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October 30th, 2013     Volume 4, Issue 44 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 If Dogs Could Talk

Dental Health Tips For Puppies

By Monica Reyes

As a new puppy owner, you know that training, proper feeding, love, and attention are all on the top of your daily to-do list.  Having a new pup is exciting and will keep you busy, so it’s easy to forget good dental habits for your puppy.  This article will provide a good insight as to why oral health is important, as well as tips on how to make dental health for your puppy a bit easier for the hectic puppy household!

The health of our dogs is very important throughout the many stages of their lives.  As a pet parent, we monitor and maintain the health and lifestyles of our furry loved ones, and do everything we can to provide the very best for them.  

When thinking about your puppy’s dental health, it may not seem like much of a priority; after all, her teeth are brand new and strong.  (If you’ve ever had a dog tear through a pair of your favorite shoes, you know exactly what I mean!)  But yes, it is essential to keep up with your pup’s dental health making good dental hygiene second-nature for her at an early age.

We all know that our pups eventually lose their baby teeth, but it is still very important that we maintain good dental health early on to ensure dental diseases are prevented.  After your dog eats, food gathers where the gums and teeth meet.  This forms plaque and tartar which can eventually lead to gingivitis. In severe cases, gingivitis can get so bad that it can cause the root of a tooth to rot and fall out.

Here are a few simple things that can get your pup’s dental health on the right track:

  1. Get your puppy used to daily dental care.  Yes, it may be difficult to train your pup to become used to dental cleanings, but this is just as important as choosing a proper diet.  Begin brushing your dog’s teeth between the ages of eight and sixteen weeks.  The more often you do it, the easier it will get as your puppy becomes an adult.

  2. Pay close attention to your pup’s teething behavior.  This will not be difficult because you will definitely notice your pup chewing on anything that they can get his paws (and jaws) on!  Raw meaty bones or elk antler chews are a great outlet for puppies going through the teething stage.  Not only are they a tasty chew treat, but they also help clean their teeth and massage their aching gums.  Just remember to supervise your pet when they are enjoying bones or other chews.

  3. A proper and completely balanced diet is important to keep your growing puppy healthy and to develop strong teeth and bones.  Dogs rely solely on bones as a major part of their diet because it not only provides proper nutrition, but it also assists in dental cleaning.  Yes, dental cleaning!  The BARF Diet includes ground bone that helps scrape off the plaque from your pet’s teeth during meals.
Many dental diseases can be avoided when feeding the BARF Diet.  Not only is it a completely balanced diet, providing your growing puppy the nutrition necessary for healthy growth and development, but it also helps to keep your puppy’s teeth clean.  BARF doesn’t contain artificial ingredients that stick to your pet’s teeth and cause plaque and tartar, and the ground bone in our formulas helps to scrape any buildup on your pet’s teeth for a more pleasant breath and cleaner, whiter teeth.

We have also recently added some great Elk Antler Chews to our product line (available at www.barfworld.com) because we know that chewing is second-nature for dogs.  These all-natural antler chews will soothe your pups gums and provide proper nutrition at the same time.  They are naturally shed and sun-dried with no preservatives or other junk added.  Since a puppy’s new teeth are weaker than adolescent dogs, some raw bones can damage their teeth.  This is why we recommend the split antler chew, which is cut in half, exposing the marrow, and allows for a softer, safer chew for your pup. Split antler chews will keep your pup busy for hours without damaging their teeth!

For those dealing with destructive chewers:  BARF World recently teamed up with a wonderful dog trainer, named Doggy Dan, who has great tips for puppy owners that have destructive chewers at home.  If you’d like to find out more about how to deal with problem behaviors like destructive chewing, barking, nipping, jumping up, or potty training, please visit www.barfworld.com/DoggyDan.


ggggMonica Reyes is a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is a full-time student and working mom to a young toddler, a terrier mix named Mookie and a tabby cat named Phillip. Monica enjoys healthy home cooking and spending quality time with her family. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.

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 Brighthaven's Adoptable Dog

I cannot believe you will be able to resist this gorgeous Whippet lady by the name of Beauty. As we know from our experiences with BrightHaven animals, many that go into hospice care often rebound into new and joyful life and it is my fervent hope that Beauty will be such a one - she truly deserves another shot at life. Here is the story we received:


I'm reaching out to you from Los Angeles on behalf of a 13 yr old Whippet mix that was at the Baldwin Park Shelter, where I volunteer. Beauty (I named her that so she will feel the definition of that word every time someone talks to her, saying her name) is in need of a HOSPICE HOME.

She was there waiting for her person to come (they tracked her license), but they never showed up. When she was going to be put to sleep and was emaciated, thought to be in kidney failure, liver problems (later found to not be the case), a friend and I couldn't wait any longer and got her out to an outside vet.

That was 2 weeks ago...............

Beauty's blood work has been done and it came back pretty normal, which is great! Her urine is also good! She has lost some weight and takes treats, but hesitates when it comes to eating her real food. (the vet tries other good things to tempt her. So now they try to hand feed her). She does have diarrhea off and on and is on meds for that. She does seem to have some dementia. Her tail has been known to wag and she is a sweet and easy girl. Calm and she gets along with other dogs.

The vet is HOPING that once she is in a home, that she will regain an appetite.

I've networked her to exhaustion with no one to say yes to her. The goal is to get her into a home where she will be loved and adored, made to feel special. 

Here is her link on facebook to her album and video:

On behalf of Beauty, thank you for any help - I VERY much appreciate and am in awe of what you do to help animals."

Elaine Seamans  atchoo@earthlink.net


As always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Jeannette Patocskai


If you'd like to learn more about BrightHaven and how you can help to support our work to save animals' lives, please visit us online at www.brighthaven.org, write to us at info@brighthaven.org
or call us at 707-578-4800         

 Pet Alert!
Dogswell Recall 8/30/2013 - Joey's Jerky - voluntarily recalling Chicken Jerky due to Salmonella after 21 people identified with the same strain of the illness.
Dogswell Recall 8/30/2013 - Nestlé Purina PetCare Company - voluntarily recalling 3.5 pound bags of Purina One Beyond due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Dogswell Recall 8/14/2013 - Iams - Procter & Gamble recall a limited quantity due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Dogswell Recall 7/26/2013 - Dogswell - Recalls Dog and Cat Jerky Treats for traces of antibiotic residue.
 Bark Out Loud

Top Dog Costumes From Tompkins Square Halloween Parade

Pet costumes are our favorite annual train wreck. Somehow, the concoction of small submissive pets, cheap fabric and a half clever idea win over our hearts or at least wrestle a grin free. That said, if the image on the left of the boiling dogster doesn't convince you to check out the rest, you must at least see the Doggy Parton.

CLICK HERE to the rest of the fabulous costumes.

"Dogs live with man as courtiers 'round a monarch, steeped in the flattery of his notice ... to push their favor in this world of pickings and caresses is, perhaps, the business of their lives."
Robert Louis Stevenson
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