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Tropiclean Gel Reduces Plaque #SmoochUrPooch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

I have two fears in my life: Vampires and dentistry.

I’ve mostly overcome my fear of vampires and I even write novels that have vampires in them (see Shepherd's Moon for a fun read!). But I have never overcome my fear of dentistry and in fact, the fear is getting stronger. My pets join me in this fear and I’m sure I’ve made their fear worse because I get so stressed out when we visit the vet for dentals.

So, brushing my pets teeth is important. I get that. But I have a lot of animals and it takes a very long time to convince them to let me put my hand in their mouth. I think a lot of people are like me in this regard.

So, we use alternative methods to keep our pets teeth in great shape. These include chews, toys, water additives and Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Clean Teeth Gel.

Tropiclean developed their dental system for people like me. People who hate to visit the dentist, whose pets don’t have the luxury of a dental every month because we can’t afford it. People who love their pets and want to do everything they can to care for them.


Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 15:58
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The Fat Gap: Discussing Obese Pets with Owners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

While you’re visiting your family this holiday season, you may run into a few overweight pets.This is a really sensitive issue for pet parents and it's important to handle the issue properly.

There is something know as the "Fat Gap". This is when a pet (or person) is overweight, but they (or the animal's owner) doesn't realize it. Often this is due to weight sneaking up on our pets, and since we see them everyday, it's hard to tell if your pets are gaining weight.

I'm not talking about the "the doctor's ridiculously unrealistic weight scale says a 6'4" woman should weigh 100 lbs" kind of overweight, I'm talking about "This cat can barely climb into your lap because he's so big" or "this dog can no longer go outside through the doggy door because he's too wide" kind of overweight.

First of all, it’s important not to judge. There could be many reasons for the problem. Just as in people, pets can struggle with their weight due to thyroid issues or any other number of health problems. It could be that the owner is doing everything in their power to reduce weight on a pet, but nothing seems to be helping. But, if you’re watching your relatives slip giant turkey legs and pumpkin pies to the dog under the table, it may be time to send them to this article.


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 16:31
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Making Dental Care Simple with Tropiclean #SmoochUrPooch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

If you’re anything like me, brushing your pet's teeth is not real high on your to-do list. Don’t get me wrong - I’ll do anything I have to in order to keep my pets healthy. And dental care is super high on that list. But, with three big dogs and two indoor cats and eight feral cats. Brushing everyone's teeth is equivalent to a suicide mission in this household. And the time it would take to do this? Well, it's something that would utterly consume my life and stress out my animals.

So, how do we handle dental care in our less than cooperative animals? Simple. Use Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Water Additive.

The water additive from Tropiclean is an easy-to-use, noninvasive solution to in-home dental care. Simply add one tablespoonful (one cap full) to your pet’s water bowl (approximately 16oz) every time you refill it. That's it. The solution does not effect the taste of your pet's water, nor will it impact anything beyond decreasing vet bills in the long run.


Last Updated on Sunday, 02 November 2014 21:44
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How to Choose A Boarding Facility or Pet Sitter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

As much as we hate to leave our pets behind, it's impossible to travel with all of them.

In our case, a pet sitter is called for and we only work with people we have known for years. But that is not always feasible. And let's face it, sometimes we have to go out of town...

A recent tragedy at a boarding facility in Arizona resulted in 20 dogs dying within a few hours due to heat exposure. (Here is the story if you missed it).

So, how do you choose a boarding facility or pet-sitter and how can you rest assured that your dog is being cared for properly?

Here are ways you can avoid losing your pet to a less than honorable boarding facility...


Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 01:28
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Reformulating or Compounding Your Pet's Medication PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 19:42

We all have pet-related responsibilities that are unpleasant: cleaning the litterbox, picking up poop in the yard - pretty much anything that deals with feces...

But there is another job that has the potential to cause us and our pets so much frustration, that it can even impact health - and that is medicating our pets.

In the past, we have discussed ways to medicate your pets. You can also read about the new ways to medicate without stressing them out. But occasionally, you’ll run into a cat or dog that just flat refuses medication. No matter how tricky you are, no matter how good you are at forcing the issue, they are on to every trick.

And that is when reformulating (compounding) medication can come in handy.

We’ve had several animals over the years who flat refuse to take medication. Combat, our horse, refused to be wormed. He would fight, bite, kick, pull-back, rip hitching posts out of the ground…you get the idea. Cheiss, our senior dog, has become so wise to the many tricks of taking medication that he has taken to carefully chewing every bite. He is so good that he can determine if we’ve hidden a pill or powder in his beloved dehydrated food from The Honest Kitchen. Hephaestion, our demon cat, nearly put me and my husband in the hospital when we attempted to vaccinate the (then) 6-month-old cat.


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 20:18
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