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Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

(FROM ANIMAL PLANET — Part three in a four-part series on Canine Dental Hygiene) Ready to start brushing? Don’t expect your dog to sit and open wide. He may think tooth brushing is right up there with having a bath. Depending on your dog’s age and background, it can take several days to several weeks to gain his cooperation. Don’t rush it. First, spend some time handling his mouth. Turn your finger into a treat by dabbing...

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Dog Dental Care Products

Dog Dental Care Products

(FROM ANIMAL PLANET — Part two in a four-part series on Canine Dental Hygiene) Unfortunately, dogs can’t care for their teeth themselves, but they can help by gnawing on the right product. A good long chew can help scrape away plaque and dirt, and most dogs are happy to comply. Natural choices include rawhide or a knucklebone. Knucklebones are a softer bone that’s gentler on the teeth. Never give harder items, such as hooves...

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Dental Care for Dogs: Tips and Tricks

Dental Care for Dogs: Tips and Tricks

(FROM ANIMAL PLANET — A four-part series on Canine Dental Hygiene beginning with this week’s blog) You put a lot of thought into keeping your dog healthy: quality food, routine checkups, plenty of fitness. But what about his teeth? Oral hygiene is an often-overlooked but important factor in your dog’s overall health. If he has a toothache or sore gums, he’s dealing with pain and stress that you may not even know about....

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Dog years: How do you calculate a dog’s true age?

Dog years: How do you calculate a dog’s true age?

By Ben Carter BBC News It’s often said that the age of dogs can be better understood by multiplying their age, in human years, by seven. But is that really true? Meg, my West Highland Terrier died a couple of months ago. She’d reached the grand old age of 19 years and four months. A few days later, I was reminded of the oft-quoted statistic that every human year equates to seven dog years. This mental calculation looms more largely...

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Is Your Dog Suffering From Fall Allergies?

Is Your Dog Suffering From Fall Allergies?

By Dr. Jessica Vogelsang In the autumn, falling leaves and dried-out weeds release clouds of irritating particulate matter into the air, right where your dog is waiting to inhale them. As pets move indoors to escape the cold, mite allergies may develop. Dogs trap allergens in their extensive sinuses. Fur is also a natural magnet for dust and particles, which means that your dog could be covered — inside and out — in triggering...

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Two Pitties Met and Fell in Love, So Their Humans Got Married

By Laura Hartle for Bark Post It’s a classic love story: boy meets girl, boy licks girl’s face, boy and girl fall in love. Wait… what??? Ok, so maybe that’s not how every love story starts out, but for newlyweds Jenny and Anthony, their Pit Bull pups, Blu and Lucy, knew it was a match made in heaven before they did. All that was left was to get their knucklehead humans on board. Yes – in a move worthy of Pongo and Perdita – these...

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