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  • Do you brush your dogs teeth?

    Dental health is a much discussed topic in the shop.  Most people are aware that gum disease in dogs is one of the biggest problems seen by vets but it is something that we can take steps to help prevent.   Views on appropriate products for teeth cleaning vary greatly - even amongst the professionals.  As with all these things there is no "one size fits all" approach that suits every dog and their owner.

    Whilst we always repeat the mantra that "nothing beats regular toothbrushing" we appreciate that not everyone manages to be as rigorous as others with teeth cleaning regimes and also that there are some dogs that will not tolerate having their teeth brushed well no matter how carefully the routine is introduced, so we have also listed some of the other common "tooth cleaning" products below with details of their pros and cons to try to help cover some of the things most often asked in the shop.  We would love to hear what you do/if anything to try to maintain good dental health for for your dog.  Have you tried a specific product with good or not so good success?

    "Nothing beats toothbrushing": The most obvious and effective method for keeping your dogs teeth clean and healthy is toothbrushing.  Using a soft bristle brush and an appropriate doggy toothpaste daily (or as close to this as possible) is what we would recommend over anything else and this is also echoed by the UKs top Dental Vet.  The earlier you can get your dog used to having their teeth brushed the better.  We have included a link to a handy article to show the best way to introduce this routine to your dog in a positive way .  Toothpastes that contain chlorhexidine are often regarded as most effective but a toothpaste with enzymes is also one to look out for as an over the counter option.  Don't use toothpastes designed for humans - these can contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs and the foaming action is not good for them either.

    jd_1216Tooth cleaning fluids, wipes, sprays and powders:  There are a wide variety of products on the market which people often use if their dogs are not so keen on having their teeth brushed or alongside toothbrushing.  Most of these types of products have not been through quite such rigorous testing so much of the "evidence" for the use of these products relates to anecdotal information.  Some people believe they can be good at helping keep plaque at bay but that they do little to remove a build up of plaque that it already there (some of those most commonly asked for in our store are Plaque Off, Oral Rinses and Tooth Wipes).  These products are typically added to your dogs food or water rather than directly to the teeth.

    Dental chews such as Pedigree Dentaflex and Dentastix:  There have been some studies done which have shown their effectiveness (although it is worth noting that some of these will have been done by the companies producing the products so they have a vested interest in ensuring positive results).  They can be expensive as they have to be given very regularly and the ingredients are not always super healthy and will not, of course, compare to regular toothbrushing.

    Hard Edible Chews such as Deer Antlers, Roots, Buffalo Horns and hard Marrow Bones etc:  Whilst these have the advantage of not carrying a big risk of splintering they are exceptionally hard and there has been a surge in reports of tooth fractures from products like deer antlers and so we do not highly recommend these products for this reason. Their teeth cleaning properties also depend on how your dog actually chews on these.  For example they may focus on using one side of the mouth when chewing which may effect how effective their are for cleaning. Please see our "to Chews or Not to chews" article for further information on this topic

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     Less hard edible chews such as rawhide, pizzles etc:  These present a much lesser risk of fracturing a tooth but you do have to be mindful of the choke hazard that these types of chews can present if your dog is greedy and chews off large pieces to swallow.  These may help a bit with tooth cleaning but again they need to be used regularly and will not cover all the teeth like toothbrushing will.

    Smaller raw bones such as chicken wing tips and carcasses: These present much less of a chance of tooth fracturing than the very hard, large bones and deer antlers and with regular use they, anecdotally, help to keep the teeth plaque free.  It is important that they are raw and ideally they should be smaller, non weight bearing bone.  There is still a choking hazard with bones of this type and care and supervision is required when feeding.  More care is also required with regards to cleaning up after eating due to the higher risk of bacteria spreading from raw products.

    For more in depth information of the pros and cons of different tooth cleaning products we would recommend reading the attached article from top Dental Vet Norman Johnston.

    http://www.dentalvets.co.uk/files/Docs/OralHomecareEBM-VT300810.pdf

    We also like to remind people that, regardless of how well you maintain your dogs teeth we would always recommend regular dental checks when visiting your Vet .

  • Haggis Neeps & Tatties Treats!

    All stocked up with Harry's Gourmet Treats again! We now have their new Gluten Free Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon flavour and we also have a properly Scottish Haggis, Neeps and Tatties variety in too - yum =)

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  • Hobbes in his Spice Dot

    "Thanks for the new dog bed, which arrived today! I love it! Hobbes x " Thanks to Susan for sharing this photo - the Spice Dot bed continues to be the favourite for the Just Dogs Team Dogs Too =)

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  • More Harris Tweed Bow Tie Collars in Stock

    We have had another delivery of the ever popular, handmade in Edinburgh, Harris Tweed collars with removable Bow Ties (thanks to Dawn for the top notch service again) =) We now have a lovely orange colour to add to the range. Here is Sandy doing a sterling job of modelling the new colour in exchange for some yummy venison and blueberry treats.

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  • Sable in Green Tweed

    Beautiful, soppy rescue boy Sable doing a grand job of modelling his Green Tweed Collar with removable bow tie <3 (Thanks so much Ceilidh for sharing)

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  • New Orange tweed bowtie collars

    Bodhi got treated to one of the Harris Tweed Collars with removable bow ties today. He got the new Orange colour and we think he looks super handsome. His kitty brother Milo didn't want to miss out on modelling and we think he pulled it off brilliantly too =) (thanks Karen for the photos)

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  • Betty in her purple tweed bowtie collar

    Some AMAZING photos have been shared by you guys over the last couple of days. First up is GORGEOUS Betty striking some poses modelling her new purple harris tweed collar with removable bow tie .

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  • Lots & Lots of Rope Toys!

    We were overflowing with rope toys after receiving a mammoth delivery today. If your dog loves a tug toy grab a bargain whilst stocks last as they are available with 40% off RRP

    We only have a couple of each style in stock so not on website as too difficult to keep track of stock levels. In shop only. x

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  • Car Travel Safety

    How does your dog travel? We are interested to understand how or if you restrain your dog when in the car. If you do restrain them do you use a car harness, a crate, a dog guard or something else and why. Have you had to do a spot of training with your dog to get them used to travelling? Do you feel that the current rules for car safety for dogs are clear enough and strong enough? We currently stock the Ancol car harness and we now also have the Crash Tested Kurgo Car Harness and we would be interested in your feedback if you use either of these or if you use something else that you would recommend. Thanks in advance for your input on this. Car travel is something often discussed in the shop and your viewpoints will help us shape the focus of the advice and products that we offer.
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  • Tuffies Soft Toys

    Being "shop dog" is just so exhausting =) We may have been excited by our delivery of Tuffies Soft Toys today but they couldn't entice Molly to take a break from her power nap

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