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How often should I brush my Dog’s teeth?

Oral hygiene is essential to your dog’s overall health.  Oral disease is a very common problem in dog’s and cats.  Up to 80% of dogs by the age of 3 are affected by oral disease.  You can significantly reduce your dog’s risk of getting oral disease by establishing an oral-care routine early in your pet’s life.

It would be most ideal to brush your dog’s teeth daily; but, because this task can be difficult to do each day, experts say some form of regular brushing is better than nothing.  I would recommend a minimum of once a week, combined with a brushing at their grooming appointment every 4-8 weeks.  This will prove to be very helpful in preventing the buildup of tarter on your dog’s teeth.

Poor canine oral hygiene can start a domino effect of health problems for your dog.  Built up bacteria becomes plaque which eventually becomes tarter.  Periodontal disease is a direct result of bacteria that lives in tarter.   It can lead to a variety of problems including tooth loss, pain, gum disease and bad breath.  Over time it will also contribute to liver, heart and kidney disease.

When brushing your dog’s teeth, do not use human toothpaste.  It can make your dog sick and even poison him.  You want to be sure to use pet-friendly toothpaste and a toothbrush that’s an appropriate size to fit into his/her mouth.  Introducing this new ritual should be a very slow process.  You want it to be a positive experience.  Allow your dog to just taste the toothpaste the first time.  On the second time more tasting and then use a finger grip toothbrush.  Then, when you and your pet are comfortable with that, you can begin to use a toothbrush.  This may take some time, but stick with it and make sure you do something fun with your dog afterwards!  Keep it positive!!

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Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks can be a real problem for pet owners.  They can make your dog or cat extremely itchy and uncomfortable, driving you and your pet crazy!!  They can also cause medical complications such as: Tape Worm, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.  Tape Worm can be contracted by ingesting a flea.  If your dog or cat is scratching and biting an itchy bite and swallows a flea caring tape worm, now your loved one has tape worm.  The other three (Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis) are all tick born diseases, which would be contracted through a tick bite.

The GOOD news is that all of these diseases are very easily preventable with just one simple product.  I highly recommend Frontline Plus!  It really WORKS!!  I live close to a wooded area that has plenty of ticks.  My husband enjoys long walks in the woods with our dogs.  I just took our black lab to the vet last month and when he ran the test to see if any diseases were present, there was not a trace of anything!  He said to me, “You must have a really good flea and tick preventative!”  So our girl is living proof that it works!  I have researched this product and personally know vets that endorse it.  I feel that this is the safest most effective preventative out there.

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