February Is National Pet Dental Health Month

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Just like in humans, dental health is part of providing a great quality of life for our Retrievers.

There are a number of ways to keep your retriever’s teeth healthy. Brushing is one great way to do it but it takes training for both the dog and the owner to brush properly and safely. The video above provides some great tips on how to brush your retriever’s teeth. Me, I am a little more “hands off” when it comes to keeping our Misty Mountain Labradors teeth clean. We got a tip from a doggy dentist a few years back who recommended giving our dogs a high quality rawhide once a week to keep their teeth white and gums healthy. Now with all of the issues with Chinese dog treats and chemicals put into many rawhides, that can be challenging. When we shop for rawhides we look for ones that are kind of like Fruit Roll Ups in shape and have no preservatives and chemicals added. Unfortunately we just lost our most recent supplier and are investigating a new source for this type of rawhide.

In the meantime another great way to keep your retriever’s teeth clean is a raw bone from the butcher. We look for the “knuckle” bones that are softer and contain a lot of marrow for our dogs to chew on. We always use raw as that keeps the bones in a softer state that is safe for your dogs teeth. The downside is that raw bones can be messy! A friend of our recommends dental chews.

Bottom line: an ounce of prevention by keeping your retriever’s mouth healthy will save you money in the long run and keep your retriever in the game much longer! So do your part for the National Pet Dental Health Month.

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Jill Scully

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Jill is mom to three retrievers. Krypto (a black lab mix) is very laid back & only gets excited when it’s time to eat. Ripley (a pure bred golden retriever) is the typical happy, always “ready to play” golden. Boomer (a golden retriever/English setter) is the baby of the group. He loves to go for rides in the car and follows Jill from room to room around the house.

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