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How to Easily Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an estimated 80 percent of dogs have some form of periodontal disease by the age of two. In fact, tooth and gum disease is the most common clinical condition among adult dogs. Unfortunately, it is too often ignored or overlooked because its only early sign is bad breath.

Plaque forms naturally after eating and can easily be removed by brushing. When not removed regularly, however, it can harden into tartar, which requires professional dental care.

How important is dog dental care? Cleaning your dog’s teeth will help eliminate a lot of animal-related diseases.

According to animal studies, hygiene is the leading cause of many of your dog’s ailments. For example, if you allow your dog’s teeth to develop plaque, it can harden and turn into plaque, thereby causing gum irritation. Also, if your dog has foul smelling breathe, more likely than not, he already has developed puppy worms. You don’t want these on your beloved pet, do you?


Dog teeth cleaning is not as difficult as it seems and certainly does not always require the intervention of expensive doctor services.

Dog dental care toothbrushes come in two kinds. One is similar to the one we use to care for our own teeth and the other is a finger toothbrush. Remember that dental products for dogs are not flavored like ours. Dog toothpastes come in tasty beef, poultry, and a host of other flavors, so your dog will surely enjoy the cleaning experience.

When you clean your dog’s teeth, be sure he’s not placed in restraints that are too tight. Your goal is to make the experience as comfortable for him as possible so you won’t have difficulty cleaning next time. Experts suggest you do dog teeth cleaning at least once a day.

Have your dog taste the toothpaste before you use it on the brush, so he can get used to the flavor. If he’s not ready for toothpaste just yet, don’t force it and just use water.

Clean a dog’s teeth slowly and don’t rush into it, or you’ll scare him with your vigor. Do it gently, without scrubbing too hard. You can move on to the quick phase if you’re a hundred percent confident that your dog is ready for a vigorous brushing. Rinse with water after.

You will find out if your dog has dental problems if see either cracked teeth, stains, tartar, or reddish and swollen gums on him. If you see these on your dog’s teeth, then you will have to bring him to a veterinarian to have him checked and given the proper medication.

Eliminate the need to hire professional dog dental care by combating the problems before they happen. Adopt a regular dog teeth cleaning routine and you’ll definitely have a happy and clean dog.

Dog teeth cleaning is an essential part of dog hygiene. Remember, a clean dog is a healthy dog.


Service Dog Meets Pluto at Disney World

The adorable  service  dog Ace meets his longtime hero, Pluto while at Disney , and he can’t contain the excitement!  I absolutely love the reaction of the dog.     It is truly magical.

Here are the rules of  service animals at Disney

Trained service animals are welcome in most locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times and must keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.

We value all our Guests with disabilities, and we welcome service animals at most locations throughout our theme parks, Downtown Disney District and Resort hotels. At the Disneyland Resort, a service animal is defined as any dog or miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.

Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times and should keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.

Cast Members are not permitted to take control of service animals. Guests with service animals should follow the same attraction entrance guidelines as Guests who use wheelchairs.

Due to the nature of some attractions, service animals may not be permitted to ride. At these locations, please ask a Cast Member about available options, including Rider Switch with a member of your party or a portable kennel.

Guide Dog Meets Pluto at Disney World

Tobi Jack Russell Terrier Mix Dog Adoption Success Story

Adopting a pet is a great way to add to your pet family!  Scituate Animal shelter recently shared  5 anniversary story of Tobi a partial Jack Russell mix.  It is happily ever after!!

Happy Anniversary Tobi! It’s been five years since we adopted you. Can’t imagine life without Tobi  Jack Russell Mix Dog Adoption Success Story you. The picture on the right showed up today in “On This Day” and my husband took the photo on the left a couple of days ago. Tobi appears to be aging better than I am.

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Tobi was adopted from the Scituate Animal Shelter in January 2012.

We love “happily ever afters”… Our sweet Tobi found her forever home this week. She will be living with a family in Westwood and will be an only pet! How lucky for her! Happy life, Tobi.


Scituate Animal Shelter

A bequest from Eleanor Haughey, a Scituate resident and quiet supporter of the Friends of the Scituate Shelter, Inc. made the dream of the Scituate Animal Shelter a reality! Through her legacy, funds were made available for the 1992 construction of a no-kill shelter, first located on a town parcel on the Driftway and lovingly named the Eleanor R. Haughey Animal Shelter.

As the Shelter grew, it became necessary to expand from our humble beginnings on the Driftway. Through the compassion, generosity, hard work and drive of all of our wonderful supporters and volunteers, we were able to relocate to our current address at 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Rt. 3A) in Scituate, Massachusetts.

If you are looking to adopt

We provide exceptional guidance in helping you to select the right pet for you and your family. Our Shelter Director knows each animal “personally” and will get to know you too! This way, we create the best fit for both the new owner and the animal. Our ultimate goal is to match the right animal with the right “forever family”.

Our animals have been thoroughly screened. Every animal goes home with all medical records received during his/her time at the shelter, and many come with previous veterinary records which are forwarded to the new owner. All cats and kittens over 6 months of age are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and screened for FIV and FELV, in addition, all felines are de-wormed and de-flea’d. Dogs and puppies over 6 months of age are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and are screened for heartworm. In addition, our dogs’ behavior and temperament is professionally evaluated by our trainer. Every dog has a “report card” which highlights the animal’s personality and some considerations for a new owner. To help you find the best fit, we advise you on categories like energy level, leash manners, how they react to children, cats and other dogs. Each animal that is adopted from our shelter goes home with a free bag of Science Diet pet food.

Check out all the pets available for adoption at Scituate Animal Shelter 




5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

Who doesn’t OOH and AAH over puppies and kittens? It’s hard to resist the cuteness and friendliness of such creatures. However, after several months and the “teenage times”, many young dogs and cats that are adopted are returned to shelters because the “cuteness” has worn off. 5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

There are many advantages to adopting an older pet, even those known as “seniors”. Many people are hesitant to adopt an older dog or cat for various reasons, including the concern of the animal not bonding with a new owner. However, age makes no difference when it comes to humans and pets bonding – most senior pets know the joy of spending time in a family and miss that companionship when they are turned into a shelter or rescue; they are eager to find that sense of camaraderie and security once again. My husband adopted a 10-year-old Cocker Spaniel a few years ago, and he is completely devoted to us. In fact, I’m sure if he could talk instead of simply wag his tail, he would constantly tell us ‘thank you!’ Cody is a fine, loyal friend and a great addition to our family.

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Here are five great reasons to adopt a mature pet:

· Puppies and kittens require a great deal of attention and time, and for busy families, time is something of a commodity. Mature pets can be left alone for longer periods of time, and often enjoy having ‘down time’. Now, this doesn’t mean they should be locked up in a kennel all the time and it doesn’t mean they don’t need exercise – adult pets just require LESS time and energy than puppies or kittens.

· Young ones require training, such as housebreaking, and a great deal of patience. Older pets often come housebroken/litter box trained, and in many cases, adult dogs have some basic obedience training, such as knowing “sit”, “stay” and “come”.

· What you see is what you get when you adopt an adult – adopting a mature pet allows you to know more about its size and temperament, whereas adopting a puppy or kitten is sometimes a guessing game when it comes to the animal’s temperament and size.

· Older pets expend less energy – often, a simple walk around the neighborhood for an older dog is sufficient, and mature cats enjoy lounging in the sun more than chasing strings or feathers. So if you’re not terribly active, an older pet might suit your lifestyle.

· Adopting an older pet is truly a selfless act. As an animal ages, its chances of adoption grow slimmer; by giving a mature pet a home, you’re showing great compassion and empathy – and gaining a wonderful furry friend in the process!

Some people think if an older dog or cat is in the shelter there must be something wrong with it – not so! Many adult and senior pets are relinquished because the owner can no longer care for them due to the person’s health or even death. In fact, the number one reason people give for relinquishing their pet is moving. Some of the most wonderful companion animals in need of new homes are awaiting another chance to shower a family or individual with devotion, just as they did with their previous owner.

So, if adding a new pet to your home is on your ‘to-do list’ in the near future, consider adopting an adult or senior pet – you, too, can know the joy of hanging out with an adoring, mature four-footed friend and giving that adult pet a special, loving retirement home! That pet will thank you for your kind act!

Gayle Mansfield Irwin is an author and freelance writer with a strong background in animal welfare. Her credentials include work as a journalist and a humane and conservation educator as well as public relations professional. Her volunteer work includes helping transport pets going into rescue or going from rescue to their new homes. She is the author of Sages Big Adventure (Xlibris, July 2007), an inspirational book about her blind dog as well as Sage Learns to Share, a story about friendship and trust (Publish America 2009). She is also a contributing writer to two editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Provide your child or another dog lover (yourself perhaps!) with Ms. Irwin’s unique inspirational, engaging books! Learn more at Testimonial: I received a copy of your book yesterday and read it in one sitting. It was so touching and such a great story about Sage. I loved it! Nadine Van Alstine, Special Education Teacher and Volunteer Coordinator – English Springer Spaniel Rescue, Rocky Mountain Chapter – Colorado

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Autism Service Dog Found after Car Crash

A Massachusetts woman’s service dog  for autism  that was missing for nearly three weeks after its owner was involved in a car crash has been found.

Arthas was found on Saturday in West Brookfield, Mass  several miles from the site of the  December  crash in Southbridge MA

West Brookfield Police   got a call from a woman in town who recognized Arthas from pictures posted on social media.  The dog was scared but the woman grabbed him and he eventually got into the police cruiser.

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Arthas was taken to a veterinary clinic and reunited with owner Charlene Fafard.
Fafard is training the dog to assist with her autism and post-traumatic stress disorder. She says Arthas is a little thin but is doing well.

To an autistic child, the world is often filled with loud distractions, bright lights, disorienting stimuli, and uncontrollable nervous impulses. These days, more and more autistic children are facing this challenging world with a loving, specially trained companion by their side: their therapy dog.

Though a relatively new area, therapy dogs for autistic people are being trained and used in many areas of the country, and the list of organizations that promote their use is growing.