Is the Best Treat You Can Give Your Dog Toothpaste?

Dog dental hygiene keep those pearly whites clean
Not exactly! In this dog walker’s view, dog walks and pet toothpaste and tooth brushing are an even tie in the hierarchy of fun, yet healthy, “treats.” After all, it’s well-established that exercise will keep your pooch healthy physically and mentally, but do you know why you should brush your pets’ teeth daily? Since February is  “National Pet Dental Health Month,” we thought we’d talk about that instead of our obsession with dog exercise for a change!

Did you know that bad breath is NOT normal for dogs and cats? Observe the odor and quality of your pet’s teeth and gums. Bad odor, plaque, and red, inflamed gums are all reminders to brush your pups’ and kitties’ not-so-pearly whites, or to see a veterinarian!

A majority of our pets are not sporting spotless grins. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental gum disease by the age of three!

The problem with gum disease is not only in the pain it causes, but also the infection and proliferation of bacteria, which can spread into the bloodstream and then cause damage to internal organs. Learn more about Periodontal Disease in this YouTube video from the AVMA’s channel.


The GREAT news is that periodontal disease is completely preventable. We’ll be sharing posts on the proper way to brush your dog or cat’s teeth (yes, you CAN do it!) and great toys to help your cause. We also want to reward the dog or cat in Miami who has the sweetest-breath… er, smile!

Simply enter our FRESH BREATH FOR PETS Contest! (Just in time for Valentine’s Day and National Pet Dental Health Month!)

As always, we’re here for you if you have any questions about your pets! Give us a call at 305-794-3733, or email us at You can also leave comments, below!

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Who has the cleanest, healthiest smile of all?

How likely are you to smooch your pooch or kitty on Valentine’s Day? If you said “not very,” that’s a red flag! Did you know foul dog and cat breath is NOT normal? Stinky breath can signal gum or periodontal disease in your fur kids, which can cause a lot of damage to their internal organs!

So through the end of February, we want to encourage you to keep up (or start!) your daily dental routine with your furry family members. We’ll share tips and tricks for introducing the concept of brushing to your skeptical cats (it won’t hurt… much). We want you to share how YOU keep your dog and cats’ breath clean!

We also want you to submit your best photos of your cats and dogs’ pearly whites! We will collect these photos until the end of February, and then choose the pet with the shiniest, healthiest smile as a winner of a $25.00 gift certificate to any service we offer!

How to participate:

Winning that $25 gift certificate is easy! Just enter the contest in one of these three ways.

  1. Post your pet’s photo on our Facebook page
  2. Post your cat or dog’s photo on Twitter (remember to mention @Equipawspets!)
  3. Post your photo on Instagram and tag us at EquipawsPetsMiami so we know!

The pet with the shiniest, whitest smile will win our Fresh Pooch Smooch & Clean Kitty Contest, and a $25.00 gift certificate for any of our services. A winner will be announced on March 3, 2014; stay tuned and feel free to send any questions to (or ask in the comments, below!).