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BBS Recognizes Pet Dental Health Month

February is the month of love! And BestBullySticks.com knows that one of the best ways you can love your dog is caring for his mouth! Yes, you read that right! Unfortunately pet dental health is often overlooked, and if left untreated can lead to serious health problems such as heart, lung and kidney disease.  Today, BBS will show you how to monitor and treat your dog’s dental health.

Warning Signs

  • Abnormally Bad Breath: By nature, dogs don’t have the sweetest of breath, but when something is wrong, your dog’s breath will be particularly bad.
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Swollen Gums
  • Tumors or cysts on gums or under the tongue
  • Loose Teeth

Problems
But what do the symptoms mean? Here are some of the most common dental problems your dog can encounter. 

Periodontal Disease: This is an infection that occurs between a tooth and the gum that causes tooth loss and can even spread to the rest of the body. This disease is very painful for dogs.

Gingivitis: Just like humans, dogs can get gingivitis, which is an issue caused by the buildup of plaque, tartar and bacteria on the gums. Swollen, reddened and bleeding gums and bad breath are all symptoms.

Halitosis: Bad breath can mean bad health. This is one of the first signs of many different oral issues and can be caused by stuck food or tartar build up.

Inflamed Gums: This is also caused by tartar build up or getting food particles stuck in teeth.

Mouth Tumors & Cysts: Lumps can begin forming on your dog’s gums because of neglected oral hygiene. These can sometimes be malignant and have to be surgically removed. Salivary cysts can also appear in your dog’s mouth. These large, fluid-filled blisters show up under the tongue or corners of the jaw. These sores require drainage and the damaged saliva gland must be removed. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #200: Indoor Winter Play Ideas for Your Dog

Cold. Wet. Rainy. Snowy. Being outside in winter weather can tend to be miserable and staying cooped up indoors isn’t always so much fun either. The same is true for your dog; outdoor playtime might decrease dramatically or indoors your pup may not be stimulated enough. However, BestBullySticks.com thinks winter months can force us to be creative with our day-to-day routine. We’ve come up indoor playtime activities for the winter months because, after all, your dog still needs exercise. 

Hide & Seek
Throw a treat to your dog and while they’re gobbling it up, run and hide in a different part of the house. Your dog will want to come find you if you have more treats and will tire your pooch out in the process. Use small, low calorie treats like Halo Liv-A-Littles or Purebites.

Scavenging & Dinner Games
Remember your dog is a scavenger by nature and enabling these characteristics can stimulate both mind and body. Use a puzzle food bowl or a hollow dog toy like a Planet Dog Orbo with frozen food to challenge your dog while he eats. You can also hide treats around the house and have your dog track down their location.

Indoor Agility Course & Training
A homemade agility course can test your dog’s navigation skills and stimulate brain and body. Use chairs as weave poles, using a broomstick over a couple buckets or holding a hula-hoop in your hands as a jump can make for a fun and rousing playtime. Winter can also be a great time to have dedicated training time with your dog. Want to teach your dog to high-five, shake or roll over? Use your regular outdoor playtime and substitute it for training. Your dog will emerge into Spring as a well trained pooch! read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: February 1st Edition

 

Hip Hip HOORAY! It’s Friday!! Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the High-Fiving/Dog Rescuing/Dog Treat Making/Westminster Newbie fun, catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooch (or pooches) and read the BBS Healthy Dog Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Tip #199: Teach Your Dog to High-Five • Rescue Spotlight: Posh Pets •  Gluten-Free Rosemary Cheddar Crisps via Doggy Dessert Chef • Breed Spotlight on the Russell Terrier

SUPER HOWL 2013 FINAL is here! VOTE for your favorite to win the Grand Prize! Rescuzilla, NY & Southwest Michigan German Shepherd Rescue are duking it out for next 3 days! Vote here: http://bit.ly/Xk6OnG

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Russell Terrier

Ready for adventure! Curious to a fault! Lover of Digging Holes! The Russell Terrier is smart as a whip and always on its toes. Owners of Russell Terriers are constantly surprised by the quickness of mind and physicality this little dog can manage. Read more about this spirited companion as BestBullySticks.com shares the story of the Russell Terrier in the BBS Breed Spotlight.

History & Background: Named after Reverend John Russell, the “Jack Russell Terrier” originated in England, but was developed into the modern breed in Australia. As a derivative of the Parson Russell Terrier, the Russell Terrier is an all-purpose dog. This breed was used as a small game hunter, especially for foxes, and ratter. Russell Terriers were also developed to be small enough to be carried on horseback in a saddlebag. As the breed type began to grow, many fanciers and terrier clubs wanted to draw a line between the wide range of working type terriers. It was then the Parsons Terrier and Russell Terrier were defined as two separate breeds with different body types. In other parts of the world, the Russell Terrier is known as a Jack Russell, but by American standards the Russell Terrier has shorter legs.

The Russell Terrier will be competing at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the first time in this breed’s history. See the Russell Terrier compete at Westminster on February 12, 2013 at 8pm-11pm ET, Live on USA Network.

Height: 10 to 12 inches

Weight: 14 to 18 pounds

Coat: Russell Terriers can have smooth, broken or rough coats. All coats are paired with an undercoat, are waterproof and the dog’s body is well covered.  A smooth-coated Russell will sport dense, hard yet short and low-lying hair. Russell’s with broken coats have medium-length hair that falls somewhere between smooth and rough and have facial furnishings. Rough coated dog’s hair is dense, hard and medium-length. Russell’s hair is never thin, wooly, curly or silky. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Gluten Free Rosemary Cheddar Crisps via Doggy Dessert Chef

BestBullySticks.com loves finding healthy alternatives for our dogs and our customer’s dogs. That’s why we love the Doggy Dessert Chef and her amazing, healthy recipes that she shares with us quite often! And she’s done it again! These gluten-free dog treats are a cinch to make and you’ll have fun doing it!  (And your dog will have fun eating it!)

Gluten-Free Rosemary Cheddar Crisps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Oat Flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with your cookie cutter of your choice.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 dozen rounds.

Thanks to Tennille aka the Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing her amazing recipes and stellar photos with us!

Bone Appétit!

Want more dog treat recipes? Browse all of BBS’s Weekly Drool Recipes and whip up something healthy and fun for your pup!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Posh Pets

Every dog is special. In fact, one rescue thinks they’re more… posh. Posh Pets Rescue in New York City has the dogs of their city and region tied to their heartstrings and they’re always being tugged. They’re bent on saving every dog they can, no matter their background or needs and many times are very literally pulling dogs of euthanization tables and eventually placing them in loving homes. Read more about Posh Pets, their work, struggles and success stories in this edition of the BestBulySticks.com Rescue Spotlight!

When & Why did you start?
In March 2000, our founder Linda Vetrano walked into the NYC shelter and offered to take care of a little dog needing medical care. The shelter gave her a ten-year-old, female Chihuahua, and Linda took the little dog straight to her vet and then to her home. So began Posh Pets Rescue and the reason for our motto, “You don’t have to be perfect to be Posh.” For a decade, Linda ran Posh Pets on her own, with the help of several dedicated volunteers and foster parents. After starting out as foster parents, Melissa McClellan joined the board in 2010 and Viktoria Somorjai joined the team in 2011. All of us started rescuing for the same reason: we saw how many healthy or treatable dogs and cats were dying every day in NYC’s shelters. Instead of waiting for someone else to do something about it, we decided to become a part of the solution. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #199: High-Five Trick Training

Yes, your dog is cute. But how cool would it be to give your dog a high-five?! “Good Boy, Fido!” followed by a head pat can quickly become “Good Boy, Fido! High-Five” followed by interspecies coolness. What’s more awesome than that?

BestBullySticks.com knows once your dog has mastered standard training commands, a few tricks in your dog’s training scholarship and your dog will not only be the cutest and best behaved at the dog park, but the most talented as well! Plus, we thought it would be fun to send off National Train Your Dog Month with a little something extra.

Teaching the High-Five Trick

Need: Training Treats, Training Treat Pouch & a Clicker

If you’re not familiar with clicker training, read up on it here. Also, your dog must have the “sit” command mastered before teaching this trick.

Step 1
Have your dog sit in front of you. Place a desirable treat in your hand and make a fist. Let your dog sniff your hand to let them know the treat is there. Move the hand with the hidden treat above your dog’s head, just out of reach. Have the clicker ready in your other hand. read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: January 25th Edition

TGIF! FOWYMTWOTBBSB! (We don’t assume you know what that second one means!) Find Out What You Missed This Week On The BBS Blog! Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog Training/Dog Rescuing/Food Making/Hungarian Dog Royalty  fun, catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooch (or pooches) and read the BBS Healthy Dog Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Tip #198: Choosing A Dog Trainer • Rescue Spotlight: Fresno Bully Rescue •  Grain-Free PuppyPoppers via FoodBaby Blog • Breed Spotlight on the Lhasa Apso

SUPER HOWL 2013 is here! A Charity Photo Contest, Super Howl 2013 can win your Animal Rescue or Animal Shelter a 1.7k monetary donation! In each Round, Animal Organizations will be winning donations! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/Xk6OnG

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Lhasa Apso

Independent, a little rugged yet very beautiful, the Lhasa Apso shares these characteristics with its native home of Tibet. This little dog was thought to bring luck in ancient times and now graces many home with its joyful disposition and mischievous personality.  Learn more about the Lhasa Apso in the BestBullySticks.com Breed Spotlight!

History & Background: The Lhasa Apso, or Apso Seng Kyi meaning “Bearded Lion Dog” hails from Tibet. This rugged country produced a rugged little dog that was kept in the home to as a special guard to the family. It’s said Lhasa’s hearing was so acute that the dog could distinguish a friend from a stranger. These dogs were mainly kept by nobility and Buddhist monks in the holy city that shares its name, Lhasa. It was even believed that the dogs themselves were sacred. The thought was when a Lhasa Apso’s master died, their soul entered the body of the dog.

In 1933, the first pair of Lhasa Apso’s came to America as a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama to C. Suydam Cutting. At the time, the only other Lhasa outside of Tibet was registered in England. First called the Lhasa Apso Terrier, this breed started in the Terrier group and was moved to the Non-Sporting Group. Through DNA testing, it’s thought that the Lhasa is one of the 14 most ancient dog breeds. read more…

BBS Super Howl Charity Photo Contest

ATTN ANIMAL RESCUES & SHELTERS! Upload a photo of a dog who is the “Best Sport” of your animal organization and you could win a $1.7K donation!

Round 1 has begun and is the only time you can upload your photo! Rounds 2, 3 & the Super Howl Final will strictly be voting! Rescues will win monetary donations in each round!!

For more details and full rules, check out the photo charity contest! In each round rescues will win! 

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