ILRA Presents: Pet Dental Health Month Challenge!

Hey everyone! Did you know that February is Pet Dental Heath Month? It might not be the first thing you think of when you think of your pet’s health, but your animal’s teeth are just as important to them as ours are to us! We think oral care for our furry kids is important and we want to help celebrate the importance of this month by doing something fun.

Image From AVMASo how did we come up with this challenge? Back in November, Greenies told us about a Pet Oral Health Event they were having at Petco stores around the country. We gathered up our pups and headed over where we met a Nutro/Greenies representative. She did a quick visual exam and rated them on several different aspects such as plaque, calculus and gingival inflammation. They all had varying stages of plaque build-up and the smallest dog had calculus & gingival inflammation as well. The Greenies lady suggested that we try feeding our kids a Greenie a day for a month to really get their teeth back to where they should be. After that, we could cut back and just try to maintain the results. It sounded like a cool idea so we talked to our contact at Greenies and she thought it was a great idea & would fit perfectly for Pet Dental Health Month.

So here we are, one day before February 1st and the start of our challenge! We have five dogs lined up here that are going to participate. We have a great range of dogs in age, size, and oral health so this is going to be really interesting to see how much improvement we see in each of them over the next month. Greenies kindly donated all the Greenies samples we’re going to need for the next month. All five dogs are going to the vet today to have their overall oral health evaluated. They are going to be re-evaluated at the end of the month as well. Tomorrow we will post the results of their exams as well as pre-challenge pictures of their teeth. We’ll be taking new photos each week and will have a huge end results post at the end of February. For now, please meet the our cute participants!

The Puppy Participants!


Husky mix – 7 years old – 55 pounds


Briard mix – 2 years old – 40 pounds


Maltipoo – 4 years old – 12 pounds


Pit Bull – 10 years – 55 pounds


Golden/Lab mix – 5 years – 80 pounds

Come Join the Challenge!

Now here comes the fun part! We want YOU to join us in our challenge! Pick a pup, give them a Greenie a day and document the changes as the month progresses. Why do you want to do this? Why, so your best furry friend will have better oral health, of course! That and Greenies has kindly offered a prize to be given to one random participant! At the end of the month, we will do a random drawing of participants and one lucky duck will win 12 packs of Greenies suited to the size of their dog. You read that right – TWELVE! Depending on the size of your dog, that could be a YEAR’S SUPPLY! How cool is that? The winner will be chosen by a random drawing – join soon because for every week you take the challenge with us, you’ll get an extra entry into the drawing! So come on and join us! This will be a great way for all of us to celebrate Pet Dental Health Month together! We will improve our pets’ overall health by ensuring they have better oral health.

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20 Responses to “ILRA Presents: Pet Dental Health Month Challenge!”

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  2. Joan Leonard says:

    Pick a pup I picked up 4 baby frankie cookie and bella can not take anymore so I guess I can not enter

    • Nikki says:

      By “pick a pup” we simply mean take the challenge with your own dog. There’s no number limit and really no rules. Just take the challenge by giving your dogs some Greenies oral chews and take pictures along the way. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you show us pictures each week of your dog’s teeth, then you can enter the giveaway four times. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Chelsea says:

    We brush Storm and Azu’s teeth every day, and they loved the free Greenies box we got!

    Our housemates just adopted an 8 lb. rat terrier, and she’s going in for a dental cleaning on Thursday because she was a puppy mill breeding dog. I’ll send them this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ashley says:

      You’re so awesome for brushing their teeth everyday! We, unfortunately, have not made that part of our daily routine. We’ve tried a few times but never kept up with it. Maybe this will inspire us, though!

      And yes, please do tell your roommate. For a dog that small, one box would last a whole month!

      • Chelsea says:

        Greyhounds have notoriously bad teeth, so in the hopes of avoiding massive dental surgery later in Storm’s life we’ve really had to be conscious about keeping his (and Azu’s) teeth clean. You could try to make it a habit of brushing their teeth after they have dinner each night. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I would love to do this, I brush my dogs’ teeth once a week and they have good teeth I wonder if the greenies would make it great.

  5. Kelly Ann T. says:

    The dogs love the greenies, not sure if there are making a difference yet.

  6. Kelly Ann T. says:

    More greenies for Valentines Day!! Dogs love them.

  7. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I got photos of Kouga and Milele enjoying their greenies. I will email them to you. I have got teeth pictures but I want to wait till the challenge is over before I submit.

    Please let me know if you receive the photos. Thanks again,

    • Nikki says:

      Hey Kelly, the email just came through! Thank you so much for taking this challenge with us. We’ll be posting an update on the challenge tonight and I’ll also email you back as well. You rock and I’m glad Kouga and Milele are enjoying their Greenies! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I sent you two more emails. Please let me know if you don’t get them. Thank you so much.

  9. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I sent them again, somehow I messed up the photos. The last email should be good. Milele is absolutely adorable with the greenis box.

  10. […] Can you believe this month is already over? Wow! As some of you may know, February was Pet Dental Health Month. We celebrated it at home by doing our Greenies Challenge. The results with our dogs teeth have […]

  11. chix says:

    Hmmm, wow, love Snarf. Very cute.. You have the breeds of very cute dogs.

  12. Rachelle Wilson says:

    wow…I really like Spunky…he looks so handsome. He is 7 years old right? Why is he still considered a puppy? Hmm…7 years of dog years is equivalent to 15 of a human’s, am I right? Just wondering =) By the way, the dogs are really adorable!

  13. Rachelle Wilson says:

    and Rufus is so cute too!

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