February is Pet Dental Month. According to the American Pet Products Association, 54% of family members take care of their dogs dental health (compared to a veterinarian, a groomer, or someone else doing it). Most pet owners know their pets teeth should be cleaned, but don't necessarily do anything regularly.
Good dental health is very important; pets want their teeth just like we want our teeth! Imagine not brushing your teeth for days and years on end. All that grime and gunk builds up causing plaque to form, the gums to inflame and become sensitive, and the worst for pet owners--- bad breath!! Approximately 85% of cats and dogs have some form of periodontal or dental disease, and if left untreated can lead to kidney issues, heart troubles, and bloodstream infections.
There is nothing better than a professional veterinarian cleaning, but products can be used to help with breath and plaque on a regular basis. Our Breath Freshener Spray does more than freshening the breath; it will also help with gingivitis by reducing inflammation in the gums. The essential oils (hydrosols for cats) will help kill off bacteria that leads to bad breath and plaque buildup. It is easy to use on sensitive or senior dogs, and doesn't taste bad either!
We recommend using our spray in three different ways. One is to spray directly into the mouth and onto the teeth, two is to dump it on a cotton ball and wipe the teeth off... this will help remove buildup on the teeth, three is to stick a small child's (or babies) toothbrush directly into the spray solution, then lift the cheek to brush the teeth. Our spray is non-toxic so if you decide to add it to your pets water or spray it on a bone/chew toy, no worries that's OK too.
For pets with extremely bad breath or bad teeth, use our spray regularly, especially at the beginning. Start with two times a day and decrease as you see improvement. The number of sprays does not matter. Please make sure to purchase the corresponding spray for your pet! Cat's need the Cat Breath Freshener and dog's need the Dog Breath Freshener. If you have both a dog and cat, we recommend each of them having their own spray.
We hope these tidbits of information will give you the know-how and confidence to start taking care of your pets dental health. To learn more or read reviews click here.
With the line of holidays coming up, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine's Day, it's easy to forget how they may negatively impact your pet.
The first holiday havoc to think about is FOOD. From Halloween chocolates to Christmas fruit cake, it's easy for your pet to pig out on something they shouldn't be. Give yourself a reminder on what foods are unsafe for pets so they'll be fresh in your brain when the sweets are out, and just because something isn't on the list doesn't mean it's ok! If anything, keeping food away from your pet will help them from gaining extra winter weight.
A second havoc is holiday PLANTS. Did you know there are almost 400 plants that are toxic to dogs and cats? With a huge list it is easy to become overwhelmed, so let's focus on the top holiday plants. Make sure to keep your Amaryllis, Poinsettia, Mistletoe, and Holly out of fido or fluffy's reach, and keep Pine Needles swept or vacuumed up regularly.
The third havoc is holiday DECORATIONS. It's fun to decorate the house and yard for the different holidays, but be sure there isn't anything your pet can get tangled in, electrocuted by, cut by, or anything for them to find as a nice snack. Ribbons, spider webs, tinsel, and wrapping paper are easy for your pet to ingest so clean up well and make sure they are hung up high. Holiday lights can also be tempting for pets to chew on so try and keep the cords protected or hidden. Any glass or sharp decorations should also be put up high and not in a place your pet can knock them over and then walk through.
Holiday havoc number four is LOUD NOISES. New Year's fireworks, screaming Halloween heads, and Christmas cracker poppers can startle your pet and send them running to hide. If your pet has issues with loud noises, keep them out of the room before the festivities start. We offer a few Calming options to help with anxiety and nervousness (Calming Spray and ZEN Licks vitamins). The last thing you want is to deal with a stressed out pet right in the middle of your celebration.
Our fifth havoc is holiday TRAVEL. While airlines and hotels are becoming more pet friendly, traveling with your pet or leaving them at home/in a kennel can pull on their emotional strings. Sure not all pets mind when you leave them, but many can become anxious, depressed, or destructive. If they will not be staying at someone's house who will give them them the attention and the exercise they need, look for a reputable boarding kennel in your area. Some kennels take dogs on walks, spend the night with them, have cat play rooms, and even provide in home pet sitting. Check out petsitters.org, care.com, or sittercity.com for in-home pet sitters. Also the AKC has some good questions to ask at your local boarding facility to make sure they will be a good fit.
Last, but not least, plan ahead and have your vets number on hand, poison control's number on hand, and know where the closest emergency vet office is just in case something happens.
Hopefully we these tips all of your upcoming holidays will be filled with cheer and happiness for you and your pet!
As Valentine's Day approaches one thing comes to mind: LOVE.
Love means to have affection or a strong liking for something or someone. Well for us this February, it's all about our PETS! February is known for 15 different pet related days. Some include Love Your Pet Day on February 20th, Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd, and International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day on February 23rd!!
As you start thinking about Valentine's Day, think about your favorite furry friend and all the love you have for them. If you want to wrap them in affection or have a heart-felt play time, check out all of our V-day Goodies. :)