Pet Health Blog
HOW TO KEEP YOUR PUP CALM ON JULY 4TH
The day all Americans love, but all dogs dread is quickly sneaking up. July 4th can be a fantastic time of get-togethers and fireworks, and while us humans enjoy all the fun action, our pups don't hold the same joy for those beautiful fireworks. Even the most mentally healthy animals have a strong potential for anxiety spikes during fireworks, so add in those who already have anxiety issues....yikes!
Here are a few tips to make sure your doggy is as ready as possible and so you can enjoy the evening without worrying too much:
1. Give him/her HEMPCALM, our highly efficacious calming chew, made with broad-spectrum hemp and C10™ colostrum peptides
2. Provide your dog with a safe space. Consider getting a cozy crate
3. Distract your pup with a fun or delicious toy that will take some time to chew up
4. Exercise your dog earlier in the day as much as possible to tire him or her out
5. Leave the TV on or play some calming music to distract
6. Close the curtains and remove any chaotic visual stimulation
Formulated by board-certified animal nutritionist, Dr. Gary Pusillo, HEMPCALMis a fast-acting, hemp-based remedy that significantly helps pets with anxiety and other spontaneous environmental stressors, such as fireworks and other prolonged loud noises. The unparalleled and unique combination of our non-GMO, broad spectrum hemp complex and our proprietary C10 Colostrum Calming Complex™ quickly and naturally helps soothe pets in distress.
THE 101 ON DOGGY DENTAL HYGIENE
Maintaining oral health is as important to your pet as it is to you. Healthy teeth & gums contribute to overall health & wellness. Consistent oral care also reduces frequency of super stressful and expensive DVM dental procedures. There are tons of chews and toys in the stores that boast of promoting oral health, but is this really enough?
Unfortunately, it isn’t, but don’t worry! Your pups dental care routine isn’t nearly as extensive as our own! In fact, did you know that you can get by with just brushing your dog's teeth three times a week? While of course, more is always better, the reality of it, is that our pups don’t need an every day brushing routine to avoid a visit to the veterinarian for a professional cleaning! Whew!
So now that we have an idea of how often to brush our pups' teeth, the next questions are "What type of brush?," "What type of toothpaste,"and ultimately "How?"
While there are special dog brushes on the market, a regular old toothbrush you get from the store or dentist will work just fine! Go with a soft bristle so as not to irritate the gums and make the brushing a bit more comfortable for your pup.
When looking at toothpaste, go with a doggy option that acts as an enzymatic cleaner. Don’t forget, dogs can’t spit! So giving them a human toothpaste with fluoride will not only taste odd to our pups, but it may upset their stomachs as well if they swallow too much. Finding a flavored enzymatic toothpaste is really the best way to encourage your pup to not only tolerate a brushing but enjoy it as well!
Did you know that our broad spectrum, CBD-rich hemp oil offers powerful all-natural antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties? It’s the perfect addition to your puppy’s everyday wellness routine. Consider adding HEMPMAXOIL to the toothbrush to help with any inflammation or gum disease that may be present.
As a rule, the outsides of a dog's teeth are the places that tend to gather the most plaque and tartar. So you don’t need to worry about trying to fit a brush to the inside of the teeth! Simply pulling back the lips and doing a quick and gentle brushing on the outsides will go a long way in helping your pup's mouth feel and remain clean! Don’t worry if your pup already has some signs of tartar. Our goal with brushing isn’t necessarily to remove any tartar that is already present, but to prevent more from building up! If you find that your pup is a bit older and has some loose teeth, be sure to avoid these areas as we don’t want to cause any pain!
Regardless of your pups age or dental health status, it’s never too late to begin a brushing routine. If you find your pup has an excessive amount of tartar, be sure to consult your veterinarian!
TIPS FOR THE NEW PET PARENT OF A RESCUE DOG
Pet rescue can be both exciting, and heartbreaking depending on the circumstances. The good news though is that you have stepped in and are providing a caring and loving home to your new rescue pup.
Pet rescue can seem intimidating at first, and knowing you, you’ve done your research and are amped up and ready to take on this important task.
Don’t worry! You’ve got this!
You’ve got your home prepared, you’ve discussed routines with your family, filled out all the paperwork and been checked out by the rescue organization and finally, you have your pup! Now what?
Treat this newsletter as a quick-reference guide!
- A SAFE PLACE - You’ve done your research, you’re all set up to house your new rescue in a kennel or room. This area is theirs from this point on, a safe haven from all the chaos they most likely experienced before being welcomed into your home. An introduction and frequent returns to this spot will help your rescue to understand their new safe place.
- SLOW INTRODUCTIONS - Unfortunately there is no guarantee that your rescue’s past will be 100% known. It’s hard to determine exactly what they have been through before coming to the safety of your home, so to ease any anxiety or fear, try some slow introductions to new people and pets. One at a time is typically preferable depending on how nervous your rescue is.
- ESCORTED TOUR - You want to be your rescue’s rock of safety, so keeping them on a leash while you explore their new home together will help them feel more at ease and reduce any anxiety they may be feeling from being in a new environment.
- CONSISTENCY IS KEY - Set a routine for your new rescue, get them familiar with how things are going to be from this point on in their new life and new home, they will really appreciate it!
- POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT - In the most heartbreaking of circumstances, there is a chance that your rescue had been dealt a heavy hand in their previous situation. These traumas are ones that they may never fully get over, and may cause them some difficulty in trusting you and your family. All pups really want to please their family! So when they are punished for their efforts, it breaks their little hearts. So it’s up to us as rescuers to provide nothing but positive reinforcement for desired behavior and not just with treats but love and pets as well! Your rescue will learn what is expected of them all while feeling safe and delighted in their ability to please you!
- EXERCISE - An active schedule filled with plenty of exercise is the best medicine to help your rescue with any stress or anxiety they may be feeling not just from entering a new home, but those that are leftover from their past traumas.
- PATIENCE - Rescue’s take a ton of patience and time to become fully integrated into a new environment, and when life gets busy, it can be easy to forget what your rescue has previously been through. Some rescues may require more TLC and perhaps a bit more assistance to help them relax during the most stressful parts of their day. To help you on this journey, consider treating your rescue with HEMPCALM™, a healthy and natural option to comfort your rescue and help them relax.
Congratulations on taking your first steps to pet rescue! This is an exciting and heartwarming journey which will change your life, and the life of your rescue forever.
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