• Oral Health,  Tear Stains

    Poppy Jo – Dental Cleaning

    On January 22, 2019 I took Poppy Jo in for a dental cleaning.  Poppy Jo was born May 4, 2015 and is 3.08 pounds. Not only did she have tartar build up, her breath smelled worse than most and she had terrible staining around and under her eyes.  A new veterinarian has joined my vet and she does the Naso Lacrimal Flush (eye duct flush) so I asked that that procedure be done at the same time while Poppy Jo was under anesthesia. When I picked her up, they had pulled 6 tiny teeth that were loose and that she probably didn’t really need by the looks of them.  Although…

  • Tear Stains

    Another take on tear stains under dogs’ eyes

    Tear Stains Under Dogs’ Eyes, What They Mean & What We Should Do About: You’ve probably seen dark brown or reddish tear stains under a dog’s eyes and wondered where they come from. Tear stains appear in certain breeds more often than others, and they can indicate a lot of different things. It’s important that you see a veterinarian or eye specialist if your dog is developing tear stains to determine the cause and possible treatments. Here’s what you should know about tear stains under dogs’ eyes. What Are Tear Stains? Tear stains are dark brown or reddish marks that appear beneath a dog’s eyes. The stains are often accompanied…

  • General,  Tear Stains

    Reverse Osmosis Filtration System

    When discussing tears stains with anyone you can bet the top three solutions will be to use some type of filtered water.  I have county water with no filter which is what I drink and cook with and give to all my Maltese.  For the last two years approximately I put a Water Ionizer on the water supply which was to reduce the acid and create an Alkaline purified water.  I had this unit on hand because I had breast cancer in 2008 and purchased this unit because of the benefits of Alkaline Ionized water.  Alkaline water is an antioxidant and is very alkalizing, hydrating and detoxifying.  I had it…

  • Oral Health

    Allie – Dental Discharge

    Allie is a 6 year old female Maltese, 7 pounds.   She had her first professional dental cleaning at 3 years of age (2015) and had one tooth removed.  I notice that for Allie she has a lot of plaque build up on her teeth regardless of brushing.  I try to brush her teeth about once per week but that isn’t enough for her.  13 months later (2016) I took her in again and they had to pull one of her front teeth because it was loose from gum disease.  She went yesterday and they extracted 10 teeth.  I was devastated! In addition to brushing all my dogs teeth once…

  • Oral Health

    Mikasa – Dental Discharge

    This is the ideal discharge that you want to receive from you vet when you take your pet in however ideally you would prefer to not have to go to the vet if you can keep your pets teeth free of plaque and tartar. Mikasa was born in 2016 and yesterday was her very first dental cleaning (age 3). They only extracted one tooth and that is because is was a baby tooth. This was her only issue and her teeth and gums were in very good shape.  This is very good news and I will continue to brush her teeth once a week unless I see that plaque and…

  • General,  Tear Stains

    Unsightly Tear Staining

    I have bred Maltese for about 15 years now and have never come across a true fix for tear staining.  I have tried Angel Eyes, Eye Envy, used and still use stainless steel bowls, filtered water however I have never used distilled water so I can’t count that one out yet.  I have talked to families though that have used the distilled water and say it didn’t clear the staining up in their Maltese. The latest thing I have been using is baking soda or baking powder.  I clean my pets eyes well with a warm cloth and then I roll a q-tip in the baking soda and dab it…

  • Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

    Are you vaccinating your pet too much?

    A subject that I would like to talk about tonight.  I have recently read two articles from Dr R.D. Schultz. Dr Schultz has over 40 years of research about the dangers over vaccines and one article is called, Are you vaccinating your dog too much? I will try to attach both of these articles so that everyone has the opportunity to read them and then you can decide how you feel and even discuss with your vet.  I will have to say that with my pet, Oliver who was a part of our family for 17 years, was only vaccinated up until he was about 8 years of age.  …

  • Oral Health

    Caring for Maltese teeth

    Please take the time to brush your dogs teeth a few times a week and if you can’t then make sure they get vet checked for gum disease at least once a year.  Gum disease can lead to heart conditions which as you can guess will shorten the life of your pet.  Because of how many Maltese I have I try to brush their teeth at least every couple of weeks,  which is not really enough, when I give them a bath and I use a children’s toothbrush and dog toothpaste.  It comes in chicken flavor which I don’t really like the smell of but I think my fur babies…