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Dog Teeth Cleaning – Our Dog’s First Experience

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Kobi needs a dental exam

Our dog, Kobi, is a 6 year old Havanese and while we have been fairly good about brushing his teeth, we recently noticed they were getting a bit too dirty. At Kobi’s annual pet exam the veterinarian recommended we consider getting his teeth cleaned. Then about a week later, we found a chip of his tooth on the floor. That was the trigger – Kobi needed a dental exam asap!

We were really worried about the anesthesia and had heard about anesthesia-free dental cleanings (we even wrote an article about them). We did further research on anesthesia-free dog teeth cleaning, as well as those with anesthesia. One of the vets we really respect, Dr. Andy Roark, did a You Tube video recommending dog teeth cleaning with anesthesia. It is also the recommended procedure by the American Veterinary Dental College.

We decided Kobi’s long term health was more important than the risk of the anesthesia. We called up our vet, Dr. Timi Lee at Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital. As she had done a great job with Kobi’s neutering procedure, we felt safe with her as the right vet for the job.

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Circle shows Kobi’s dirty molar & chipped tooth

How Did the Dog Teeth Cleaning Go?

The procedure consisted of:

  • A pre-anesthetic exam and diagnostic lab tests
  • Dental X-Rays
  • Professional scaling – this removes plaque and tartar build-up
  • Full cleaning under the gum-line – it’s where periodontal disease lurks
  • Polishing – this leaves a completely smooth surface of the tooth, which helps discourage plaque and bacteria from adhering to the teeth

We also learned that sometimes there is the option of having a root canal done, thus avoiding extracting the teeth. We were fortunate Kobi’s teeth were in pretty good condition. No teeth needed to be pulled or have root canal. The tooth that was chipped was bonded.

Post Procedure Happy, Clean Teeth:

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After: Left Side Bonded & Cleaned

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After: Right Side: All Clean!

Kobi was at the vet for most of the day. When we picked him up he was happy and alert. At home, we gave him some food and it all went down well. It’s now 24hrs post procedure and can say there have been no bad post-op side effects.

We’d like to thank Dr. Timi Lee and the staff at the Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital for doing a great job with Kobi. We’ll definitely be coming back for another routine dental cleaning in the future.

Fit Dogs Can Carry Their Own Poop Bags!

We recently received a great review about Earth Rated bags from a Dogsized fan & Earth Rated giveaway winner:

From Barbara Rivers of K9sOverCoffee.com:

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Missy & Buzz checking out Earth Rated

We were recently among the lucky winners of a box of 120 Earth Rated lavender-scented poop bags from Dogsized! Yay! I can never have enough poop bags on hand (or paw!) since I’m a professional dog walker on top of being a proud doggie mommy to my pups Missy & Buzz.

Extra Wide & Extra Strong

poop bags 2The poop bags we received are the ones with an extra wide opening and handles. They measure 13.5″ by 7″, and can easily be pulled out of their dispensing-box through an opening in the back (these particular poop bags don’t come on rolls).

Side note: The wide opening makes these poop bags a great option for cat litter cleaning duty as well! I’ve used them for that very purpose at one of my multi-pet client’s home ~ I actually picked up their pups’ poop first, then headed to their garage where the litter box is located and scooped the dirty cat litter into the same bag, no problem!

Lavender-Scented

poop bags 3As mentioned above, we won the lavender-scented poop bags ~ I’m usually not a fan of scented dog products because I’ve found that they can be overpowering. These bags, however, are a nice exception to the rule, as they aren’t overwhelming for my nose!

Green Values

The name Earth Rated already suggests the company’s dedication to our planet Earth ~ here’s how they go about it:
▪ The rolls’ cores & packaging are made of recycled material
▪ Their white-colored, vegetable based bags are 100% plastic free, meaning they will actually break down! (unlike plastic, which takes about 1000 years to decompose!!!)
▪ Any bags not passing their quality control are donated to shelters
▪ Excess production material is recycled or re-used for future production
▪ Earth Rated is a Canadian company, but has multiple warehouse locations, thus reducing their carbon footprint

Convenience of Handles

poop bagSince the arrival of the Earth Rated poop bags with HANDLES, the pups have taken on an additional job ~ that of carrying their own poop!! It’s super easy to tie their respective bags to their doggie backpacks, and it has made our walks more enjoyable for me.

Affordable Dog Waste Bag for $0.06 Per Bag!

A box of the 120 Earth Rated, lavender scented poop bags with handles retails for $6.99, translating into a cost of $0.06 per bag ~ fair price for a pawsome product!

7 Great Tips to Care for Your Senior Dog

by Celebrity Dog Groomer Jorge Bendersky

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Jorge and Tito the Pom

1. Stop Slips!

Remove extra hair between the pads of the feet, with round end scissors or small clippers, to ensure more tracking and less slipping!

2. Fresh & Flexible!

Keep the bottom of the paws moisturized to give them maximum flexibility and traction, you can massage it in with a paw therapy cream (by Jorge Bendersky at M Boutique) to keep the paw surface fresh and flexible.

3. TLC! Brush time is massage time!

Brushing not only removes the dead hair and makes them look and feel beautiful but it also reactivates the circulation of the hips.
Plus, regular brushing helps to loosen up the muscles before the dog park. Try a curry rubber brush.

4. Walk don’t run!

If you are going to take your senior dog to an off-leash park, try walking them on leash for a while to warm up their muscles. Stretching and pacing your dog will help ease them them into the pack to put less stress on their aging joints.

Senior Dog5. Short and sweet!

Running or walking on pavement with long nails is the equivalent of running with rocks in your shoes. It is uncomfortable for your dog and keeping your dog’s nails short can help prevent back injuries.

6. Keep them close!

Avoid retractable leashes, they create a false sense of freedom. Finding the end of the leash while they are mid-leap can lead to discomfort and injury.

7. Bladder control!

Be aware that your dog’s bathroom visits may need to be more frequent. Increase the bathroom breaks when going shopping with your dog, you wouldn’t want to miss a sale!

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Jorge BenderskyJorge Bendersky was born in Argentina. After moving to New York City, he began grooming dogs and achieved Certified Master Groomer status. Jorge is a pet stylist, best-selling author, pet product spokesperson, philanthropist and groomer to the (pet) stars. Jorge is talking his way into millions of homes across America with his appearances on national TV, including Kelly & Michael, The Meredith Vieira Show, Rachael Ray and several of his own reality shows.

 

Today, Celebrity Dog Groomer & Best Selling Author Jorge Bendersky travels around the world discovering the hottest trends for dogs. He is best known for starring in Animal Planet’s TV Show “Groomer Has It” and for his book “DIY Dog Grooming: From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show, Everything you Need to Know“. He lives in Chelsea, NYC with his dog Tito the Pom!

Earthbath Shed Control Shampoo and Conditioner

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Yep Mom – Its Shedding Season!

Just in time for Earth Day and spring shedding season, one of our favorite eco-friendly dog brands, Earthbath, has come out with a new Shed Control Dog Shampoo and Conditioner.

Based on their popular Green Tea and Aloe Shampoo, they reformulated it into an even more effective Shed Control Shampoo. One of the secret new ingredients is fair trade organic shea butter, which is wild –gathered and cold-pressed by the rural Uganda Shea Processor’s Association (NUSPA), a cooperative run by women in rural Uganda. So not only is this an environmentally friendly product, but it’s also a product that supports communities in need. Don’t you wish more companies were this compassionate?

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I shed all this! Good job, right???

Earthbath Shed Control Dog Shampoo is a pH-balanced, soap free, antioxidant formula. It also contains green tea leaf extract, ginseng, omega-6 fatty acids, awapuhi and other natural humectants and emollients. These all-natural ingredients nourish and detoxify skin and rejuvenate coats while controlling excessive shedding, dander and other associated allergens.

To The Rescue!!

To The Rescue!!

Earthbath Shed Control Conditioner is a vegetable-based conditioner which uses organic shea butter and allantoin to moisturize and nourish your dog’s skin and coat. Glycerin and phytantriol ingredients promote moisture retention. Antioxidants repair and keep skin healthy. All together it’s create a great smelling product that detangles and provides relief from excessive shedding and dander leaving your dog’s coat healthy and beautiful.

Earthbath Shed Control Dog Shampoo and Conditioner will not wash off topical flea applications – so post bath you should end up with a flea-free, shed-free gorgeous dog!