Dental Toys for Dogs

Many companies design doggie playthings specifically for dental health like flavors spearmint and/or peppermint to entice dogs to interact, also they incorporate bumps, holes, grooves and woven cotton rope that act as a floss. The different textures and grip areas make it easy for dogs to hold a toy in their paws, encouraging them to play longer. When seeking a dental toy, avoid products containing harmful dyes, BPA and other chemical components. When ingredients are not listed on the label, contact the company for more information. Better safe than sorry!  Keep in mind that the FDA doesn't regulate dog toys, which means it's up to you to ensure a product is safe before tossing it to your pooch.

A note about Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a great tool to keep in your dog's dental care kit. Coconut oil boasts antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria and prevent infection. It also moisturizes your dog's gums and hardens tooth enamel over time. Make a doggie toothpaste!! Mix one teaspoon of coconut oil with a couple drops of high quality therapeutic grade essential oil, wrap a piece of gauze around your pointer finger and gently rub your dog's teeth and gums with your homemade toothpaste, or just use a canine toothbrush

Pet Food / Ingredients to Avoid

Educating yourself about healthy nutrition for your dog and cat is a very good idea. One of the best ways to begin is learning how to read pet food labels. A good pet food is made from whole food ingredients, including named meats, fresh veggies and fruit, herbs and healthy oils. Most cheap commercial diets contain things your dog or cat shouldn't  be eating, such as by-products, corn soy, unnamed meat or grain meals, rendered fat, and/or artificial preservatives and coloring. If you see any of these by-products and such listed cheap ingredients on your pet food bag please put the product back on the shelf. By becoming a savvy pet food label-reader and avoiding these low end ingredients, you are taking a big step towards protecting your pet's health .