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Tip of the Week

February isn't just the month celebrating Valentine's Day, it's also National Pet Dental Health Month. While the American Dental Association estimates that about 80 percent of us brush our own teeth at least twice a day, most of us completely neglect our pets' teeth.

"There are many symptoms of dental disease to watch out for, including bad, almost putrid, breath," says Dr. James Cook, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Your pet could be in a lot of pain, and you might not realize it. For example, if you see your pet approach a bowl of food then back away, that could be a sign of tooth pain. Your animal can't tell you he or she is suffering or in pain, so it's important to get your pet's teeth checked by your veterinarian."

Here are six Valentines to give your pet during Pet Dental Health Month:

- Brush their teeth.
- A dental checkup.
- Give a rawhide treat.
- Wrap up a rope toy.
- Try dental treats.
- Use pet food designed to improve dental health.

-- ARA

Family Screening Room

“Inkheart”

Rated: PG (for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language)

Length: 1:45
 
Synopsis: Based on the book by Cornelia Funke, "Inkheart" is an adventure tale of imagination that centers on Meggie, a young girl whose father has a secret ability to bring characters from books to life when he reads them aloud. But when a power-hungry villain from a rare children's fable kidnaps Meggie's father to bring others out of the boundaries of fiction, she and a disparate group of friends both real and magic embark on the kind of adventure she has only read about in books to save him and set things right.

Violence/gore rating: 4
 
Sexual-content rating: 2
 
Profanity rating: 1.5
 
Scary/tense-moments rating: 4
 
Drugs/alcohol rating: 1
 
Family Time rating: 3. The only thing to worry about is the violence and scary scenes – otherwise it’s OK for the whole family.

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

Did You Know

According to FamilyFacts.org, compared with high school peers who became sexually active at about the average age of sexual debut, those who did not become sexually active until a later age were 50 percent less likely to engage in delinquent behavior.

Book Report

“Where Is Baby's Valentine?” by Karen Katz
Ages: Baby/preschool
Pages: 14

Baby made a valentine for Mommy. Where could it be? Is it behind the lamp? No, those are pretty, sparkly flowers! It's a shiny, glittering delight as you lift the sturdy flaps to help Baby find her very special valentine.

Kids Kitchen: Apple Pie On A Stick

1 Jonathan or Rome apple
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Push a stick or dowel through the apple top until the apple is secure on the stick. Place the apple 2 or 3 inches above the hot coals and turn the apple while roasting it. As the apple cooks, the skin browns and the juice drips out. When the skin is loose, remove the apple from the fire (but leave it on the stick). Peel the hot skin off very carefully. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Roll the apple in the sugar-cinnamon mixture, then return it to roast over the coals, letting the mixture heat to form a glaze around the apple. Remove from coals and let it cool. Makes 1. (CDKitchen.com)

GateHouse News Service