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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #012 - Bad Breath
October 15, 2006

Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.

You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong wellbeing.

With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.

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Table of Contents

Destructive Behavior

Bad Breath


4 Tips to curb your dog's household destructive behavior

As dog owners, you probably have experienced just how destructive your pets can be around the house. They knock things over and bite anything that they can get away with, even when they know they are not supposed to do it.

The good news is that pets are quick learners so if you apply the following simple training tips then your dog will soon be off redirecting his 'chewing energy' onto something else.

1. Supply your dog with plenty of toys. Regardless if your dog is an adult or a puppy, be sure that there is always plenty of toys for them to chew on and play with.

2. It is important not to give your dog toys to use, that actually belong to you. For example, we all love to give the dog our old tennis shoe right? It seems innocent enough, but think about that for a moment. You just gave your dog permission to chew and destroy something that belongs to you.

3. Be quick to stop any type of unwanted chewing behavior immediately.

4. Create a unique room just for the dog. Whether it is a full blown room or simply a crate, designating a place that your dog is sent to for disciplining or when you have to leave the house is a great way to help curb his natural instincts to chew up on everything.

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4 important tips to help get rid of your dog's bad breath

Dog breath can be one of the most nauseating smells to most people. Everyone loves to run up and pet a dog when they see it walking with its owner but it is a huge turn off if your dog's breath smells like week old trash!

1. Start off by getting into a routine of brushing your dog's teeth about twice per day, just like you probably do for your own teeth.

2. Brush your dog's teeth from the time they are a puppy. Attempting to brush a full grown adult dog's teeth for the first time will probably prove to be disastrous because it's quite an odd experience having something jammed up in their mouths

3. Try feeding your dog carrots as an afternoon snack. Be sure that they remain raw when you feed your dog because they act as a gentle 'tooth scraper' which helps to rub away the plaque.

4. Trade in the canned food for hard food. I realize that your dog probably loves the soft texture and the juicy flavor of his favorite canned food but your dog's dental health will improve with hard foods, should you make the switch.

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Dog's & Heartworms

If your dog has heartworms then he more than likely recieved it from a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes in most any part of the country carry these heartworms, particularly on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

As the name describes, these little worms live in the heart of its host, literally. The dangers they cause to the animal range with negative effects. Shortness of breath is typically the first sign of the dog having heartworms.

Unfortunately there is no possible way to keep your dog from being bitten by mosquito, the only thing that you can do is take preventative measures. In the meantime, we have some useful tidbits of information below:

1. All veterinarians advise that all animals get these shots because even though they may be bitten by an infected mosquito, their blood stream will fight it off from the medicine.

2. Just because you are confident that your dog does not go outside much and will not be infected with heartworms, or so you believe. Remember, all it takes is one mosquito to get in and pass along this worm.

3. Be sure to get a blood test before asking for the heartworm medication. The reason why you should have your dog tested first is because it could be dangerous to administer heartworm medication to a dog that is already infected.

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