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Beyond Clean Teeth

Your dog's oral health matters more than you think. Are you doing all you can?

Your dog's oral health matters more than you think. Are you doing all you can?

Like most puppies, Fortune had bright, shiny, clean teeth. Brushing her dog’s teeth or having them professionally cleaned never crossed Lee Ann Chearney’s mind, until the yellow Labrador Retriever developed bladder stones and had to go on a special diet. Chearney, who lives in Oregon, noticed that the diet change had an immediate effect on her dog’s teeth and breath, including the beginnings of tartar accumulation and a frankly stinky odor whenever Fortune greeted her with dog kisses.

“That’s when I started paying attention to her dental health and realized brushing was important,” says Chearney, who now brushes Fortune’s teeth every day. “We make it a game. She loves to lick the toothpaste.”

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