Friday, September 4, 2015

Dog Teethbrushing Time -Why It's Important

L to R: Max, Dolly, Franklin, Tyler
Every day I (Rob) brush our dogs' teeth. When you think about not brushing your own teeth, it's pretty nasty. 

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT:  Well, bacteria builds up in their mouths, too, as does tartar and plaque. And how you would you like having to go to a hospital to get put under once in a while to get your teeth scraped? Not a good feeling. So, why make them go through it? 
   So, I brush their teeth daily - and each of them have their own toothbrush. 

BEST TOOTHPASTE FOR DOGS ? I also found that Arm and Hammer dog toothpaste seems to be the most effective. 
   Dolly (the Weimaraner) is extremely patient and lets me get all of her teeth, including the back molars. 
Toothbrushes: Dolly, Franklin, Tyler and Max's
   Tyler (black and tan Dachshund) is also extremely patient and lets me brush all his teeth. In fact, he thinks the toothpaste is a treat so he welcomes it!
   Franklin, our elder (11 yr old, red) Dachshund hates it. He fights me, pulls away, even snarls when I try to brush his teeth, and his teeth are the worst. 
   Max, our foster dog (11 yrs old, black/tan long-haired) welcomes his teeth brushing. 

BEST DENTAL TREATS - We have found that the Dingo Dental treats are the best for their teeth, too. 
Since Dolly was a puppy, I've been giving them to her. She's had one dental cleaning in 10 years (because I wasn't brushing her teeth early on) and her teeth look good. Arm and Hammer also makes a dental foam that will work on plaque and improve breath. 

So, take care of your dog's teeth as you take care of your own!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next