A Healthy Mouth for a Healthy Pet

Dog and CatMan best friend, our furry four legged pet, our dogs. If your pets are anything like mine they tend get very affectionate and want to get all close and personal and be right in your face. However, that may not always be best for their master. Despite my best efforts there are times that my pup’s breath is absolutely atrocious and leaves me gasping for a breath of fresh air. His breath is so bad that a skunk would probably turn and head for the hills. Yes, what I’m talking about is a condition that affects many dogs, halitosis. Not only is halitosis disruptive to the relationship with your pet it can also be the first sign of trouble. If your pets health is important to you remember, they need a healthy mouth for a healthy pet.

Research indicates that 70% of cats, and a staggering 80% of dogs show some sign of oral disease by the time their 3. When your pet’s gums are inflamed, bacteria can move to their kidneys, heart, liver or lungs. Periodontal disease is very common oral disease in both dogs and cats which begins as gingivitis and plaque and may end up resulting in tooth loss. If you discover a reddening on the edges of their gums and a yellow film on their teeth this could be the early states of periodontal disease and you should get them to the vet for a dental cleaning. A professional cleaning can help to prevent this disease.

Fortunately, there is a fairly simple solution to this problem. A daily brushing of your pet’s teeth is a very effective method for preventing tooth loss and periodontal disease. However, there are a few do’s and do not’s when it come to caring for your pets mouth.

  • Do Not use the same kind of toothbrushes that you would use for yourself. These brushes are too hard for your pet’s mouth.
  • Do Not use the same kind of toothpaste that you would use for yourself. Our toothpaste foams too much for use on your pet. And since our pets tend to swallow most of the foam it can cause vomiting.
  • Do use oral rinses and additives that can be added to their water to reduce bacteria in their mouth.
  • Do use dental chews. Not only will these help to remove tarter and plaque, they can activate enzymes which can help fight bacteria in the mouth.
  • Do use pet chew toys which are designed to create gum stimulation. For larger dogs steer clear of the dental chews which may be harder than their teeth. Chews than are too hard can fracture the teeth of a larger dog.

And you can even check into prescription pet foods that have been developed to clean your pets teeth if the suffer from chronic dental disease.

The bottom line is that if you have a dog or a cat for a pet, chances are very good that they may be a candidate for oral disease. The good news is that with all of the products and techniques available today pet health and oral health is fairly simple. Start with a daily brushing of pet’s teeth and a yearly visit to the vet for an oral cleaning and exam, and your on the right path to good pet health.

A Pet Friendly Vacation Destination

Pet friendly Vacation DestinationWhat happens to your four legged friend when you decide to take a vacation? Finding a pet friendly vacation destination can often be harder than it should. I know that many people look at boarding their pets when they can’t take them along but, this is not one of my favorite options. Recently, over 1,000 pet owners were asked about their experience boarding a pet. Practically one third of the pet owners claimed to have had a poor experience, and 13% indicated they had a poor experience on more than one occasion.

The major concern that most pet owners (about half) have with boarding is their pets emotional well being, many claim their pet’s suffer from separation anxiety and depression when boarded. Almost 20% of pet owners are worried about their pet’s physical health from airborne diseases. The preferred option for pet care by 85% of pet owners is in-home sitting. But all of the worries and concerns could be eliminated with a vacation spot that’s pet friendly. I was fortunate enough to find just a place a couple of years ago.

My job requires quite a bit of travel, and over the years I have been to almost every state in this country. Every time I visit a new destination I’m always checking to see if it’s pet friendly. I work in real estate as a real estate investor. I travel the county to attend the tax sales in various counties to purchase tax deeds and tax liens. A few years ago, I attended the monthly tax sale in Georgia in the Savannah area. Savannah is very close to Georgia’s coast and a grouping of barrier islands and I was told that a few of these islands were pet friendly so; I decided to check them out.

From downtown Savannah I headed east on highway 80, and about 20 minutes later I was standing in the center of what ended up being my favorite vacation spot, Tybee Island. Tybee is a charming, eclectic, small island right on the Atlantic and everyone you meet is very friendly and helpful. The island seemed like a perfect spot but was it pet friendly? I soon had my answer, almost everyplace on the island catered to people with pets. There are hotels, resorts and many of the rental properties that allow pets as well as many of the restaurants and shops on the island. The north end of the island has a two dog parks, one for smaller dogs (20 pounds and under) and a larger park for larger dogs. In additional there are walking trails throughout the island to provide some exercise for your pet. However, there is one spot on Tybee that dogs are prohibited and that is on any of the beaches. Tybee takes the no dogs on the beach rule very seriously and for the first offense you will be looking at a fine of almost $300. But, other than keeping off the beaches and following the rules Tybee is a pet friendly island.

Next time your plan a vacation don’t stress out about boarding your pet or finding someone to take care of them, bring them along to a pet friendly vacation destination. And if you want to head south and take a trip to the ocean, plan a getaway to Tybee Island Georgia, just don’t forget to keep your pup off the beaches.