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How to brush your dog's teeth

While many people like the smell of puppy breath, the same can’t be said for “Dog breath”. It’s almost universally considered as eye-stingingly unpleasant. This phrase has even been used as a play-ground insult! While it’s a joke to some, when you look at the science behind foul panting, it’s clear that bad breath is anything but funny.

In fact, bad breath is epidemic, affecting four out of five companion animals over the age of three. Additionally, this condition could be a sign of dental disease, which can lead to health consequences throughout the whole body, not just in the mouth. As some veterinarians have rightly noted, infections of the gums and teeth can spread to other parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys and intestinal tract … even the joints!

Brushing your dog’s teeth and providing them with dental snacks are two ways to help improve the health of teeth and gums, especially in reducing the build-up of plaque. Unfortunately, however, many pet parents find brushing frustrating, which can result in a stressful experience for pets.

Thankfully, Dr. Sarah is here to share with you the proper technique for brushing your dog’s teeth.

If dental health is a priority for you, watch this short, how-to video about dental care, so you can help your pet fight dental disease and bad breath.

Dealing with grief

Losing a companion animal is devastating.  And yet, many pet parents don’t receive the kind of emotional support they might expect if they had lost a human family member.  Failing to show such a depth of compassion is common for those who have never shared a special bond with a companion animal.  These people might say to themselves, “What’s the big deal … it was just a pet.”  What they don’t understand is a very simple truth … losing a companion animal is losing a member of your family.More...

The Importance of Pet Insurance

Near-term costs.  Long-term savings.  That’s exactly what pet insurance, just like your health insurance (if you’re fortunate enough have coverage), offers pet parents.  And in difficult economic times, pet insurance may be the answer to escalating vet bills.More...

• They simply like the taste and texture of the grass and eating it provides a sense of satisfaction
• It’s an ancestral thing – prey of wild dogs and cats frequently have grasses in their intestinal system, and domesticated dogs and cats still yearn for grass in the diet
• Our companion animals know of some nutritional value in grasses that we have yet to find out (like antioxidants or something similar)
• They do it to provoke vomiting if they’ve eaten something that has upset their stomachs
• They are augmenting their keen sense of smell with taste to uncover more about their environments" />

Why does my pet eat grass?


While there are competing theories regarding why dogs and cats consume grass, a conclusive answer has yet to be supported by scientific study.  Here’s a brief overview of the current speculation More...

Protect your pets from a common household device

With a growing number of Americans concerned about identity theft and privacy issues, many are now using paper shredders to deal with mounting paperwork.  Newer models are even equipped with enough mincing power to destroy CD’s. More...