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10 Easy Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy And Happy

This is man's best friend we're talking about here. A healthy dog is a happy dog. And a healthy dog should be chewing DENTASTIX®.

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2. Remove burs:

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Any good day in the forest with your dog will probably result in a fresh layer of burs. To get them out, massage all-vegetable shortening into any bur-filled areas and slowly pull the bur from the fur.

3. Fight plaque and tartar buildup:

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Give your dog something to smile about. DENTASTIX® treats not only taste great, they clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Available in a variety of tasty flavors.

4. Stay safe from the sun:

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Apply a little bit of baby sunscreen to your dog's nose, ears, and anywhere else that might be susceptible to sunburn. In the summertime, remember to walk him in the shade or grass since hot sidewalks can burn his delicate paws.

5. Ease arthritis and joint pain:

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Keeping your dog at a healthy weight relieves pressure on his joints. There are also several healthy joint care food options at your local pet store. (Rumor has it that belly rubs help too :))

8. And itchy paws:

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If it's your dog's paws that are bugging him, dissolve Epsom salt into two inches of water. Let your dog stand in the tub for 10 minutes - just make sure he doesn't drink any of the water.

10. Prevent dehydration:

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Keep your dog hydrated during the hot, summer months by taking a collapsible bowl with you when you're on the go - you can fill it up periodically with fresh water so your pup will never be thirsty.