The entire month of February I find myself burdened with guilt. I cringe knowing it’s National Pet Dental Health Month and I have not been “all that I can be” when it comes to brushing my dog’s teeth!
There I said it!
Now – what in the doodle do I plan to do about it?
- Acknowledge and accept responsibility
- Correct my behavior
- Bear my soul at the Vet’s office
- Go see “Pops” the butcher #huh?…
Yes, I shall explain everything – from the beginning – including “Pops”
I’m concerned now more than ever about Harley’s teeth. Harley is 6 years old #cantbelieveit and it is crucial that I become diligent and pro-active in the fight against periodontal disease and other complications that can occur due to plaque buildup.
While I have a “hit or miss” track record when it comes to his dental care, I no longer wish to live behind my excuses of forgetfulness and/or laziness. #pleasedontjudgeme
February is wellness month in our family. And for Harley I was prepared to “come clean” #punintended regarding proper pet dental care…
I chose to share his dental exam with you for a few reasons:
- reality check #mine
The exam wasn’t as bad as I feared. He does have a little tarter build-up. In Harley’s case since he’s okay having a toothbrush in his mouth – there is hope. We have a plan 🙂
You see, Doodle Doc understands me. She knows I’m a minimalist when it comes to medication to include anesthetizing a dog for a dental cleaning. But if I don’t get my act together – we may not have options next year. #wehaveaplan
There is never any shame in my game when it comes to Harley and his health. I brought his toothbrush and “vanilla flavored” toothpaste to his appointment…
…praying she had time to demonstrate the proper way to brush his teeth…
She did! #lovethislady…
Afterwards she discussed “the” plan – which is how I met “Pops” the butcher.
She told me to visit the butcher at my favorite grocery store and ask for “raw” beef marrow bones with small centers…
Harley is to “feast” on one bone twice a week for a month. According to Doodle Doc I should see a remarkable improvement.
If this is going to be a gut wrenching “honest” post I have to tell you, I asked some really stupid questions:
“Should I –
- par-boil them?
- bake them?”
She responded with “no” on both suggested preparation methods and said “think living in the wild.”
In the car I kept thinking “in the wild.”
I called a blogging friend Kimberly Gauthier of “Keep The Tail Wagging” who is presently raising two sets of litter mates naturally on a raw food diet. If you know Kimberly you’ll understand when I tell you I got the seal of approval as I heard her smiling on the other end of the phone saying “that is so cool.”
I brought the bones home, separated them two to a bag, and now they’re ready for the freezer…
We are scheduled for a follow-up at the end of March. I promise to share our results with you.
Have you ever given your dog raw marrow bones for tarter control? I’m sure Harley’s gonna love this 🙂
Be kind to someone and as always, thank you so very much for sharing me with your friends!