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The ABC’s of Dog Dental Care

 Por petbucket em 26 Fev 2016 |
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Everyone’s heard the phrase “dog breath,” but most owners don’t realize that bad breath can be a sign of more serious periodontal problems, such as plaque, gum disease and tooth loss. The idea of regular dental care is new to many pet owners, but keeping your canine’s chompers clean not only improves his quality of life, but also longevity. Think of it this way: You wouldn’t go years without cleaning your teeth, and neither should your dog. Veterinarians report that dental problems are the most commonly diagnosed health issue in dogs over three years old. Ignoring buildup of tartar and plaque or an off-colored tooth can lead to serious health problems, including gum disease and life-threatening infections. To ensure your dog’s mouth remains in good health, check regularly for signs of oral disease. These can include bad breath, red or swollen gums, and a build-up of tartar around the teeth. Keep an eye out if your pup is chewing on one side of his mouth or not eating at all, as these are red flags that there’s something seriously wrong. Other signs of an oral infection include your dog compulsively chewing, pawing at his nose and mouth, or licking his nose. If you notice fractured or off-colored teeth or bumps on your dog’s gums, you should consult your veterinarian immediately.   With all of these scary symptoms, you’ll be happy to know you can help your dog live a better and longer life with a relatively simple mouth-cleaning routine. Ideally, you should clean your dog’s teeth daily, but giving his mouth some attention at least three times a week will help curb any problems. Use a soft toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, brushing in a gentle up-and-down motion. You can add canine toothpaste to the mix, but never use human toothpaste on your dog since he must be able to swallow any products. In addition, be sure to take your companion to the vet for an official dental exam at least once a year.   For owners who didn’t start dental care with their puppy or purchased an adult dog, tooth cleaning can be a daunting process. However, with some time and patience, your dog should come around to having his teeth cleaned. Start by brushing the outside of your pet’s cheek with your finger and lifting his lip, gradually moving inside your pet’s mouth and adding canine toothpaste to the mix. Be sure to lavish your dog with praises to reinforce that tooth brushing is a positive experience. If your dog proves especially difficult when it comes to oral hygiene, fear not: There are a number of chew toys designed just to fight tartar and clean the gums. Your dog’s diet also plays a big role in his oral hygiene, so bear in mind that dry kibbles and biscuits help remove plaque, while canned food contributes to dental problems.

Three Common Pantry Items Can Improve Your Dog's Health

 Por petbucket em 11 Fev 2016 |
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Your kitchen pantry may contain several natural herbs and spices that can improve your dog's health. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on expensive supplements, you can improve your dog's health with these three simple ingredients you probably already have.   One of the best natural supplements for your dog is turmeric. This rhizome is grown native to India and is an important part of Ayurvedic medicine.  For centuries, turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory medicine, helping with inflammation due to both acute and chronic injuries and diseases. Turmeric has also been proven scientifically to work as an antiviral, antibacterial and detoxifying supplement. Turmeric can be used to alleviate cancer, arthritis, heart disease and liver disease. The general turmeric dosage for pets is ¼ teaspoon per day per 10 pounds of body weight.   Ginger has long been known to ease upset stomachs and motion sickness in humans. This common pantry spice can also help your pet's nausea and digestive upset. Ginger is in the same family as turmeric, so helps some of the same conditions as turmeric, including arthritis, cancer and other inflammatory conditions.  The recommended dosage for pets is 100mg of ground ginger per 25 pounds of body weight.   Like turmeric, cinnamon is a common Ayurvedic medicine.  Cinnamon is primarily used for digestive issues, such as gas, diarrhea and upset stomach. Cinnamon can also be a great supplement for dogs with diabetes, as it helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Dogs with arthritis or other chronic conditions may also benefit from cinnamon, as it works as an anti-inflammatory medication.  It's important to use Ceylon cinnamon, which is considered to be "true cinnamon." The general dosage for pets is a pinch to 1/8 of a teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day.   There is no doubt that many excellent supplements for dogs are on the market today. Many of the most natural supplements utilize common items that you may already have in your pantry. By utilizing your own spices to improve your dog's health, you can be sure you are using fresh, organic and safe spices to help your dog live a healthier life.
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