Pet Dental Care Month

How to help your dogs and cats stay healthy, starting with the teeth! Did you know that plaque and tarter build-up can lead to systemic infection and to liver, kidney and heart disease? Just like in humans is not just about a pretty face and a healthy set of chompers is the gateway to healthy pets.

Some facts to brush up on:

  • Periodontal disease is the most common health condition in cats and dogs — even though it is preventable!
  • Almost 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have developed periodontal (gum) disease by the age of 2.
  • Poor pet breath may mean serious health issues that might be originating from his teeth!

Just like in humans, without dental care plaque will build up on the surface of teeth and at the gum line. If it’s not removed by brushing, this can become infected and move past the gums to the surrounding teeth and bone. Also, calcium salts from saliva can turn plaque into hard tartar, which becomes rough and forms a perfect bed for more plaque formation. With this process, gums can inflame and become painful with gingivitis. As gum disease advances, gums will become infected, and this infection can move into the bloodstream and can then spread to the heart, kidneys and liver.

We brush our teeth daily so why not brush our pets teeth, too?!

First, check with your local pet store to help point you in the right direction. If necessary consult with a veterinarian to assess your pet’s overall health and the health of their teeth and gums with a dental evaluation.

Will my pet let me brush their teeth?

With effective cat and dog training your pet will enjoy having their teeth cleaned. It is all about positive association and reinforcement. There are 3 techniques to use gradually over a period of about a week:

  1. Let your pet lick a small of bit of Pet Toothpaste from your finger and then give him a tasty treat. Do this for a couple days.
  2. The following couple of days put some Pet Toothpaste on the Pet Toothbrush and let him lick that followed by their favourite treat.
  3. Finally, gently brush a few teeth with his brush and give him a treat. Just a couple teeth gradually work up to more and more. Pretty soon your pet is loving it all!

It is really that simple. Quick, easy and will result in a lifetime of better pet health.

One very important note about toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste as your pet could choke on the foam.

During Pet Dental Month Telling TAILS has many savings available on dental care products.

  • Pet toothpaste, pet toothbrushes, finger toothbrushes, plaque scrapers and dental care kits.
  • Powder supplements like Natures Dentist serve to remove tarter & plaque while your pet eats
  • Toys that encourage chewing to gently clean the teeth like rope toys can help to floss your pets teeth.
  • Toys like Bionic chew toys, can have treats hidden inside that can help to scrape the teeth as the teeth move in to score the goodies.
  • Treats that don’t break down easily like Bull Pizzles have a similar effect to flossing.
  • Chewing on Tarter buster bones and Deer Antlers provide friction against the teeth as your pets chew.

Come in to Telling TAILS for dental care month and both you and your pet will come out smiling.

Grooming and Self Wash

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No need to book an appointment for the Self-Wash Station. Just bring the pooch in. We supply the Raised Tub, Pet Safe Shampoo, Apron, Bath Brush, Towels, Hair Dryer and Treats. Please call ahead to be sure the Self-Wash is not in use.

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Plan a Pet-Safe Christmas and Festive Season Gatherings

House Rules: If our animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy basting the turkey, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session. Avoid over exciting our pets in what could be a stressful situation for them.

Private Pet Place: It is important to provide our pets with their own quiet safe retreat with fresh water and a Dog Safe Place TellingTAILS Pet Supplies Pet Grooming Chelmsfordplace to snuggle. Timid pup dogs and kitty cats will want to escape the clamour. Put their carrying case, kennel, bed or favourite blanket in a separate room away from the and boisterous hullabaloo. Be sure to show them where you relocated it to so they can find there safe zone when needed.

Cheers to New Year’s: As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines in much the same way as tinsel. Noise makers, and poppers can terrify pets and possibly damage sensitive ears. Many pets are also frightened of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.

 

Christmas Pet Caution

Be Cautious with Decorations and Seasonal Plants

Toss out the Tinsel: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching strands that are easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But if they swallow the tinsel, this can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.

Avoid the Christmas Tree Catastrophe: Anchor your Christmas tree securely so it doesn’t topple Christmas Tree Cat TellingTAILS Pet Supplies Grooming Chelmsfordover, causing possible injury to pets as the cat plays hide and seek in the tree with the dog. This will also prevent the tree water from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and our pets could end up with an upset stomach, nausea or diarrhea should they slurp up the spill.

Side-Step the Mistletoe & Holly: When ingested, Holly can cause pets to suffer diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Additionally many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Choose a pet-safe bouquet of artificial plants made from silk or plastic.

Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can Christmas Lights Dog TellingTAILS Pet Supplies Grooming Chelmsford
deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can cut our precious pets paws, damage our pet’s mouth and digestive tract.

That Holiday Glow: Curious pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Please use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out! Don’t leave lighted candles unattended.

Pet Festive Season Food Perils

Prevent the Festive Season Food Perils

Remove the Remnants: Fatty, spicy human foods, as well as turkey or ham bones, should not be fed to our furry friends. Cooked bones can break up into needle sharp splinters. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills.
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Alcohol Alert: If the festivities include adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

Skip the Sweets: By now we understand the toxic dangers to pets of ingesting chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do we understand the extent a determined pet will go to munch on something yummy? Be sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and secure the lids on garbage cans.

Selecting Special Treats: Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Stick with chew toys that are Christmas Pet Chew Toys TellingTAILS Pet Supplies Grooming Chelmsfordtuff or close to indestructible, Kongs, West Paw Tizzy’s or Cycle Dog Turtles can be stuffed with healthy biscuits or all natural chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.

Long, shiny, stringy things are the stuff of every kitty cats dream, but the most risky Christmas things for cats involve tinsel, ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery.

Surprise the feline family member with an interactive wand toy, new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer. Come into Telling TAILS and let us help you with all your four legger’s toys and treats this Christmas.

Pet Winter Care

We have all read or heard the horrible stories and consequences of leaving a pet in a vehicle in the sweltering summer heat. There have been many efforts to increase the awareness around the dangers of leaving your pet in vehicles stressing how quickly the vehicle can become extremely hot. And how important it is to have fresh water available to ensure your pets stay hydrated in the summer.

But what about pet winter care? Temperatures can drop quickly in the winter and vehicles are not well insulated nor do they have a furnace that comes on automatically when the temperature dips. Common-sense safety includes not leaving your pets in a parked car, even if you are only planning on being gone for a few minutes. The line up at the lottery terminal could cause you to be away longer that you expected. Bring them with you if you can they will enjoy a visit to a pet friendly establishment or leave them home and make sure they stay warm.

The cold can be as dangerous and deadly for our pets as to us if we fail to take proper precautions. Wind-chill, frostbite, hypothermia and dehydration are all equally dangerous to animals. As responsible pet owners, we need to learn how to care for our animals when the temperature falls.

My preference is to keep pets indoors, the affectionate cuddles and play are very rewarding in many ways. I understand this may not be everyone’s preference or even your pet’s preference. Growing up on a farm our animals were outdoors except on extremely cold nights. We had one dog, Mr. Peebody, who absolutely refused to sleep in the house and would pester you until he was let out. However we would always check to make sure the dogs were safely inside there dog houses before nightfall and call the cats in before bedtime. The reality is that some animals are outdoor pets, some of our furry friends will have to stay out in the cold.

We need to provide adequate shelter to protect our animals from the weather for example. It should be common sense, but it is the law. Make sure our pets always have access to water. If our furry family members are outdoors we need to break the ice out of the water bowl several times a day and replenishing it. A plastic or ceramic bowl is better than metal, to prevent your dog’s tongue sticking to the metal bowl. We know what happened to the kid who licked the monkey bars when we were in grade school. Consider a heated water bowl to prevent the water from freezing when you are unable to break the ice out of the bowl.

Building a draft-free, weatherproof, elevated and insulated structure with a flap-door that faces away from prevailing winds can be a fun and educational project for you and the kids. I fondly remember building the dog houses with my father for Brandy our St. Bernard and Rex our mixed breed mutt. Insulated with 3 inches of Styrofoam between the double walled construction including insulated roof and floors as well. We put a double flap on the entrance and placed the shelters on cement Blocks so the melting snow would not run inside. Inside there was straw that the dogs could snuggle into. Dad explained cotton blankets and pillows are not as good as straw because if they become damp from snow or the animal’s body moisture, the bedding can freeze and does not dry quickly. And the straw was inexpensive and easy to swap out on a regular basis. Not to forget our feline family members Snoopy and Tiger who had their very own private entrance to the enclosed porch. I thought it was a unfair to the dogs that the cats were allowed indoors and the dogs were not. But I digress. If you are not handy, shelters for animals can be purchased to keep your pets comfortably outdoors.

A few winter pet care tips

Keep our indoor pets active by playing with them indoors. Take them outside for shorter periods on cold days.

Winter air is dry can cause itchy, dry skin for us, the same is true for our furry family members. Consider using a humidifier in your home to regulate the air moisture.

When we give our pets baths, be sure their fur coats are completely dry before going outside for a walk. Remember what Mom used to say about going outside in the winter with wet hair? You’ll get a chill!

Also consider that snow, ice and salt will stick to our pets paws. When you return from a walk, pour some room temperature water into a bowl, grab a towel and rinse that residue away. Alternately, equip your pets with waterproof boots to protect sensitive paws.

Stay current with the weather forecast and adjust your pet care as necessary. Keep in mind that weather conditions can change quickly.

Want to know more about winter pet care or pet care in general? Come into Telling TAILS at 3482 Errington Avenue, Suite D, Chelmsford. Also visit http://www.ontariospca.ca/what-we-do/humane-education/companion-animals/fact-sheets/cold-weather-safety.html

Yeast Overgrowth and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Yeast seems to be a biggy everywhere, mostly due to the over consumption of refined high carb pet foods.

Of course everyone raves about probiotics for yeast control which makes perfect sense if you are human but in the case of a dog not so easy. The pH of the dogs stomach at rest is pH 2, pretty acidic and when he eats it actually goes lower to pH 1 very acidic and may stay that way digesting meat for 8 hours at this pH until the slurry is released into the intestinal tract. So most probiotics and even the ones for dogs are made for human use and have a pH resistance of 3 for maybe 3 hours therefore it is most likely killed off in the lower pH of the dogs stomach, it simply cannot survive the acidity and certainly length of time. There are some that use faecium and other strains that survive acidity levels but they will need to be very potent to have a big effect in terms of improving intestinal tract function.

Sometimes it is just better to stop feeding the yeast, feed the good bacteria, and provide a better environment for the good bacteria.

Lactic acid fermented food will do this very well, like Kefir and lactic acid fermented vegetables. Kefir is not really a probiotic, it isn’t made from milk fermenting bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus) but made from milk coagulating bacteria (bacillus coagulans) and will pass through the stomach. Make sure to buy just plain old simple Kefir and not all the fancy flavourful stuff on the shelves.

BiologicVet’s BioSKIN & COAT and the BioFATS is an excellent combination for this condition. The BioSKIN & COAT will help calm things down due to its antihistamine effect and the added pancrelipase supports the pancreas to help digest those excess carbs better so the yeast don’t like them so much. The base of the product and this is in all of the powders is a certified organic defatted seed blend of flax, sunflower and sesame that feed the good bacteria which will in turn suppress the yeast. The flax and sesame also provide excellent levels of lignans (1mg per pound of dog weight) that balance hormone function supporting the adrenal gland especially when the dog has been spayed or neutered.

The BioFATS is made up of flax, salmon and olive oil along with pancrelipase again for fat digestion this time will help repair the damaged mucosal linings of the intestinal tract closing up the leakage of protein loss into the blood stream the yeast have caused known as leaky gut syndrome. www.animalwellnessmagazine.com/articles/leaky-gut-syndrome/

When there are severe allergies and protein intolerances and the dog is on a protein rotation diet BiologicVet’s BioSENIOR or BioSPORT for the L-glutamine, L-glutamine really works well on repairing the intestinal mucosal linings in severe cases. The BioSENIOR also has the same added pancrelipase so an extra dose of this.

Using BiologicVet is going to help get the intestinal tract back in shape but it is much easier to use this when the food is also changed to a grain free, low carb, low glycemic food. Nutrience Naturals is an excellent food that does meet these dietary requirements. In some cases a raw diet or freeze dried food like Stella & Chewy’s may be necessary to correct the problem.

Telling TAILS carries full line of BiologicVetNutrience Naturals, Stella & Chewy’s and more.

Dog Telling Tails

It is important to understand assuming a wagging tail means a dog is feeling friendly is not always the case. We need to educate ourselves and our children to avoid unfortunate circumstances. Dogs tails are a way for them to communicate. They have a body language they use for talking to other animals including us. Taking time to understand the different combinations of tail positions is part of a conversation the dog is conveying will avoid an incident.

Three important Telling Tails Positions to keep in mind.

How high or low is the dog’s tail? Consider whether it’s a pure breed or mix breed with a typical tail or one, like a Chow, Basenji or Pug, that normally curl their tails over their backs.

If the tail is held high up over the back the dog is on alert. They feel like something’s not right. They may not me looking directly at you. In dog language a direct can be a challenge or it could very well be that their attention is on something else and not you. Relax, look around and don’t approach until you get a better signal.

If the dog’s tail is low, down near or between the hind legs the dog is telling us he is submissive, possibly fearful. This is our cue to slow down, soften and quiet voice. Use a comforting tone and encourage the dog to come to us instead of walking up to him.

If the dog’s tail is held mid-range the dog is telling us he is not threatened by our presence. Typically friendly, hey buddy what what’s going on, position. Often the height of a dog’s tail in this mid-range neutral zone indicates the confidence level. A good sign he’s confident and doesn’t feel he has any reason to distrust or have any fear is tail even with the dog’s back, or just a bit above. Should he start to lower his tail, they may be telling us they are not quite as confident and would like it if you’d let them get to know you a little more slowly

Three important Telling TAIL motions to keep in mind

Wagging tails can be the dog who can barely keep his back end on the ground for the gyroscopic motion of his tail when you get home from work or say “gofer a walk?” If the dog is not yours, prepare yourself for the enthusiasm. But don’t run up to the dog. The dog’s may consider this as impolite and a confident dog displaying a level-with-the-back, wag the dog tail into one that drops lower and changes tone quickly. Mind your manners.

When we see a dog with a barely perceptible, trembling wag. That one’s trying to tell us he’s unsure. If the tail is held high at the same time, these Telling TAILS are typically a warning to back off. If it’s down low, between the hind legs, the dog is probably telling us they are feeling uneasy.

When we see a calm wag we must consider this with position. A calm wagging of a dog’s tail while holding it in the midrange, tells us the dog is content at ease. They are confident, and would probably like a pat or rub.

When we see a dog with a high over the back wag the dog is sizing us up. This Telling TAIL displays the dog’s confidence that they can take us on if they are challenged. They are telling us they are not frightened and do not consider our presence a threat. But they don’t trust us just yet. Mind your manners respect their assertiveness.

When we see a dog with a stiff tail they are telling us we are in their space, to go away, they don’t want to be bothered. Especially if the tail is lashing back and forth. Regardless of the position or motion a dog with a stiff tail is telling us we are a threat and they intend to deal with it. Best to distance ourselves from the dog give them their space. Avoid direct eye contact this could escalate the already tense situation.

A wagging tail is a complex part of a dog’s language that they are telling us to be read. So read up and there will be happy tails to tell.

Cats Telling TAILS

A cat's tail can tell allot about feline behaviour. Cat's use their tails to communicate with us and other animals. Tails positions are good indications of their mood. Take some time to watch a cat's behavior and you’ll start to understand the Telling TAILS. Here are some to watch for.

When a cat's tail position is high - When a cat holds their tail high in the air as they roam around, they are expressing confidence and contentment. A tail that sticks straight up is a tell of happiness and friendly mood. And notice the tip of an erect tail. A little twitch can mean a particularly happy moment.

When a cat's tail position is curved looking like a question mark. This tail position often tells of a playful mood. The cat is ready to have some fun. If you notice a curve in her tail they are most likely telling you they want to play. When a cat's tail position is low. Be careful. A tail straight down can tell of aggression. A lower tail is a very serious mood. However, be aware that some breeds, such as Persians, tend to carry their tails low and may not be looking for a fight.

When a cat's tail position is tucked away. A tail curved beneath the body tells us they are fearful or submissive. Something is making your cat apprehensive.

When a cat's tail is puffed up. A tail resembling a pipe cleaner tells us the cat is agitated and frightened. Cats do this to look bigger and scare off whatever frightened them.

When a cat's tail is whipping. A tail that is rapidly swinging back and forth tells us the can is both fearful and aggressive. It is a warning to stay away.

When a cat's tail is swishing. Usually tells us the cat is focused on an object as the tail sways slowly from side to side. You will see this tail position right before your cat pounces on a mouse or a toy.

When a cat's tail is wrapped around another cat. Conveys friendship. Similar to putting your arm around another person. When they lean on you and wrap their tail around your leg, they are likely saying hey buddy what's going on.

Dog Toys – How to Chews

Playing and chewing are natural canine behaviors.

Though some dogs will play or chew more than others, dog toys are essential items for all dogs.

In fact, behavior problems can develop when dogs do not have the proper outlets to follow their instincts which brings me to the 2 most common questions outside of pet nutrition.

  • What toy will last the longest?
  • What toy will get my dog top stop chewing on everything?

Although I don’t actually have 1 answer to suit every dog’s chew toy needs, I do have quite a few questions of my own to ask in order to guide us through the toy section together and help you decide which toy will suit your dogs pawsonality.

For starters, there are quite a few more that stem off this once you are in the store…

  • What is your pets chewing behaviour?
  • Have you noticed a toy that was more of a favorite, babied more than others?
  • Is there a toy perhaps your pet slept with?
  • Is there a a toy sought out at the beginning of the day?
  • Perhaps a toy your pet welcomes you home with or good night routine?

The common Dog Toys to consider

THE OLD STAND-BY DOG TOY – BALLS

Telling Tails Pet Food Pet Supplies Dog Toys Chelmsford OntarioA ball toy is a must-have for any dog that loves to fetch. Ball toys come in many varieties, from the basic tennis ball or rubber ball to glow-in-the-dark and flashing-light balls. Some balls contain squeakers or holes for treats, while others are basic bouncers meant for retrieving. Try a product like Chuckit! to allow you to throw balls further and for slobber-free ball handling.

When choosing a ball for your dog, pick one that is large enough for your dog to carry without accidentally swallowing it. The basic tennis-ball size works fine for most dogs, but there are also extra-large balls for giant dogs and mini balls for tiny dogs. In general, avoid leaving tennis balls around for your dog to chew on.

Material in tennis balls can cause the teeth to wear down and pieces can lead to choking or gastrointestinal obstruction if ingested. I have come across a case where the dogs favorite toy was the tennis balls from the hardware store. This pooch loved to pick all the fur off, unfortunately after a pretty hefty vet bill we learned that the fuzz can actually collect in dogs lungs causing some pretty serious issues.

DISCS AND OTHER RETRIEVING DOG TOYS

Telling Tails Pet Food Pet Supplies Dog Toys Hurley Retrieving Disks Flying Squiriel Chelmsford OntarioDogs that love balls and playing fetch also tend to enjoy discs and other retrieval toys. The disc is a bit more versatile than a ball when it comes to fetching, as you can vary the speed of the disc and cause it to change direction, further challenging your dog. There is even a dog sport that involves disc retrieval. Other retrieving dog toys, such as the Hurley by West Paw give your dog a uniquely shaped toy to fetch. They may be made of rubber, plastic, rope or another material.

PLUSH  DOG TOYS

Telling Tails Pet Food Pet Supplies Dog Toys Plush Skineeez Chelmsford OntarioMany dogs adore plush toys. They will carry them around like babies or tear them apart like prey. Stuffed dog toys usually contain squeakers and poly-fill. Dogs often rip into them and stuffing goes everywhere. Many dogs seem to be trying to “kill” their “prey” by destroying the squeaker. After the toy is “dead” they still sometimes carry them around and shake them. Supervise your dogs when they play with plush toys to keep her from swallowing stuffing or squeakers, which can lead to GI obstruction. If you are not fond of cleaning up the stuffing from your dog’s plush toys, try a stuffing-free toy like Skinneeez. These are basically the outside of stuffed toys with squeakers but no stuffing. Plush toys will not last long with aggressive chewers, but can still be plenty of fun (with supervision). Some companies make extra tough plush toys for longer lasting chew time, such as Kong Ballistic.

SQUEAKIES (NON-PLUSH)  DOG TOYS

Telling Tails Pet Food Pet Supplies Dog Toys Squeaky Bone Chelmsford OntarioNon-plush squeaky toys come in many shapes and sizes. Typically, they are made out of vinyl, rubber or plastic. Durability varies, so choose wisely according to your dog’s chewing habits. Generally, thick rubber is best for aggressive chewers. Thinner vinyl or plastic toys are better for mild chewers or if you will be supervising play at all times. The benefit of thinner squeaky toys is that they are often very inexpensive. The downside is that they don’t typically last very long.

ROPE  DOG TOYS

Telling Tails Pet Food Pet Supplies Dog Toys Rope Chelmsford OntarioRope toys are made of braided rope and sometime have rubber or plastic parts. They can be used for fetch, tug-of-war or simply chewing. Many dogs love rope toys, while other have no interest. The action of chewing on a rope toy can actually be good for your dog’s teeth as it creates a brushing-like action. However, aggressive chewers can easily shred rope toys and may ingest pieces. This can lead to serious gastrointestinal obstruction. Never let your dog play with rope toys unsupervised. When your rope toy begins to unravel, it’s time to throw it away.

TUG  DOG TOYS

Telling Tails Pet Food Pet Supplies Dog Toys Tug Chelmsford OntarioMany dogs enjoy playing tug-of-war. It’s a healthy display of a dog’s predatory nature, plus its great mental and physical exercise. There are many types of tug toys on the market in various shape, sizes and materials. Often seen are tug toys made of rope and/or rubber. Choose a tug toy that is comfortable for you to hold in your hand and pull on, as well as easy for your dog to bite and pull on. In addition, tug toys should be durable enough to hold up to the strength of your dog’s pulling. Replace worn or fraying tug toys so they do not break in the middle of a game of tug-of-war and hurt someone.

FLOATING  DOG TOYS

Telling Tails Pet Food Pet Supplies Dog Toys Floating Chelmsford OntarioFloating toys are great for dogs that love swimming. Usually made of a foam, rubber or plastic material, floating balls, rings and other toys are easy for your dog to find and grab in the water.

FOOD DISPENSING  DOG TOYS

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Food and treat dispensing dog toys should be in every dog’s household. They offer fun, mental stimulation, and are great way for dogs to funnel their energy. Food dispensing dog toys come in various shapes and sizes and are usually made of rubber or plastic. Perhaps the most popular of all food dispensing dog toys is the Kong, which can be filled with treats, kibble, peanut butter and other foods and can provide hours of fun for your dog.  Of course all of you amazing pet parents are keeping in mind the amount of treats (or calories) your dog eats with these toys.  There is quite a few health wise treats perfectly sized for these types of toys as well as a healthy Dogs Butter product available to ensure we are keeping playtime healthy.

Finally, it is very important to remember that all toys can pose a risk if your dog ingests them, so play should be supervised, especially with aggressive chewers. No matter how durable a toy seems, there is still a possibility that pieces can be chewed off and ingested.

Oh and 1 more really important piece of advice, get to know your independent community pet store.  Bring in your pooch so they can get to know you as a family. It helps us give you proper advice, and suggest special items we can our order that may suit you specifically. As we get to grow together we will help you keep our pets the happiest and healthiest years to come.