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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.

by Coach Lilly

I met this WONDERFUL Golden Retriever last Sunday at the Doggie Park with my humans and OH, WHAT A DREAM! It’s almost Valentine’s Day and my thoughts are on a new love.

Robbie the retriever is everything I want in a beau…he’s agile, he’s smart, he’s friendly…and..and, he’s got the most endearing smile! You can tell that his humans take such great care of him, especially his oral health. You can’t have a smile like Robbie’s without some love and care from the doggie parents.

If you want to see your fur-kid smile like a star, while also avoiding some issues with doggie breath, please take a look at some handy helps.



Dogs can suffer from most of the same oral issues that humans can. It is estimated that over 80 percent have significant oral issues. Every day veterinarians are presented with patients for routine vaccinations or other minor afflictions whose oral health status is cause for alarm. Dogs often display loose teeth, sore infected gums, and rotting tooth sockets. These conditions can also result in what is so unkindly referred to as doggy breath.

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Here are some conditions found in the canine mouth; I’m sure that your humans’ dentist would relate to them:

  • Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums
  • Periodontitis – a general term for a disease of the oral cavity that attacks the gum and bone and delicate tissues around the teeth
  • Pyorrhea – inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth and accompanied by pus.
  • Caries – an area of decalcification of the tooth enamel leading to cavities in the tooth. Caries are very rare in dogs, but still worth mentioning.
  • Plaque – the first buildup of material adhering to tooth enamel. Composed of a mix of intercellular matrix of bacteria, salivary polymers, remnants of epithelial cells and white blood cells, it can cause caries, calculi buildup and periodontal disease.
  • Calculus (Tartar) – calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate combined with organic material, deposited on the surface of the tooth.

The best way to prevent all of these problems is to start with a good, meat based dog food, followed by employing the use of quality chews. While the diet speaks for itself, the use of chews is often underestimated for its value. Even chew toys, which are sold right here on DoggieNation can help to maintain good oral health. It is very important for your dog to have his/her mouth examined with their vet visits as well.

Here’s to happy dogs and kissable canines! Until next time, he loves me, he loves me not…oh that Robbie Retriever is such a hunk.


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