Do’s and Don’ts For Good Dog Dental Hygiene

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting & Happy National Pet Dental Health Month. Today I want to bark about what you should consider & things you can do to maintain a good healthy mouth for your good dog or cool cat.

First thing is we must always have clean bowls. A dirty water or food bowl can lead to dental problems as well as urinary tract & bladder infections. Our bowls need the soap & water treatment daily. If left they can develop a slime called biofilm which can host all sorts of nasty bacteria.

I don’t recommend kibble for many reasons, but one of them is because it is a major contributor to dental issues. Kibble crumbles & those crumbles get between our teeth. All kibble contains high levels of sugars & carbohydrates that provide easily available nutrition for oral bacteria. Plaque & tartar buildup are far too common with a kibble diet.

I know a lot of dogs get to gnaw on bones & I used enjoy them as well. Deer antlers have become popular with good dogs too. Both can be a hazard as an over enthusiastic gnawer can crack a tooth on them. I cracked a tooth on a bone which required dental surgery. I really didn’t enjoy that.

You’d think sticks picked up on a walk are the archetypal dog toy but in truth they aren’t really that good. They can splinter & those splinters can get into places they shouldn’t like between our teeth, wedged into the bridge of our mouth or worse stuck in our throat. Wild sticks may also be crawling with mold or bacteria.

The best defence is to create a dental hygiene routine much like the one you do for yourself. It’s never too late to start. First, brush your good dog’s teeth regularly. If your good dog is like me & doesn’t like a traditional toothbrush, I recommend my KTFGD’s Hemp Finger Toothbrush. It may take patience at first (Whether you use a traditional toothbrush or our hemp fingerbrush I’ll go into how next week) but you will be keeping your good dog healthy & saving money from potential dental issues down the road. Also like humans, regular checkups are impawtant. A dental exam by your vet can detect an issue before it becomes a major problem.

Next week I will be barking about the KTFGD’s hemp finger toothbrush & how to make tooth brushing a pawsitive experience for you & your good dog.

Do you brush your good dog’s or cat’s teeth?  Tells us about your routine; we would pawsitivley love to hear it.

CEO Olivia

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

Good Dogs & Dental Health

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. This week I will be having dental surgery. I have a cracked tooth. It might be from chewing on a bone or I cracked it during a seizure. Regardless, it’s in need of repair. While I’m under I will also get a thorough teeth cleaning & will be xrayed to make sure the rest of my teeth are in good shape.

It just so happens all of this is happening now, in February which is National Pet Dental Health Month. Good oral hygiene is as important for us good dogs as it is for you humans.

In a previous blog post, I barked about a homemade toothpaste for good dogs. A small  toothbrush or a piece of gauze with a dab of toothpaste can help keep our teeth clean. Some good dogs may find it uncomfortable at first. Be patient & try to make it a positive experience. If it tastes good & gently massaging our gums feels good, it can be a rewarding bonding exercise.

My huMom cleans my teeth with a small finger sock that she made from scrap hemp canvas. I like the smell & taste, it’s soft, yet with a dab of Clean Teeth Gel it works wooftasticly. I didn’t like using gauze or other cloth so this was a big help for huMom.

Our good furriend Dista from Critter Comforts in Napanee, ON. did these two short videos for Knotty Toys for Good Dogs about brushing your good dog’s teeth.

My surgery will be on Wednesday morning, February 6th. Please send pawsitive thoughts. We both know I’m in the very best care but huMom will be anxious while I’m under anesthetic.

CEO Olivia