Don’t Give A Dog A Bone!

For centuries it’s been common to treat your dog to a left over bone from dinner.  According to the Food and Drug Administration this can be very harmful to your pet and your wallet. “Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA. In April of this year the FDA came out with the top 10 reasons not to give your dog a bone.

Some reasons to avoid bones are as follows; broken teeth, mouth injuries, choking, intestinal blockage, rectal bleeding and infections such as Peritonitis, which is a difficult to treat bacterial infection in the abdomen.  Should any of these symptoms occur you will need to make a visit to your veterinarian which can be costly.  With this in mind, it’s a good idea to dispose of bones directly after a meal and to further take the trash outside to keep your dog from getting into it.

Your four legged friend still deserves a treat though.  There are many treat options available, click here to check out VetDepots selection. Possible treats for your dog are giving them Kong Toys instead of a bone.  In addition to Kong Toys, healthy chew products like C.E.T. Chews can often keep them happy and entertained as long as a big bone would and are safer too!

Virbac Sponsors Pet Dental Health Campaign

As part of National Pet Dental Health Month, Virbac Animal Health launched “Clean Every Tooth Pet Home Dental Care” campaign to help educate owners about the importance of making their pet’s dental health part of a daily routine.  The campaign provides information and educational materials at CETdental.com is designed to support the annual National Pet Dental Health Month in February. With CET (Clean Every Tooth), Virbac hopes the prevention of dental disease will become as natural to pet owners as vaccinations and heartworm prevention.  Virbac supports a variety of pet home dental health programs with products like CETChews, Aquadent Drinking Water Additive, and brushing kits. National Pet Dental Health Month is sponsored by a number of commercial and industry organizations including Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society.