Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February is Canine Dental Health Month

Harley's pearly whites!
For this, my "maiden-voyage" blog, if you will, I'm kicking off with a tip 
of the hat to February being Pet Dental Health Month. How many of us tend to our dog's teeth and gums on a regular basis? Just as we enjoy playing, snuggling, and taking our dogs to the vet for check-ups, we also need to brush those canine teeth!

Our five "kids" (as we refer to them as) all now enjoy getting their teeth brushed. I do have to use the mint flavored pet toothpaste, though. No chicken flavor or anything funky like that. They love the smell of mint. Our one girl, the alpha queen, just loves to sniff anyone who has just brushed their own teeth! So getting her used to the process herself was easy! As you can see from her photo here, she is quite proud of her smile!

Some of our kids prefer the finger brush to the standard toothbrush. But that's okay. They both work well. The finger brush actually allows some gum massaging, which is a great benefit. Whatever way you tend to your dog's teeth...give yourself five "bones" for a job well done! In years to come, your dog will thank you for it when he/she has a mouth full of healthy teeth and gums.

Do you have any special way or hint for getting your pet to enjoy dental care? We'd love to hear it!

Until next time, be safe, be happy, and have lots of fun with your pets!

1 comment:

  1. K9 Dental is a good treatment for our pets teeth. My pet name is Girl, a 16 year old Blue Heeler was found to have severe dental tartar with pain with gingivitis. The tartar was scraped off, the teeth were polished and mouth was disinfected. Gingival pockets were filled with antibiotic gel and she was put on antibiotics. Mom and dad are so happy with Girls’ clean mouth and fresh breath.