This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.
OK, dog mamas (and daddies too). It’s time for us to talk. I know we all give our pets tons of love. We try to do everything we can to ensure that they are happy and healthy and well provided for. But what we often forget is their teeth.
Since becoming a mom, it’s been one of my goals to teach my kid’s good oral care. I set up a routine for them and make sure that they never go to bed without first brushing their teeth. It’s just part of my role as their mom to ensure that it’s done daily. But I’ve never thought about it being part of my job as a dog mom.
You see, our dog Max is treated pretty much like a family member. He has clothes. He has his own bed. He even has his daily schedule. What he does not have is a toothbrush! After all, can you image how hard it would be to brush a wiggly dog’s teeth with a toothbrush? In all honesty, the idea had never entered my mind! But a few weeks ago, Max had surgery. And in addition to his surgery the vet asked if we would like his teeth cleaned. I thought sure, why not and then let it go at that. So image my surprise when I went to pick him up and they showed me before and after pictures of what happens to a dog’s teeth when they are not properly taken care of. And image my shock when they informed me that periodontal or gum disease is the number one illness found in dogs and that it can negatively impact their overall health. Now, I’m not going to show you those pictures here because they were a little ewwww if you know what I mean but after looking at them, I decided I needed to do more to help keep Max’s pearly whites healthy and, well, white!
Armed with this new knowledge of the importance of oral care for my dog, I went on a search for a better way to keep his teeth clean. Since he’s obviously not going to let me brush them, I knew there had to be a better way. I thought about the things he really loves and of course treats came to mind. I’ll tell you, Max will do anything for a treat….even brush his teeth. After coming to this conclusion I knew the solution had to be Milkbone Brushing Chews!
So what are Milkbone Brushing Chews? Well, they are an easy way to take care of your dog’s oral health! Used daily as a treat they are as effective as brushing and the best part is you won’t have to fight your dog to take better care of his or her teeth! Since Milkbone Brushing Chews taste like a treat while cleaning like a toothbrush, you can sit back and watch as your dog develops good oral care habits that will help them live a long a health life!
With my Milkbone Brushing Chews in hand along with my information from the vet about why good oral care is important for the health of my dog, I set out to see if Max would like his new treats that were so much more than simply a reward.
At first he was curious. He knew that something must be up because he was not getting his regular Milkbone. But, being the trooper he is, he was game to try something new. I pulled out his new Milkbone Brushing Chews, had him sit (because good manners are important right?) and then presented him with his treat.
Immediately, he took to it like a dog to, well, a bone! The moment he took it from my hand it became clear that there was no getting it back. He was in love and he had no idea that in additional to a treat he loved he was also getting a good brushing!
He walked around the house, laid down and chewed away. He kept looking at me wondering if I was going to take his new treat away and I just smiled knowing that I could feel good about giving him Milkbone Brushing Chews!
Because in reality I was rewarding him in more ways than one. Yes, I was giving him a “treat” but I was also giving him the gift of better oral health which meant that he could be the dog we know and love for many years to come! And through that one simple action, I was showing him I care about him in the best way possible!
If you’re like me and your pet is really part of your family, be sure to watch this video to discover how Milkbone products can help you show them love in a completely delicious way!
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So what are you waiting for? Today is the day to give your dog a reason to smile! Love them the way that they deserve, teeth and all. Start with Milkbone Cleaning Chews to ensure that you’re the best dog parent around!