DIY Oral Care for Dogs - IrresistiblePets.com

Do you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth? I know I do when it comes to Chuy! He hates having his teeth brushed. We had his teeth cleaned by the veterinarian once but it made me a nervous wreck. I hate the idea of him going to sleep for a quick teeth cleaning. However, oral care for dogs is vital to their overall health. I recently disovered a new product called Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews. They are a fantastic way to care for your dogs teeth at home. In this post, I’ve put together our top 5 reasons why we think Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are irresistible!

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1. One Milk-Bone Brushing Chew Daily

If you don’t have time to brush your dog’s teeth every day, you can give them a yummy Milk-Bone Brushing Chew! When fed daily, Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing a dog’s teeth twice per week based on the reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath.

DIY Oral Care for Dogs with #MilkBone Brushing Chews

2. Nubs and Ridges Like a Toothbrush!

These bones aren’t flat like a normal treat. They have a 75 degree twist, along with nubs and ridges which are designed to clean down to the gum line like the bristles on a toothbrush, even reaching the back teeth. I like the design of these because it forced Chuy to take his time to eat the entire treat.

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews for Dogs

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Chuy Chihuahua

3. Reduces Tartar Build-up

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews can help reduce tartar build-up by 80% which is noted right on the packaging. We think that’s pretty cool!

DIY Oral Care for Dogs with #MilkBone Brushing Chews with Chuy Chihuahua

4. Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance

We only like to give Chuy treats that we can trust! Milk-Bone Brushing Chews earned the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance for effectiveness at controlling tartar. That also earns our seal of approval!

DIY Oral Care for Dogs with #MilkBone Brushing Chews by Chuy Chihuahua

5. Tastes Like a Treat, Cleans Like a Toothbrush

Chuy wanted me to make sure we covered #5! They taste just like a treat but clean just like a toothbrush! These treats aren’t minty but instead have a meaty/chicken smell and I’m assuming that’s what they taste like too! Chuy just thinks he’s getting an irresistible treat but I know I’m helping him take care of his teeth. Shhhh! Don’t tell him that!

DIY Oral Care for Dogs with #MilkBone Brushing Chews with Chuy Chihuahua 2

Remember that your veterinarian is your dog’s dentist. You should still visit them for a yearly dental checkup in addition to maintaining a daily oral care routine.

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Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Giveaway

Giveaway! Win a box of Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews!

Milk-Bone wants to offer a Milk-Bone Brushing Chew Dental Pack to 15 different winners. The Giveaway will be open through 11:59pm Eastern Time April 30th. All you need to do to enter is fill out the rafflecopter and make sure you do the mandatory entry of leaving a comment on my Blog Post. One winner per household. Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by Milk-Bone. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Milk-Bone, but Irresistible Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Milk-Bone is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Last weekend, we went to the Bark in the Park at Old Dominion University. Once a year they have a dog friendly baseball game. We brought along some donations for the Norfolk SPCA which scored us $2 off our tickets! Woo Hoo! They even had a dog park set up next to the game. I wish the weather would have been warmer because it was freezing!

ODU Bark in the Park with Chuy Chihuahua

ODU Bark in the Park with Chuy Chihuahua

ODU Bark in the Park with Chuy Chihuahua

ODU Bark in the Park with Chuy Chihuahua

ODU Bark in the Park with Chuy Chihuahua

ODU Bark in the Park with Chuy Chihuahua

ODU Bark in the Park with Chuy Chihuahua

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Earth Day takes place each year on April 22nd to raise awareness of environmental issues and remind us to take care of Mother Earth. As pet parents, there’s a lot we can do to help with our pet’s carbon paw print.  Not sure how? Get started with these 5  tips to celebrate Earth Day with your pet!

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1. Scoop the Poop

Dog and cat poop can pollute the environment, so please scoop the poop! Not only is it good for the environment, it’s the responsible thing to do as a pet owner. Nothing frustrates me more than seeing a pet owner not pick up after their pet! I keep a roll of biodegradable poop bags on Chuy’s leash, so I have no excuses when we’re out for a walk!

2. Spring Clean and Donate to a Shelter

Now is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning around your home. Create a pile of items you can donate to your local animal shelter. They are always looking for old blankets, sheets, towels, etc. Call your local animal shelter and ask what items they need.

3. Create Recycled Pet Toys

Have some old shirts you want to get rid of? Recycle them to make a fun dog rope toy! Instead of throwing away plastic water bottles, use them to make this dog squeaky toy.

4. Make a Healthy Treat

Pets enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables just as much as we do! Not only is it healthy for them, it helps the planet. If you can, purchase fresh fruit and vegetables from your local farmers market to support your local economy. Try out our healthy green smoothie for dogs to get started!

5. Get Outdoors and Enjoy a Walk with your Dog!

The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to get outdoors with your dog and go for a walk! Head out to your favorite park and enjoy the day with your dog and Mother Nature!

Leave us a comment below and tell us how you are celebrating Earth Day with your pet!

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I shared a post back in January about how my binge eating disorder has made Chuy an overweight dog. It’s hard enough struggling with my own weight issues, so when the vet officially declared Chuy as overweight, I was devastated. I knew he was looking a little chunky but actually hearing this from a professional made it sting. It made me feel like I wasn’t a good enough pet parent and that I allowed my bad habits to become part of my pet’s lifestyle. I haven’t checked in on this specific topic in awhile so I wanted to share what I am doing to get Chuy back on track to a healthy lifestyle.

How Chuy Chihuahua is Losing Weight with #HillsPet

Admitting is the First Step

Admitting there is a problem is always the hardest thing to do. Am I right? It isn’t easy to admit that your pet is overweight and that you are partly to blame for that. However, admitting there is a problem and then creating a plan of attack is half the battle!  After I started doing some research, I realized that Chuy and I are not alone in the battle of the bulge! Here are a few of the statistics I found:

  • In the US, 53% of dogs and 55% of cats are now overweight or obese.
  • Over the last five years the incidence of overweight or obese dogs has increased by almost 40% in the US.
  • Over the same time period the number of overweight or obese cats has increased by an astonishing 90%.

So how did we get here? Chuy is the king of giving you “the look” when we are eating dinner. I, like many other pet parents was raised with the “food is love” mentality so I naturally passed that on to Chuy. It’s so hard to not give him an extra treat or a piece of human food when he gives you those irresistible puppy dog eyes! Now that I’m educated about overweight dogs, I can put together a plan to get Chuy back into a healthy lifestyle.

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A New Feeding Plan with Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution

After much thought and discussion with our vet about Chuy’s weight, she recommended that we put him on Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn fat and regulate appetite. If you are on the fence about whether or not this food will work for your pet, I recommend checking out the video, One Big Kitty.

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Chuy’s Weight Loss Plan

The vet printed out a chart from Hill’s that shows us Chuy’s starting weight and his goal weight. He weighed in at 11.5 lbs and the vet wants him down to 8.5 lbs. It doesn’t seem like much but when you’re a Chihuahua every ounce counts! They also gave us a sheet with how much to feed Chuy.  I’ve been feeding him 1/3 cup in the morning and 1/3 at dinner. In the past, we had an issue with Chuy not eating his food when we would give it to him. Since we started the Metabolic diet, he eats every last piece when he gets his food!

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Stay Tuned and Watch Our Progress!

Chuy and I both are on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. I just wish I had someone that portioned out my food every day and didn’t let me near the fridge! A girl can dream, right?! According to Hill’s, 88% of pets lost weight in two months at home with no major changes other than eating the food.

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However, Chuy and I are going to step it up a bit and try to get in daily walks outside now that it’s actually warming up! Each month we will share our weight loss progress with you. Even though we haven’t officially weighed Chuy since he started his diet, I can tell he’s lost weight. His neck appears thinner and his waist line is coming back!

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Giveaway!

For your pet’s opportunity to try Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free we’re giving away 10 Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits with your veterinarian’s authorization. It’s a $70 value! You can choose from the canine or feline kit which includes:

• 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
• 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
• 1 6lb bag of Metabolic dry dog food OR 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
• 2 (13oz) Metabolic cans OR 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic feline cans
• 1 (16oz) Metabolic treats OR 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic feline treats
• (2) $25 coupons

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How to Enter the Giveaway

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:

  • What is your pet: dog or cat
  • Pet’s age
  • Pet’s current weight or close guess
  • Your name
  • Your email address

Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted. Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food. This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only. Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner. The giveaways ends on April 27th, 2014. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Irresistible Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Chuy and I would like to wish you a Happy Easter! Be sure to check out our favorite posts to make your Easter irresistible!

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Chuy Chihuahua Easter Egg Collage

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua




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