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Simple ways to keep your dog’s teeth healthy

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Oral hygiene is an important aspect in the care of your dog. There is nothing more disturbing than to get a friendly lick of the tongue, only to fall flat on your face from the odor. Halitosis or bad breath most often is due to a lack of canine oral care. Getting all the necessities for good oral hygiene on your pet can be found at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home.

There are many simple ways to provide your dog with healthy teeth and gums; some that needs your interaction while others that you can give to your pet for fun and activity. The most important accessories includes a soft-bristled toothbrush and pet-flavored toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste on your dog; it can cause stomach distress. Brushing your dog’s teeth does not have to be a difficult chore if you begin when the animal is young. Follow these step-by-step instructions as provided by the ASPCA and do so weekly for good health:

In between regular weekly brushings, ensure you provide your pet with a crunchy dry food diet that keeps the teeth free of tartar and plaque. Wet foods have a way to remain on the surface of the teeth and gums that can lead to periodontal disease. Aside from dry food, give other cruchy treats such as milk bones, rawhides and other specialty-made dental chew bones. These items do not take the place of brushing the teeth but can help in warding off all the particles in the mouth that could lead to oral diseases.

Lack of oral hygiene can actually shorten your pet’s life. Just a few moments of your time each day or week can add years to the life expectancy of your dog and avoid oral disease. Start the process when your pet is young and it will become a fun bonding experience that literally saves the life of your pet.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at for further information.

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