If your dog’s breath could bend nails and makes your want to wear a face mask, it might be time to see what is causing the problem. Halitosis in dogs can be a symptom of more serious problems but it can also sometimes just mean they need a good ol’ dentistry.
If your dog’s teeth have yellow and brown marks/discoloration instead of being white this can mean there is plaque built up that needs to be scraped off and if it’s dark yellow and brown and hard it could be a calculus which indicates periodontal disease. The bacteria that harbors in the plaque and calculus can cause bad breath and if left untreated can multiply and migrate. A trip to the vet can determine if your dog needs some dental work but what about after that? What can you do to help combat and keep those teeth white and that breath fresh?
Here’s are a few home dental care tips for your dog:
1: Brush your dog’s teeth – some dogs like the taste of the toothpaste and will be good about this while others won’t like having a weird fingerbrush or toothbrush put in their mouth and may run away. Like with anything, start slow, reward, and be positive. Brushing your dog’s teeth is a great way to keep plaque away.
2: Give treats that promote good dental health – There are several dog treats on the market that help fight bad breath, scrape the plaque off the teeth, and have ingredients that give your dog fresher breath. Look for Greenies and Dentabone products as well as other brands.
3: Feed high quality pet food that contains ingredients that promote good digestion and dental ingredients that are beneficial. Some dry food is made in a way that it scrapes the teeth lightly helping to keep plaque from building up.
4: There is even a vaccine to help prevent periodontal disease. Ask your vet if this is something that your dog would benefit from. The vaccine targets the common types of bacteria that are found in your dog’s mouth with periodontal disease.