Bedtime rituals

In this house we are all about bedtime.  As soon as dinner’s done the pyjamas are on (ok, sometimes before dinner).  I remember when bedtime was something you went out of your way to avoid but as grown up life takes over bedtime, or rather the time you get to bed becomes less reliable, anything before midnight is a high five worthy result.  I’m snuggling into the most gorgeous silk pyjamas by Asceno, sipping my Scottish rooibos decaf tea (use FIFI10 for 10% off any order with Ambr) and cuddling up to my little bears, occasionally even the husband…  I heart bedtime.

And you know who else loves bedtime?  These guys.  But their minds are firmly set on the bedtime treats.  The only walk of the day they’re not dragging their feet back up the stairs is the bedtime walk – they know it’s nearly time and I’m not even kidding.  Pedigree kindly restocked our supply of Dentastix, which by the way they have been enjoying for years in any case, and asked us to share our tips for keeping their teeth in tip top shape.  So here goes – a peek into the world of a true dog nerd…

– We brush their teeth every day with enzymatic meat flavour toothpaste which is obviously a pleasure for not only them but also for us.  You can only truly understand this joy when you’ve tried brushing a dog’s teeth… clue : they’re not mad keen on it.
– Raw chicken thighs once a week because crunching through the bones is great for scraping off plaque.  Cooked chicken bones are way off limits but raw is just fine, they crumble rather than splinter.  In lieu of having a private garden ours take turns eating these in the bathroom because it’s our only tiled floor.  We mop afterwards.
– I scrape Mr K’s teeth once a week with a special tool a bit like the one you get in the dentist.  If you had a rough idea of how easy it is to brush a dog’s teeth then you can probably times that experience by about five and you’re there with the tooth scaler.  It’s no picnic but he’s almost ten years old now and his teeth need a bit of extra help…  so we do it.
– We spray their teeth once a day with an all natural peppermint oil oral spray for dogs.
– And then there are the Pedigree Dentastix.  By far the easiest and most enjoyable part of the doggy dental care routine.  The boys love them and all we gotta do is hand them over at bedtime – the special ‘x’ shape and active ingredients do all the hard work for us, reducing the build up of tartar.  Did I mention that they go mad for them?  Guess they taste pretty good too.

Wow…  proof reading those even I’m starting to think I might be a wee bit crazy.  I’m lucky if I floss my own teeth after brushing.  But they’re worth it.  And perhaps now I have a fair idea of why bedtime before midnight is a high five worthy result.

dutch blue silk pyjamas – Asceno London
necklace – Astley Clarke   |   bracelet – Astley Clarke
sanday throw – bluebellgray   |   buoyant letter mug – Anthropologie
scottish rooibos tea – Ambr (use FIFI10 for 10% off)


This post is a collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice.



  1. 15 Apr / 8:16 am

    I know what you mean, dog’s teeth are so high-maintenance! Our little pup used to love chicken necks, but sadly that stopped once we had a baby. He has a habit of nibbling on it outside then bringing it back int eh doggy door, or leaving it half buried for later, haha! He does love the denta sticks though! 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely Easter and enjoying the long weekend.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Gaylesbury
    15 Apr / 10:01 am

    Awwww, happy doggies x

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