Pawsitive Solutions: Why Do Dog’s Chew?

For this month's edition of Pawsitive Solutions, we will focus on: Why Do Dog’s Chew? Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs and can help to promote healthy teeth, gums and jaw muscles. Puppies may chew because they are teething and chewing relieves the discomfort of having new teeth growing, as play, as a dominance display, or as a way of exploring their world. Adult dogs may chew out of boredom or because they are anxious, want to attract your attention or as a response to fears or phobias. While chewing is healthy and normal for dogs of all ages, destructive chewing can be a sign that the dog is bored or suffering from separation anxiety.

Providing your dog with appropriate things to chew on can help save you from expensive damage as well as frustration. Providing dogs with variety with their chew options can help keep them interested longer, as well as help you to figure out which they prefer.

So, which chew is the best chew for your dog? Some of the options we have a available are:

Bully Sticks: These are 100% protein, help to floss the teeth, are edible, and generally last several days. They generally come shaped as sticks, braids, or twists. Dogs are generally very excited about how these smell (owners less so). We do also carry odorless bully sticks.

Himalayan Chews: These last about as long as a bully stick, are odorless, and are made using traditional methods in the Himalayas, (fair trade). Himalayan chews are essentially a very hard cheese, what dog doesn’t love cheese?

Blue Buffalo Bone (Dental Chew): These clean teeth as well as freshen breath, and contain ingredients that promote heart and joint health. They last a very short time, but dogs generally like them very much.

Compressed Rawhide: Made of layers of cow hides pressed together, Compressed rawhide lasts a good while and is an inexpensive option. They are safer and last longer than traditional rawhide, and are available in a number of sizes.

Real Bones & Hooves: The upside of hooves and bones is that they are safe and very inexpensive, and last a long while… the down side is that they have a stronger smell (especially the hooves).

Antlers: This is a very natural thing to give your dog, (it’s what wolf puppies chew on) antlers are odorless, last a long while, and the marrow part keeps them very interested.

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Chew options for your dog!

Bully Sticks
Himalayan Chew
Blue Buffalo Bone
Compressed Rawhide
Real Bone & Hooves

Pawsitive Solutions : Periodontal disease

For this month's edition of Pawsitive Solutions, we will focus on Periodontal disease. We believe attending to your pet's health is an essential showcase for your love and will help your pet enjoy a long and healthy life with you!

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, more than 85% of dogs over 4 years of age have evidence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a progressive inflammation of the supporting structures surrounding the teeth and is the main cause of early tooth loss.

The signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Redness or bleeding along the gum line
  • Drooling, which may be tinged with blood
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Facial swelling, especially under the eyes
  • Nasal discharge
  • Gum recession

It is important to get your pet's oral health checked regularly by a professional and there are many ways you can help prevent Periodontal disease at home. Topiclean Clean Teeth Gel is an all natural, no brushing gel that fights plaque, tartar and kills bad breath. See these true to life before and after pictures:



Tropiclean's natural Water Additive can be added to your pet's water bowl for daily oral hygiene. We also offer a fresh breath gel treatment in the grooming salon with brushing for an additional $8.00. A brush is not necessary for this treatment but it will work off that much more tarter.

Finally, especially for Valentine's Day, we are also carrying Stella and Chewy's carnivore kisses all Natural, diced 100% premium meat treats. Show your pets you care by attending to their oral health and providing healthy treats!

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Check out this section in future newsletters for discussion of all types of topics relevant to cats and dogs!

Some topics we will discuss include:

  • Geriatric care

  • New Puppies

  • New kittens

  • Hip and joint health

  • Ear mites and infections

  • Flea and tick solutions

  • Best training treats

  • Raw diet

  • Finding the right toys

  • Potty training

  • Grooming and upkeep tips

  • Teething

  • Finicky eaters

And much more!

Feeding Your Adult Dog

The adage "you are what you eat" doesn't just apply to people. It is also true for your pets. That's why it's important to feed your pets food that is good for them. At Jameson Loves Danger, we know not all foods are created equal. That's why we carry a range of foods that are natural and carefully formulated to keep your pets healthy.

Adult dogs should eat food that is high-quality, nutritious, and formulated for the needs of adult dog biology. It should be served in amounts that are adequate to meet their daily energy needs as well as in appropriate amounts that help maintain optimal weight. The quantity of food should be based on your dog’s size and energy output. That means that dogs that run around a lot need a little more than dogs that are more sedentary.

A dog that prefers sleeping and lying around may require 10% below the average amount than an energetic, playful dog. Likewise, a dog that plays all day may require 20-40% more food than the average dog.

Consider your dog’s energy level and age when selecting foods for your dog. Of course, your vet can help you determine the type and quantity levels of food that are best for your waggy furball.

And, of course, we're happy to help direct you to healthy foods to help you find a food that is well-suited for your dog and also one that your dog enjoys eating.

Pawsitive Solutions: Dog Park Safety

For this month's edition of Pawsitive Solutions, we will focus on: Dog Park Safety. Dog parks can offer city dogs a great opportunity to socialize, play and run off steam; but they are not without risk. Lots of factors can contribute to dog altercations, even if your pup is well-mannered and friendly, you need to be aware of how other dogs may behave. The JLD team recommends the following tips to keep your next trip to the park fun and safe:

  • If your dog isn’t 100% friendly and social with people and other dogs, don’t bring them to the dog park.
  • Leave the kids at home. Not only is it hard to keep an eye on your pup while focusing on your kid, it isn’t worth the risk of your little one getting knocked over, intimidated or hurt. Carrying your child or pet INCREASES dogs interest in them, and will cause dogs to jump up on you to investigate.

  • Before you head into the park, take a lap around it and look for dogs who are not playing nicely. If you have any concerns, don’t go in. Once in, if a dog arrives who is behaving inappropriately, call it a day. It isn’t worth taking a chance.

  • If your pup is very small or shy, consider taking them at quieter times of day.

  • Check the gates, fence height, etc. If the fence is only 4 feet tall, and your dog is agile and athletic, the fence is more of a suggestion than a rule. Small pups may also be able to squeeze under fences or in the gap between the fence and gate.

  • If your pup is having an off day, isn’t feeling well, is injured, in heat, or overly excited due to cabin fever – skip the park. All of these factors can make your dog behave differently than normal, and can trigger other dogs.

  • If your pup has been coughing, having digestive issues, has warts near its mouth, or any other symptoms that haven’t been checked by a vet, they could be contagious and should not socialize.

  • When entering or exiting be sure to close one gate and check it before opening the next. No one wants to be responsible for letting the dogs get loose.

  • If your puppy hasn’t had all of its shots yet, or your dog is not up to date on vaccinations, the dog isn’t ready to socialize with strangers.

  • Make sure you have the dog park tags required by the city of Chicago, as well as the city dog license. CPD regularly hands out expensive tickets for this oversight.

  • Know your pet. What postures or sounds do they use to communicate that they are unhappy? Does their posture indicate a want to play, or is it testing behavior? It’s not a bad idea to ask your trainer how to read these subtle cues.

  • Remember that you are there for your dog. This means your main priority should be watching your dog, and all other activities should be secondary. By all means, chat with other owners, but don’t let it distract you from your dog. You should also avoid reading, using your cell phone, or any other activity that takes your attention away from your dog.

  • Avoid spending time near the entrances of the dog park.The high traffic of this area, combined with the excitement of the dogs coming in makes this a common area for trouble. Encourage your pup to socialize in a calmer area.

  • Bring your own water to the park, and avoid letting your dog drink out of communal bowls. Giardia is a parasite that dogs can pick up through shared water bowls – if your pup gets it you will know by the seemingly endless diarrhea and vomiting (not fun for either of you) and it can be difficult to treat as well as cause further complications (like dehydration).

  • More about water – Water can be viewed as a resource by dogs, if they feel that they have to guard resources, they can end up in a fight.

  • Skip the treats, these are also seen as a resource, cause increased excitement, and can lead to fights. On the same topic, toys should also be left at home. Human food or drinks other than water can cause a similar response.

  • Avoid putting the leash on your dog while in the park. If an unleashed dog approaches, your pup may feel trapped (if you take away flight all that’s left is fight). Some dogs also target dogs who are on the leash.

  • If your dog, or another dog has chosen to hide under your chair or behind you, move away – if they get cornered they can feel more stressed. This is also true if the dog has started to guard you as a resource.