How we handle old dog problems
Stank breath and puddles. Both have been synonymous with Scooby since I met him.
Because he’s an old dog — and has always been an old dog to me — I try not to hold these things against my novelty-sized canine. Also, I understand that toy breeds are notorious for having teeth problems, due to having so many teeth crammed into such tiny heads. And, frankly, most of the miniature pinscher people I’ve met also struggle with the weeing problem.
But sometimes, you just get enough of fetid kisses and ruined bathroom rugs.
So, when a representative from MrChewy.com recently contacted me to offer me a $50 credit to the online pet food outlet, I made sure to order some dental treats.
We got Pet Naturals Breath Bites, a product that’s supposed to help minimize the pungency coming from both ends of a dog. According to the directions, these special treats are intended to be given between meals, on a daily basis.
It’s too soon to tell if they’re working, but Scooby eats these treats happily.
He’s a bit less enthusiastic about accepting breath spray.
As mentioned on Monday, Emily from Our Waldo Bungie and I attended The Great KC Pet Expo over the weekend and came home with a lot of dog products to try.
One of those products: Rupert’s Simply Smoochable Doggie & Kitty Mouth Spray, a clove oil-based spray manufactured and marketed right here in Kansas City. (Read all about this product line and enter to win some at Emily’s post.)
I love the packaging, which features original art by Kansas City artist Charlie Podrebarac, and I love the scent even more.
Clove is earthier and not quite as intense of a scent as peppermint. For that reason, I feel like clove might be more appetizing to the dogs. Scooby licked his teeth a lot after we sprayed them, but he didn’t rush off to the water fountain, so he must not have hated the taste. He probably even felt soothed, since clove oil is supposed to help relieve tooth and gum pain.
Again — it’s too soon to tell what kind of overall effect this product will have on Scooby’s stank breath. But I can say this: Immediately after the application, and for a few hours following, the Rupert’s spray did mask the rotten mouth. We will keep using it.
On to the other issue!
Because it’s clear that Scooby’s ability to “hold it” is weakening all the time, we are facing an embarrassing fact. For the sake of our home and sanity, our dog is going to have to start wearing diapers. At least when he’s running loose without an attentive human in the house.
We’ll see if they help…
How do you handle old dog issues at your house? Do you have any awesome product or DIY recommendations for solving stank breath and piddling?