You love your pup more than anything, but sometimes their breath can be less than lovely. A build of plaque and tartar will often lead to stinky breath, along with a host of health problems for your dog. In fact, bad breath can often be a warning sign for deeper issues. The health of your dog’s mouth will affect the health of their entire body. The good news: keeping their mouth healthy (and their breath fresh) is totally possible.
Here are the best ways to prevent bad breath in dogs:
- Brushing your dog’s teeth is still the number one preventive measure for dog breath. Just keep in mind that your pup won’t be used to it. Ease them into it and make sure to use treats along the way. Fortunately, they can be trained to not mind it at all. Make sure you choose a toothpaste or gel that is specifically made for pets.
- There are also some mouthwashes and sprays specifically formulated for dog breath. These can help prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque. It’s best to only use a product that your vet would recommend. [Our Pet Dental Water Additive has been vet-recommended for over 25 years. Consider sending your vet a link, and see if they feel it would be right for you pet.]
- Give your pup raw bones or chew toys that help in reducing your pet’s stinky breath.
- Watch out for dental problems like abscessed teeth which can be the cause of bad breath. Consult a veterinarian for proper treatments.
- Take note of your pet’s diet. Raw meat and canned food can be the culprit in producing dog bad breath. Try including dry food and veggies in your dog’s meals.
- Have regular check-ups with the veterinarian and ask about your pet’s oral health. Professional cleaning and dental examinations are also a big help.
- Ask the vet if your dog is suffering from other serious medical ailments that might be producing the less-than-wonderful breath.
- Check if your pet eats garbage when left unattended. Make sure that he doesn’t have any contact with these materials that may do more harm than dog bad breath.
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