Product Review: Colorado Hemp Honey

Product Review: Colorado Hemp Honey | Ken Caryl Pet SpaProduct Review: Colorado Hemp Honey

What is Colorado Hemp Honey?

Colorado Hemp Honey is a Colorado-based company that produces raw honey food by Frangiosa Farms at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Nick French, the owner of Colorado Hemp Honey, has been keeping bees since 2008. His farm has over 20 hives, in 6 apiaries in and around Denver, Colorado. Colorado Hemp Honey is a mix of honey, essential oils, and cannabinoid rich hemp that aids in health and wellness for both people and pets.

How Can Hemp Honey Help My Pet?

Raw honey can aid in many ailments. It can help with allergies, infections, and wound healing. It is naturally high in enzymes, antioxidants, and flavonoids. It can also kill resistant bacteria such as MRSA. But not all honey is created equal. Raw honey differs greatly from the honey purchased on the supermarket shelves. Unlike processed honey, which contains added ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and is heated to high temps rendering any benefits useless, Colorado Hemp Honey is infused with essential oils and hemp which can help calm your pet and keep them happy. It can aid your pet’s anxiety, reduce inflammation, help them sleep, and help with seizures. It is important to remember to speak with your veterinarian before giving honey to your pet, especially those pets with diabetes and cancer.

Where Can I Get It?

You can purchase Colorado Hemp Honey Chill Sticks at our shop located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80127. We also can order in jars and sticks of assorted flavors such as Mandarin Majic, Lemon Aid, Ginger Snap & Unflavored. If you want to learn more about the product visit the company’s website by clicking here.

Fireworks and Pets Do Not Mix!

Fireworks and Pets Do Not Mix!

Fireworks and Pets Do Not Mix | Ken Caryl Pet SpaLoud noises and pets generally do not mix well. Therefore, it is no surprise that dog and cats are afraid of fireworks. Did you know that more pets go missing between July 4 and July 6 than any other time of the year? Did you know that shelters report higher numbers of incoming pets on July 5th than any other day of the year? To prevent your pet from running off or ending up in the shelter, follow these simple steps to help your pet stay calm and safe this 4th of July.

4th of July & Fireworks Safety Tips for Pets

  • Never light fireworks near your pet.  Lit fireworks can be a safety hazard to both pets and humans and can cause severe damage. If you plan on being around fireworks, do not bring your pet. In addition to the obvious risk of burns, the smoke left behind after a firework has been lit can create respiratory problems.
  • Bringing your pet to large firework displays is just not a good idea. Pets have sensitive hearing. What is loud to us is often unbearable to them. Their fear and anxiety can lead to your pet escaping its collar or lead and may result in injury to your pet.
  • If possible stay home with your pet. Providing a safe quiet place for your pet is always a good idea when fireworks will be lit, but staying home to comfort them can go a long way. Playing music or watching TV while sitting with your pet during the noise may help keep them calm.
  • Provide your pet with a safe place to hide. Cover kennels with blankets, prepare a comfortable place in an interior room, turn on the TV or radio. Keep blinds and curtains closed and keep all inside lights on, this will help keep your pet from getting overstimulated from the flashing lights.
  • Pets with severe noise anxiety may need a sedative to get through the night. If your pet cannot handle the noise, talking to your veterinarian about sedative that can help take the edge off during the festivities. We recommend using HomeoPet Storm Stress which is an effective remedy that calms pets with anxiety to loud noises safely and is available at Ken Caryl Pet Spa.
  • Take your pet out for a walk before the fireworks begin. This will virtually eliminate the possibility of your pet being outside while loud noises go off around them.
  • Keep your pet’s collar on with their ID tag. This will help identify your pet in the off chance they do escape. If possible contact your veterinarian about getting a microchip for your pet that will help identify them if they are not wearing a collar when they escape or if they lose their collar.
  • After the festivities are over check your yard before letting your pet outside. Fireworks are unpredictable and could have landed in your yard and may be ingested by your pet. Fireworks are poisonous to pets and can cause severe illness and intestinal blockage. If you suspect your pet has ingested a firework, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Paw Care for Dogs

Paw Care for Dogs

Paw Care for Dogs | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Littleton, COProper paw care for dogs is extremely important, especially here in Colorado. Hot pavement and rocky hiking trails can cause injuries if your dog’s paws are not properly cared for. Your dog’s paws work harder than any other part of your dog’s body. They protect the bones and joints and assist your dog when walking on the rough uneven ground. They also help keep the feet insulated in cold weather. Fun fact: Did you know that a dog’s sweat gland are only located on their paw pads? They are called Merocrine glands and are only activated when the dog is hot. It is the only place your dog will actively sweat from to help regulate body temperature. The more you know…

Nail Trims

Trimming the nails is another important aspect of paw care for dogs. If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor or if your dog often gets their nails snagged a rug, then their nails need to be trimmed. You can do this at home yourself, but be careful to not clip too much of the nail. Doing so will make your dog bleed and may ruin nail trims for him. We recommend coming into our grooming shop, located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80127 for a Pawdicure which includes nail trim, power file to smooth, & polish color. You can learn more about our full grooming services by clicking here.

Paw Pads

Hair between your dog’s paw pads needs to be trimmed on some dogs because excessive hair length can cause matting. Debris such as broken glass, small rocks, or burrs can get stuck in the hair, which can be painful. In addition, long hair on the paw pads can cause your dog to lose traction on slippery floors leading to potential injuries especially on older dogs. You can trim and check their paws yourself, but we recommend having one of our professional groomers do it for you. Call our shop at (720) 981-7387 or click to make an appointment.  Your dog’s pads can become dry over time which can lead to cracks and bleeding. Moisturizing your dog’s paw pads on a regular basis will help prevent that from happening. We recommend using Homeopet healing cream or paw butter. Visit our shop for help choosing the best product for your dog.

Summer Paw Care

As the temperature rises outside your dog is at risk for burns on their paw pads if walked on hot surfaces like pavement. Avoid going on walks with your dog on pavements during the hottest part of the day. Keep your dog in shaded areas and try your best to keep them on the grass. Even on a nice 80-degree day, the pavement can reach up to 125 degrees in direct sunlight. If you cannot touch the pavement with your hand for a full 5-seconds, then it is too hot for your dog to walk on. If avoiding the pavement is not an option, try a pair of dog hiking boots like the ones offered by Ruff Wear.

Keeping your dog happy and healthy is your top priority as a dog owner and proper paw care is part of that goal.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and Veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Joint Supplements for Dogs

Product Spotlight: Joint Supplement

Keeping your pet healthy goes beyond yearly veterinary visits and vaccines. As Fido ages, the cartilage in his joints starts to wear causing friction and pain. Giving Fido a daily supplement or treat designed to lubricate the joints and repair the cartilage will help slow the progression of arthritis. Ken Caryl Pet Spa is now carrying two new supplements for hips & joints.

Connectin® by In Clover Hip & Joint

Joint Supplements for Dogs | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Littleton, COAccording to In Clover’s website, “Connectin®. The only joint supplement clinically proven by independent researchers to improve comfort and mobility in an average of 15 days*, Connectin’s complete, patented formula nourishes the joint and its surrounding structures. Feeding Connectin daily supplies the body with all three essential joint building blocks critical to healthy joint function plus a power-packed herbal blend for noticeable, lasting results.” 

Connectin® comes in three types for dogs. A pork-flavored crunchy tablet, a chicken-flavored soft chew, and a pork-flavored powder. They also have supplements for cats & horses. The supplements have undergone university studies at an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited veterinary hospital and underwent extensive clinical trials. Positive results are seen within 2 weeks of starting the supplement. Client reviews of the product rave about the improvement pets have with mobility when taking Connectin®.

BIXBI Hip & Joint

Joint Supplements for Dogs | Ken Caryl Pet Spa | Littleton, CO

BIXBI Hip & Joint comes in three different types of jerky; chicken, beef liver, & salmon. They also make freeze dried food, training treats, supplements, and treats to aid other conditions.

Both In Clover and Bixby are local Colorado companies whose main offices are in Boulder. You can find both products at our store located at 12512 W Ken Caryl Avenue in Littleton.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Why Does My Dog Squint?

Why Does My Dog Squint?

Why Does My Dog SquintAlthough there are many reasons your dog may be squinting, it can be a sign of a medical condition affecting one or both of your dog’s eyes. Understanding the symptoms can help you determine if Fido simply has a hair in his eye or a more serious condition.

Corneal Ulcer/Scratch

What are the symptoms?

Squinting or excessive blinking is one of the top signs of a Corneal Ulcer/Scratch. Dogs will often rub their eyes with their paws or rub their face on a surface trying to relieve the intense pain they feel.  In addition, some dogs may have discharge from the eye.

How is it diagnosed?
Your veterinarian will do a comprehensive eye exam which includes the use of a fluorescein stain. The stain, when applied to the eye, will adhere to the ulcer or scratch making it visible under a special light.
How is it treated?

Your veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic eye ointment that will need to be applied 3-4 times a day. The ointment will help heal the ulcer. A pain reliever may also be prescribed to help the pet deal with the pain. Your dog will go home with an e-collar to prevent further damage to the eye. In severe cases, aVeterinary Ophthalmologist will need to be consulted.

Eyelid Protrusion (Cherry Eye)

What are the symptoms?

A bump, sometimes read is color will protrude from the corner of the eye. The bump may only be present in one eye. Although not painful, a Cherry Eye can cause some minor discomfort and irritation to your pet.  The protrusion is caused by a weakness in the gland attachment to the eye. Cherry eye is most common in Bulldogs, Shih-Tzus, Cocker Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, Beagles, and Bloodhounds, but any breed can develop an eyelid protrusion.

How is it diagnosed?

An exam by your veterinarian is generally all that is needed. During the exam, the vet will determine the best course of action for treatment.

How is it treated?

In most cases anti-inflammatory eye ointments to reduce swelling and relieve irritation. Surgery will be needed to replace the gland so the protrusion is no longer present. In severe cases, the gland may need to be removed.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) aka Dry Eye

What are the symptoms?

Dogs who suffer from KCS have red irritated eyes that have a thick yellow discharge. The discharge is accompanied with squinting, excessive blinking, or the constant need to keep the eyes closed. Dogs that have been diagnosed with KCS are more likely to develop corneal ulcers and are predisposed to scarring on the cornea, which will cause the eyes to have a dull appearance.

How is it diagnosed?

Your veterinarian will do a complete eye exam and your dog’s medical history will be evaluated. Often, the pet has previously been diagnosed with corneal ulcers, injuries to the eye, or has had several cases of conjunctivitis. During the exam, a Schirmer tear test (STT) which /i>tear production to measure the amount of tears the eye produces in one minute will be done. Your veterinarian may perform additional tests on the eye to check for corneal ulcers, glaucoma, and blocked tear ducts. A referral to a Veterinary Ophthalmologist may be needed for severe cases.

How is it treated?

To help keep the eye moist, eye ointments that increase your pet’s tear production and replace the tears can no longer produce on their own will be prescribed. Gently cleaning your dog’s eyes with a warm, wet washcloth will help them make them feel better and may encourage them to produce more tears on their own.

 

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

What are the symptoms?

Dogs with Pink Eye will have watery discharge from both eyes, will excessively blink, squint one or both eye, have redness on the white part of the eye, and will have swelling around the eyes. With pink eye, both eyes are usually affected, but in some cases only one eye may exhibit symptoms.  Your dog may also be sneezing, coughing, and have discharge from their nose.
How is it diagnosed?

An exam on both eye will be done by your veterinarian to determine if the pink eye is a primary or secondary disease, or if the symptoms are caused by allergies. In addition to the exam, our veterinarian will also determine if there is any damage to the eyes, or additional diseases affecting the eyes by running a tear production test (Schirmer tear Test), fluorescein stain test, and glaucoma test.

How is it treated?

Both topical antibiotic eye ointments and oral antibiotics will be prescribed. Additional medications may be prescribed for conditions like dry eye and corneal ulcers if your dog tests positive for either disease during the exam. Eyelid or eyelash abnormalities that are causing the pink eye may require surgery.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Ken Caryl Self-Serve Dog Wash

Ken Caryl Self-Serve Dog Wash

The Self-Serve Dog Wash at Ken Caryl Pet Spa has everything you need to bathe your dog without the at home clean up! We provide it all, you just need to bring the dog.

What is a self-serve dog wash?

A DIY bathing station at our facility where you are the groomer. We provide the brushes, shampoo, towels, & dryers and do all the cleanup. You provide the dog and do the work.

How much does the self-serve dog wash cost?

A 30-minutes session is $16.00. Add an additional 10 minutes for $6.00. Need to wash more than one dog? Each additional dog is $5.00. We even have a hydro-massage option for $4.00. The shampoo & conditioner are diluted in the hose allowing the product to get through the coat and direct to the skin to get your dog cleaner in half the time!

What comes with the self-serve dog wash?

Everything but the dog and the actual bathing. We provide the tub, water, shampoo, towels, dryers, grooming table, and brushes. Use of Nature’s Specialty Plum Silky shampoo is complimentary with your self-serve dog wash. We also have specialty products available for single wash use or for full purchase such as oatmeal products, medicated anti-itch and shed-less products. We can even add on teeth brushing, anal gland expression, and nail trims for an additional fee. We even do all the post bath clean up! Each tub is disinfected after each person is completed with their self-serve wash.

Why would a self-serve dog wash benefit me?

We make it convenient to keep your dog clean and smelling fresh! By allowing you to wash, dry, and brush your own dog, we save you money. We even have a Frequent Bather Value Card! Purchase one of our Ken Caryl Pet Spa Self-Serve Value Cards and receive 4 self-serve dog washes to use at your convenience. Value Cards are $54.00 for one dog and $74.00 for two dogs. You get a savings of $10.00!  Did we mention we do all the cleanup? No more mopping up the floor after a bath. No more washing towels or pulling hair from the drain. Our tubs are designed so there is NO bending over and we supply everything you need!

We also have an awesome loyalty program. Earn 1 point for every dollar you spend on any product or service!  After you reach 300 points you receive a $10 credit to use however you want!   Check out how much you can save by clicking HERE.

What if I don’t want to use the self-serve dog wash but still need my dog bathed?

We’ve got your tail covered! We offer full-service bathing and grooming at our location. Click here to see all of the services we offer or give us a call at (720) 981-7387.

What do I need to do before heading over to use the self-serve dog wash?

You can call on your way straight from the dog park or make a reservation to ensure your wait time is minimal. Walk-ins are always welcome, just be sure you arrive at least 45 minutes before closing. Last call for self-serve dog wash walk-ins is 30 minutes prior to closing time!

 

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Dog Shedding: How to Minimize Your Dog’s Shedding

Dog Shedding: How to Minimize Your Dog’s Shedding

How to minimize your dogs sheddingShedding dog hair is a pain. It gets all over your clothes and furniture. Keeping your dog happy and healthy includes things like proper nutrition, regular trips to the vet, exercise, and good grooming habits. The latter being the ultimate way to minimize shedding. There is no such thing as a dog that does not shed however, there are proper techniques to minimize shedding. Here at Ken Caryl Pet Spa, we offer a Proper Brushing Workshop to teach dog owners how best to care for your dog’s unique coat by showing proper brushing techniques that prevent matting or the need to shave a matted coat short. If you are not into DIY dog grooming, we’ve got your tail covered and offer full-service grooming at our location, 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80127. Visit our website to find more information about the many services we offer. Read along to find out the techniques we recommend to minimize your dog’s shedding.

Shaving your dog is not the answer!

Many dog owners think that shaving their dog is the answer to all of their shedding problems. That is not only incorrect, it can be putting your dog at risk. Dog’s with thick coats are called double coated. Dogs with a double coat shed more than other breeds. Dog parents of double coated dogs know that when it comes to shedding the struggle is real! But shaving your dog is not the answer! When the weather is hot, a dog’s coat that is well groomed will trap a layer cool air that helps prevent the dog from overheating and shields the dog’s skin from the sun. When the weather is cooler, the dog’s coat will trap warm air protecting the skin from frostbite and keeps the dog warm. When you shave a dog, you remove the top coat of hair that is designed to protect your dog. Since the top coat, aka the guard hairs, grow back slowly, it can take more than a year to regrow. Shaving your dog can also cause permanent damage to the dog’s coat often resulting in bald spots, uneven hairs, and improper protection from the elements.

If shaving isn’t the answer, what is?

Properly brushing your dog on a regular basis is the best way to remove the undercoat, which minimizes shedding. Unfortunately, most dog owners do not know how to properly brush their dog and focus only on the top coat and only the back area when brushing, completely missing the underside, legs, butt-area, head, ears, & neck. By not brushing all of your dog’s coat, you leave the opportunity for mats to develop in the areas you did not cover. Being diligent and brushing all areas of your dog, plus using the proper brush & comb can make the experience positive for the both of you. We recommend a good quality slicker brush & metal comb to get the job done. A slicker brush allows less pressure to get through the coat while allowing the pins to reach the skin. The key to a good brush is to concentrate on brushing one area at a time, such as your dog’s leg. Using the slicker brush, brush in the direction that the hair grows first. This will help separate hairs that have become stuck together. Then in the same area, using the slicker brush, brush against the growth of your dog’s hair. Finally, go back through that same section with your metal comb. This will check your work and see if you can easily run a comb from the skin out. If the comb does not go through the coat easily, then work through with the comb or grab your slicker brush and repeat the process until your comb moves smoothly through the hair. Do this for all areas of your dog. We also recommend making this a positive experience by having HIGH-VALUE reward treats that you offer your pet while you are brushing. Keep your session short at first and lengthen as both you and your dog get used to the process. Don’t forget to praise your dog and tell them how well they are doing while you brush! If the process is too much for you or your dog to handle, or you find areas of extreme matting, don’t force it. Matting causes bruising on the skin which can be very painful for your dog and that may be when you will need to give us a call and schedule an appointment.

Grooming at home is not for everyone! If you don’t think you or your dog has the patience for you to do it yourself, that is ok! We are here to keep your dog healthy and looking good! If you want to learn more about the line brushing technique and think you and your dog are suited to try brushing at home, our Proper Brushing Workshop is a good starting point!

Interested in our Proper Brushing Workshop? Sign up for our next workshop now for $10. Email us at [email protected] to reserve your spot or call the shop to sign-up at 720-981-7387!

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Benefits of CBD Oil For Pets

Benefits of CBD Oil For Pets

As a dog groomer in Littleton, CO, our clients rely on us to not only keep their dogs looking great, they also rely on us for trusted advice on all things pet related and that includes the use of CBD Oil for pets. Since cannabis was legalized in Colorado for recreational use, we have educated ourselves on not only the safety of cannabis and pets but also the benefits.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of many compounds found in cannabis that are called cannabinoids.  The most commonly known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive and does NOT cause a high. Therefore, it is used more for medical purposes with minimal side effects. The medicinal use of CBD is not only beneficial to humans, but to pets as well.

How Can CBD Oil Help My Pet?

pet releaf2CBD oil has been used for centuries. In fact, Queen Victoria used CBD to help with her menstrual cramps in the 19th Century. Since then scientist have been studying the medical benefits of CBD rich cannabis. CBD oil can reduce inflammation by working with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in a mammal’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). In addition to it anti-inflammatory properties, CBD Oil can reduce pain, repair muscles after strenuous exercise, improve circulation, reduce nausea, stimulate appetite, and more. CBD oil even can reduce seizure activity in people and pets with certain types of epilepsy. Scientists have found that since CBD oil is the natural compound that can react to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, meaning mammals may need CBD to keep their bodies working at optimal levels.

Which CBD Oil Product Is Right For My Pet?

We take animals health seriously here at Ken Caryl Pet Spa. We are educated on animal nutrition, natural remedies to assist your pet, and more. Why would CBD Oil be any different? We took the time to research products and educate ourselves on not only the benefits of CBD Oil, but the individual products available on the market to pet parents.  In the case of most quality products, you get what you pay for.  Pet Releaf is a product we can stand by! Their CBD Hemp Oil is organically grown, non-GMO, derived from the entire plant, and independently tested for safety. Steve, from Pet Releaf took the time to come to our store and educate our staff on what CBD Oil is, how his extraction procedures are best and how the pets we care for can benefit.

Give us a call today at (720) 981-7387 or stop by our location at 12512-B West Ken Caryl Avenue in Littleton to learn more about Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

 

 

 

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

We have a list of ways to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy all year long.

Bad breath puts a damper on the puppy kisses Fido gives you every day before you leave for work. It makes you cringe when Fluffy decides to sleep on your head and her breath lingers like a dense fog directly in front on your face! Bad breath indicated the presence of bacteria and tartar build up. If left untreated it can lead to loss of gum tissue, infection, and even heart disease.

Did you know there are ways to keep your pet’s breath fresh and their teeth and gums healthy? Find out how you can keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay by reading our list.

1) Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Daily

Number one on our list of 5 ways to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is, brush your pet’s teeth daily. If daily brushing is not in the cards, try brushing at least 4 times per week. Get your pet used to the routine by following these tips from the American Animal Hospital Association. We all have bacteria in our mouths, your pet is no exception. After your pet eats, bacteria mixes with saliva & food particles to form a film over the teeth called plaque. Plaque stays on the teeth and over time builds up to form dental calculi aka tartar. This leads to gum disease and infection.  By brushing your pet’s teeth every day, or at least 4 times per week, you are helping to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and clean! Did you know we offer teeth brushing services at our spa? Bring Fido or Fully in to have their teeth brushed with Oxyfresh Dental Gel for just $5. If you can’t get your pet to the spa, you can purchase a variety of Dental Products from our website for complete dental care at home between visit to the veterinarian. Remember all Dental Products purchased at our store in the month of February are 20% off!

It is important to remember that your pet is unable to spit. Therefore, it is necessary to use a toothpaste that can be swallowed and NOT a human one that contains chemicals like fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to dogs.

2) Place a Dental Additive In Your Pet’s Water Dish

Number two on our list to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is, place a dental additive in your pet’s water dish. By adding a product such as ZYMOX® Water Additive or OxyFresh Oral Hygiene Solution to your pet’s water is a safe and convenient way to keep your pet’s breath fresh between home cleanings.

3) Dental Chew Treats Are A Great Addition

Number three on our list of ways to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is chew treats. The Veterinary Oral Health Council has created a list of products that have their Seal of Acceptance. You can access the list by clicking here. Chew treats on the list such as OraVet® Dental Hygiene Chews and Greenies® are designed to remove plaque from the teeth and fresh breath while the pet chews. According to VOHC’s website, “regular use of products awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance will reduce the severity of periodontal disease in pets.”

4) Dental Chew Toys

Number four is to keep Fido & Fluffy’s bad breath at bay is using dental chew toys. These toys are meant to last for long periods of time as opposed to the one time use of dental chews. They are designed to scrape the plaque off the teeth as the pet chews. They range from all natural chews such as deer antlers to inorganic materials made to look like bones such as Nylabones. Some are flavored to entice your pet to chew while others are not. You can find some chew bones on our website by clicking here.

5) Veterinary Oral Exams and Dental Cleanings

The last on the list, but certainly not least is to keep Fido & Fluffy’s is scheduling veterinary oral exams and dental cleanings.  Not just people but pets also need to have their teeth cleaned and polished by a professional. But unlike people, pets need to be under anesthesia to ensure safety for both the pet and the professional. Yearly dental cleanings remove buildup of plaque and bacteria under the gum line which is left behind can cause heart disease, kidney disease, bad breath, and infection. Talk to your veterinarian about how often they recommend your pet to have a dental and how safe anesthesia has become!

February is National Pet Dental Health month. Most veterinarians run specials on dental cleanings during this time. Make a pledge to get your pet’s dental done every February to ensure their mouth is clean and healthy!

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator  since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Holiday with Your Pets

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Holiday with Your Pets

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Holiday with Your Pets