Sticks and Bones

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia barking. As I’ve mentioned, February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Good dental hygiene is as impawtant to us as it is for you. Today I want to mention a couple of things dogs commonly put in their mouths but in my opinion, maybe we shouldn’t.

Some good dogs like to chew on sticks or bones & their humans may think this is pawfectly fine. Although this is natural behavior, especially for our wild cousins, sticks & bones can be dangerous.

Branches, twigs or sticks splinter when they are gnawed on & those splinters can end up stuck in our mouths, throats or bellies, causing injury or infections. On top of that, sticks are dirty & may have mold or bacteria on them which can be pawsitively yucklicious to us dogs & even some cats but not good for us.

I learned the hard way that bones can be too hard for some dogs. I cracked a tooth while gnawing on a bone. Just like sticks, bones can splinter as well causing the same complications. Dogs love bones & it’s culturally acceptable to give a dog a bone (isn’t there a song about that?) but they can be dangerous.

Obviously there are numerous alternatives to gnawing on sticks or bones. No matter what you chose, be cautious. As I mentioned, I broke a tooth on a bone, huMom’s beloved Destabella got a stick lodged in the roof of her mouth & I’ve sniffed out some scary tales online of good dogs needing surgery to remove splinters. I haven’t shared them because they are dog gone gruesome.

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

Brushing Your Good Dog’s Teeth

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As I mentioned in our last blog post, February is National Pet Dental Health Month. I thought showing you would be more effective than trying to describe how to clean your good dog’s teeth. So today I’m sharing a video about how important it is to keep your good dog in top dental health.

In the video, you’ll be shown how to clean your dog (or cat’s) teeth. Treats & toys that can help keep your dog’s teeth free of plaque are also suggested. I noticed a rope tug toy – was it a Knotty Gnaw perhaps?

CEO Olivia

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