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Dental care for dogs

Dental care for dogs

Dog’s dental health is one of the most important things but easily ignored by dog owners. If not provided proper dental care, dogs might get dental disease. Dental diseases like gum disease, cracked teeth affect a dog’s health and happiness as much as they do to human. Provide dental care to your dogs and giving them healthy diet can decrease their risk of getting dental disease. Here are what you should know about dental health in dogs.

  1. Signs of dental diseases

Bad breath. Normally, bad breath could be the first sign of early dental disease. If the food dogs eat hasn’t changed and dogs still get bad breath (worse than normal), dental care like simple teeth brush should be considered.

Bleeding or inflamed gums. Bleeding or inflamed gums mean your dog got infected by bacteria, and generally accompanied by gum aches which could cause your dog’s loss of appetite. If your dog has this symptoms, contact your vet as soon as possible.

Unusual drooling. It’s normal that dogs drool when they’re chewing on toys or expecting treats, but if your dog drools excessively than usual, it may be associated with tooth pain or gum aches.

  1. Ways to prevent it

Dental health is important to a dog’s overall health and happiness. What we can do to prevent our dogs getting dental diseases? Check it out.

Tooth-brushing. Brushing is a easy and great way to clean the tooth. You don’t need to brush your dog’s tooth daily, instead, make tooth-brushing a routine and your dog will gradually accept it.

Dry food can make tooth clean. Dry food can rub off some plague when your dogs chew on it. Likewise, providing chew toys to your dog to play with is another way for dental care.

Use pet-safe toothbrushes and toothpaste. Toothbrushes for human could be useless for dogs as they have different tooth structure. Dog-specific toothbrushes is designed for dogs according to their tooth and gums which can help better clean them. Like suncream, human-tooth paste could contain harmful ingredients to dogs, so buy dog-safe toothpaste for your dog.

Dental check. You can do daily dental check on your dog yourself according to the signs of the dental diseases including checking gums color, drooling. Besides, take your dog to a vet for dental check every 6 month is recommended.

True facts of the common cat myths you should know

True facts of the common cat myths you should know

You may have heard many myths about cats, but did you believe them then, and now do you know the true facts? Today, we will show you some popular cats myths that just are not true.

  1. Cats can see things under completely dark environment

Cats can see much more clearly than human in dim environment like at dusk and dawn, but do know that it doesn’t mean they can see things in total darkness. Due to the perfect structure of their eyes, cats eyes can gather light and intensify it in the back of their eye in a membrane. So that they need only about one-sixth of the light that humans need to see clearly in dim environment.

Cats can not see perfectly in total dark environment but they can see with a few light.

  1. All cats hate water

Most cats dislike water because their coat could get wet and that could hinder their actions out of emergency, and that could be fatal to hunters in wild environment. Most cats do like running water like water from the faucet, and they perceive running water as alive prey and play with it with hands.

But not all species dislike water, such as Bengal, Maine Coon, and they are more likely to enjoy water.

  1. Cats are solitary animals and always like to stay alone

In ancient times, dogs live in family group while cats live alone, so in some extent, cats are solitary creatures by their nature. But domesticated cats can form very close bonds to their owners and other animals. Sometimes they want to be alone, but most of the time they want to stay with their owners. So you can see cats lay on the table/keyboard, or crawl on owners’ arm when owners are working. And they could have separation anxiety when their owners leave for work or travel.

  1. Declawing cats is not harmful

Declawing cats is not like you trimming your fingernails, and it could bring lasting problems to cats. What’s more, declawing to a cat is more like cutting the last knuckle of each finger to human. If a cat is declawed, it feels pain in the paw and it is also easy to get infections, and back pain.

If your cat is destroying things with its nail, please do not declaw your cats. Instead, train it patiently to use its nail with manner.

How to Avoid Your Puppy from Chewing Shoes?

How to Avoid Your Puppy from Chewing Shoes?

You might think it’s cute and melt your heart when your puppy is chewing a much more extensive shoe than their body. But it may become a ‘home disaster’ when the puppy grows up and shows destructive behavior by chewing shoes, clothes, and sofa. At that time, it’s too late to regret. So it's essential to train your dogs in order to prevent them from chewing shoes.

Keep on reading if you desire to know what is the first step to avoid things from happening. There are basically three main reasons why your puppy is biting shoes, including teething, boredom, and separation anxiety.

Puppy Teething

A puppy starts teething at about 3 to 4 months, and it may chew things because of teething. At this period, the puppy experiences gum sore and discomfort, and it’s drooling. Therefore, they will look for something to chew on, relieving the pain and discomfort. How to avoid it chewing on your shoes?

Provide teething toys for it to chew on. Especially those toys that can be filled with cool water so that it could also soothe your puppy’s gums and teach them to chew on toys. Whenever you notice them chewing on your shoes, replace the boots with chewing toys, and reward your puppy with treats when it starts chewing on toys. Keep shoes, clothes, and other things out of your puppy’s reach that it likes to chew on except its chewing toys.

Out of Boredom

Dogs or puppies could chew shoes out of boredom. If your puppy has no other entertainment activities to have fun or burn energy, it will find itself. Yes, it may begin to chew things to consume its energy and entertain itself. Hence, it would be best if you get them a job or a thing to focus on, like provide playthings and let them keep your house safe. A daily walk might also help to burn some of your dog’s energy.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can cause a puppy or dog to munch things that are nervous reactions to your absence. And to them, your shoes or clothes smell like you or even better. So, you should keep your clothes and shoes away from your dogs. Moreover, if your puppy remains alone all day, consider getting it an animal companion or get a dog secure camera/dog treat for it so that you can see, talk to it, and give treats to relieve its separation anxiety.

Remember not to scold it or yell at it when you found it biting your shoes, as this could frighten it. They just only need to be trained. Love your puppy and keep it as a company as much as possible.