Who doesn’t love the smell of a fat little roly-poly puppy? Even the breath of a new puppy is so sweet, you just want to gobble him up.
As your puppy grows up, his breath odor will change as his teeth come in. Of course, as dogs mature they are more at risk of developing periodontal disease. This is because of plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth.
Dog owners have to take action against the plaque and tartar as it can lead to infections, oral abscesses, or even bone loss.
Bad breath could also be indicative of poor health. It is important to understand the underlying issues behind bad doggie breath. Here are our top tips to help improve dog’s breath.
The food you give your dog plays an important role in his general health and the wellbeing of his teeth. Always look out for the high quality commercially manufactured foods – the ones free of colorants, preservatives and by-products. If you buy lower quality food with these in it, they tend to stick to your dog’s teeth.
Look out for foods made from meats and vegetables. There are chewy raw meat bones that don’t splinter, which will provide good chewing action that helps with keeping the teeth clean.
2. Dental Hygiene
Many dog owners scoff at this idea, saying it’s just a money-spinning gimmick, but it can be an excellent way to help prevent plaque buildup. Avoid human toothpaste at all costs. Ask your vet to recommend a canine toothbrush and paste, then get your pet used to having his teeth brushed several times a week.
3. Thorough Teeth-cleaning With Your Vet
Your vet can clean your dog’s teeth and also check for any problems you may not be aware of. This ‘deep clean’ can actually prevent serious, life-threatening illnesses later on.
4. Watch What Your Dog Eats
This isn’t about diet as mentioned above, but rather about your pet eating stuff you don’t even want to know about.
Unfortunately, dogs like to eat stinky foods that you’ve put in the bin, and worse they can sometimes eat their own feces or that of other dogs. You can imagine with that in his stomach, his breath will be gross.
5. Watch Your Dog’s Health
Your dog can’t tell you about his health. Bad breath is often a sign of bad teeth, and bad teeth can be indicative of other health problems. Recognize some of the signs of a dog that isn’t well, such as bad breath, loss of appetite, rubbing the face, eye infections, lethargy, and even behavioral changes.
True, you can buy dog breath mints at your local pet store to alter your pet’s bad breath, but that’s just covering up the problem.
With these useful tips, you can work towards ensuring your furry buddy’s breath isn’t far removed from the delightful puppy breath he once had.
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3. PetMD. 5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth. Available at https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/5-scary-consequences-neglecting-your-dogs-teeth