10 Steps To Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Step 2: Choose a toothbrush, toothpaste and treats! Photo: WebMD

“It’s true that dogs went thousands of years without toothbrushes, oral cleanings, and dental X-rays, but so did people,” writes Wendy C. Fries in her WebMD Pet Health Feature. “And our mouths, just like those of our four-legged friends, suffered for it — with gum disease, tooth loss, chronic pain, and more. Also, in those days, people and animals did not live as long as we do today.”

Find all the reasons why you should be brushing your dog’s teeth in Fries’s article, “Are Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy?” here. And when you’re ready to get started, check out the slideshow, “How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth,” in WebMD’s Healthy Pet’s section for a simple 10-step plan for easing your dog into a tooth-brushing routine.

Ideally, you should brush your senior dog’s teeth every day but every little bit helps fight plaque build-up and lessen the chance of gum disease and infection.

Other great tips on brushing your dog’s teeth:

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers advice in this video here on first steps and how to introduce the concept to your dog.
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Happy Mardi Gras!

Le Bon Temps Roulé! ... throw us a steak!

Le Bon Temps Roulé! … throw us a steak!

Earlier this month my mom and I visited New Orleans to celebrate her birthday and we had a blast. While shopping along Magazine Street we popped into Zen Pet Retail & Grooming and picked up the perfect gifts for Mason and Uncle Walter – Mardi Gras beads decorated with different breeds of dogs!

During our visit to the cool historical exhibit “Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana” at The Presbytère Museum we learned there’s a Mardi Gras parade just for dogs! Put on by the Mystic Krewe of Barkus, this year’s parade King is Andouille Lemarie, aka “Dewey,” a 12-year-old wire-haired Dachshund, and the Queen is Ashley Renaudin, an 8-year-old Lab/Pit blend. Read more about this year’s King and Queen here and watch an interview here with Dewey and his mom, a veterinarian who performed his successful surgery to repair disc damage that had left him paralyzed.

Dogster contributor Eileen McClellan wrote about attending this year’s parade — the theme was “Bark Wars: Return of the K-9″ — with her Golden Retriever Lily. Read her article and see Lily’s beautiful Barkus costume here, along with some great pics of other dogs in attendance, dressed to the K-9s!

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Take 10 Minutes Today To Check Your Senior Dog’s Lumps And Bumps

Chase Away K9 Cancer, an organization that has raised $938,903 for canine cancer studies, offers a monthly reminder about the importance of checking your dog for potentially cancerous lumps, bumps and swelling.

According to Chase Away, 1 in 3 dogs will develop cancer. Early detection can make a difference in treatment and prognosis.

Print out the “Be Your Dog’s Hero” flyer below and put it on the fridge to remind yourself to take “10 on the 14th” of every month (at least) to look closely at and feel your senior dog’s body from head to toe.

If you’re new to this lumps and bumps business and unclear on why you should keep your eye on them—even though they’re very common for older dogs—I suggest watching the video, “Is it Cancer? Pet Lumps and Bumps” from the VetVid series featuring oncologist Dr. Mona Rosenberg. Find that episode, and others in the series, here.

Chase Away was established by Cera Reusser in memory of Chase, her Labrador Retriever, who passed away from cancer in 2006 at the age of six. The 14th of each month was picked as the monthly check date to honor Chase’s birth date.

Read more about Reusser and Chase and the Chase Away campaign, plus find cancer resources, here.

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From The DDY Family Files:

Daley in my wallet. Photo copyright Daley's Dog Years.

Daley was born on January 13, 1996. In those days, my life was low-to-no-tech. And I was young enough that when I didn’t like the way I looked in a Polaroid taken of the two of us for the local pet supply store’s puppy club, I promptly cut myself out of it. Daley, of course, looked adorable. He was a ball of chocolate baby fur yet just days after this photo, when I picked him up he was too big to fit within my grasp. Nineteen years later, I’ve got all things digital. And I will always carry this photo in my wallet.

Sending birthday hugs and kisses to you, Daley ♥, via Same Day Angel Mail to your address in The Big Dog Park In The Sky.

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