Friday, March 9, 2018

The Best Dog Friendly Beaches in South Florida

I'm always in search of dog friendly places, whether it be dog friendly hotels, dog friendly parks, dog friendly beaches, dog friendly restaurants, or other public places that allow dogs.  Recently we visited my family in South Florida, so of course one of the first things I wanted to do was take Icy and Phoebe to a fabulous Florida beach!

Dog friendly beaches in Florida; Juno Beach and Jupiter beaches on the East coast of Florida
Icy was so excited to be at the beach in Juno Beach, Florida!

I had heard about dog friendly Juno Beach in Florida.  There are lots of articles and photos online showing dogs having a blast on Juno Beach.  On our visit to Florida we stayed in West Palm Beach, about 25 minutes South of Juno Beach, so we planned a day at the beach in Juno with the dogs.

Dogs love the beach!  Dog friendly Juno Beach and Jupiter Florida.
Icy and Phoebe look out over the beautiful ocean on Juno Beach, Florida

Dog friendly Juno Beach is beautiful, unspoiled, and far less crowded than West Palm Beach. Access to dog friendly Juno beach can be found on Ocean Blvd. (A1A) and Marcinski Road.

Juno Beach is a dog friendly beach on Florida's East coast.  Jupiter also has dog friendly beaches.  Dogs love the beach!
Icy on the beach in Juno Beach, Florida
We parked in one of the ample parking lots at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Marcinski Road. Parking is Free, and there are rest rooms in the parking lot, which is a huge convenience!  There are even water faucets at the beach entry area where you can wash your feet and rinse your dog off after a day of frolicking in the sand! 

In this short (12 sec.) video, you see Icy and Phoebe having fun running and playing on Juno Beach!

One thing to watch out for is that although Juno Beach is indeed a dog friendly beach area, not every beach in Juno Beach allows dogs.   Actually only about 2.5 miles of the beach allows dogs.  As you walk along Ocean Blvd, at each of the various beach access points there are steps down to the beach.  At some of those access points you will see "No Dogs Allowed" signs.

Dog friendly beaches in Florida.  Juno Beach, Jupiter Beach.  Dogs on the beach
Phoebe enjoying the view on Juno Beach, Florida
The beaches located North of the pier pictured above and the Juno Beach lifeguard station do not allow dogs!  It's not easy to figure that out when you are already on the beach and want to take a stroll along the shore.  We found out in a not so pleasant way that these beach areas were not dog friendly. 

We were walking along Juno beach when a very nasty elderly man rushed over to us.  "No dogs are allowed past the lifeguard station!!" he shouted at us.  We apologized saying that we weren't aware of that. As we turned to leave the man was muttering under his breath about always having to "do the lifeguard's job".

Not a very pleasant encounter but we would not allow this ornery man to ruin our day at the beach!  Driving along the road we hadn't noticed that other beach access points had No Dogs Allowed signs, we thought all beaches in the Juno Beach area were dog friendly. Not so!!  You have to look for signs up by the stairs indicating whether or not dogs are allowed on any particular beach.

Just a couple of miles North of Juno Beach is the town of Jupiter.   All the beaches in Jupiter are dog friendly.  Both areas have gorgeous beaches with lovely clear Florida ocean.  Jupiter is a gorgeous beach town, and there is plenty of free street parking along A1A, the main beach road. 

Although we loved our day at Juno Beach, next time I think we'll travel just a little further North and check out one of the many dog friendly Jupiter beaches.  I understand there are some dog friendly restaurants in both Juno Beach and Jupiter, but unfortunately we didn't have time to visit any of them.  We will next time for sure!

Dog friendly Juno Beach in Florida.
Phoebe cuddling with my sister on the beach
If you decide to visit either of these dog friendly beaches in Florida, please be sure to practice great down owner etiquette!  Always keep a close eye on your dog to ensure that if they poop, you immediately clean up after them.  Also ensure they aren't jumping on people, being aggressive towards other dogs, or otherwise not minding their manners.  Great dog owner responsibility is what helps keep fabulous beaches like Juno Beach and Jupiter beaches dog friendly! 

Looking for a dog friendly hotel?  Some hotels are truly pet friendly,  but some are merely pet tolerant.  Here's how can you tell the difference in A Tale Of Two Dog Friendly Hotels.

Have you been to any great dog friendly beaches?  Leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite dog friendly beach!

Join me on the Rascal and Rocco Pet Parade Blog Hop!!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Therapy Dog Icy Shares Pet Care Tips With The Brownies

Icy and I were thrilled to be invited to a Brownie (pre-Girl Scouts) meeting at a local Elementary School this week!  They wanted us to talk with the girls, who were around 8 years old, about Animal Care and Pet Therapy to help them get their Animal Care Badge.  Isn't that great!?  I love that the Girl Scouts and Brownies are placing a focus on animal care.  They also wanted the girls to have some fun interaction with Icy.

I don't have kids myself, other than the 4 legged kind of course, so it was really interesting for me to be at one of their meetings.  I was a Brownie as a kid too, but I don't remember much about it.  I remember my little brown outfit, and I recall sitting in a big circle, making a pillow large enough to sit on.  I remember that it was a fun project and that my pillow was red!  

Icy shows off her newest Therapy Dog vest from the Bideawee animal shelter!
When the meeting started, the girls all got up and said the Pledge of Allegiance.  I can't even remember the last time I said the Pledge of Allegiance, I'm surprised I remembered the words to it!

After that the girls recited their Girl Scout Promise and then the Girl Scout Law.  These are good pledges, I like that they have a section about being considerate and caring, as well as respectful.  Those words were a great segue into talking about how Therapy Dogs can be caring and considerate by helping people.  

Being respectful was a good segue into talking about how to approach a strange dog, the importance of politely asking the dog's owner if it's ok to pet their dog, and being respectful if they say No.

When we talked about the importance of always asking before you pet a strange dog, I mentioned that they should also have an adult with them when they approach a stranger, even one with a cute puppy or dog!

One of my favorite parts about visiting children is the questions they ask.  This group of 8 year olds was so engaging!  They had tons of comments and questions.  I love that they were SO interested in Icy and our visit, and in learning more about pet care and therapy dogs.  Here are some of the questions that were on these adorable Brownies' minds:

🐶 How old is Icy? (I get this one a lot)

🐶 How furry does she get - the girl who asked this wanted to know exactly how furry Icy could get, LOL!

🐶 What if you find a dog and you can't find the owner, (no collar and tags), what happens to the dog?

🐶 What if someone finds my dog but doesn't try to find us, what happens then?  I got this question from a few of the girls, they seemed very concerned about their pet getting lost and not being returned.

🐶 What if someone finds your dog and wants to keep it?

🐶 The girls made lots of comments about how they have found a neighbors dog and returned the pet.  And comments about their own dogs escaping the yard or running out the door and being found by a neighbor.

🐶 When I asked them what are some of the ways we can keep our dogs safe, they had great answers!  They taked about a collar with tags and keeping the yard locked.  When I mentioned microchipping your pet, many of the girls didn't know what that was and had some questions about it.  I related it to a TV remote, that analogy seemed to help.

🐶 They wanted to know exactly where a microchip would be on a dog, and of course they wanted to know where Icy's chip was on her, so I showed them it was between her shoulder blades. 

🐶 They asked who and how people who find a dog would know to look for a microchip.  I explained that most Veterinarians and animal shelters have a scanner.  I told them that animal shelters will ALWAYS scan for a microchip if pets that come into the shelter don't have updated tags. 

🐶 I asked them how they could tell if a dog isn't friendly?  Some of the answers surprised me!  Some said the dog will Bark.  Some said an unfriendly dog will jump on you. Some said a dog that seems like he can't stay still is unfriendly.  This turned into a rather lively conversation!  I explained some body language signals such as a dog's tail being between his legs means he is frightened, and a frightened dog can act in an unfriendly way just because he's scared.  We talked about growling, stiff body language, and baring teeth being a possible indication of an unfriendly dog.   I told them that a very "Wiggly Jiggly" body and tail wag usually means "I'm Friendly"! 

They had so many great questions and comments, I really loved their enthusiasm and engagement!

At the end of the meeting, several of the girls proudly showed off the beautiful Animal Care badges they earned by meeting Icy.  The patch had a lovely embroidery of a Golden Retriever Service Dog on it. It was so cute I would have loved one for myself!  What a fun visit!

Very well done, Brownies!!  Congratulations on earning your Animal Care badges!  

Sorry Icy, I know YOU did all the work but those Girl Scout cookies up on the counter are for MOMMY!
Just before leaving, the troop leader gave me two boxes of Girl Scout Cookies!!  I was so thrilled and touched by her kind gesture.  We always get a hearty Thank You but we've never gotten a gift of delicious cookies before!  Thin Mints and Trefoils, YUMMY!!  I'd better grab some before the husband eats them all!

A big Thank You to this wonderful troop of Brownies and to Bideawee Animal Shelter, who makes our Therapy Dog visits possible!

Bideawee holds the distinction of being the oldest animal shelter in America!

What's your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Mine are Samoas and Thin Mints.  Tell us yours in the comments!!

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Tale Of Two Dog Friendly Hotels

My husband and I were so excited to visit my sisters in their new home in Florida.  We packed the car with 2 weeks worth of provisions and our two dogs, Icy and Phoebe, and off we went!   It had been years since I'd been to Florida, I was so excited to go, especially with my dogs!  It would be Icy's first time in Florida, and although we don't know my rescue dog Phoebe's history, she probably hadn't been there either.

There were so many things I wanted to see and do when we got to Florida.  I really couldn't wait to see how the dogs would enjoy playing on a dog friendly Florida beach.

One of the things I was looking forward to most was staying at a particular pet friendly hotel.  I had been dreaming about visiting the dog friendly Kimpton Hotel in Vero Beach, Florida since I discovered it 4 years ago!  This boutique hotel chain is a big step above the norm for dog friendly hotels.  For one thing, they don't specify "small dogs only" like most of the higher end dog friendly hotels do.  It's located right on the beach and is quite luxurious.  It was gonna be Perfect!!  Or so I thought.

Dog Friendly Hotels.  Dogs. Dog Blogs, Pet Travel Tips
Stunning view of the pool area, and the ocean to the left, from our hotel room balcony.

Sure, the room and the view from our balcony were spectacular....

Pet Friendly Hotels in Florida.  Dog Travel Tips. Dog Friendly
Our room was terrific, I loved the layout and how spacious it was

Sure, the spacious room and bathroom were pretty much to die for, especially for a hotel that allows dogs!

Pet Friendly Hotel in Vero Beach, Florida.  Pet Travel. Dog Friendly
You could open a panel from the bathtub and see straight out to the balcony! 

Dog Friendly Hotel.  Pet Friendly Hotel
The frameless glass shower was wonderful, our bathroom felt like a spa
Sure we all loved our balcony.  We spent lots of time on the balcony with the dogs when it wasn't too sunny out there...

Pet Travel Tips.  Pets. Dogs. Pet Travel, Dog Travel,
Icy and Phoebe relaxing on the balcony of our hotel room
So... what's the problem, you ask?  In my mind, there are two kinds of dog friendly hotels.  Those that are truly dog welcoming hotels and those that are mostly dog tolerant hotels.  The former are those pet friendly hotels that truly GET IT. They understand that my pets are family and part of my vacation fun.  The latter are hotels that allow dogs and other pets but they don't really do much to make pets feel welcome.  Instead, they impose lots of high pet fees, restrictions, and rules.

For me, a truly dog welcoming hotel is a necessity.  If a hotel doesn't welcome my dogs, I might as well leave them home!  They are my furry family members and I love to vacation with them.  My ideal vacation with my dogs includes pet welcoming hotels and dog friendly activities.  If there's nothing for them to do or be included in, I might as well leave them at the PetSmart Hotel, where they can play in doggie day camp and have fun with other dogs. 

My dogs don't want to be left alone in a hotel room with nothing to do but stare out the bars of their crate - who would want that for their pets?!  Although this Kimpton Hotel was gorgeous and great for us, it wasn't much of a treat for Icy and Phoebe.  Here's why:

Immediately upon checking in I was handed a Pet Policy to sign stating that my dogs were basically Not Allowed anywhere in the hotel except in our room.  It stated that if we left the room, our dogs had to be crated .  I do not crate my dogs at home and leave the house so I'm not going to do it in a hotel.  They are super well behaved.  If they weren't I wouldn't bring them to a seaside hotel.

My dogs were not welcome on either of their restaurant's outdoor patios.  The patios were quite spacious, so Why Not?!  I was very disappointed, that is not very dog welcoming.

The only flooring throughout our room was tile, which is cold. Being a Siberian Husky, that's great for Icy, but not for my little warmth-sucker, Phoebe.  They didn't provide a pet bed in the room and one wasn't offered.  After we got to our room I saw how cold it was and that Phoebe was uncomfortable.  I called the front desk to ask for a pet bed.  They brought us a pet bed that clearly hadn't been cleaned.  There was hair all over it and dirt was lodged in the edges of the bed.  I had to shake it out and use a lint brush on it myself.  However, Phoebe loved that bed and spent most of her time snuggled up in it so I can't complain TOO much!  Many upscale pet friendly hotels provide a pet bed in the room or offer one upon checkin, which is very welcoming.

Throughout our stay, no one even offered me a biscuit for my two dogs!  Most dog friendly hotels have a little something to welcome their furry guests upon arrival; a biscuit or dog treat, a bed, poop bags, something!

I knew in advance that although the hotel is right on the beach, no pets were allowed on the beach.  That is a Vero Beach town rule, so it's not their fault. It was a shame though.

The hotel has no self parking, only valet (daily fee) which makes it difficult when traveling with pets.  I don't know about you, but we often need to get into the car to grab some pet related item or other.  Their parking garage was large so I wish they offered self parking as well, but that's not really a pet friendly point so scratch that complaint.

Think I'm being too picky? Think I should be grateful that any hotel allows our dogs?  Let me tell you, for the prices they charge at this place I think they should include a full on Spa Day for my dogs!  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's a bad place to stay with dogs.  I'm just saying there are hotels that are far more welcoming to pets.  Which brings me to the second half of my Tale of Two Dog Friendly Hotels.

I found dog friendly Hyatt Place Hotels quite by accident when we drove down to Myrtle Beach for a BlogPaws conference.  We needed a pit stop along the way so I settled on Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

When searching for pet friendly hotels in the area I happened upon a Hyatt Place Hotel.  I've heard of Hyatt Hotels of course, but wasn't familiar with their Hyatt Place Hotels.

Pet friendly Hyatt Place Hotels.  Fredericksburg Virginia. Dog Friendly Travel
Icy and Phoebe relaxing in the beautiful Hyatt Place Hotel in Fredericksburg, VA.  They LOVE the Hyatt Place hotel!  
Imagine our delight when we found this lovely Hyatt Place Hotel that welcomes pets!  Actually, by dog friendly hotel standards, it's gorgeous and beautifully updated! Their fee was reasonable and they welcome up to two dogs 50lbs and under.  I've been told however, that larger size dogs can be accepted at Hyatt Place Hotels, at Management discretion. Call in advance, of course.

Check out this beautifully updated, spacious room!  We are so comfortable in this hotel.  We've stayed at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Fredericksburg 4 times, we just love it!

Dog friendly Hyatt Place Hotels.  Pet friendly. Dog friendly. Pet travel tips.
My exhausted dogs and husband relax upon arrival at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Fredersburg, Virginia.
The Management and Staff at this particular hotel are fabulous.  It's such a pleasure going there.  They are so welcoming to us and to our dogs.  They always want to pet and love on Icy and Phoebe, and they always offer them biscuits!

Just outside the hotel is a really pretty walking path with wide sidewalks and a convenient poop station. We really look forward to our morning walks with the dogs at this hotel.

They don't pummel us with rules of what we can't do with our dogs, they welcome them!  The vibe is just great here.

Because we've had such great experiences at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Fredericksburg, we looked for a Hyatt Place Hotel in West Palm Beach Florida where my sisters live.  We found a great one, right in downtown West Palm Beach.  Not only is the location perfect, but the staff are so sweet.  They really liked our dogs and treated us so well.  Again, they didn't pummel us with rules about where they can't go, they welcomed Icy and Phoebe.  We even saw dogs hanging out at the bar with their owners!  I'm not sure that's really allowed because they do serve some food in that area, but no one complained.  I didn't dare bring our dogs into the bar though, I was too timid LOL!   

We hung out with them in a corner of the lobby one afternoon and no one had any issue with it.

Dog friendly Hyatt Place Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pet travel tips. Dogs. Pets. Dog welcoming hotel in West Palm Beach, FL
Cooling off with Icy and Phoebe in the Hyatt Place Hotel lobby after a long walk around West Palm Beach, FL.
During our stay in West Palm Beach, Icy and Phoebe were so comfortable and happy at this hotel.  We had no issue leaving them in the room for short periods of time while we went out for a few meals.  Honestly though, there were so many things to do with the dogs in the area they didn't need to stay in the room alone much at all. 

Dog friendly West Palm Beach, Florida.  Pet friendly hotels in West Palm Beach, FL
Phoebe checks out the skyline of West Palm Beach, from across the Intercoastal in Palm Beach
The staff was great about actually calling to say they noticed we had our Do Not disturb sign on the first 2 days, and asked if we needed any towels or cleaning.  If so, they wanted to know when it was convenient for us to have them come into the room.  How nice is that!?

Our stay at the Hyatt Place Hotels was so pleasant and comfortable, we loved every day we were there.  I can't wait to stay there again!  

I'd still recommend the Kimpton Hotel in Vero Beach, I just wouldn't recommend bringing pets along if you don't want them confined to the room all day or if you don't plan to take them on outings away from the hotel.

Psst!! In my next blog post, I'm going to let you in on a little secret - what the Best dog friendly beach on Florida's East Coast is!  Stay Tuned!

I'm definitely adding Florida to my list of great dog friendly vacation spots!  Want to see more great places to take your pets on vacation? Check out my post on Great Dog Friendly Vacation Spots!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Snow Dogs or Beach Dogs?

They say no two dogs are exactly alike, and that's certainly the case with my dogs, Icy and Phoebe!

My Siberian Husky, Icy, is a Snow Dog for sure!

Siberian Husky in the snow.  BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, Bloggers, Blog hops
I've got my tush high in the air for a reason, Come Play  in the Snow With Me!!

Dogs playing in the snow.  Pet bloggers, Dog bloggers, blog hops
How dare you ask me a question, can't you see I've got a ball stuffed in my mouth?!?

But my dog Phoebe, a Havanese/Maltese/Bichon kind of mix is definitely a Beach Bunny!

My dog at Juno Beach, Florida.  Dogs love the beach, Juno Beach is mostly a dog friendly beach in Florida
My dog Phoebe at Juno Beach, Florida

My dog relaxing on Juno Beach, Florida, a dog friendly beach.  Dog friendly beaches in Florida. Dogs on the beach.  Blog hops.
Mmmm, this sand tastes pretty good!

What about your pets, are they snow bunnies or beach bunnies?  Tell us in the comments!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

5 Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day With Your Dog

February 14th is Saint Valentine's Day.  Americans celebrate the entire month of February as the month of romance.  Valentine's Day is celebrated in the U.S. and many other countries as well.  It is an ancient celebration, thought to have originated as part of a pagan fertility ritual in ancient Roman times.

The origins of Valentine's Day weren't exactly hearts, flowers, and kisses, but that's what it symbolizes in modern times!  Valentine's Day is synonymous with cards, candy, gifts, and flowers.  And for pet parents, it's also synonymous with special treats, toys, and dates with their best furry friend.

My Furry Valentines, Phoebe and Icy!

Making your dog your Valentine?  Great! 'Cause Dogs Make The Best Valentines Day Dates!!

Here are 5 Extra Special things to do with your dog this Valentine's Day. 💕


Several grooming salons and hotels are offering spa treatments for dogs.  They know many pet parents want to thoroughly spoil and pamper their pets.

The Pooch Hotel, with a number of locations in California and a few on the East coast, will pamper your pet with style.  In addition to more traditional dog grooming you can add spa treatments to thoroughly indulge your dog.  I read about one place that even offers a warm Hydro Surge massage bath hydrotherapy for dogs with arthritis and other muscle problems.

If a doggy day spa isn't in the budget, create an at-home spa treatment.  Give your dog a facial and a pawdicure, dog friendly nail polish and all!   I found a fun recipe for a homemade Blueberry Facial for your Dog on Wag's web site

In a mixing bowl, grind up a half cup of oats to a powder.  Add crushed fresh blueberries and combine.  Wag says that this will create a facial mix that is high in antioxidants and good for the dog's skin and fur.  Check out their web site for full instructions and the proper method to give your dog a facial.  blueberries tend to stand so make sure you don't use your good white towels!


Get some Valentines Day relaxation for you and your pup!  Try taking a DOGA (Dog Yoga) Class.   In New York City, you can book a private DOGA session with your dog, or find a group DOGA session to attend. Search for a DOGA class in your city. If you can't find one in local search, check out the site Trips With Pets.   They list some DOGA classes being given in various parts of the country.  You can also Call a local yoga studio and ask if they know of any instructors that have led DOGA classes.  A local animal shelter in my area actually hosted a few DOGA classes last Summer!  How cool is that?  There's a yoga studio in The Hamptons, NY that gives DOGA sessions in Summer as well.    According to DOGA in NYC,    "Doga is simply creating a space of presence where you and your dog can share a state of peace"  That sounds good to me!


Host a Valentines Day Yappy Hour party for your dog's best furriends at your house, or search for one in your neighborhood. 

A local brewery here in New York is hosting a Valentine's Day Yappy Hour.  In Phoenix, Arizona there was a local bar that regularly hosted Yappy Hours.  If you live in a warm weather state and are near water, you may be lucky enough to find a Valentine's Day Yappy Hour Cruise!

A few years back I read about a singles group that hosted a mixer for singles looking for love... and their dogs!  Attendees brought their dogs along to the event in the hopes of  finding love.  Talk about a great ice breaker having dogs at the event!  The event doubled as an animal welfare fundraiser.

Search on Valentine's Day Yappy Hours in your city. lists Worldwide Dog Events, so it might be worth checking out their event page as well.

If you host a Valentine's Day Yappy Hour yourself, invite your dog's best furriends and have fun with a Valentine's Day theme!

💗 You can find inexpensive party themed items at the dollar store or craft store.

💗 Get some Valentine's Day themed dog treats to serve your furry guests.   Petco and PetSmart always have some fun holiday themed dog treats.

💗 Set up some fun games for the dogs to play.  I like the tennis ball muffin tin game.  You place treats in a muffin tin and cover each of the muffin holes with a tennis ball.  The dogs have to knock the balls out of the way to get to the treat!  If you have a lot of interactive toys you can bring them all out and have the dogs circle around to each one.

Interactive games can be fun for multiple dogs to play with together


Serve your dog a special home cooked Valentine's Day dinner.  Boil up some Chicken, beef, or liver in a pot with healthy dog friendly vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, broccoli or other pet friendly veggies.  Leave out the onion & garlic, as those can be toxic to pets!

If you don't have the time or desire to cook, look for such as Merrick Pet Food's PUGS N' KISSES Grain Free canned dog food.  It's one of their many special Limited Edition, Seasonal Recipes.  Available through and other pet retailers.


Bake some special Valentine's Day dog treats, or Find a doggie bakery that makes something special for Valentines Day.  Many dog bakeries (or BARKeries, as they're often called) will ship goodies right to your home.

Our friend Emma at My GBGV Life has a great recipe for Strawberry Banana LuvCakes !  These are really special.


Now that you've planned something extra special for your dog this Valentines Day, why not treat yourself to something special?  

Our UNCONDITIONAL LOVE design was created exclusively for Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them by Brooklyn artist  It's our own unique design, inspired by the Unconditional Love our pets give us every day.  You won't find this exclusive design anywhere else!


Lightweight Sweatshirts

T shirts in several styles & colors
 iPhone and Galaxy cases, Laptop Cases & Skins, Mugs, Bags and more!

Are you doing anything special with your pet on Valentine's Day?  Tell us about it in the Comments!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

How Pet's Dental Health Effects Overall Health, & A GIVEAWAY!

February is Pet Dental Health Month, but we should be conscious of our dog's oral health all year long.  Poor dental health in pets can lead to more serious health issues.  Whiter teeth and the absence of bad breath in my dog are great, but good oral health for dogs goes deeper than that.

If a dog has poor oral health it can lead to dental disease, especially periodontal disease which can lead to more serious health problems.  Toxins from periodontal disease get absorbed into the dog's blood stream and can cause infections in the body.  This can potentially damage kidney, heart, and brain tissue.  

Good Pet Oral Health isn't just about fresh breath and whiter teeth, it's an important part of your dog's overall health!  

Oratene Brushless Oral Care for Pets.  Line of brushless products for pet dental health care. Safe to use on Dogs and Cats.
Oratene Brushless Oral Care for Pets, from Zymox
This post is sponsored by Oratene® . I am being compensated to help share information about Oratene Brushless Pet Oral Care products for Pet Dental Health Month, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.

Many kinds of bacteria can grow in your pet's mouth.  The mouth is moist and dark, a perfect place for bacteria to flourish.  Bacteria such as plaque hardens and becomes tartar, which can throw off the balance of normal, healthy microbial flora in your dog's mouth.  This can ultimately lead to dental disease.

Nearly 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have dental disease, the most common health problem effecting dogs.  Pet health. Dental disease in dogs and cats. Pet Dental Health.  Zymox Oratene Brushless Oral Care for pets
When we adopted Phoebe at age 5 her teeth were already in poor shape. 

Pets taking medications are especially prone to dental health issues. Some medications can cause a condition known as "Dry Mouth".  Although pets may still have saliva and drool, the quality of the saliva is poor.  Pets with chronic Dry Mouth can develop severe halitosis (very bad breath), and tooth decay.  


According to both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and PetMD, nearly 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have dental disease.  It's the most common health problem effecting dogs.  

Pet Dental disease includes:  

🐶 Periodontal Disease; one of the most common diseases in dogs, it causes damage to the gum, bone, and tissue around the teeth.

🙀 Gingivitis; an inflammation and infection of the gums.

🐶 Tooth root abscesses

🙀 Broken or lost teeth

When I adopted Phoebe she was about 5 years old.  From the start her teeth weren't good.  I was nervous about getting her a dental cleaning because in order for pets to have a Veterinary dental cleaning they need to be put under anesthesia. That scared me and I didn't want to take the chance.

I tried to brush her teeth but it didn't work well, she hated it.  I was really happy when I found Oratene water additive, which helps prevent plaque and remove biofilm.  I hoped the water additive, along with dental chews would help me avoid a dental cleaning for her altogether, but it was too late, her teeth were too far gone.  Although it helped both my dogs bad breath a lot, the damage to Phoebe's teeth could not be undone.   

Nearly 80% of dogs over age 3 have dental disease, it's the most common health problem in dogs.  Oratene brushless oral care for dogs and cats helps prevent plaque & biofilm in pets.  February is Pet Dental Health Month
Phoebe's beautiful pearly whites after her cleaning at the Vet.  
At 8 years old one of Phoebe's teeth fell out for no apparent reason.  After that I bit the bullet and took her to the Vet for a dental cleaning.  I'm so glad I did because she ended up needing to have 6 teeth pulled!

I felt so bad that she had to go through the stress of a Veterinary dental cleaning, anesthesia, and having to stay at the Vet all day and into the evening.  I vowed to make her first Veterinary dental cleaning her last by using Oratene's Brushless Oral Care Toothpaste Gel and water additive!


After her dental cleaning, I made a more serious effort to use both the Oratene Brushless Toothpaste Gel and Water Additive daily.  

Phoebe never accepted me brushing her teeth, she just hated it too much.  Rather than continuing to struggle getting her to accept a toothbrush or finger brush, I tried Oratene's Brushless Toothpaste Gel.  Yes, that's right, I said Brushless toothpaste!  You just apply the gel to your dog's gums once or twice a day. The pet's saliva works to get the toothpaste to all parts of the mouth without brushing.  No more struggling with an uncomfortable brush in Phoebe's mouth.  

The toothpaste gel and water additive are safe for use on both dogs and cats.  That's such a convenience, you don't have to keep two sets of pet dental care products for your dog and cat, they can share!

***** IMPORTANT! Never use human toothpaste on your pet, it contains ingredients, such as fluoride, that are toxic to pets *****

Fortunately, Phoebe didn't have much of an issue with me sticking my finger in her mouth, it was the brushing she hated.  I took the time needed to have her get used to me applying the gel to her gums.  It was a much easier process than I feared!  I make sure to give her a small treat afterwards so she knows that the toothpaste gel leads to a TREAT! I think she almost looks forward to it!

I'll continue using Oratene's Brushless Toothpaste Gel along with the Oratene Water Additive, and hopefully Phoebe won't have to get another dental cleaning for the rest of her senior years. 


Oratene Brushless Oral Care for Pets.  Line of brushless products for pet dental health care. Safe to use on Dogs and Cats.
Zymox's Oratene Brushless Oral Care products for pets

Oratene's Brushless Pet Oral Health Products help keep your dog's teeth clean and prevent dental disease.  They make it easy to kill harmful bacteria and germs, and remove plaque biofilm in your dog's mouth to restore oral balance.  

Oratene's oral care products use two patented enzyme systems not found in other enzymatic oral care products to boost the natural oral flora, help protect against gum disease and dissolve plaque biofilm, and inhibit the bacteria that cause bad breath.


> Oratene brushless oral care products contain two patented, natural enzyme systems, the LP3 Enzyme System and the MD2 Enzyme System (Mutanase + Dextranase).  

Oratene Water Additive for pets is easy to use.  Just 2 cups of water + 2 pumps of the additive in pets water bowl daily.

> These enzymes inhibit harmful odor-causing bacteria and remove plaque biofilm.  The LP3 Enzyme System destroys bacteria and fungal microorganisms while restoring the oral balance in a pet's mouth.  The MD2 Enzyme System makes plaque water soluble and unable to bind to the teeth.

> Oratene Oral Care products do NOT contain CHLORHEXIDINE, XYLITOL, ALCOHOL, OR DETERGENT, and is safe for dogs and cats to use daily!

NoteAccording to Oratene, the Water Additive can be used in a pet water fountain however "the filter MUST be taken out or it will remove the active compounds, and it will plug up the filter."

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If your dog is taking medications, or if you just want to improve your pet's oral hygiene and bad breath, give Oratene Pet Dental Health Products a try.  Oratene Brushless Oral Care products for pets are safe for both dogs and cats!

Zymox also offers a complete line of skin care products for pets.  If your pet suffers from allergies, Hot Spots, Hair Loss or general poor coat condition Zymox has a number of products that may help.  They also offer products for wound care and skin infections.  Fortunately, I haven't had a need for skin care products for Icy or Phoebe.  They don't have allergies or other skin issues.

What do you think about the convenience of a brushless oral care system for pets, is that something you would try?  Leave us a comment and tell us!