Dear Friend,
In this edition you will find:
Dog Gone Funny Contest
Periodontal Disease
At Home Dental Care
Dog Trivia

Dog Gone Funny Contest

Does your dog make you smile? Is he/she a goof ball? Do you pamper him/her?

You can now enter a contest to win $5000 by posting a photo of your goofaloof to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #doggonecontest.

For more information and the official rules please go to

Periodontal Disease

Did you know that the most common disease in dogs and cats is periodontal disease? By 3 years of age, most dogs and cats have periodontal disease. Did also you know that this is almost completely preventable?

Periodontal disease is caused by plaque and tartar under the gumline. Plaque is a biofilm composed of salivary proteins and bacteria. The plaque forms on the surface of the tooth and then becomes mineralized to form tartar (calculus) that is firmly adhered to the surface of the tooth. When the plaque and tartar spread below the gumline the soft tissues and bone become infected.

Yes. Periodontal disease is infection. And yes. This infection is painful.

The goals are to prevent this infection, prevent this pain and preserve the teeth.

So how do we accomplish this? The mainstays of prevention of periodontal disease in animals are the same as for people. Brushing teeth daily and routine professional dental care starting at a young age.  

At Home Dental Care

There is no doubt that the single most effective preventive step taken to prevent periodontal disease at home is frequent brushing (ideally daily). With patience and encouragement, most dogs can be trained to allow brushing. Toothpastes made for dogs and cats are best. These are enzyme based and flavored with things like chicken, beef, malt and seafood.

Most toothbrushes will work. There are some made for dogs and cat that are angled so the handle is away from the mouth. This makes it easier to handle the toothbrush. Even electric toothbrushes will work extremely well for pets. This way the brush is not banging back and forth in the mouth and against the teeth.

It is only necessary to brush the outside of the teeth making sure to brush the teeth way in the back. With a spin brush you can start in back and slowly bring the brush forward.

The brushing will clean both above and below the gumline. It is very important to remove the placque below the gumline to prevent infection.

Brushing will go best if you start very slowly and make the event pleasurable for your pet. Give some good attention, a special treat, or even a regular meal immediately after the brushing.

While brushing is the best home care treatment, other products are also available. There are many dental chews, water additives, foods and other products on the market that will help. Look for the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval.

A video on brushing teeth can be found here:

Dog Trivia

Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.

      The sled dogs running in Alaska 's annual Iditarod race on average burn 10,000 Calories per day.

      The Canary Islands were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs ."

      The expression "three dog night" originated with the Eskimos and means a very cold night - so cold that you have to bed down with three dogs to keep warm.

      The first dogs to hunt in packs and the first small companion breeds were probably bred in ancient China. Written records more than 4,000 years old from China show that dog trainers were held in high esteem and that kennel masters raised and looked after large numbers of dogs.

      The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."

      Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.

      Using their swiveling ears like radar dishes, experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second.