Monday, February 21, 2011

Brush-a, Brush-a, Brush-a!

When we think of February, groundhogs, roses, and presidents often come to mind. But if you are a pet owner, you should start thinking teeth as well. The American Veterinary Medical Association has decided to add an important topic into the short, but significant month of February. So pull out those toothbrushes and grab your pets, its officially Pet Dental Health Month!

Teeth Trouble
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, “more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop periodontal disease by age 3.” This is a common ailment that plagues our pets since we rarely remember that, just as our teeth need regular brushing, so do Fido and Fluffy’s. Signs of gum disease are brown and yellow tarter build-up, red or inflamed gums, and stinky breath according to the Pet Dental Health website. It is normal for dogs to have bad breath, but if it gets to the point where you no longer want doggie kisses, it might be time to have your veterinarian examine your pup’s chompers. In fact, regular dental exams with your veterinarian are vital to maintaining proper dental health. In addition, it is important to invest in your own canine and feline dental regime.

Plaque Prevention
Begin by introducing your pet to the taste of toothpaste by allowing them to lick it off your finger. Pets have their own specially formulated toothpaste that blends the taste of yummy flavors appealing to cat and dogs, such as beef and cheese. Human toothpaste will only upset their stomachs. When they begin to accept the taste and texture, try putting it on a small toothbrush, piece of gauze, or a finger toothbrush and scrub gently on each side for 30 seconds, or as long as your dog or cat will allow. Ideally, you should make this a daily habit that coincides with your own dental health routine. If your pet resists your efforts, don’t despair. Other options include anti-plaque water additives which can be diffused in your pets’ water bowl, oral hygiene gels, dental chew toys, and crunchy treats and bones that all help to prevent plaque build-up. Just pick up a few of these products at your pet’s next visit to Morris Animal Inn!

Start Today, Don’t Delay
A dog with pearly whites is a healthy dog indeed. Before your pet’s dental health deteriorates, commit to a plan that will keep everyone smiling. In light of Pet Dental Health Month, Morris Animal Inn is providing free, “Fresh Breath” treats with the purchase of any of our TropiClean “Fresh Breath” products!

Need more help? Watch this informative video provided by the AVAM.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Morris Animal Inn Knows Westminster

Westminster Kennel Club’s 135th Annual Dog Show

For two days, every year, America’s eye is fixed on the professional dog world, waiting with bated breath as the top dogs in the U.S are selected from each category: terrier, sporting, non-sporting, working, toy, hound, and herding. The last and most exciting event is Best in Show, when the judges pick one dog out of the winners from all of the individual dog groups. This February 14 to 15th was the Westminster Kennel Club’s 135th Dog Show, which has taken place annually at Madison Square Garden since it first began in 1877, making it the second oldest and longest running sporting event after the Kentucky Derby. Originally formed to display hunting dogs, the show was named after the Westminster Hotel in Manhattan where the hunters used to gather to discuss the sport and their canine companions. Though the Westminster Kennel Club was founded seven years before the American Kennel Club, in order to enter the prestigious dog show, the canine must be recognized as a breed by the AKC. Top dogs are chosen based on numerous physical credentials such as coloring, height, and eye shape that prove the dog is as close as possible to the breed’s standards.

Mr. Morris Sr with a Toy Poodle.
The Morris family is no stranger to dog shows, including Westminster. Not only do they have a long and worthy history dedicated to caring for canine companions, but they are also experienced in the area of handling and showing dogs. Mr. Morris Sr. was the manager and professional handler for the Frelinghuysen Show Kennel for 25 years, and in 1943 he had the honor of winning Westminster’s Best in Show with a Miniature Poodle named Pitter Patter of Piper’s Croft.

The results are in and here are the winners!
Pekingese -Toy group
Scottish Deerhound - Hound group
Chinese Shar-Pei - Non-Sporting group
Bearded Collie - Herding group
Spaniels (Cocker) Black -Sporting group
Portugese Water Dog-Working group
Fox Terrier-Terrier group
Best in Show - Hickory the Scottish Deerhound