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Two toys your dog (and maybe your cat) can’t live without

There is definitely no shortage of dog toys on the market.  In fact, the hardest part of getting a new dog in the family may be CHOOSING which toys your dog will think are the BEST.

While there are many great toys, you can’t go wrong with two that are getting rave reviews from dog lovers.  They also offer variations for cats.  They are:

kongKONG toys

KONG toys are made of high quality natural rubber and come in different shapes and sizes.  These toys are durable and will last longer than many other toys.

Some KONG toys have spaces that you can fill with peanut butter or other treats.  This is excellent for giving dogs who are crated during the day an activity and something to do. kong-cat

Kong also makes a variety of toys for your cat.

ropeRope toys

Rope toys not only provide a source of entertainment and playful activity for your pet, but they can be also be beneficial to your pet’s teeth since the chewing motion helps to remove plaque and tarter.  Puppies can sink their teeth into rope toys which act as a teething ring.

Photos courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus.

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Know the signs of Canine & Feline Dental Disease

Pet health experts estimate that about 70 percent of all dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by age 3. Dental disease is especially prevalent in SMALL BREED DOGS due to tooth overcrowding.

As in humans, bad teeth can be extremely painful for your pet.  However, dogs and cats often HIDE THEIR PAIN, a throw-back to living in the wild and protecting themselves from potential predators.  So, in many cases, your dog or cat can be suffering from dental disease and you may not know it.

This is one more reason why annual exams (and twice annual for older pets) by a veterinarian are important.  Between exams, watch for these signs:

  • Smelly breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Yellow or brown teeth
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Diminished appetite and / or difficulty chewing

If you spot any of the above, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Find out more about dental disease on February 18 at our Pawsitively Healthy workshop Preventing Canine & Feline Dental Disease with Andrea Putt, DVM of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital.  Click here to register.