11 Sep Smile, Mr. Bones! I Dogs and Dental Care
A true story by Sherlock Bones
Frens, I’m here to tell you a story about love. But it’s also a story about my heckin’ teeth. How could I possibly tell you a story that involves both, you ask? Well, let me begin…
It all started with my regular afternoon visit to the park. I’ve started exercising more, you see, and I’m looking borkin’ good, if I do say so myself! On this particular day, my coat was shiny, my tail was wagging, and I was running and fetching the ball like the goodest boy that I am. I was chasing the ball after my humans had thrown it particularly far when I saw her: the most beautiful lady doggo that I ever did see. Her nose was pink, her eyes were blue, her teeth were pearly white, and her coat had the most perfect brown freckles. I stopped in my tracks and forgot all about the ball. My human was calling, but how could I walk away from the most beautiful canine in all the land? I ignored the two-legger and went to say henlo.
We wagged. We sniffed. Things were going great. But the minute her rosy nose touched mine and I opened my mouth to ask her name, she took a step back, shook her head, and ran in the other direction.
I got a heck of a scolding for not coming when I was called, but I was too distraught to notice. What had I done to scare away this lovely canine?
I was borkin’ depressed after that park trip, frens. I couldn’t stop thinking about that pretty pup. I was looking great and I was running fast — what ever did I do to mess it all up?
I was sitting and whining and sighing when Mini-Kitty found me. She’s taken to playing with me when Kitty Poppins is too busy doing … well, I’m never sure exactly what Kitty Poppins does all day, but she makes it look awfully important. Anyway, I’m usually a heckin’ good sport when it comes to playing with my little feline sister, but that day I was just too sad to even try. After a few bops and a few hops, Mini-Kitty saw that I was in a sorry state.
“What’s the matter, Mr. Bones? Usually you’re so bouncy when you come back from the park and I don’t like it when you’re sad. Do you want to talk about it?”
I gave a big sigh and was about to confess my undying love for the beautiful pup at the park when Mini-Kitty wrinkled her little nose and let out a dismayed meow.
“Ugh! Mr. Bones! Your breath is simply terrible! My goodness, usually I’m bouncing around so much that I can’t see them, but your teeth are all yellow and fuzzy. Whatever it is you want to tell me, I’m going to be on the other side of the room when you say it.”
Now, I’m not the smartest sandwich in the shed, as the saying goes, but in that moment it all made sense. The sniffs, the tail wags — it all was going just fine until I opened my heckin’ maw to say henlo. They don’t call me Sherlock Bones for nuffin’!
“You know.” Mini-Kitty said, settling down a few feet away and lowering her voice to a whisper. “Miss Poppins has the same problem. I saw the two-leggers run away after she yawned once, and I think they went to that awful vet’s office. I can smell that place from a mile away…”
“But what do I do?” I cried. “I met the most beautiful pup I ever saw today and she ran away from me!”
“I think the humans have just the thing. Let’s hope they’re not as dumb as they look. Now, if you promise not to breathe on me then we can play tag.”
A treat for teeth!
I went to the park the next day and, sure enough, there she was: that perfect canine, playing fetch on the grass. She looked at me and I looked at her, but I was just too ashamed to run and say henlo. Since my talk with Mini-Kitty, I couldn’t bear the thought of her smelling my awful breath and seeing my yellow teeth.
I had lost hope when, that night, the humans brought us all into the bathroom. Mini-Kitty was fearless as usual and she only squirmed a few times as the humans put some funny gel in her mouth and rubbed it all around with a little stick. I watched and wagged and asked Mini-Kitty how it was when she was done.
“That stuff on the stick is yummy!” She said. “I think even Her Meowjesty will like it.”
Miss Poppins gave a sniff, licked her paw, and said: “We shall see.”
Always so refined, that Kitty Poppins.
I was such a good boy as my humans brushed and scrubbed. It was a strange sensation, to say the least, but the funny stuff on the stick was pretty yummo. Mini-Kitty gave a sniff inspection to both me and Miss Poppins and gave her approval. Thanks to my humans, I am now the bestest boy, ready to show that pretty park pup my sparkling new teeth!
Tips and tricks for keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy
- As dogs age, their risk of dental disease increases. Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take as a dog owner to help mitigate and treat potential symptoms.
- Bleeding gums or drooling in your dog could be signs of oral problems such as plaque, tartar build-up, or gum disease, all of which could lose to inflammation or even tooth loss.
- Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly with the right product can help fight and prevent bad breath, plaque, and tartar buildup.
- In severe cases, poor dental hygiene can impact your dog’s quality of life, so make sure you’re taking the appropriate steps to monitor and prevent dental disease.
- Bucadog Gel is a dual-action dental gel formulated for dogs: the natural enzymes together with cleansing agents fight bad breath, plaque, and tartar build-up. Plus, dogs love the flavor! You can even apply it to your dog’s teeth and gum line without brushing, but using a toothbrush is recommended for the best results.