Weekly family rail, with a look at bad breath in dogs, a review of “Gnomeo and Juliet” and more.

Tip of the Week


Many pet parents believe that bad dog breath is a package deal and comes along with having a dog. While a common misconception, this is not true - bad dog breath is a symptom of poor oral hygiene. Therefore, it's important that pet owners recognize this and take steps to improve their dog's oral health.


According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, up to 80 percent of dogs over three have some form of tooth and gum disease. If left untreated, tooth and gum disease can cause bad breath, swollen and bleeding gums, difficulty eating, and tooth loss. Longer term it can lead to even more serious health problems like liver, heart or kidney disease since bacteria can travel from the mouth to other parts of the animal's body.


"Some dogs are predisposed to having dental problems, but a majority of the dogs that I treat have bad teeth because their owners didn't take any preventative measures. As a result, these dogs are forced to undergo expensive cleanings that must be done under anesthesia," says Dr. Elizabette Cohen, practicing veterinarian and author. "Brushing your dog's teeth shouldn't be a big chore, and certainly nothing to fear. Your dog depends on you to make the proper health choices for him, and dental care is one of them."


- ARA


Family Screening Room


“Gnomeo and Juliet”


Rated: G


Length: 84 minutes


Synopsis: Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? - Walt Disney Pictures


Violence/scary rating: 2


Sexual-content rating: 2


Profanity rating: 1.5


Drugs/alcohol rating: 1


Family Time rating: 2. A great family film that wil delight the little ones.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


“"Romeo and Juliet for Kids," by Lois Burdett and William Shakespeare


Ages: 7-12


Pages: 64


Synopsis: If you want more of a Shakespeare introduction for your kids besides “Gnomeo and Juliet,” check out this kid-friendly version of Shakespeare’s classic, adapted for kids by Lois Burdett. There are other titles in this series as well.


Did You Know


According to a study published in Health Psychology, overweight children who start exercising develop better thinking and math skills.


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