Tail Blazers
  February 2011

Brent and Skylla
Brent and Skylla
As February, "Pet Dental Health Month", winds down - take a moment to check your pet's teeth (read the symptoms of dental health issues in this newsletter). Dental health is very important to the overall well-being of pets. Left untreated, dental problems can turn very serious. Ask at your local Tail Blazers for preventative and therapeutic dental solutions for your pet!

With Sincere Thanks,

Brent Hauberg,
President of Tail Blazers

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Dental Health: Healthy Teeth = Healthy Pet

Recognizing the importance of our pet's dental health is extremely important considering that by the age of 2, about 80-90% of our pets will suffer from some varying degree of dental disease.   

Dental disease can range from gingivitis (minor - severe gum irritation) to periodontal (the structures holding the teeth in place begin to break-down). More severe cases of gum disease can even lead to

life threatening heart, liver and kidney problems.   

Dog and Cat Snuggle on Couch

Widget and Sasha from
Tail Blazers West Edmonton


An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure

Some foods and treats claim to assist in the prevention of plaque and tartar. Suggesting that crunchy foods and cookies clean teeth would be like suggesting that people eat croutons and potato chips instead of brushing their teeth.


The best way to prevent dental disease is to keep your pet's immune system strong by feeding a healthy diet and by brushing their teeth daily. Since most people do not have the time or inclination to brush their pet's teeth every day, there are other options... 


 Regular Dental Cleanings

When the situation in your animal's mouth is very bad or advanced, getting a thorough cleaning under anesthesia may be the best option. Ensure that you understand the risks involved with anesthesia by asking questions and doing your research before having it administered to your pet. Many people will opt for dental cleanings when their pet is under anesthetic for some other reason.  

Raw Bones  

Raw bones given a few times a week can assist in removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. They also massage the gums and help them become stronger and more resistant to irritation caused by plaque and tartar. Bones are able to chip tartar off the teeth like barnacles off of a ship. They also strengthen the muscles in the face and jaw and chewing releases endorphins, which helps to relax your pet. A raw bone is nature's toothbrush!   


Elk Antlers

Elk antlers have a harder surface and they have also been know to remove tartar off of teeth. They won't spoil and are longer lasting than many other chew treats.
Dental Products That Work! 


Leba 3 


Spray (directly in mouth) 

Active herb ingredients stimulate the enzymes & change the chemistry in the mouth. The tartar will soften and fall out.









Gel or Spray (directly in mouth)  


PetzLife helps remove plaque and tartar and helps control bacteria and bad breath. PetzLife uses a proprietary blend of herbs and anti-bacterial grapefruit seed extract. 


Plaque Off


Powder (add to food)

PlaqueOff™ is a completely natural product that is suitable for both cats and dogs. It is a special type of seaweed, which has been found to have specific beneficial effects for oral care. It is rich in natural iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals and is free from artificial colours, preservatives, gluten and sugar.





**Please note, not all products are available at all locations. Please call YOUR LOCATION to be sure!**   

Brushing Your Dog's Teeth  

by Megan Armstrong CPDT*


We should brush our dog's teeth regularly and it can be a bit frustrating for both us and our dogs to start. You will want to ensure that you take the time to positively introduce this so that it can be 
stress free for both of you. I recommend that you first start by having your dog comfortable with you handling their mouth (you should do this for overall handling, not just their mouths).

To do this, follow these steps:
1. Stroke the dog and give them a treat for being calm.

2. If they become excited and start mouthing, use a treat as a  distraction to start.

Otto - Tail Blazers Ranchlands

Otto from

Tail Blazers Ranchlands

3. Start on their back, move down their tail and under the belly.   

Touch their legs and move down to their paws,

4. Touch the top of their head and their ears, moving to touch around their mouths.

5. Do each body part multiple times ensuring your dog is calm and 
accepting the touch.


6. Then start picking up paws, looking in ears and opening their mouth while rewarding.

7. Add more pressure and prolong each touch while rewarding.

8. If at any time your dog becomes fussy, go back to where you last as success and slowly build up.

9. Keep the sessions short and positive. Quit when your dog has complied, for even just a few moments, and slowly increase the length of your sessions. Reward the dog immensely for all cooperation.


Toothbrush for DogsOnce your dog is comfortable with having their mouths handled, you can  begin to introduce them to brushing their teeth. Use a toothpaste that is specific for dogs - you should never use a human product. The toothpaste is flavoured, so that dogs actually enjoy it. Before putting the toothbrush to your dog's mouth, let them investigate the 
brush for a minute, allowing them to lick the toothpaste. At this point all you are trying to do is introduce the toothbrush, the toothpaste and the experience itself to your dog.


At first, start to lightly brush a few front teeth and even a couple back teeth. Do this in short sessions, every day to get the dog comfortable with having the toothbrush in their mouth. Stay calm and praise your dog throughout each session. Ensure you do not push the dog to get fussy or irritated - keep each session as short as your dog needs. It is also beneficial for the dog to understand a sit or down to help keep them settled during the session.


Once your dog is comfortable with the toothbrush, follow these steps to brush their teeth:
1. Have your dog in a sit or a down at your side, ensuring they are comfortable and settled.

2. To ensure you can see clearly, lift the dog's lip up. Start at the back of the mouth at the top back teeth, and brush your dog's teeth just as you would your own. Ensure you are gentle and calm, and make sure to go right from the gum line down to the bottom of the tooth, in a circular motion.

3. Continuing with the top teeth, move along by brushing the rest of the back side teeth, then the front teeth, and then the other side. You do not need to worry about the inside of the dog's teeth.**

4. Once the top teeth are done, repeat the process on the dog's bottom teeth. Don't brush too hard because you can damage the dog's gums and cause bleeding if you do.

5. While you are brushing your dog's teeth, look at them to check for any visible tartar buildup,  damaged or chipped teeth, inflamed gums, dark spots or other issues you may have to bring to your vet's attention. Good dental care and healthy teeth go a long way in keeping your dog happy and healthy.

*Megan is a Certified Pet Dog Training and Owner/Operator of Dogma Training and Pet Services in Calgary, AB.  Visit: www.dogmatraining.com

**There are three sided toothbrushes now available that can reach all tooth surfaces.

Symptoms of Dental Health Issues


Symptoms of dental problems in dogs and cats can include:  

  • Red, swollen and bleeding gums 
  • Drooling 
  • Blood in the saliva 
  • Yellow-brown tartar at the gum line 
  • Persistent bad breath
Healthy "Senior" Pets Stories - Winner Announced! 

Thank you for your senior pet story submissions - they were all very inspiring! All stories submitted have been added to our website on our seniors page. The winner of the $50 Tail Blazers gift certificate went to Ingrid and her dog Jake - Congratulations!   


Do you have an inspiring story about how great food, exercise, and supplementation have kept your senior pet young? If so, please email your short story and a photo or video to: [email protected]. Your story may be featured in a future newsletter, our website or Facebook. 

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