Archive for July, 2012

What To Do With Dog’s Toothbrush

We are sharing an informative email correspondence:

Someone I know stores the used toothbrush from dog in the dish drain silverware holder next to sink. Pretty sick. What do u think?

Hi, Rosanne.

A pet’s toothbrush should be rinsed in alcohol or a Listerine type product after use which is not a bad thing to do with our own personal brushes. At the very least all toothbrushes should be thoroughly washed off with tap water every time you use them and be sure the brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers because they can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria. Any toothbrush should be stored in a holder, rather than lying it down, and it never should touch another toothbrush. That goes for any toothbrush be it people’s or pet’s. Studies have found that toothbrushes of both healthy and oral diseased adults become heavily contaminated with normal use with pathogenic bacteria from the dental plaque and the environment. Soaking the toothbrush in Listerine for 20 minutes prior to and after brushing decreases the microbial load significantly. In short, ALL toothbrushes deserve extra care for good hygiene and health.

Hope that helps you out.

See our web pages on Care of Your Dog’s Teeth
and Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

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Shih Tzu Tear Staining

We are sharing an informative email correspondence:

Hi, my name is Katie. I came across one of your articles and figured you are the perfect person to ask. I have a 4 year old shih tzu that we adopted.  We have been told antacids help with the tear staining. However, my Peanut won’t eat an antacid no matter what we do. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Hi, Katie.

Start with giving Peanut distilled water, keep a supply in the fridge to replenish the drinking water as needed. Once your Peanut has acclimated to the water change, you might try one additional step by adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 6-8 ounces of distilled water. NOTE it must be the unfiltered kind with the “mother” still in it. It is easily found in most health food stores and better markets in the natural foods section. Hint, read about it — it is good for us bi-peds, too. Braggs is one brand you might see. The ACV will help change the internal ph, and will help prevent the staining.

Next, you can then go and purchase a bottle of “No More Tears shampoo” and apply just one drop and we mean one drop on a cotton ball into warm water and gently rub those stains below your fur kid’s eyes. Then dip another cotton ball in just warm water and wipe away the remains of the baby shampoo, then follow that up with a regular baby wipe.  With a week’s worth of daily cleanings you should very well see a noticeable difference. And by changing to distilled water this problem will be greatly minimized if not eliminated.

Now, please do not think you can use the same shampoo to bathe your Peanut because you should not. Your Peanut has a different Ph to her skin than that product is made for. People shampoo is not for dogs. Additionally, diet is important. It is not good for your Peanut to eat anything but high quality food without lots of artificial stuff and preservatives. Not only will a poor quality diet contribute to this problem it is bad for your fur kid’s health in the long run.

Hope we have helped you, and the cost to you for our effort will be to give your Peanut an enjoyable scratch from us and much love from you.

See our web page on Dog Tear Stains

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