Doggie Teeth Cleaning





I have been asked to do a doggie teeth cleaning demonstration for the Orlando Poodle Club.  A video will be available so feel free to contact me if you would like to view it.

The electric teeth scaling device above is called a piezo electric but cavitron type scalers are equally effective on tough dental deposits. I like the water reservoir on top of the units as it eliminates the need for a water hookup.

The hand tool is from American Eagle called the XP and it doesn’t require sharpening. It is adequate for light deposits of calculus (tarter).  Below is the handout that I created for the event.  Feel free to email me if you have questions.  This information is for education and not medical advise.

Tawnya Bobst, AKC Breeder of Merit,

Doggie Dental Care
Tips and Demo by Tawnya Ann Bobst, RDH, BS
General Health-
Just as in humans, gum disease and bacteria in the mouth can affect the organs and well being of the animal. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to all the organs. Routine dental care can extend your pets life, improve fertility and allow them to chew their food properly aiding in proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
Warning signs – gum disease doesn’t happen over night. Weekly exams will insure that the teeth are not being neglected. Gums should be pink and free of swelling, redness and deposits. Teeth should not be loose. Teeth that are not properly aligned can increase the chance of gum disease. Puppy teeth should be checked frequently when they are being shed to insure that they are removed when necessary.  Bad breath can be a sign of gum problems.
Emotional support – If you make teeth checking and cleaning a relaxed bonding time with your pet, it can be less of a chore. Calm, assertive energy is a must. Soft music and aromatherapy can help to set the stage for a easy procedure. Pick a time when the dog is a little tired to work on the teeth.
Some people use a little benadryl or ace to help calm the dog. If you are not calm, the dog can feel it so take a few breaths before beginning.
Daily routine: Using a gentle colgate sensitive compact head toothbrush or child sonicare, gently brush the teeth at the gumline with a 45 degree angle into the gum sulcus area.  Dry brush first and follow with a baking soda and water paste. If gum disease is present, you can add one drop of thieves or lavender essential oil to a baking soda solution.  Use in very tiny amounts.
Avoid commercial toothpaste as they contain fluoride which is toxic.
Tooth brushing should start at an early age in short intervals with tons of praise to get the dog used to the feeling of the brush.
Tools needed for the cleaning
1. Dental hand scaler- American Eagle H6/7 XP sickle tool.
2.  2 X 2  gauze sponges or  soft thin wash cloth
3.  Ultrasonic scaler like a cavitron is necessary for heavy deposits
4. Large towel to wrap dog in and smaller towel under the head
5. Alcohol to sterilize the tools.
Benadryl liquid– May be used to help make the dog sleepy.
Thieves essential oil – contains eucalyptus,lemon, rosemary,clove and cinnamon. Used in ancient times against the plague. May have antibacterial properties.
The thieves toothpaste without xylitol can be used in tiny amounts. Do not use xylitol in dogs.
Orange essential oil – lowers cortisol levels and helps with anxiety.
Diffuse in the room while working or place on a cotton ball near the work area.
Lavender essential oil – anti-anxiety and calming properties. Diffuse,rub on your wrists, or pet the dog with a drop before working on the dog. Lowers cortisol.
Thyme – This single essential oil has been used successfully as a mouth rinse and for sore throats in people. One drop in a glass of water used to gargle and spit out.  It is a hot spice oil so topical use is to be avoided.








































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Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe with Veggies

5583This recipe was given to me years ago by a Chef.   It is delicious and full of veggies.  If you are anti-pasta, try the gluten free variety.  I chose GMO free Hodgson Mill veggie spirals for this recipe but you can experiment. The veggie spirals add color but you can use the plain ones if you want.  Al dente pasta has a lower glycemic index.


Pasta spiral (Rotini) noodles – 2 Boxes-  For other options:

Mayo Mix: 1 cup mayo (she used Hellman’s), 1 t. lemon juice, 1 clove garlic mashed, 1 t. salt  & pepper, 2 t. basil ( use a drop of Young Living Vitality basil oil if you don’t have fresh), Dash Oregano (a toothpick dipped in Young Living Vitality Oregano oil is an option), Dash horseradish

Broccoli flowers and carrot slices. Green pepper, tomato, 1/4 c. celery, 2 t. onion

2 cans tuna drained (I use skip-jack from Aldi- smaller fish less mercury)

Boil Pasta. Add cut broccoli florets and carrot slices to boiling water four minutes before done.  Drain all into a colander. Put Pasta and veggies in a big bowl. Mix mayo mixture over pasta to coat. If not wet enough, add 1 T. of Italian dressing. Add chopped green pepper, tomatoe, organic celery, onion and tuna. Mix well.

Eat immediately and refrigerate leftovers to enjoy later. Enjoy!!



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The Healing Power of Sound

poodles_christmas_caroling_cards-r894ab1fec7bc4deab1303b360236ff98_xvuat_8byvr_512There has been alot of research and documentation on the power of sound to help people on many levels. Jonathan Goldman and Dr Jeff Thompson are two experts in the field.

Since the quality of sound vibration can effect us in positive or negative ways, it makes sense to choose music to benefit your health.

Essential oils also have vibration and megahurtz. Rose oil is the highest at 320 MHz although I recently read that Idaho Blue Spruce was listed at 428 MHz.

To learn more about using sound to benefit you on a mind/body/spirit level check out these websites:  website for  Dr Jeffery Thompson  website for  Jonathan Goldman  –  Sounds True specials

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GI Doctor, Free Podcasts

3288While driving to Palmetto today, we discovered a series of podcasts featuring a GI doctor and top Holistic Nutritionist speaking on topics concerning health, wellness and nutrition. There is a wealth of valuable information there including how a healthy gut is responsible for much of your immune system and proper digestion. Her partner, Tina, gives tips on replacing favorite junk foods with nutritious and delicious alternatives. The podcasts are about 15 minutes long and very easy to follow.

Dr Liz Cruz is an MD who uses holistic methods as well as conventional. She really loves probiotics and Enzymes.  I love the Young Living enzymes (Allerzyme and Detoxzyme are my favorites).

Here is the link to her podcast.  Enjoy!!

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With Thanksgiving just days away, consider keeping a daily Gratitude journal. Many health benefits have been reported by doing this simple practice. Also, upon awakening try to think of a few things that you are grateful for. Start the day on a positive note.  See this article for more tips on making a gratitude journal.

Gratitude essential oil from Young Living contains Frankincense, Geranium, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Vetiver, Bergamot, Coriander and Balsam Canada oil. Apply a few drops topically or in a diffuser. For external use only.

“When asked, What thing about humanity surprises you the most?, the Dalai Lama answered: Man… because he sacrifices health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

If this is true for you, I would invite you to read Dr Libby Weaver’s book “Rushing Woman’s Sydrome“.  I am grateful to the many free online summits that have pointed me to authors like Dr Libby. Gifting people with their time and knowledge, many life changing natural health tips have been shared by world renowed experts.




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Want Energy?

3064A friend told me yesterday that she had no energy.   I looked to Google and found a couple of articles from Dr Oz and Food Matters.  The supplements that they recommend sounded familiar to me. Many are found in Ningxia Nitro that I take every day along with Ningxia red. Unlike many energy boosters, Nitro is not a sugary caffeine drink. It contains herbs and supplements that you wouldn’t normally get in a multi-vitamin including D-Ribose (recommended by Dr Stephen Sinatra the cardiologist), Green tea extract, Mulberry leaf extract, Korean ginseng extract, Choline, Nitro Alert™ oil blend: Vanilla oil, Chocolate oil, Yerba mate oil, Spearmint oil, Peppermint oil, Nutmeg  oil, Black Pepper oil, Wolfberry seed oil. Other Ingredients: Purified water, Nitro juice blend concentrate: (Cherry, Kiwi, Blueberry, Acerola, Billberry, Black currant, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cranberry), Coconut nectar, Natural flavors, Pectin, Xanthan gum


For a fun refreshing drink try:

2 oz Ningxia Red, 1 tube Ningxia Nitro, 2 drops of Vitality lime essential oil. Add ice and water.

You might also want to try  En R Gee essential oil.

Check out these articles for more tips on boosting your energy.

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How to Heal Toxic Thoughts

450_walkinginlight-boookcover-hiresI love listening to the free online summits that cover subjects like anxiety, gut health, natural health, immune defense and many other topics. I recently listened to the Immune Defense Summit and a Shamanism summit. A gut health summit is coming soon with Dr Michael Murray, ND. All the supplements in the world won’t be of full benefit in a stressed individual. The mind is a powerful tool.  A favorite of mine from the Shamanism summit was Sandra Ingerman. I love her book, “How to Heal from Toxic Thoughts”.

She is amazing. I invite you to inhale your favorite essential oil while reading her books. Frankincense, Stress Away and Peppermint essential oils to name a few…  She has free material on her website. She is amazing.

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Why Rose Essential Oil? 320 MHz of Love

fresh-rose-1537405Rose essential oil has long been one of the most expensive oils as it takes 22 pounds of petals to produce 5 ML of oil, but the supportive health benefits are worth noting. Rose oil has been used to support the skin, emotions, and hormonal systems. Rose oil has the highest vibration of any oil at 320 MHz.  According to this excellent article (, the Human body starts the dis-ease process below 62 MHz.  Fear is a low vibration emotion while Love is a high vibration.

If you want to try Rose oil but don’t want to invest in single Rose oil, try Joy essential oil. Rose oil is one of the ingredients in the blend. I often put a drop on my heart. Rose Ointment also contains Rose Oil.

Add a drop of Rose to jojoba oil or other carrier oil to make a delightful moisture cream. Put a drop in distilled water (glass spray bottle) to make a body spritzer.  Put a drop in massage oil and rub your feet.

Check out the PubMed article on the science and research behind the benefits of Rose Oil.


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Dog Training Tips

51q-MeoYo7L._AC_UL320_SR252,320_Many thanks to two truly amazing doggie friends who took the time to speak to a lady in need. Cynthia Taylor (Florida Poodle Rescue) and Barbara Davis (Indian River Dog Training club).  My heart is filled with gratitude and honored to have these two ladies in my life. Barbara shared the article below from   Also, check out this article on Aromatherapy for dogs.

Nothing in Life is Free

Undesirable behavior can be caused by many things, including undetected illness. No behavior modification program should begin without first taking the dog to a veterinarian for a complete physical examination. While you’re there, give your vet a printed copy of this page and ask if it would be an appropriate technique for you to try. The NILIF program is an accepted standard in dog training/behavior but it is not, and is not intended to be, a substitute for an in-person, professional evaluation of your dog’s behavior. This technique is intended for dogs in good health and of sound mind and stable temperament.

The NILIF program is remarkable because it’s effective for such a wide variety of problems. A shy, timid dog becomes more relaxed knowing that he has nothing to worry about, his owner is in charge of all things. A dog that’s pushing too hard to become “top dog” learns that the position is not available and that his life is far more enjoyable without the title.

It is equally successful with dogs that fall anywhere between those two extremes. The program is not difficult to put into effect and it’s not time consuming if the dog already knows a few basic obedience commands. I’ve never seen this technique fail to bring about a positive change in behavior, however, the change can be more profound in some dogs than others. Most owners use this program in conjunction with other behavior modification techniques such as coping with fear or treatment for aggression. It is a perfectly suitable technique for the dog with no major behavior problems that just needs some fine tuning.

The program begins by eliminating attention on demand. When your dog comes to you and nudges your hand, saying “pet me! pet me!” ignore him. Don’t tell him “no”, don’t push him away. Simply pretend you don’t notice him. This has worked for him before, so don’t be surprised if he tries harder to get your attention. When he figures out that this no longer works, he’ll stop. In a pack situation, the top ranking dogs can demand attention from the lower ranking ones, not the other way around. When you give your dog attention on demand you’re telling him that he has more status in the pack than you do. Timid dogs become stressed by having this power and may become clingy. They’re never sure when you’ll be in charge so they can’t relax. What if something scary happens, like a stranger coming in the house? Who will handle that? The timid dog that is demanding of attention can be on edge a lot of the time because he has more responsibility than he can handle.

Some dogs see their ability to demand attention as confirmation that they are the “alpha”, then become difficult to handle when told to “sit” or “down” or some other demand is placed on them. It is not their leadership status that stresses them out, it’s the lack of consistency. They may or may not actually be alpha material, but having no one in the pack that is clearly the leader is a bigger problem than having the dog assume that role full time. Dogs are happiest when the pack order is stable. Tension is created by a constant fluctuation of pack leadership.


Your dog already knows that he can demand your attention and he knows what works to get that to happen. As of today, it no longer works, but he doesn’t know that yet. We all try harder at something we know works when it stops working. If I gave you a twenty dollar bill every time you clapped your hands together, you’d clap a lot. But, if I suddenly stopped handing you money, even though you were still clapping, you’d clap more and clap louder. You might even get closer to me to make sure I was noticing that you were clapping. You might even shout at me “Hey! I’m clapping like crazy over here, where’s the money?”. If I didn’t respond at all, in any way, you’d stop. It wasn’t working anymore. That last try — that loud, frequent clapping is an extinction burst. If, however, during that extinction burst, I gave you another twenty dollar bill you’d be right back in it. It would take a lot longer to get you to stop clapping because you just learned that if you try hard enough, it will work.

When your dog learns that the behaviors that used to get him your attention don’t work any more he’s going to try harder and he’s going to have an extinction burst. If you give him attention during that time you will have to work that much harder to get him turned around again. Telling him “no” or pushing him away is not the kind of attention he’s after, but it’s still attention. Completely ignoring him will work faster and better.

As the human and as his owner you have control of all things that are wonderful in his life. This is the backbone of the NILIF program. You control all of the resources. Playing, attention, food, walks, going in and out of the door, going for a ride in the car, going to the dog park. Anything and everything that your dog wants comes from you. If he’s been getting most of these things for free there is no real reason for him to respect your leadership or your ownership of these things. Again, a timid dog is going to be stressed by this situation, a pushy dog is going to be difficult to handle. Both of them would prefer to have you in charge.

To implement the NILIF program you simply have to have your dog earn his use of your resources. He’s hungry? No problem, he simply has to sit before his bowl is put down. He wants to play fetch? Great! He has to “down” before you throw the ball. Want to go for a walk or a ride? He has to sit to get his lead snapped on and has to sit while the front door is opened. He has to sit and wait while the car door is opened and listen for the word (I use “OK”) that means “get into the car”. When you return he has to wait for the word that means “get out of the car” even if the door is wide open. Don’t be too hard on him. He’s already learned that he can make all of these decisions on his own. He has a strong history of being in control of when he gets these resources. Enforce the new rules, but keep in mind that he’s only doing what he’s been taught to do and he’s going to need some time to get the hang of it all.

You’re going to have to pay attention to things that you probably haven’t noticed before. If you feed your dog from your plate do you just toss him a green bean? No more. He has to earn it. You don’t have to use standard obedience commands, any kind of action will do. If your dog knows “shake” or “spin around” or “speak” use those commands. Does your dog sleep on your bed? Teach him that he has to wait for you to say “OK” to get on the bed and he has to get down when you say “off”. Teach him to go to his bed, or other designated spot, on command. When he goes to his spot and lays down tell him “stay” and then release him with a treat reward. Having a particular spot where he stays is very helpful for when you have guests or otherwise need him out of the way for a while. It also teaches him that free run of the house is a resource that you control. There are probably many things that your dog sees as valuable resources that I haven’t mentioned here.

The NILIF program should not be a long, drawn out process. All you need to do is enforce a simple command before allowing him access to what he wants. Dinner, for example, should be a two or three second encounter that consists of nothing more than saying “sit”, then “good dog!”, then putting the bowl down and walking away.

Now that your dog is no longer calling the shots you will have to make an extra effort to provide him with attention and play time. Call him to you, have him “sit” and then lavish him with as much attention as you want. Have him go get his favorite toy and play as long as you both have the energy. The difference is that now you will be the one initiating the attention and beginning the play time. He’s going to depend on you now, a lot more than before, to see that he gets what he needs. What he needs most is quality time with you. This would be a good time to enroll in a group obedience class. If his basic obedience is top notch, see about joining an agility class or fly ball team.

NILIF DOES *NOT* MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO RESTRICT THE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION YOU GIVE TO YOUR DOG. The NILIF concept speaks to who initiates the attention (you!), not the amount of attention. Go ahead and call your dog to you 100 times a day for hugs and kisses!! You can demand his attention, he can no longer demand yours!

Within a day or two your dog will see you in a whole new light and will be eager to learn more. Use this time to teach new things, such as ‘roll over’ or learn the specific names of different toys.

If you have a shy dog, you’ll see a more relaxed dog. There is no longer any reason to worry about much of anything. He now has complete faith in you as his protector and guide. If you have a pushy dog he’ll be glad that the fight for leadership is over and his new role is that of devoted and adored pet.

©1999 Deb McKean


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Green Smoothie Recipe

green-smoothie-e1420267513283Every morning I make a green smoothie for breakfast.  The recipe can be varied according to taste but I always include the greens to get those veggies in the diet. Protein powder is optional and so are the nuts. I think some source of fat is helpful to slow down the sugar absorption from the fruit. Nuts are a good source of fat or you can use coconut oil.

I like the Vita-Mix blender as I broke four other types before deciding that it would cost less in the end to have the professional blender. Lea Ann Anderson Savage is the Vitamix lady who can hook you up with a refurbish if you want to save some $ or go to her demos in your area for a discount.

Put your greens in the vitamix first (start with romaine, organic spinach or green leaf lettuce and you can progress to kale as it can be bitter).  Add some liquid (organic beef bone broth or distilled water), add your chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts (pecans or walnuts are yummy), protein powder (Young Living Slique, Pure protein complete, Balance Complete, or Jarrow Grass Fed Whey powder), Greens First powder,coconut flakes and some avocado.  Mix these ingredients until blended. Add frozen banana and some frozen berries and cherries.  If you are using kale, I would add some stevia (better stevia brand). Blend until smooth. Add a drop of Vitality orange, tangerine, nutmeg or lemon essential oil to change the flavor. Keep it simple in the beginning and use only the greens, fruit and nuts.   Enjoy!

For more recipes see the Vitamix Blender lady’s facebook page

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