Doggie Bad Breath


It’s perfectly acceptable for your dog’s breath to smell like dog food or a treat they recently ate, but what about when it smells like old food or worse? Since dogs don’t brush their teeth, it’s up to us to make sure they have healthy gums and teeth.

Control That Bad Breath!

Brushing
You may be able to brush your dog’s teeth regularly. Your dog might also like treats that help prevent plaque build up. However, if your dog isn’t ok with sitting still and having their teeth brushed, you may have to opt for a vet to do a cleaning once a year or so. And your vet may also have to extract any teeth that have cavities.

Diet
Maintenance of your dog’s diet is important for bad breath. If your dog eats wet food, try tossing in some kibble to help eliminate the possibility that old food gets stuck between teeth. Some dog foods even contain ingredients that help control bad breath. You can try switching to a higher quality brand that has no fillers.

Sometimes too much meat can create unnecessary deposits of food in their mouth. Look for a food or if you cook for your dog, try adding more vegetables and make sure the food bowl is clean between each meal so there is no spoiled food that your dog is eating. Spoiled food not only can give them bad breath but also a bad butt!

Herbs
Some dog treats contain parsley and mint which not only help with bad breath but also improve their digestive tract.

Exercise
Indirectly, regular exercise can help your dog maintain a good digestive tract and drinking water can help loosen up particles of food stuck in their teeth. However, if are noticing red or swollen gums, brown or stained teeth, and other signs that your dog may need some dental work, make that appointment and you’ll be happy you did.

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Get Rid Of Doggie Breath

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.