Tooth Brushing for Good Dogs

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m wrapping up National Pet Dental Health Month by barking about cleaning your good dog or cool cats teeth. If approached properly, it can be a pawsitive experience for everyone.

First thing you need to know is we four leggers don’t like having things put in our mouths unless it’s a treat. This means you may need time to get us comfortable with this new activity. Patience is key. At the first sign of stress, you’ll need to stop. Give praise for the attempt & try again later.

Let me be honest. Do I like getting my teeth cleaned? Not really. But I’ve learned that being still & cooperating with huMom is the trick to making brushing as quick as possible. It takes us maybe 2 minutes.

My huMom & I use the KTFGD’s Hemp Finger Toothbrush. The hemp fibres are strong enough to scrub off tartar build up & plaque but not so hard that they can scratch the enamel.

I understand not all humans are comfortable with putting a finger in their four leggers mouth. If you prefer using a traditional toothbrush, I recommend a bamboo one. They are bio degradable where plastic ones are not.

We use a doggie toothpaste. Dottie finds it delicious, but I wasn’t so keen at first. This was also introduced slowly, a bit at a time so I got used to it. At first huMom mixed a little organic coconut oil in with it because I love coconut.

My huMom starts on my top back teeth. With one hand she holds my snout & lifts up my lip (you can see in the picture). With the other hand she gently makes circles with the hemp finger brush against my teeth & gums. She says lots of nice things to me in a calm voice while she does this. She works her way around the top toofers until they’ve all been done. Then we do the bottom teeth in the same way. Slow circles all the way around.

When we’re done, I get lots of kisses. I love kisses.

It’s very impawtant for us good dogs to have a healthy mouth. I brush every day but I also have the benefit of having several Knotty Toys for Good Dogs hemp rope toys scattered about the house. They are excellent for cleaning not just my teeth, but Dottie & Jerry Underfoot’s teeth as well.

CEO Olivia

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

February Is National Pet Dental Health Month

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Hi everyone, a sparkly toothed CEO Olivia reporting. Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? It is, so this month, on Monday’s I will be barking about good dental hygiene for good dogs & cool cats.

Just like with humans, regular dental care is a key 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. So regular dental exams are just as impawtant for us as they are for you. Having an examination & if necessary a cleaning at least once a year by your vet is vital to check for early signs of problems.

No one wants to have to go through dental surgery. It’s howlingly expensive & can be traumatizing for your good dog or cool cat. huMom has noticed that since I had my dental surgery, a result of a broken tooth, I get very anxious at the vet. Before the surgery, I enjoyed my vet visits because it always involved treats & being treated like a VIP (Very Impawtant Pup). Now it’s “that place that made my mouth hurt”.

This month, I’m going to be barking about ways to keep your 4 legger’s toofers in top form. huMom & I will show you how we keep my teeth & gums healthy. Of course I’ll also be barking about my KTFGD’s all natural hemp finger toothbrush. So stick around.

Enjoy the day.

CEO Olivia ❤