February 14, 2018

I was concerned when I saw the grey, discolored molar in the back of my dog’s mouth and I immediately decided I was going to start brushing her teeth. A trip to the local pet store gave me many choices of what to buy. There was a toothbrush, as well as a fingertip brush. I chose the kit with both. It also included the peanut butter flavored toothpaste, which I hoped my treat loving pup would enjoy.

I took the toothbrush that looked just like mine, I ran it under water as I would do with mine and then added a dab of the doggy dental paste. As I lifted her cheek, I noticed some redness and sores on her gums, and I decided a visit to the vet would be a good idea before trying the seeminlgy ‘torturous toothbrush’.

“It is important to check with your veterinarian first, as in some cases the degree of periodontal disease may be so advanced that this could be painful to your pet or not be effective.” Said Dr. John Gaboian of Animal Hospital at Vista Lakes.

After further inspection, Dr. John determined my Emi’s molar was broken. I was horrified I did not notice her broken tooth, as she never showed any signs of pain. “Dogs are amazing animals and can be very resilient.” Gaboian said. “In previous times, many dental issues were not diagnosed or simply ignored due to the cost of addressing these issues. That is not to say that dogs of previous generations (or ones in the wild) did not suffer from the same oral diseases of today. Fortunately now, we are more knowledgeable and have the ability to address these concerns in order to extend their life expectancy as well as fix these problems that can lead to pain and suffering.”

From that moment, I decided this tooth brushing idea was definitely going to become a reality for a few reasons. One, having a routine of checking my dogs’ teeth, gums, breath and tongue. Two, to prevent plaque and tartar build up. Three, to prevent periodontal disease. And four, to reduce damage to my dogs’ internal organs. “The presence of untreated dental disease in pets is known to lead to serious life threatening concerns like heart, liver, and kidney disease. All of these things can be avoided with daily brushing, as well as following any other recommendations by your veterinarian.” Gaboian said.

After the post check-up and the thumbs up from Dr. John, Emi and her sister Yuka were approved for cleaning of the canines’ canines!

I started by the offering of the doggy dental paste to my girls on my finger… they liked it! Then I decided on using the toothbrush that resembled my own and I began the process just like I would my own. I ran the toothbrush under the faucet and put a dollop of paste on the brush. I slipped my thumb under the flews (lips) and pulled back the cheek (see photo) in order to get to the back molars. I brushed each tooth about 12 strokes each. I started with the molars (big, back teeth), then the canines (long, pointed teeth), and then the incisors (front teeth) and then worked my way to the other side. Success! I make this their nightly routine, just like my own, right before bedtime.

If your dog seems resistant, don’t give up! Dr. Gaboian Agrees. “It may take some time to train your dog to let you brush his or her teeth, but the health benefits and the potential to prevent expensive extractions and dental procedures is worth it.”

February is National Pet Dental Health month… you know the “drill”… make an appointment with your veterinarian for an evaluation today!

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Cooper

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- Kathleen

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Nickname
Mr. T

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
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Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Super Model

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Oscar

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Nickname
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Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
The Squeaker

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Logan

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Nickname
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Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
The Day Care Dogfather

Breed
English Lab

Favorite Activity
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Alex & Mason

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Nickname
Salt & Peppa'

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Salt & Peppa'

Breed
Bichon/Poodle

Favorite Activity
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Jack

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- Scott

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Nickname
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Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Handsome Jack

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Daisy

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Nickname
Daisy Duke

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Daisy Duke

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Apollo

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Apollo

Nickname
Polito

Breed
Yellow Lab

Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Polito

Breed
Yellow Lab

Favorite Activity
Everything

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Pookie

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Pookie

Nickname
The Pookster

Breed
Bulldog

Favorite Activity
Ball and Sprinklers

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Pookie

Nickname
The Pookster

Breed
Bulldog

Favorite Activity
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Kyra & Jack

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Kyra & Jack

Nickname
Muffin & Deputy

Breed
Rottweiler & Golden Retriever

Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Muffin & Deputy

Breed
Rottweiler & Golden Retriever

Favorite Activity
A little bit of everything

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Brulee

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Nickname
The Voice

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
The Voice

Breed
Collie Mix

Favorite Activity
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Strider

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Strider

Nickname
Wiggle Butt

Breed
Yellow Lab

Favorite Activity
Swimming!

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Nickname
Wiggle Butt

Breed
Yellow Lab

Favorite Activity
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Ikea

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Ikea

Nickname
Little Britt

Breed
Brittany Special

Favorite Activity
Swimming!

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Ikea

Nickname
Little Britt

Breed
Brittany Special

Favorite Activity
Swimming!

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Bailey & Stoli

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Nickname
The Girls

Breed
Mixed

Favorite Activity
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Nickname
The Girls

Breed
Mixed

Favorite Activity
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Bella

Bella loves The OCCC because she can run and play with her friends and take a dip in the pool to cool off.
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Bella

Nickname
Princess Bella

Breed
Black Lab

Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Princess Bella

Breed
Black Lab

Favorite Activity
Swimming and Sunbathing

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Hop

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Nickname
Hop El Beagle

Breed
Beagle

Favorite Activity
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Nickname
Hop El Beagle

Breed
Beagle

Favorite Activity
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Klondike

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Klondike

Nickname
The Bunny

Breed
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Favorite Activity
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Nickname
The Bunny

Breed
Husky Mix

Favorite Activity
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Mylo & Coco

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- Francios

Mylo & Coco

Nickname
The Spaniels

Breed
English Springer Spaniels

Favorite Activity
Swimming, Frisbee, Playing

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Mylo & Coco

Nickname
The Spaniels

Breed
English Springer Spaniels

Favorite Activity
Swimming, Frisbee, Playing

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Rex Arrington The Dog

Rex

Rex LOVES going to camp and we feel great taking him. Rex is a happy and well exercised dog when we pick him up.
- Glenn & Katy

Rex

Nickname
Sexy Rexy

Breed
Hound

Favorite Activity
Wrestling with his friends and flirting with the staff

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Rex

Nickname
Sexy Rexy

Breed
Hound

Favorite Activity
Wrestling with his friends and flirting with the staff

Rex Arrington The Dog
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McHenry Family Dogs

The Spaniel Squad

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- Leigh & Dan

The Spaniel Squad

Nickname
The Fabulous Five

Breed
Cocker Spaniels

Favorite Activity
Kickin' it in our Caddie Shack

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The Spaniel Squad

Nickname
The Fabulous Five

Breed
Cocker Spaniels

Favorite Activity
Kickin' it in our Caddie Shack

McHenry Family Dogs
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Goldie The Dog

Goldie

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- Tracy C.

Goldie

Nickname
Precious

Breed
Great Dane/Weim/Lab Mix

Favorite Activity
Chasing squirrels in a tree

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Goldie

Nickname
Precious

Breed
Great Dane/Weim/Lab Mix

Favorite Activity
Chasing squirrels in a tree

Goldie The Dog
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Macallan Hardy The Dog

Macallan

Macallan loves coming to The OCCC because of the great staff and fun place to play with his buddies!
- Roger

Macallan

Nickname
Mac n' Cheese

Breed
Black Mouth Cur

Favorite Activity
Playing and Running around with friends

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Macallan

Nickname
Mac n' Cheese

Breed
Black Mouth Cur

Favorite Activity
Playing and Running around with friends

Macallan Hardy The Dog
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Lucy & Bullet Uelze The Dog

Lucy & Bullet

The OCCC is a treat for Lucy & Bullet, a home away from home.
- Ursula

Lucy & Bullet

Nickname
Pretty Girl & Rifle

Breed
Mixed

Favorite Activity
Car rides to The OCCC

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Lucy & Bullet

Nickname
Pretty Girl & Rifle

Breed
Mixed

Favorite Activity
Car rides to The OCCC

Lucy & Bullet Uelze The Dog
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Yogi The Dog

Yogi

Their staff is incredible and I know they're being carefully watched over, fed, exercised & loved.
- Eric S.

Yogi

Nickname
Yogi Bear

Breed
Retriever Mix

Favorite Activity
Hoarding Tennis Balls

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Yogi

Nickname
Yogi Bear

Breed
Retriever Mix

Favorite Activity
Hoarding Tennis Balls

Yogi The Dog
Their staff is incredible and I know they're being carefully watched over, fed, exercised & loved. - Eric S.
Bailey Izarri The Dog

Bailey

No matter what the season, Bailey loves going to The OCCC!
- Madeline I.

Bailey

Nickname
Bailey Boo

Breed
Yorkshire Terrier

Favorite Activity
Hanging out with the staff

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Bailey

Nickname
Bailey Boo

Breed
Yorkshire Terrier

Favorite Activity
Hanging out with the staff

Bailey Izarri The Dog
No matter what the season, Bailey loves going to The OCCC! - Madeline I.
Tank The Dog

Tank

Tank is always wearing a smile when he is headed to his favorite Country Club!
- Emily

Tank

Nickname
The Tank

Breed
American Bulldog

Favorite Activity
Hanging out

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Tank

Nickname
The Tank

Breed
American Bulldog

Favorite Activity
Hanging out

Tank The Dog
Tank is always wearing a smile when he is headed to his favorite Country Club! - Emily
Champ Cole The Dog

Champ

We're so happy we found such a great place to take him when we travel and so is he!
- Corrine & Casey C.

Champ

Nickname
Black Magic

Breed
Black Lab

Favorite Activity
Belly rubs

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Champ

Nickname
Black Magic

Breed
Black Lab

Favorite Activity
Belly rubs

Champ Cole The Dog
We're so happy we found such a great place to take him when we travel and so is he! - Corrine & Casey C.
Lulu The Dog

Lulu

Lulu’s home away from home where she is always treated like part of the family
- CJ

Lulu

Nickname
The Terminato

Breed
Bulldog

Favorite Activity
Frisbee

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Lulu

Nickname
The Terminato

Breed
Bulldog

Favorite Activity
Frisbee

Lulu The Dog
Lulu’s home away from home where she is always treated like part of the family - CJ
Reese Frick The Dog

Reese

The moment Reese runs through the door he is greeted with hugs and smiles.
- Lisa F.

Reese

Nickname
Mr. Frick

Breed
Viszla

Favorite Activity
Getting hugs and butt rubs

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Reese

Nickname
Mr. Frick

Breed
Viszla

Favorite Activity
Getting hugs and butt rubs

Reese Frick The Dog
The moment Reese runs through the door he is greeted with hugs and smiles. - Lisa F.
Ike The Dog

Ike

Ike loves all toys but he especially loves to show off the ones at The OCCC!
- Kelly B.

Ike

Nickname
Toy-minator

Breed
Bulldog

Favorite Activity
Anything tug o' war

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Ike

Nickname
Toy-minator

Breed
Bulldog

Favorite Activity
Anything tug o' war

Ike The Dog
Ike loves all toys but he especially loves to show off the ones at The OCCC! - Kelly B.
Remi George The Dog

Remi

Remi loves going to The OCCC to snuggle with the staff and sunbathe. Her tail goes 'turbo-speed' when we pull up.
- Rene

Remi

Nickname
Sunbathing Beauty

Breed
Weimaraner

Favorite Activity
Sunbathing and cuddling

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Remi

Nickname
Sunbathing Beauty

Breed
Weimaraner

Favorite Activity
Sunbathing and cuddling

Remi George The Dog
Remi loves going to The OCCC to snuggle with the staff and sunbathe. Her tail goes 'turbo-speed' when we pull up. - Rene
Hamish & Merlin Johnstone The Dogs

Hamish & Merlin

They just love the staff and can't wait to get outside to play with all the other dogs.
- Sharon

Hamish & Merlin

Nickname
Hammy & Old Man

Breed
Yorkie & Schnauzer

Favorite Activity
Getting belly rubs and cuddles from the staff

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Hamish & Merlin

Nickname
Hammy & Old Man

Breed
Yorkie & Schnauzer

Favorite Activity
Getting belly rubs and cuddles from the staff

Hamish & Merlin Johnstone The Dogs
They just love the staff and can't wait to get outside to play with all the other dogs. - Sharon
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