Sunday, February 19, 2012

Brushing my dogs' teeth with a Sonicare toothbrush

I've been giving some thought to the best way to care for my dogs' teeth.  I don't have the right equipment or lifestyle, sadly, to feed a raw diet to my dogs, and since one of my dogs is a Borzoi (a breed with some sensitivity to anesthesia) the idea of having their teeth cleaned with the help of a vet who will put them under for the procedure is unattractive.

I could brush their teeth with a manual toothbrush, which two of my dogs will tolerate, but I don't feel I am going a very thorough job, and I confess that we don't have time to do this for all three dogs every day (by any means). 

My large dog, a Borzoi, has not been trained to allow me to brush her teeth, and I've decided (and I can't believe I'm saying this publicly) to train all three of them to allow me to brush their teeth using a Sonicare toothbrush.

The ultrasonic sound waves do a much better job of breaking up the tarter on the teeth and dislodging bacteria than a regular toothbrush.  We use a Sonicare on our own teeth, so why not on our dogs?

I'm going to put together a comprehensive training plan which I will share with you.  I'm doing a lot of traveling this year for my job that pays my mortgage, so this is going to be a slow effort.  Anyone out there want to join me?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

FDA Warns: Pets Being Poisoned by Treats-- Manufacturers Refusing Recall

Dated 2/1/12:

Animal owners are once again at the mercy of pet food companies, as their pets are being poisoned by the very people that they trust to keep them healthy. Once again, claim pet owners, their beloved and innocent family members are dying from eating food items that US companies are importing from China.

For the full article including a list of the products involved, click here: 

Here is a nice video showing how you can make your own healthy dog treats: