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Pet Health

Dental, Ear and Nail Care are important aspects of maintaining your dog's good health and comfort. On these pages you will find professional quality products to keep your dog's teeth and gums fresh and in good health; ears clean, dry and healthy; first aid and nutraceuticals to soothe the body and mind; and tools to maintain short and smooth nails; your best friend will look and feel great!

Dental Care

Preventative maintenance is the key to good oral health. Start brushing your dog's teeth when the pet is young. Be sure to use a toothpaste formulated for dogs. Do not use a foaming toothpaste or a product that contains flouride, cos' our fur babies cannot "rinse and spit". We highly recommend the PlaqClnz product for daily use. Tasteless, odorless and alcohol free...PlaqClnz will keep your pet's breath fresh and teeth in tip-top condition! Routinely check your dog's mouth for any changes in oral health, redness along the gum line, bleeding gums or odor. Providing healthy crunchy dental treats and the occasional relaxing American Beefhide Chew is an easy and enjoyable way to help your dog keep his teeth tarter free and gums healthy. Periodontal Disease has a serious negative effect on your dog's health and in advanced stages contributes to Congenital Heart Failure. Always consult your veterinarian of any changes in your dog's oral health.

Read Karla's Article About Dental Care

Nail Care

Nails left unchecked can grow to painful lengths. Dew claws can grow completely around and into the soft tissue of the foot. Ouch! Don't let this happen to your best friend. No matter the size or breed of your dog, you'll find the perfect nail trimming tools and plenty of good information to help you keep your best friend's nails and paws in tip-top condition.

Ear Care

Reoccurring ear infections are a very common health problem in dogs. By keeping your dog's ears clean, dry and free of excess hair you can greatly reduce the chance of developing ear problems from outside sources. Chronic ear infections can also be a symptom of a more serious underlying health problem, such as inhalant, contact or food allergies; or Endocrine Disorders. Be sure to consult your veterinarian about reoccurring ear infections. You'll find tools and products that will help you to maintain the health of your dog's ears here.

Eye Care

From soothing drops to outstanding tear stain removers we have your best friend's eye care needs covered.

Pet Health Aids

On occasion you may need products to enhance your best friend's comfort and health of mind, body and spirit. Perhaps a product to soothe and promote healing of minor skin irritation and infection; or products to calm or rejuvenate. Here you will find naturally derived products to help you maintain a healthy and happy fur child...from the inside out!

Read Karla's Article on Dental Care

Brushing Up On Preventative Maintenance

By Karla Addington-Smith

Preventative maintenance is an important aspect of good health. Whether canine or feline, this principal applies to your best friend! The foods you feed, vaccinations and steps taken against heartworm disease and flea and tick infestation are all part of preventative maintenance in health care. Yet, 85% of all dogs and cats over the age of four are affected by periodontal disease. This condition is progressive, and left unchecked, can become irreversible. Untreated periodontal disease causes pain, bad breath, receding and infected gums and tooth loss. Bacteria from oral infection enters the blood stream and becomes systemic in nature. Pets can then suffer from heart, kidney or liver failure. But, before you run for the tube of Crest and your old toothbrush, read on...

Preventing periodontal disease takes many forms. Passive prevention, such as feeding dry food, crunchy treats and providing rawhide products and chew toys will help your pet naturally remove plaque and tarter. But like people, routine brushing of teeth, or the daily application of PlaqClnz is the only really effective way to prevent gum disease and tooth loss in your dog or cat. It's not only more convenient, but healthier too, to use dental hygiene products designed especially for pets. Most dogs and cats find the taste of pet toothpastes more palatable and far less offensive than human toothpastes. Better taste means increased usage and better results. Dogs and cats can't rinse and spit so be sure your pet toothpaste does NOT contain fluoride which will irritate your pet's stomach. Pet toothpaste contains a higher level of abrasives to clean more quickly and effectively. A specially designed pet toothbrush, or finger tip brush, is a better fit to your pet's mouth and will make the process more enjoyable for both of you.

Like any preventative steps, starting early in your pet's life will help him to accept the procedure. It may take a few brushing sessions for you and your furry friend to get comfortable with the process, but with these tips you'll be an expert in no time!

First, be sure to choose an appropriate time and place and stick with it throughout the introduction period. Be sure to give lots of praise during the process and perhaps a special treat afterwards. Begin slowly, you may lift the lips the first few times to get him used to being handled around the mouth. Gradually, you begin to touch the teeth with your fingers. Once you are able to touch your pet's teeth, you can introduce the toothpaste. Let him smell and lick the paste on his own. You may than apply a small amount of toothpaste to a gauze wrapped finger or finger brush and rub his teeth. Once you've gotten this far, it is time to introduce the toothbrush.

It is not necessary to fully open your pet's mouth and brush the inside of the teeth at first. You can keep the mouth closed, lifting the lips to expose the teeth as the plague and tarter forms on the outside of the teeth along the gum line. Place the brush at 45 degree angle toward the gum-line and using small circular motions begin brushing. Pay special attention to the back teeth. Once the routine is established it is important to brush every day as tarter develops from plague in as little as 24 to 48 hours. If you are using the Triple Pet 3-Head Brush, you can simply place the brush over the teeth and gently move the brush back and forth in small motions.

In addition to routine tooth brushing, your pet will benefit from regular visual inspection of the mouth and gums. A healthy mouth will have firm, pink gums. Teeth will be white with little or no discoloration. Red or bleeding gums, two sets of teeth, uneven wear or broken teeth, tarter and or receding gum lines, and a foul odor emanating from the mouth, should all be reported to your veterinarian. Good oral hygiene is good preventative maintenance! An important part of caring for your best friend!