Pets are parts of our families, and their superpower is being able to come into our hearts with their unconditional love. Keeping them healthy and giving them the best shot at living a long, active life is important. Proper nutrition, lots of exercise, plenty of praise and attention, and regular preventative wellness checkups are the keys.
February is National Dental Health Month. Our pet’s oral hygiene is just as important as ours. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease, also known as dental diseases, is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats and by three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease goes beyond bad breath and can present multiple problems in the oral cavity and internal organs.
What is peridontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures surrounding the teeth including the gums. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s teeth and gums but it can also lead to deterioration of the jaw bone and impact their overall health. The bacteria involved in dental disease circulate through the blood stream and can negatively affect the heart, kidneys and other organs.
When the wind is blowing, the snow is falling, or the ice is pinging down, it is tempting to close the door and snuggle up on the couch to watch Netflix. Once in a while, that’s perfectly fine - as long as you add a mug of hot cocoa for yourself and a new chew toy for your pooch. But without regular physical activity, your dog will soon start displaying undesirable behaviors. He needs to release that energy! So how do you do it when the weather outside is frightful?
Many people wonder what New Years' resolutions they can make for their pets. It's great when you can find a way to sync them up with your own resolutions. Believe it or not, when your own resolutions line up with your pets, you're both more likely to stick to them. What are good resolutions to ensure the pets you love are healthy and happy?
The holiday season gives us the ideal opportunity to take time out to think of our loved ones and all of the ways they enrich our lives. And who brings us more joy and happiness than our four-legged friends! Don’t forget to put your fur baby on your shopping list - even if he’s been naughty (...eating the kids’ homework isn’t all that bad, right?), he certainly made the “Nice” list.
Need a few ideas for the perfect pup present? We’ve made a list and checked it twice: these 10 holiday gifts for your dog are terrific for encouraging Fido to stay active, stimulating him mentally, satisfying his sweet tooth (meat tooth?), and cuddling up on a cozy winter night.