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Dental Health Month

5 Tips When Cleaning Your Dogs’ Teeth

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Cleaning your dog’s teeth is part of maintaining optimum canine health. In the same way, keeping our teeth and oral cavities clean and germ-free can spell overall wellness for us. However, because there are some important differences between human and canine oral and dental anatomy, it is up to us to help our pooches establish and maintain a healthy set of pearly whites. Here are 5 tips you can follow when cleaning your dog’s teeth.

  1. Start them young

Dogs are not really that very particular about cleaning their teeth. They actually don’t mind if they have cavities forming in their pearly whites. What they do mind is when you start inserting your finger or a funny-looking device right into their oral cavities without adequately preparing them for the experience. Just as first-time bathing can be stressful, brushing your pooch’s teeth for the first time can bring a lot of stress to your pet. This is especially true if it is already grown-up. That is why it is best to start training your dog to learn to love the feel of a canine toothbrush on its teeth while your pet is still a puppy. This way when it does grow up it will already be accustomed to the routine.

  1. Use only dog-appropriate teeth cleaning tools and materials

Training your pooch to like the process of cleaning the teeth will mean nothing if you don’t use the correct tools for the job. While it is good to know that you can use any soft-bristled human toothbrush you may have at home, it is a must that you resist this urge as these toothbrushes are not inherently designed for canine dentition. Likewise, under no circumstance are you supposed to use the same toothpaste that you’re using. Human toothpaste contains chemicals that can irritate your pooch’s tummy. Dogs are not trained to gargle and spit the foamy paste. As such they will most certainly swallow the toothpaste rather than spit it out. It is for this reason that you have to purchase toothpaste that’s specifically designed for dogs.

  1. Give your pooch dental chews

There are a number of canine chews that are useful in the removal of food particles or debris that may be present on your pooch’s dentition. Examples of these include bully sticks, nylon or rubber chews, chicken strips, or even cow ears. Leaving debris on the surface of the teeth can provide a rich haven for microorganisms to multiply, increasing the risk of developing gum disease in your pet.

  1. Add in some canine dental treats

You might want to consider using dental treats now and again as they are especially-formulated not only to clean your dog’s teeth but also remove plaque and tartar buildup and freshen your pooch’s breath. These are typically available in various shapes, sizes, and even flavors so you can actually choose the best one for your pooch – one that it really loves.

  1. Consider professional cleaning

When ordinary toothbrushing or giving treats and dog chews are simply not giving you the kind of result that you want for your dog’s oral health, it is time to call in the professionals. There are veterinarians today that also specialize in veterinary dentistry. They are your best bet in making sure that your pet’s dentition is healthy and strong. They can also help you address any current or potential problem in a more effective and meaningful manner. Technically, experts recommend including dental checkups in your routine veterinary visit.

Taking care of your dog’s dentition helps ensure optimum health for your pooch. By starting them young, using the right tools and products, and seeking professional help, we can feel a lot more confident about our pet’s state of oral health.



Author bio:

Jenny Spiers is mum of 3 and a true animal lover with 3 dogs, 2 cats and a parrot called Charlie. Heading up the content for MyPetNeedsThat.com amongst a busy family schedule, her goal is to try help people all around the world become better pet owners.



Fido’s New Year’s Resolution

New Year, New Pooch!

For Pet Parents who have made the resolution to help their dog eat better, get more exercise or training their dog, now is the perfect time to get into new habits. January also marks National Train Your Dog Month & Walk your Dog Month!


Here are some training and exercise tips for your dog!

1. For new pet parents, or beginners to dog training – it’s always a great idea to take an obedience class to learn the basics. Your local shelter or pet store should provide great training classes!

2. Training & Exercising your dog shouldn’t be a chore – Play games so it’s fun for both you and your dog! Find 5 easy games here.

3. Take multiple short walks during the day to help your dog get exercise and get used the the environment. Shorter walks are great while training your dog to heel and walk calmly beside you. Here are some great heeling tips.

4. Socialization is very important for your dog to be comfortable around new people, dogs and places (like the vet!) It helps your dog become a happy well behaved pup! It’s great to start this as puppies but adult dogs can learn or freshen up their skills!

5. Food is the #1 motivator for most dogs, but make sure you are feeding your dog healthy low calorie treats during training sessions! The best treats for this are training treats, jerky treats, peanut butter or cheese flavored treats. No matter what kind of treats you are using, make sure they are pea-sized or smaller, so your dog doesn’t get too full.


…AND don’t miss our sale on our low calorie training treats here!

7. This may sounds strange, but there is a correct way to give treats while training. Learning this trick while training can sure help you out! Here’s the facts.

Let us know what you are doing this year for your dog’s New Year’s resolution in the comments!

Yappy New Year!




Howliday Gift Guide

Here’s our list of last minute gift ideas for your furry friends & all pet owners!

1. Custom Dog Blankets..choose the name, color and style:


2. Custom Dog Tags..we hope you don’t ever have to ugly cry for your dog!


3. Bone shaped stockings for your pup!


3. Cute fish shaped stockings for kitties!


4. Pup Box..perfect gift straight to their door!

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Photo via instagram @pupbox

If you don’t have a puppy, try Pet Gift Box or Pooch Perks. For POWER CHEWERS – we love Bullymake box!

5. Coffee mugs that match your dog’s mug!

dog mug

6. Dog Cookie Gift Box…Perfect Pooch Pack!

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7. Flannel Dog Bandanas – can be personalized with a leather monogram!

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8. Dog Bone Ornament:

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9. PJ’S for your dog, you can order matching ones for yourself too!

dog pjs

10. Wilderdog Leash for adventure pups! So many fun colors available!



HOWL-o-ween costume ideas for dogs!

Personally, we here at Exclusively Pet LOVE dressing up our pets. We have seen a ton of different costumes, but here are a few of our favorites this year.


Jasmine is the cutest pumpkin we’ve ever seen! Look at that hat!


Angus is the most intimidating Batman…and he won a Halloween costume contest this year!!

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He portrays Michelangelo quite well! I’m sure he already ate the pizza, but where does he keep the nun-chucks?


What a cute gnome! Can he come sit in our garden?


Pooh Bear had too much honey…#naptime

footstool from b&b

The “Footrest” from Beauty & the Beast..now that’s just really clever!


Robin Hood is looking FOXY!

We know your pets will be cute dressed up, but are they safe?? Find Halloween Dog Safety Tips from our friends at Pet Treater. PLUS a Halloween coupon just for you on their monthly box here.

Halloween Pet Treater graphic


What are you dressing up your pets as this Halloween? Let us know in the comments!


5 Things to Protect Your Dog From On Halloween

It’s a time for spooky tales, dressing up and lots and lots of candy. The kids are probably already  excited to make plans for this eerie tradition, but when it comes to your dog and Halloween, you need to,


The canine species can be a mastermind at getting into things they are not supposed to, which can be hazardous to your pup’s well being. In this post, we have dug up 5 things to protect your dog from on Halloween. You may be surprised at number three.

# 1 Chocolate, Candy & Gum, Oh, My!


We’ve probably all heard by now that chocolate is (in all flavors and forms) bad for our dog’s health. The key component that makes it hazardous? Theobromine. This is found in the largest quantities in dark chocolate with milk and white chocolate falling in behind.

If your dog consumes chocolate in sufficient amounts (which will vary from pooch-to-pooch), he could experience rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, an increase in body temperature and heart rate as well as muscle rigidity and possible death.

Okay, so chocolate is bad, but what’s up with the candy and gum?

These delectable treats are loaded with sugar, which over time and in large quantities can lead to weight gain, oral issues, and possible diabetes. However, sugar isn’t the terrifying villain in this duo. It’s a chemical called Xylitol found in the sugarless varieties of candy and gum that can do the most harm to a curious canine.

Xylitol even in the smallest dose can cause a drop in your dog’s blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and even death. Plus, the wrappers hiding sweet treats could pose a choking hazard.

# 2 Open Doors Equal Easy Escape

Trick-or-treaters go from home-to-home looking for a sweet reward. But remember each time you open that door to a spooky ghost or super hero, your dog has a chance to slip out. This is more true for those pets that are upset or over-excited due to all the commotion.

To prevent Fido from fleeing, be sure to crate him or keep him comfy and cozy in a different area of your house. And just to be on the safe side, make sure your dog has his ID tags safe and secure around his neck.

# 3 Cute Costumes Can Be Counterproductive

The big pet retailers sell oodles of adorable costumes we can dress our dogs up in to join the kids on the big night. But remember when you choose that fairy or monster costume that your dog needs to be able to move, see, hear, and breathe freely in this get-up.

To prevent a fun night from becoming a trip to the veterinarian, do a test run with your costume-clad canine. Let him wear it in the house under your full supervision to see if any of the areas mentioned above may be restricted.

If it can be adjusted, then go ahead do so. If not, you may want to take a quick pic, then scrap the costume.

# 4 Candles & Decor, a Dangerous Duo

What would Halloween be without a little spooky ambiance to enhance the night? Whether it be a scary jack-o-lantern lit up with a-fright, or cardboard, plastic and even floral centerpieces these can all be dangerous to a dog if chewed up and swallowed.

Depending on what your pooch consumed, holiday decor can pose a choking hazard or may even cause a blockage of the intestinal tract. And of course, an open flame in the form of a candle is never a good idea around a curious pup.

Be sure to keep all Halloween decor well away from your dog and try flameless candles. These last longer, won’t blow out, don’t melt and pose no risk to child or pet.

# 5 Pranksters & Pets Don’t Mix

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Unfortunately, Halloween tends to bring out those people that are intent on harming. Whether this is for fun or folly, your fur baby shouldn’t be in their path.

Keep your pets inside on Halloween night or make sure they are supervised when outdoors. This is especially true if your pets are black. Both dogs and cats have been targeted on this night and the night before (All Hallows’ Eve) so keep them close to home under your watchful eye.

Keep ‘Em Safe & Sound

Whether it be from sweet treats, open doors, decor or pranksters, keeping your pets safe and sound on Halloween is a must-do. Be aware of the dangerous aspects of this tradition, then take preventative measures against them.

Keeping your canine companion tucked away with his favorite food, toys, and blanket will ensure he stays happy and healthy.


This article was written by our friend & editor, Alexandra Segal over at Animalso.com – The Amazing World of Dogs!