Monthly Archives: February 2013

Clean teeth = happy dog

Even if you don’t mind your pooch’s stinky breath, taking care of his or her teeth can still prevent a massive number of problems, from periodontal disease all the way to the need for tooth removal. So how do you keep your canine’s canines looking beautiful and working well, too? Read on for a few handy tips that will help your dog stay healthy.

Choose the Right Diet for Your Pup

It might be tempting to feed your dog delicious table scraps or delicious-smelling wet food, but unless your companion has a health problem that requires a different type of diet, kibble works just fine. It’s also better for your dog’s teeth as it doesn’t stick to them (and there’s little to no added sugar in high-quality kibbles, too). If your pooch demands the best of the best wet food, try warming up a good quality kibble in the microwave. This will make it smell more appetizing and that alone will interest  just about any dog.

Tartar Control Bones and Treats

In recent years, several treats have come onto the market that claim they will help control the tartar on your dog’s teeth. Though some of these treats don’t actually do the job they claim to do, there are a few that have actual research backing them. Most of them have a certain shape that takes a long time to chew through and thus your dog’s teeth in the process.

Toothbrushing dogOr Just Brush Your Canine’s Teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem like a big hassle, especially if your dog is big, fluffy, and doesn’t like getting his or her teeth cleaned. However, it’s necessary to watch out for your dog’s dental health. You can start with looking for a finger brush that you can just run across their teeth with a delicious tasting paste. These finger brushes are specifically designed for the crazy canines in our lives and make quick work of tartar and other buildup around dog teeth. Pair it with some dog toothpaste that tastes like roast beef and you should done in a matter of minutes.

Even though most people don’t think about pooch teeth, it’s incredibly important to start thinking about them today so your pup can have a healthy mouth for life.

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A new addition

Getting a new dog, or a dog for the first time, is always exciting and fun. Bringing a new member of the family home is a big cause for celebration, and it’s important that things go well so that the new family member feels safe and secure. Even experienced pet owners can run into some complications settling a new dog into their lives and families and getting them on a schedule that works for everyone. So, to help you have the smoothest transition possible, we’ve outlined some of the most common challenges faced and some simple suggestions you can use to make things easier.

mosbyGetting on a Schedule
Don’t be scared by the thought of having to set a schedule for your new friend. He will start to feel loved and at home quicker if he knows what to expect and when. Things like feeding at the same time every morning and night and taking him out for walks at roughly the same time of day will make him feel secure and get him settled quicker into your family’s routine. Show him where his bed his and which toys are his. Keeping his stuff together by putting his toys on or around the bed will help him to quickly recognize, “These things are mine.” Set a routine that works with your schedule and is easy to keep so that everyone involved is happy and stress free.

Introducing to your current Dog
The first meeting of your new dog and your current dog is very important. It should take place in a neutral space like a park so that your current dog doesn’t feel overly possessive of his home before he gets acquainted with the new dog. Keeping both dogs on a loose leash will help you and a friend or family member to remain in control of the situation while giving them the freedom to go where they want and do what they feel like doing. Keep the energy low and positive and let them sniff, make noises and get to know each other in whatever way they want to. Don’t be afraid of this meeting or what will happen, and speak in soothing tones to keep everyone calm.

Introducing to your Kids
Every child wants a dog to love, pet and play with, so bringing home a new little buddy for your child can be very exciting and high energy. However, when bringing home a new dog and introducing him to your kids, keep in mind that the dog isn’t sure what’s happening, and a calm environment is what will suit the meeting best. Even though your child will be understandably excited, explain to your kids how important this first impression is and that loud noises or quick movements might cause the new dog to be afraid. It’s also a good idea to keep your new dog on a leash during this first meeting, just to make sure you are in control if the reaction is not immediately what you would want. But remember, this is an exciting moment, so let your happiness and affection for the new dog shine through!

 

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The Transformation of a Twenty-Something Cat Lady

Welcome Rachael, who is contributing some fun first-person content to our blog. 

Until a year ago, I was a mid-twenty something cat lady with ZERO interest in becoming a dog owner. My, how times have changed. Enter Pippa the Pomeranian.

Pippa the Pom

It all started with my Pomeranian owning Bestie. A local animal shelter posted on their Facebook about an incredibly shy, abused puppy mill escapee who was found captured mangy and malnourished on the side of the road. The Bestie’s Pom, Audrey, is a jealous red-headed fox and doesn’t exactly play well with others, so naturally, the Bestie thought the next best home for this sweet shelter pup was my house. I remember being like, “Yeah… I don’t see that working out. I’m a cat lady. I don’t know the first thing about being a dog owner.”

Fast forward two days. Bestie’s mom is now suggesting we visit this dog at the shelter. She has taken to emailing the shelter on my behalf and even puts the pup on hold so I could see her. (And to think that I thought cat ladies were crazy…) Under the ruse of a lunch date, I was practically coerced on this group shelter trip. I mean,. I was a certifiable cat lady. Cats were self-sufficient - Feed, pet, poop scoop, pet, poop scoop. Repeat. Visiting the animal shelter for a dog wasn’t exactly on my life agenda. Ever.

Arrival to the animal shelter had me more interested in the cat habitat. I had literally picked out two and named them before my transformation began. The volunteer interrupted my kitty loving and introduced me to a mangy, honey-colored fur blob. My immediate reaction was, “Gah, does she have fleas?” followed by “Oh my, she is precious…” followed by “Sweet heavens, I must have this honey colored fox” followed by “Chyna is an awful name… She’s being renamed” and ending with “When can I take her home? I.MUST.HAVE.HER.”

The volunteer said that I was the first person that Chyna Pippa took to. Apparently, our obsession with each other that day was mutual.  They say that “Animals choose you”, not really the other way around. But when they choose us and we choose them, what a perfect match! Not even going to sugarcoat it, but, it tends to lead to obsession.

Fast forward a year and you’ll find a mid, well closer to late, twenty something cat lady who has become a dog lady. Completely obsessed with a foxy little lady, and growing increasingly obsessed with the desire, want, NEED, to get her a Pug sister. She’s already been named Kate the Pug. Future Household: Me, Pippa, Kate and the cat. Transformation Complete.

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