to be breathing in a toxin.

Below is a list of essential oils you should not have in your home if you have a dog.

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Birch (Betula)
  • Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
  • Boldo (Peumus boldus)
  • Calamus (Acorus calamus)
  • Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Cassia (Cassia fistula)
  • Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
  • Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
  • Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
  • Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
  • Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Mustard (Brassica juncea)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
  • Red or White Thyme
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
  • Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  • Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
  • Savory (Satureja)
  • Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
  • Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

If you have a good dog, you might not want to have essential oils in your home at all. Please research before you plug in that diffuser. You may save your good dog’s life.

CEO Olivia