Is Your Pet Chipped?

Beke Lubeach

During May, National Chip Your Pet Month, awareness is raised of the importance of microchipping your pet. When you chip your pet you may have a better chance of having him returned if he escapes from your home or gets off leash during a walk.

We want to share some information about microchipping your pet as well as what you should do if you find a lost pet.

First, let’s explain what a microchip is. It is a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that is a permanent identification that is implanted in your dog during a routine veterinarian visit. It’s painless and once the simple procedure is complete, your dog won’t even notice it’s there. A microchip is not a GPS locator, but the chip will be associated with a website where you will enter your contact information; this is crucial to keep up-to-date in the event your dog gets lost.

  1. A microchip is an identification for a lifetime. Unlike a collar with an identification tag, your dog can’t “slip out” of his microchip.
  2. Shelters and veterinary clinics are accustomed to scanning a dog for a chip when one is brought in.
  3. It’s believed a dog with a microchip is more likely to be reunited with its owner than a dog who isn’t microchipped.

Other ways to keep from your dog running away include:

  1. Keep him away from open doors.  If your dog suffers from separation anxiety and is otherwise stressed out, he may bolt through an open door -- especially if he sees you’re getting ready to go to work and leave him home alone.
  2. Keep him on a leash and harness when out of doors.
  3. If he is in a fenced in yard, make certain the fence has no holes or areas from which your dog could escape.
  4. Use positive reinforcement training to get your dog to “come” when called.
  5. Ensure your dog is safe, happy and entertained at home. A dog who is exercised, entertained and otherwise enriched at home may be less likely to run away. Sadly, though there are some dogs who will see an open door as an invitation to run far away.

What should you do if you find a lost dog?

These are tips we’d like to think that anyone who finds a lost dog would follow as it will help reunite dogs with their pet parents.

  1. Take the dog to a vet to have him scanned for a microchip.
  2. Look online to see if anyone in your area has posted that they’ve lost a dog.
  3. Look around your neighborhood for “lost dog” signs.
  4. Check the dog for a collar and identification tag and call the contact information on it.
  5. Go online yourself and post that you’ve found a lost dog, along with the dog’s photo.
  6. If the dog tries to run away when you approach him, stop chasing him as you could drive him further away or out into traffic. Put down food for the dog and leave him be. Contact your local dog warden and let him know you’ve found a dog who appears to be lost and he or she will come out and try to corral him and find his owner.
  7. Be aware that if you find a loose dog, chances are he has a loving home and a family who is worrying about him and is frantically searching for him. We urge people to do all they can to reunite a lost dog with his family.

Have you ever lost a dog? Were you reunited? What other tips can you offer pet parents to help keep their anxious dogs safe at home?

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Spring Cleaning Tasks For Pet Parents

Beke Lubeach

Spring has finally sprung. It’s a time of renewal and to open the windows to air out your house and welcome in the warm weather. If you’re a pet owner you know you’ve been breathing in cat and dog fur and dander.

We know when you have dogs and cats you want to keep your house clean, even though it may be a losing battle as all pet lovers know!  

When you’re a pet parent, spring cleaning may seem even more daunting – dust bunnies the size of puppies under the fridge, anyone? Start now. Tackle one room at a time and you’ll be starting summer with a clean slate and a clean house!

Spring Cleaning Tasks For Pet Parents

  1. Get pet hair off furniture. Even if you vacuum the furniture regularly, you should do a deep cleaning to get rid of all the pet hair – or as much as you can! Remove furniture slipcovers, brush or vacuum up as much pet hair as you can using a lint brush or a grooming glove.
  2. Move furniture. Sweep and vacuum under couches, beds, the refrigerator and other dark corners of your house to remove as much hair as possible.
  3. Deep clean carpets. If you live in an area of the country with snow and ice and winter that eventually turns into dirt and mud you will want to deep clean the carpets. Cleaning carpets removes ground in dirt and rock salt and unwanted pet smells. Choose carpet and other household cleaning items that won’t harm the environment and more importantly won’t harm your pets or other family members.
  4. Deep clean litter boxes. Even better – replace the litter boxes. Make a note to replace the litter boxes several times a year. Even if you clean them regularly, when your cat scratches, she is digging into the plastic and that leads to bacteria and odors being trapped in those gouges she’s made.
  5. Thoroughly clean pet bowls and toys. Many pet parents clean their dog and cat’s food and water bowls at least weekly, but if you don’t make sure to take the time during spring cleaning to thoroughly wash and dry all bowls. Clean the food mat or tray the bowls sit on. Check for washing instructions on toys and bowls and put them in the dishwasher or washing machine to deep clean them – use pet friendly soaps.

If your dog or cat has been scratching the doors or window sills or even scratching up the furniture, add “repair doors, window sills and furniture” to your spring cleaning list. Repair the scratched areas, paint or refinish them then protect it with a Door Shield or with our new Furniture Shields.

Once you’re done with your spring cleaning, you can kick back and enjoy the spring and summer weather ahead surrounded by your dogs and cats in a clean house!

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Why Do Cats Scratch?

Beke Lubeach

If you live with cats you know they have one thing in common. They love to scratch. Cats will scratch their pet parents, the couch, window sills, carpets, the walls, the doors and more. Why do cats scratch even when you try to train them not to? It’s instinctual behavior.

As a cat owner, you need to provide your cat with acceptable items upon which to give into their instinctual behaviors. If you don’t want your cat to scratch the arm of the couch, provide him another alternative -- put a scratching post by the couch. When he starts to scratch the couch, calmly get up and move his paws and claws to the scratching post. Many cats can be trained, through positive reinforcement, to scratch acceptable items and not destroy your home!

Why Do Cats Scratch? 

To get into the mind of your cat, you need to know, “why do cats scratch”?

  • It feels good
  • To rid themselves of dead layers on their claws
  • To stretch
  • To say they’re happy
  • It helps fight off stress
  • If they’re frustrated
  • To mark their territory. When they scratch they are leaving their scent behind so other cats in the house know, “this is my scratching area”

From a scientific standpoint, cats scratch as a way to “mark their territory.” When they scratch, they are leaving both a visual marker as well as an olfactory marker. Cats have glands between the pads of their paws and when they scratch they leave an odor behind to let other cats in the house “know” that that piece of furniture or door or window sill has been claimed.

As you can see, there are many reasons cats scratch furniture and you can see it’s important for you to provide them an outlet for scratching that won’t destroy your furniture or your house.

Here are ways to keep your cat happy and your home protected:

  1. Place a scratching post by the item the cat is scratching and encourage her to scratch the post not the furniture
  2. Try various types of scratching posts until you find one your cat likes. Some enjoy scratching on sisal rope, others like carpet, still others enjoy scratching on cardboard scratch pads or a piece of natural wood or a log. If your cat doesn’t like the first option you offer, try another.
  3. Praise him when he scratches the scratching post. Positive reinforcement is key.
  4. Use CLAWGUARD Protection Tape to protect furniture, window sills, door frames, carpets and more. CLAWGUARD Protection Tape easily conforms to the legs of couches, your window sills, door frames and more.
  5. Check out the newly released CLAWGUARD Furniture Shield, an item that proves, “you can have nice furniture and still have pets!” CLAWGUARD Furniture Shield is a nearly invisible protective Marine-grade piece of vinyl that affixes to any piece of furniture to protect it from the claws of your cat or dog. This product is easy to install, reposition or remove as needed and comes with clear head nickel-plated steel upholstery twist pins to hold the CLAWGUARD Furniture Shield in place.

Some cats simply won’t stop scratching specific items and if that is how your cat behaves, it’s best to protect the items he won’t stop damaging. Anywhere that your cat scratches you can place the furniture shield.

What have you done that has helped stop your cat from scratching the furniture? Please share with us your tricks and tips!

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Traits Of A Good Pet Parent

Beke Lubeach

Whether you share your life with a cat, a dog, multiple cats and dogs or a mixture of both do you know the traits of a good pet parent? This isn’t a trick question by any means.

Caring for dogs and/or cats is a big responsibility and if you’re a new pet parent you may wonder what the traits of a good pet parent are. We have rounded up a few for your consideration.

You are responsible. Caring for a pet means putting his or her needs before your own. No more weekends away at the spur of the moment, unless you have a responsible, reliable family member or pet sitter lined up. You look forward to getting home after work because you know your pet will be there to snuggle with you.

You become a saver. When you have a pet you know you have to save for veterinary visits and emergency health issues that may arise. You learn to set aside money regularly to assure your pet will receive the care he needs.

You learn to share your space. In other words, you’re no longer selfish when it comes to sleeping in the entire bed yourself. You are happy with a sliver of the bed as long as your cat or dog is comfortable you will sleep in an uncomfortable position so you don’t disturb them. Do they need to be constantly on your lap? You’re all right with that, too.

You find yourself talking about them all the time. If you’re an empty nester, you may find your phone is full of pet photos. Even if you have young children, you will likely be showing people pictures of your children and your pets together. They are a package deal, after all!

Your pet always has the best – the best food, clothing, bedding – you name it. You’re willing to eat ramen as long as Fluffy and Fido are well taken care of. Just as you’d make certain your human children had their needs met first, you’re also doing the same with your furry children.

You may learn to cook. If your pet has a health issue and requires a unique diet, you may find yourself in the kitchen trying out recipes for her meals. You may also enjoy being in the kitchen baking your pets healthy, organic ingredients rather than relying on store bought treats.

You learn patience. Sharing your life with a dog or cat means you need to be patient. You will have to have patience to housetrain your puppy. You will need patience when you’re trying to sleep and your cat is attacking your toes. You will have to understand, if you adopt a shelter dog or cat, they may need more love and attention because they are afraid -- this means more hugs, pats and accepting kisses from them.  

You will definitely want to avoid these pet parent mistakes:

  1. Getting a dog or cat without truly putting thought into the responsibility and that it is a relationship for a life time.
  2. Not training your puppy or kitten
  3. Being inconsistent with training. If your dog isn’t allowed to chew shoes on Monday, he shouldn’t be allowed to do that on a Tuesday, either. If your cat shouldn’t scratch the couch on a Wednesday, you shouldn’t allow him to do it on a Thursday. You get where we are going here, right?
  4. Giving too many treats. This can lead to obesity.
  5. Not giving your dog or cat regular exercise
  6. Not introducing your puppy or kitten to other humans and other dogs or cats. Socialization is necessary for your pet.
  7. Not making your home pet-friendly. Just as you would “baby proof” for a toddler, so too do you need to puppy- or kitten-proof the house. This could mean putting up CLAWGUARD door shields so your puppy or dog doesn’t destroy the door frame. It could mean using CLAWGUARD furniture shield to protect your furniture from your cats’ claws. Remember, scratching is instinctual behavior for all cats – it’s up to the pet parent to give the cat a place to do what comes naturally!

Being a pet parent is a responsibility that will pay back rewards in puppy kisses and kitten snuggles and you will have a life long companion as your puppy and kitten grow old!

Can you remember life before you became a pet parent? Once you have begun sharing your life with a cat or dog you simply cannot imagine not having them there to greet you when you come home. Now that you’ve been a pet parent you may find you’ve developed some of these unique traits.

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Tips For Cat First Aid

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April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Whether you live with cats, dogs, ferrets or other furry, finned or scaly pets, knowing basic first aid or being able to recognize the signs that your pet is in distress is important for all pet parents.

Would you know if your cat is in distress? If your cat were injured would you know how to help? Do you have a cat first aid kit on hand to assist your cat if an accident should befall her? Remember, at home first aid doesn’t replace a trip to your veterinarian, but you are your pet’s first line of defense.

Tips For Cat First Aid

Pay attention to your cat’s body language. Cats are masters of disguise and you may not even notice that your cat is ill or injured. It’s not that your cat doesn’t trust you, but acting like “everything is all right” is an instinctual behavior. Here are signs to pay attention to:

  1. Shallow breathing
  2. Not coming when you call (not that cats always respond to commands, but you will likely notice whether your cat is hiding out of fear or pain or is just, well, being a cat.
  3. His ears are flat, twitching or being held backward. The ears are a sign of fear, pain or fright.
  4. Is her tail twitching? Is her hair standing on end? She could be scared. Is his tail tucked between his legs? This is a sign of anxiety. Is his tail thrashing back and forth? That’s a sign of agitation – the faster the thrashing the angrier the cat.
  5. Are the pupils in her eyes fully dilated? This indicates fear.

Look for these signs when you’re concerned that your cat may be injured or ill.

Be calm. When you’re calm, and we know it’s hard to be calm when your cat is in distress, that calm will translate to your cat. Slow your breathing and approach low and slow. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to administer first aid or to gather up your cat to go to the vet’s if she’s sensing your unease.

Immobilize your cat. If you can “scruff” the cat it will immobilize her; this is a throwback to when the mother cat used to discipline or care for the cat when she was a kitten. When you scruff the cat you can get a better look at the wound or injury.

Once you’ve picked up your cat, wrap him in a blanket – this will protect him from further injury and will protect you from being scratched.

Get to the vet. Once you’ve gathered up your cat and have made an initial determination of his injury or illness, call your veterinarian and tell him/her what’s going on. Your vet will likely give you advice on what to do until you can get your cat into the office for an examination.

What should go into your cat first aid kit?  

  • Emergency veterinarian phone numbers and numbers of friends and family who may be able to assist
  • Bandages
  • A blanket for wrapping up your pet
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton balls and gauze
  • A pet carrier
  • Cold packs and heat packs
  • Water and a water bowl – to drink and to clean a wound
  • Wound cleaner

These are items to have, at a minimum, in your cat first aid kit. If it’s easier, keep the first aid kit right in the cat carrier it will make it easier if everything is in one place in case of emergency.

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Dog And Cat First Aid Tips

Beke Lubeach

As pet parents, we should have a basic understanding of dog and cat first aid tips. Just as we’d know how to staunch a wound if our child fell down and hurt himself, so too should we know how to protect our dogs and cats until we can get them to the veterinarian.

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and because of that we wanted to share some basic, and practical, first aid tips for pet parents.

Prepare a pet first aid kit

Having a pet first aid kit is one of the most basic items that every pet parent should have. If you have numerous pets in the household you may need to have more than one first aid kit. Here are some of the items to have in the pet first aid kit.

  1. Bandages
  2. Safety scissors. Look for the scissors that have a safety tip to prevent any accidents while you’re cutting around your dog or cat.
  3. Sterile saline eye wash. This is necessary if your dog gets dirt or dust or other foreign objects in his eye.
  4. Water. Have a bottle of water in the first aid kit, just as you would in your pet emergency safety kit. The water is good for rehydrating and for washing out a wound.
  5. Your pet’s medication. Styptic powder or pencil, used to stop bleeding on small cuts.
  6. Dish soap. This can be used to wash any toxins from your pet’s fur.
  7. A thermometer. If your pet is acting ill, your veterinarian may ask what your pet’s temperature is.
  8. Your emergency contact information. If you and your pets are out of the house and you get injured and cannot speak, this contact information can be a literal lifesaver. Have the information for a family member, your veterinarian and any other pertinent information on the contact card.
  9. Emergency restraint items. If your pet is injured, he will be scared and could be flailing around and potentially cause himself more harm. If possible, swaddle your dog or cat in a blanket to keep them calm and still.

It’s wise to have a pet first aid kit in your home as well as in your vehicle. When you’re taking a road trip with your pet you may want to add additional items to keep your pet comfortable during the road trip, but the pet first aid kit is something you should never leave home without.

Ask your veterinarian where you could learn pet CPR and for any other first line of defense pet first aid you should be aware of until you can get an injured pet in for medical care.

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more. CLAWGUARD products relieve pet owner anxiety.

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Why Do Cats Scratch?

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If you live with cats you know they have one thing in common. They love to scratch. Cats will scratch their pet parents, the couch, window sills, carpets, the walls, the doors and more. Why do cats scratch even when you try to train them not to? It’s instinctual behavior.

As cat owners, you need to provide your cat with acceptable items upon which to give into their instinctual behaviors. If you don’t want your cat to scratch the arm of the couch, provide him another alternative -- put a scratching post by the couch. When he starts to scratch the couch, calmly get up and move his paws and claws to the scratching post. Many cats can be trained through positive reinforcement to scratch on acceptable items and not destroy your home!

Why Do Cats Scratch?

To get into the mind of your cat, you need to know, “why do cats scratch”?

  • It feels good
  • To rid themselves of dead layers on their claws
  • To stretch
  • To say they’re happy
  • It helps fight off stress
  • If they’re frustrated
  • When they’re happy

From a scientific standpoint, cats scratch as a way to “mark their territory.” When they scratch, they are leaving both a visual marker as well as an olfactory marker. Cats have glands between the pads of their paws and when they scratch they leave an odor behind to let other cats in the house “know” that that piece of furniture or door or window sill has been claimed.

As you can see from the list, there are many reasons why cats scratch your furniture and you can see that it’s important for you to provide them an outlet for scratching that won’t destroy your furniture or your house.

Here are some things you can do to keep your cat happy and your home protected:

  1. Place a scratching post by the item the cat is scratching and encourage her to scratch the post not the furniture
  2. Try various types of scratching posts until you find one your cat likes. Some enjoy scratching on sisal rope, others like carpet, still others enjoy scratching on cardboard scratch pads or a piece of natural wood or a log. If your cat doesn’t like the first option you offer, try another.
  3. Praise him when he scratches the scratching post. Positive reinforcement is key.
  4. Use CLAWGUARD protection tape and CLAWGUARD furniture shield  to protect furniture, window sills, door frames, carpets and more. Some cats simply won’t stop scratching specific items and if that is how your cat behaves, it’s best to protect the items he won’t stop damaging. When you use the furniture shield your cat can still stretch and scratch, they won't destroy your furniture. Anywhere that your cat scratches you can place CLAWGUARD furniture shield.

What have you done that has helped stop your cat from scratching the furniture? Please share with us your tricks and tips!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  

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What Household Items Are Poisonous To Pets

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When it comes to our pets, many pet parents find themselves “puppy-proofing” their homes -- whether they are bringing home a puppy, a kitten or an older dog or cat they’ve just rescued.

There are some items that are common sense to keep your pet away from. Items such as:

  1. Household cleaners (invest in natural, pet-safe household cleaning items)
  2. Laundry soap, laundry soap pods (keep all laundry items in cupboards away from your pets)
  3. Electrical cords (puppies love to chew and may chew cords if they see them)
  4. Space heaters (these could be knocked over, be a fire hazard and burn your pets)
  5. Medications (your medications, even if they’re in child-safe bottles can easy be chewed through and gobbled down by your pets). Even pet medications need to be kept out of reach of your pets.
  6. Sharp objects such as scissors or knives. (We’ve known cats who’ve snagged scissors and dropped them onto the ground where they would have been a hazard for a dog in the house)
  7. Certain foods (chocolate, coffee, grapes, etc.)
  8. Batteries (this means any remote controls or other battery-operated items need to be kept away from your pets)
  9. Certain house plants (many of these are poisonous and deadly to your pets)
  10. Small toys (if you have children in the house who play games with small objects these could be swallowed by your pet)

We also know, as pet parents ourselves, that when we are eating and our pets are giving us those “puppy dog eyes” it’s easy to want to slip them some of your people food. We urge you to resist because many of our human foods simply aren’t healthy for our pets.

Here are five human foods to keep away from your pets:

  1. Salty snacks. These can lead to excessive thirst and urination and have the potential to cause sodium ion poisoning.
  2. Seeds from fruits. If your dog loves apples, just feed him apple slices and not any of the seeds. This goes for any seeds in fruits or vegetables.
  3. Bread dough, because of the yeast. If you’re a baker, don’t give your dog any bread dough; the yeast can rise in his stomach and cause health issues. Avoid any uncooked baked goods.
  4. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Period.
  5. Milk or other dairy products. Cats and dogs can’t easily digest dairy and this could lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

Our best advice? Feed your pet dog- and cat-friendly foods and treats. Teach them when they’re young or when you’ve just brought them home that begging at the table won’t gain them any of the human foods that are there and they will cease begging.

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How To Deal With Dog Separation Anxiety

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Pet parent guilt is real.

When you have to leave the house and leave your dog home alone, chances are you’re worried whether:

  1. He’s lonely
  2. If she will chew your favorite shoes
  3. If his separation anxiety can be addressed to make being apart not as traumatic for either of you

Dogs who suffer separation anxiety get either overly excited when you leave the home and are overly excited when you come back. They can be destructive, have bathroom accidents in the home, lick or chew themselves to the point where they’re missing fur and could be “overly” clingy aka velcro dog when you’re home.

We certainly want our dogs to be happy when we come home, but we don’t want them to make themselves ill when we’re away nor do we want them to destroy our homes.

Here are some signs that your dog might have separation anxiety:

  1. They destroy your home and/or furniture
  2. They bark incessantly while you’re away
  3. They lick or chew themselves
  4. They pace
  5. They try to escape by breaking through a window

How can you help ease your dog’s separation anxiety?

If your dog has mild separation anxiety you may be able to address it through behavior modification and short separations, followed by longer times apart. He may come to realize that even though you’re leaving, you are coming back and that may ease his anxiety.

Talk with your vet to rule out any medical conditions. Your vet may recommend anti-anxiety medications if your dog is truly having a hard time coping with your being away.

Get a pet sitter to come and stay while you’re gone. This may not be economically feasible, but if you have a friend or family member who can come and stay with your pup, that might help.

Give your dog a special toy or treat that he only gets when you’re leaving the house. He will come to equate this special and unique treat with your being gone.

Turn on DOGTV. This is special television programming scientifically developed to be of comfort to your dog when you’re not home. Rather than leaving your dog in a completely silent house, DOGTV will provide companionship that will help calm your dog, keep him company and keep him entertained.

Put them in “clothing” that will help with separation anxiety. Items such as the Thundershirt or Surgi-Snuggly’s Wonder Suit wraps your dog in a comforting embrace and that can help him deal with separation anxiety while you’re away from home. Wearing a Wonder Suit might make it possible for you to come home to a house that remains intact!

Use CLAWGUARD products to protect those areas of your home your dog destroys while you’re away -- doors, window sills, furniture. There will be some dogs who simply will suffer separation anxiety and as a pet parent it’s up to you to keep him safe and secure and still protect your home from damage.

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Ways To Keep Your Dog's Breath Fresh

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February is Pet Dental Health Month and if you have a dog you know that sometimes he can get “doggy breath” and that is not a great smell! Dental health is important to your pet’s overall health -- cat and dog.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a build up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, on his teeth, in his lungs or in his stomach.

What can you do to keep your dog’s breath fresh? We have a few ideas you can consider.

Have a dental check-up with your veterinarian. If your dog’s breath is truly bad, you will want to schedule an appointment with your vet to make certain your dog doesn’t have an underlying health issue. Bad breath can also be because of a dental issue like a decaying or abscessed tooth. You will want to check it out as soon as you notice it.

Check his diet. If your dog eats anything and everything he finds lying around that could be the cause of the bad breath. When you see your dog chomping down on something he dug up in the backyard, that could be the reason for his bad breath. Feed your dog and cat a high-quality food that is high in protein and offers a crunchy element as that can help clean his teeth. Also, be aware that the bad breath issue could be because of a digestive problem. Ask your veterinarian if probiotics would help with the bad breath by improving the beneficial growth of bacteria in your dog’s intestinal tract.

Bones and dental treats. Offer your dog a variety of bones and dental treats to help keep his teeth clean. Gnawing on a hard bone will help remove some of the tartar and other build up from his teeth. Dental treats are on the market that are specifically aimed at helping clean your dog’s teeth. Be aware, though that these treats can be calorie laden and you may want to cut back on his food intake if he is getting daily dental treats -- check with your vet.

Brush his teeth. The best way to keep your dog’s breath fresh is by brushing his teeth. When you get a puppy and start brushing his teeth when he’s young, it will become part of your daily routine. If you have an older dog who is not accustomed to having his teeth brushed you will want to start out by giving him a taste of the doggie-specific toothpaste. Work up to rubbing some of the toothpaste onto his teeth with your finger or a finger brush. After he’s comfortable with the finger brushing, move up to a doggie toothbrush and get in the habit of brushing his teeth daily.

What are your best steps in helping keep your dog’s breath kissable? We’d love to know!

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