The build-up of plaque and tartar often leads to the bacteria that causes your pooch's breath to smell. If you're looking to avoid bad dog breath, take a look at these tips!
Visit the vet
Just like many people see the dentist annually, you should take your dog to have their teeth professionally cleaned. This is a great option for pets that do not tolerate their owners brushing their teeth. Even if your pup’s teeth are regularly maintained, a professional cleaning will allow your vet to check for any issues, such as cavities or tooth damage. Additionally, your veterinarian will evaluate any health problems, such as periodontal disease or a kidney or liver disorder which could be to blame for their breath. They may also be able to provide additional solutions to prevent bad breath based on your dog.
Observe eating habits
Your furry friend’s stinky breath can be caused by something that they eat or drink. Keep an eye out for unusual and possibly unhygienic eating habits. Bad breath can be caused by eating roadkill, garbage or even feces from a cat, dog or bird. If any of these can be found in the house, make sure your pet doesn’t have access to them. When walking or outside, pay special attention to anything they may eat or drink so they aren’t getting into gross items.
Brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis can help avert bad breath. Start brushing their teeth at least once a day for at least 30 seconds to help avoid oral decay which can cause unpleasant breath. Be sure to use dog (not human!) toothpaste and a toothbrush made for dog teeth. You can even use a brush that can attach to your finger for easy and gentle cleaning. Don’t forget about the tongue! 95% of bad breath comes from the tongue and a tongue cleaner can aid in removing that smelly bacteria. Although your dog may not like it at first, after some training, many dogs enjoy their teeth being brushed.
Provide chew toys
Chew toys are a natural way for dogs to take care of their teeth. Along with providing a source of entertainment, chewing prevents plaque and tartar build-up which helps keep your furry friend’s breath fresh. When choosing chew toys, make sure they are appropriate for your dog’s size and age. There are even specific toys that are made to keep teeth clean including the Nylabone Power Chew Dental Dinosaur and the Fido Extra Tuff Beef Dental Bone.
Use dental treats
Dental treats allow you to reward your pup while keeping their teeth clean. Try to look for treats that contain chlorophyll, cinnamon and clove as they are known for their breath-freshening benefits. Consider a vet recommended option like Greenies Dental Chews, which are proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums. These treats can be used daily as they are low in fat and nutritionally complete for adult dogs.