Dental As An Add-On Service!

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

Add-ons in the salon are continuing to gain popularity with groomers and their clientele.  Offering dental services is one of the most popular and one of the most beneficial to the pets and their owners.  Teeth that are covered with plaque and tartar build up can cause a myriad of problems because of the body’s inability to fight off the bacteria.  Good oral hygiene is imperative to keeping a pet healthy.

The fee for a dental add-on varies depending on location and clientele in the salons.  Regardless of whether you charge $3 or $35 for a dental service add add-on, the end goal should be to remove as much plaque and tartar as possible in addition to something to freshen the breath.  Owners have a tendency to equate fresh breath with clean teeth.  That is not necessarily the case.

There are many dental products to choose from on the market.  Many do an amazing job of freshening the breath, but it is just as important to tackle the plaque and tartar build up.  As a professional stylist, I prefer to use a disposable toothbrush with a brushless gel to brush the dog’s teeth.  Even though most products claim that there is no brushing required, when a toothbrush is added, it expedites the process of helping to remove plaque and tartar.  I prefer to finish the dental service with an oral care spray.  That is great to freshen the breath and help remove the fresh plaque and tartar. When you focus on removing as much tartar and plaque build- up rather than just focusing on breath, you can make a visible difference with the inflammation of the gums. After all, we want to see results quickly with the dental add-ons.  Faster results are best for the pet, the pet’s owner, and the pet’s groomer.

How to keep your Pooches teeth like a six month old puppy’s!

Sarah Drouin NCMG – Pet Tech CPR Certified- Award Winning –  www.theplushpooch.com

Brushing twice a day will keep your Pooches teeth like a 6 month old puppy’s. Healthy, clean, and in tip top shape.

Some folks who don’t have time for this can opt to do other things.

I recommend an Oral Care Gel. You squeeze the gel in the flews (lips) and once your pet starts to lick, the enzymes in the product start to kill bad breath, germs, & plaque. This will help and is sometimes easier than the toothbrush.

You can also feed a good soft bone, that your pooch can chew up and eat. Regular bones are great too! It really helps keep the teeth clean. Chewing seems to do a lot for the teeth.

Smaller breeds tend to have more issues with teeth than larger breeds. That doesn’t mean your larger breed is safe and clear.

There are some serious consequences for not taking care of your Pooches teeth. Before I go on, I want to mention that taking care of your Pooches teeth on a daily regimen, will be a bonding experience and cost you less down the road.

Serious problems resulting from not caring for your Pooches teeth:
#1 – Infection in Heart Valves
#2 – Liver abscesses
#3 – Sepsis (systemic infection that goes everywhere that the blood does–outside of the blood brain barrier)
#4 – Poor Appetite
#5 – Osteomyelitis (Bone infection)

A clean mouth = a clean bill of health! Remember taking the time to take action now, will save you thousands, but also your dog’s health from going downhill.

A Good Life in the Golden Years

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Shannon Moore, NCMG  |  Director of Grooming and Education, Espree Animal Products

Our pets are living longer than ever before.  Not only are they living longer, their quality of life is better!  Some say it is good genetics, but I think it comes from understanding the changing needs of our aging pets.

There are so many ways to enhance the quality of life for our senior friends. Staying active is a crucial part of keeping your pet healthy and enjoying those golden years.  A short walk, even if it is to the mailbox and back, would not only be beneficial physically, but mentally as well.  A healthy diet is also a key ingredient to enhancing the quality of life with your senior pet.  Not only diet, but supplements are another way to offer cognitive support to promoting joint health to allow your pet to age vibrantly.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy is also imperative.  Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are not normal.  Talk to your veterinarian about ways to promote good oral hygiene.  Brushing their teeth, water additives, brushless toothpaste are just a few ways to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Regular visits to your veterinarian are important too.  Immune systems can weaken with aging pets.  This makes them more susceptible to disease and infection.  Keeping your pet fresh and clean plays a major role to your pet aging gracefully.  Sometimes caring owners have a tendency to not bathe and groom their senior pets.

Keeping the skin and coat clean and healthy is a major component to feeling better.  Don’t you feel better when you bathe and wash your hair?  Don’t you want the same for your loyal four legged companion? Let him have a spa day at home with a lavender infused shampoo for relaxation.  Or better yet, give your buddy a massage while shampooing him with one designed to sooth sore muscles, inflammation, and arthritis.  That will alleviate the hip ad joints providing immediate relief for your pet.  Don’t you wish you could have a spa day like that?

Take a few extra minutes out of your day and continue to develop the bond with your senior pet.  Human touch and interaction are important in their golden years.  A hug, a kiss, or a quick massage  helps assure them that everything is going to be alright.  They have been your loyal companion and always by your side.  Knowing that you have done everything you can to help your pet during the golden years.  After all, they have been devoted to you since day one!