Can Dogs Use Human Toothpaste

can dogs use human toothpaste

Wouldn’t it be great if dogs had minty fresh breath? Of course it would, because that would make them even more kissable! If you’re thinking about making this a reality, then this article is for you. So…Can Dogs use human toothpaste? The short answer is NO, absolutely not! Now let’s get into the top five reasons that giving your dog human toothpaste is a very bad idea. Five Reasons Why Your Dog Cannot Use Human Toothpaste Deadly Ingredients – Some human toothpaste products contain xylitol and xylitol KILLS Dogs. If your…

How Much Does a Full Blood Panel Cost Dog & What Does it Include?

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Well, it’s that time of year again for my Senior Dog and that means we are ready to review the results of his blood work. As promised earlier in the year, I said when the time came I would write a post titled: How much does a full blood panel cost and today is the day I share my results with the public. So, in this article you will learn exactly what I paid for my Senior Dog’s blood panel here in Western NY. Then you’ll see his results exactly…

Male Dog Leaking Brown Fluid

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For the past 12 years, I know I’ve gotten off pretty easy when it comes to matters of my dog’s hind end. But last week, all that good luck came to a screeching halt when a vet tech noticed my male dog leaking brown fluid from his bum. And for the first time in his life and probably going forward, my senior, arthritic dog is on high-alert when it comes to his anal glands and I’ll share exactly what happened and why the sudden change in this article. Male Dog…

Best Dog Ear Wax Cleaner

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Today, I’m going to introduce you to the ear flush that changed my dog’s life (and mine) after 9 years of trial and error… mostly error.  If you don’t care about my story and just want to know the best dog ear wax cleaner…I’ll take no offense. You can jump right to the point by clicking the link below. It will take you to the product I recommend, without the story… Get To The Point. But if you have time to learn about the history of my dog’s chronic waxy…

What is the Best Flea Spray for Furniture?

what is the best flea spray for furniture

Being a multi-pet owner, a wildlife hospital volunteer, and small-time landlord, I have learned a thing or two about how to quickly and efficiently get rid of fleas without foggers and bombs that can cause damage to finer items.  Today, I’m going to share how I’ve found success with friendlier products that specifically target fleas that are hiding out in your upholstered furniture, carpeting, mattress, pet bedding, clothing or car. And while you still have to take care while using these two products, they do not require you to run…

How to Make an Old Dog Comfortable

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Believe it or not, it’s not much different than how you’d go about making an elderly person more comfortable. In this article, we’ll discuss the ailments your older dog is going through now, or headed toward and what we can do to help. Before we dive in, thanks for being here. If you’ve found this page it’s because you’re looking to make your older dog’s life a little better and that’s what we love to see at Senior Dog Days! Now let’s get on with exploring what’s going on with…

Waterpik for Dogs Teeth – Can You Use a Waterpik On a Dog?

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One thing is for sure: today’s dog owners are getting way more involved in cleaning their dog’s teeth at home to prevent high cost dental cleanings (you can see my vet bill below). And since this is a hot topic with lots of questions, I thought I’d share my personal experience since making the switch from dog toothbrush to waterflosser. The first and most common question is this: Can You Use a Waterpik on A Dog? I absolutely do! And at the end of this article, you can watch a…

Do Ticks JUMP From Dog to Human?

can ticks jump from a dog to a human

Now that tick season is upon us, it’s time for a refresher course on these disease carrying pests. If you or your dog has ever experienced a tick bite or worse, Lyme disease, you know all to well the dangers associated with tick season. In this article, we’ll address some common (and not so common) questions about the habits of ticks. At the end of the article, you’ll find a detailed table that compares 3 products that kill and prevent ticks. But first, let’s answer some tick related questions: Do…

Snout Soother vs. Vitamin E – Let’s Tackle Dog Nose Woes

image shows dogs rough nose and suggests use of snout soother or vitamin e to relieve the dog's chapped nose

Today we are going to compare 2 products that are often recommended by veterinarians to help dogs that are suffering from a dry, cracked or chapped nose. While both products offer relief, we’ll take a look at some unique factors that might help you decide which product might be most appropriate for you and your dog’s unique situation. Before we get into the pros and cons and look at the comparison table, I know some of you are just looking to find out where to buy the stuff (especially the…

Can You Give a Dog Mouthwash to Freshen Stinky Breath?

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One of the most common problems we address at Senior Dog Days is stinky, malodorous dog breath.  And with over 70% of dogs over the age of 3 showing signs of periodontal disease, it stands to reason that bad dog breath is a top concern of dog owners. Can you give a dog human mouthwash?   Many mouthwash and toothpaste products made for humans contain the artificial sweetener called Xylitol (Zy-la-tall) which even in tiny amounts can kill a dog. If your mouthwash doesn’t contain xylitol, it probably contains alcohols,…

Dog Too Old for Teeth Cleaning? Anesthesia vs. Mouth Rot

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Other than cost, the most popular reason pet owners are reluctant to get their older dog’s teeth cleaned is the fear of putting their dog under (anesthesia) and thinking that their dog is too old to survive the procedure.  As a result, a lot of older dogs are living out their senior years with smelly mouths that contain potentially rotting teeth and painful gums. Research shows that numerical age is a point of consideration, but it is not the deciding factor for whether or not a dog is too old…

Is it OK to Move a Dog’s Bed Around? 3 Reasons to Move a Dog Bed or Crate

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Dogs are like people in so many ways we really do think of them as our kids don’t we?  It isn’t until we catch them “in the act” of doing something so unhuman; like eating gross things, or lifting their leg on our friend’s pant leg that we come face to face with that fact that they are (in fact) canines through and through.  So it stands to reason that we wonder if things that bother us (like moving our bed around) would have the same effect on our dog. …

Removing Dog Pee From a Foam Mattress: (Wet Pee or Dry Pee)

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As our dogs age, they will likely begin to have urine leakage while they sleep.  It may be just a little leak, or a full blown bladder release.  Whichever the case may be, there will come a time when you have to get dog pee out of a foam mattress.  This post will guide you through removing wet dog pee from a foam mattress as well as how to remove dry dog pee from a mattress.  Since you’re reading this online, we will start with removing dry dog pee from…

How Many Beds Should a Dog Have? And Should a Dog Have Their Own Bed?

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One thing is for certain; as our senior dogs journey through the aging process, they sleep more and more.  And as sleep increases, a dog’s need for a comfortable place to rest her arthritic, achy bones becomes paramount to having pain free mobility. How many dog beds should a dog have?  Generally speaking your dog should have a bed available in each location where family members spend time sitting or sleeping.   For instance, if some of your family spends several hours watching tv in the living room while others play…

Is a 7 Year Old Dog a Senior?

is a 7 year old dog a senior

Wondering if your 7 year old dog is a senior? According to national averages regarding life expectancy of dogs based upon their breed size A 7 Year Old Giant Breed Dog is definitely a Senior Dog A 7 Year Old Large Breed Dog is definitely a Senior Dog A 7 Year Old Medium Breed Dog is usually a Senior Dog A 7 Year Old Small Breed Dog could be a Senior Dog A 7 Year Old Toy Breed Dog is very close to being a Senior Dog The 7 year…

What to Expect with an Aging Dog

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Most people know the obvious things when it comes to “What to Expect with an Aging Dog” because, let’s face it, we can draw more than a few parallels between the way our dogs age and how we humans age.  Our senior dog may start to lose her hearing, he may have bathroom accidents, she’ll get arthritis and have difficulty standing, his breath starts to smell….all of those things we know instinctively because we share these in common.  However, there are things you don’t know about an aging dog until…

Senior Dog Nail Trimming

fear of trimming senior dog nails. how long should a dog's nails be and how to cut a black nail on a dog.

Our senior dogs are not the spry, active, young pups they used to be and that means no more “self-filing” nail activities. Back in the day, our dogs would run on blacktop, take long walks on concrete and in the process, have their nails magically filed.  But as their daily activities begin to slow in pace and reduce in frequency, senior dog nail trimming is no longer accomplished naturally and must become part of regular grooming. In this article, we will discuss the most common reasons why dog owners are…

What Do Senior Dogs Need

Chart Showing What do Senior Dogs Need

Taking care of a senior dog may seem scary, but rest assured knowing that millions of people have an aging dog in their home. Together, we help each other by sharing our experiences of living with our senior dogs. For a quick reference, you can refer to the chart below.  This senior dog chart answers the question: “what do senior dogs need” in an easy to understand format.  Feel free to print it out for your own personal, in home use. The best way to gain a better understanding of…

Senior Dog Bad Breath: Home Remedies

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Today, we’re going to talk about three things you should be focusing on in the home to help a senior dog with bad breath.  We’ve got some easy home remedies and DIY dental wipes. But; first things first:  If your senior dog has sudden bad breath that smells rotten resembling fish or rotten meat, call your vet’s office now and explain the sudden smell.  Sudden odors in the mouth should be taken as seriously as any other sudden change in a senior dog and can be symptoms of major developments.…

Can I Walk My Old Dog in Cold Weather? Walking Chart for Seniors

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While age isn’t the only factor to consider it’s an important one.  What’s cold for one dog may feel like springtime the next. But to answer your question: “can I walk an old dog in cold wheather” there is one good rule to live by concerning our senior dogs: 0° – 15° F – Senior Dogs should skip the walk Senior Dog Walk Chart Reference Here is one thing for certain: my dog has never looked out the window and concluded that a walk was too risky.  Meaning he always wants to…