“HISS! HISS! HISS! Noah, why in the catnip is our human trying to put a stick looking brush thingy in your mouth?”
“Garble, mumble, mumble, mumble, garble…well… garble… he is trying to clean my teeth from tartar, plaque and other gunk in my mouth. He tries to keep my mouth clean by using a toothbrush, not a stick thingy brush, but a real tooth brush made for dogs! They make them for cats too.”
“Oh, uh, Meow, maybe it’s time for me to go hide again! I don’t want one of those things in my mouth! HISS! Meow...”
“Well, it’s not as bad as it looks to you. Barkingly, quite tasty! Paws, it beats the alternative by a long shot! WOOF! WOOF! I’d rather endure the annoyance of a human brushing your teeth than to have to go through what our humans first cat did!”
“Uh-oh! HISS! What’s that all about? Meow, purr…”
“As Dad told me, they adopted a pawsome older Maine coon cat who needed to be rescued. Prior to our humans adopting him, he hadn’t been fed the right foods nor was he taken to the veterinarian regularly to have his exams and his teeth checked, he developed some purrty serious teeth problems.
WOOF! As I understand, barks, the cat developed serious teeth problems and a bad attitude. He became grumpy and had some of those cat hissy fits! He went from a sweet loving cat to one you really didn’t want to have around. Unfortunately, the humans didn’t know what was causing it until the veterinarian mentioned the really bad and infected teeth. Paws, our humans decided to have the teeth removed as the veterinarian highly recommended. Barks, within a short period of time, they noticed the cat was returning to his old self! Paws, I would rather have the humans take care of my teeth than to start feeling really bad or get really sick from infections. Barkingly, it’s really like the same with humans. Bad teeth, you don’t feel good.”
“Meow. I love my beautiful smile with my most handsome cat-face. Maybe I will cooperate with our humans!”
“Barks, a great idea! Sit back, relax and let the humans do their job! WOOF! Humans should NOT use human toothbrush or toothpaste. A pet store has a good variety of dog/cat toothbrushes and toothpastes. Humans should use their fingers to gently touch the teeth and gum lines. After introducing the toothbrush to your pet and giving them a treat for good behavior, place some toothpaste on it and begin brushing. Be very gentle, not aggressive. Pay attention to your dog’s behavior taking cues and acting upon them. I do not like my teeth brushed by my human, so he uses treats, dry dog food and toys that are designed to keep my teeth cleaner. Barks, if you see anything that is concerning in your pet’s mouth, be pawsitive to bring it to the veterinarian’s attention.
WOOF! Always chat with your veterinarian before starting a new routine like teeth brushing. Barks!
February is dental month! Check with your veterinarian for pawssible discounts in dental services this month! WOOF!”
My friend the “Great Dane Dame” from Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League brought two dogs looking for “forever homes!”
Harmony is a 7-year-old purebred fawn Great Dane. She is well mannered, has basic training and loves going for walks, hiking and doing zoomies in the backyard! WOOF! She is pawsomely athletic and a Velcro Dane bonding with her favorite humans! She can be startled by mini-humans and protective of her home, so she will do best in a home without mini-humans visiting often. She is good with other dogs, but not with cats.
Kandi is a 1 ½-year-old Great Dane who is sweet, inquisitive and energetic. She loves doing zoomies around the backyard, being outside, playing catch, chewing on bones, getting belly rubs and chin scratches and being with her human around the house! She does great in her crate. She is a counter-surfer when she thinks no one is watching. She wasn’t well trained, so she’s working on her house manners, leash-walking skills and basic commands. She will need an adopter with dog experience. She is good with other dogs, might be good with cats and she is recommended for mini-humans ages 12 and older.
Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Noah writes about dog/cat adoption, humor, dog adventures and facts about dogs and cats at
www.fromthedogspaw.com. He is Dog to his human, Allen Pearson, Dog Photographer and Writer, www.allenpearsonphotography.com, www.facebook.com/AllenPearsonPhotography, www.instagram.com/fromthedogspaw, www.facebook.com/fromthedogspaw.