Do you brush your dog’s teeth? An Important Message for Pet Lovers Yes, You Need to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth!
Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Your dog or cat isn’t going to love having you mess around in their mouth, but brushing your pet’s teeth is crucial. To learn the basics and make brushing your pet’s teeth a little less stressful, visit Bit.ly/ToothBrushing101. This video focuses on cats, but the strategies will be effective for getting your dog comfortable with having their teeth brushed regularly, too. Keep in mind that if your pet is several years old and you’ve never brushed their teeth before, a toothbrush isn’t going to clean away hardened tartar. For that, you need a professional cleaning from your veterinarian. Schedule Regular Cleanings Humans brush their teeth twice a day, and they still need professional cleanings every six months to maintain good oral health. Can you imagine how much worst your teeth would be at those cleanings if you only brushed once a week or never at all? Even dogs and cats who have their teeth brushed daily need deep cleanings to clear away plaque under the gums. Taking the steps to clean your pet’s teeth today can help you avoid expensive medical emergencies, saving you and your pet a lot of stress and heartache down the road. Talk to your vet about how easy it is to start taking care of your pet’s oral health.
Over 90% of pet owners will say no. They’ve never consider brushing their dog or cat’s teeth, even after getting a face full of smelly dog breath. But bad breath is only the first sign that there’s something wrong inside your dog’s mouth — something that can damage their overall health and well-being. Poor oral care lets plaque and tartar build up on your pet’s teeth, leading to bad breath, tooth loss, and painful chewing. By the time they are 3 years old, 85% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth have a straight path into the rest of your pet’s body, and gum disease is an early indicator of kidney failure or heart disease in pets. It’s up to pet lovers to make sure their dogs and cats have a fighting chance against gum disease. Special dental treats and water additives can help reduce tartar buildup, but they’re not enough to address the growing threat of gum disease in your pet. Here’s what you need to do to protect your pet’s health.
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HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER AND BACON DOG TREATS
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup nonfat milk (replace with lactose- free milk or almond milk for lactose- intolerant pups)
1/3 cup oats
2–3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
1 large egg
2 cups whole wheat flour
1. Heat oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Mix all ingredients into a large bowl. Dough will be thick, so you may need to work in the flour with your hands. 3. Use a rolling pin to roll dough out to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, then transfer to baking sheets and bake for 18–20 minutes. When bottoms are lightly browned, remove from oven, flip treats to other side, and bake for another 10–12 minutes. 4. Remove from oven and let treats cool completely before serving to your dog. Treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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