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Yes, You Should Brush Your Dog's Teeth, Too

Every day we make decisions on behalf of our beloved canine friends to support their overall happiness and well-being. We walk them, play with them, feed them, and show them love. But there is one more activity that is often overlooked that can improve their overall health and that is brushing their teeth.

By age three, dental disease effects 4 out of 5 dogs. Wow! Lake Harriet Veterinary’s website explains that periodontal disease is the cause of your dog’s bad breath, and when left untreated may cause infections of the kidneys, liver, and heart.

This is what happens:
1. Old food turns into tarter.
2. The tarter builds up along the gums and below the gum line, where it cannot be seen.
3. The tarter collects bacteria, which gets released into the gums and through the gums enters your dog's blood supply.
4. The bacteria build in the dog’s body, spreading into the heart, the kidneys, and elsewhere. Eventually, it can overwhelm the dog’s systems.

How can you help to prevent the development of disease in your dog’s mouth? Brush your dog’s teeth once a day and talk with your vet about professional cleaning options. Yes, this is one more task to do each day, but the North Shore Animal League of America and other experts agree that teeth brushing can add years to your dog’s life. While the goal is daily teeth brushing, I know you live in a world with many demands on your time. Start with the goal of brushing your dog’s teeth at least three or four times per week, until daily brushing becomes a routine.

Learn more about how to brush your dog’s teeth from Lake Harriet Veterinary.

Leo, my Goldendoodle, has had his teeth brushed from an early age. He even reaches for the tooth brush! Take a look.

Maybe it could be fun for you too.

Winter Boots and Building Community

Hello, everyone. I’m excited to be a new part of the Pampered Pooch Playground team. Several times a month, I will be here, talking about one of my favorite topics—my first baby (I mean dog), Leo. Granted, my Goldendoodle may not be your favorite pet, but I’ll bet that all of us can agree that we love and want the best for our dogs. With that in mind, my ultimate goal is to help build community among the parents of the pooches of the PPP and to help make this a place where we can share information and advice about caring for our canine friends. Who am I? I am an enthusiastic fan and loyal customer of Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws. My name is Birgitta Hughes, and as I mentioned, I am the proud “mom” of my dog, Leo. He is sweet, fun, and will be two in February. My husband, Allen, who has a passion for brushing our doodle every night, and I have been married over five years, and we have a nine-month-old son, Rhys (pronounced Reese). We moved to the Twin Cities from Boston over two years ago for my husband’s job at Best Buy headquarters. Before Boston, I was born and raised in California. In case you were wondering, I really like it here—even the winters! I love how active people are, regardless of the season. And truly, this is a beautiful place to live.

As the temperature drops and the snow comes, it’s time to start thinking about winter gear for Leo. I bought my first winter coat just four years ago, so all things winter remain new to me. Last year Leo loved the snow! Running through the snow and sticking his nose into it were two of his favorite activities. Because he enjoyed being outside so much, we bought booties to protect his paws from the elements. It took him a little while to get used to walking with them, but ultimately he adapted and was able to walk in a normal manner.

Booties worked for Leo last year, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything as we prepare for the winter months ahead. After checking with Leo’s vet at Glen Lake Animal Hospital and Roxy’s (Keith and Trycia’s dog) vet at Lake Harriet Veterinary, I learned that we must be extra diligent about checking the state of our dog’s paws after each walk. Salt, melting solvents, and snow accumulation between doggy toes can cause cracking of the skin. Each time you come in from a walk, clean out the snow that is stuck between your dog’s toes to limit any irritation. If you enjoy walking your dog during the winter and your dog can handle them, booties are an excellent solution. In fact, Bubbly Paws offers some great booties in a variety of styles and range of sizes.

Before I leave you today, I’d like to share a little video of the first time Leo wore his booties. After a couple times, he got the hang of it, and we enjoyed many walks with him in his “pawtectors.” Hopefully, he’ll get the hang of it again this year, too.

How do you protect your dog from the winter elements? We’d love to hear your ideas and advice!

Roxy goes to the Vet

Roxy goes to the vetAs strange as it might sound, Roxy really likes to go to the vet and staff at Lake Harriet Vet really love her!  While we were sitting in the lobby, there was a painting behind the desk that caught our attention and then we quickly put it all together.  It was a painting of Ella who comes to doggy daycare and it was painted by her mom, Jessie,  who owns Stray Dog Arts!   Jessie also painted the picture of Roxy in our lobby!  Jessie was one of our first customers and does amazing work!  It is such a small world :) Hope everyone has a good night!




LeoLeo is by far one of the smallest dogs that comes to doggie daycare, and he has a great time!  Leo is a mini dachshund and loves to hang out in the small dog playroom. It was a great and sad day at the daycare today.  One of our long time staff members Erika has left us to start her vet tech internship at Lake Harriet Vet.  Erika has been with us for over a year and we can't be more excited for her to advance in the vet tech field.  Lake Harriet Vet is a great vet that informs customers of Holistic and traditional types of service.  We also welcome back Vanessa, one of first employees that started with us when we opened.  Vanessa works full time at a vets office and wanted to do something with her day off which is Tuesday.  Many of you that have been with us since the beginning will remember her, so make sure to welcome her back.  There are also a few new faces around the building as we gear up for college to start up, and some of our staffs schedules have changed, so we are getting everyone ready for a busy fall.

I received a great email from Syd's dad who makes Topline Canine shampoo and conditioner that we use in the spa.  The email contained a link to a great blog post about his product.  I think it is great to see our customers succeed!

One final update on the slow webcam connections.  We have changed the streaming software we use and you will see a few minor changes in the slow connections.  If your company blocks the high speed webcams, try the slow speed ones, which should get you around your company's firewall.

Have a good night.