Does Your Dog Have Bad Breath?
8 August, 2013

We love it when our dogs lick us on the face and show us their love and affection.  However, when you get that whiff of bad dog breath, it’s not the most welcome kiss after all. It is normal for your dog to have bad breath after he has eaten something unpleasant or different.   But, if this bad breath lingers for more than a few days, it could be an indication of a bigger problem.

Halitosis in dogs can be a symptom of a more serious problem or it can simply mean that it is time for some dentistry on your dog’s teeth. Persistent bad breath usually means that your dog needs better dental care or that something is wrong in his gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys. In all cases, halitosis is a red flag that should be noted and dealt with.

Don’t just assume that because your dog is getting older that bad breath is normal.  There could be a bigger issue at hand or a simple one as listed below.

Plaque Build – Up

If your dog’s teeth are not white, but have yellow and brown mark, this usually means there is plaque build up that needs to be scraped off.  If the plaque is dark yellow and hard, your dog could have a form of calculus which then indicates a type of periodontal disease. The bacteria that harbors in the plaque and calculus can cause bad breath and if left untreated can multiply and migrate.

 

Below are some recommendations that should help combat the condition.

Brush your dog’s teeth

I know this is no easy feat, but it is important to brush your dog’s teeth to keep the plaque away.  While some dogs like the taste of the toothpaste and will behave while brushing, others won’t like having a weird finger-brush or toothbrush put in their mouth and might run away.  Just remember to start slowly, reward the dog after for good behavior and be positive.  Give your pup some nice, high quality dental treats for being a good sport!

Purchase high quality dog food and treats

Always feed your dogs a high quality dog food that contains ingredients that promote good digestion.  Some even contain 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.  Your vet can give you a recommendation.  A healthy dog food will keep your dog in good health all around.

There are also several dog treats on the market that help fight bad breath, scrape the plaque off your dog’s teeth and have ingredients that give your dog fresher breath.  Your dogs won’t notice the difference in taste and you will both be rewarded by the ‘fresher’ breath smell.

Take your dog to the vet

There is even a vaccine to help prevent periodontal disease. Ask your vet if this is something that your dog would benefit from receiving. This vaccine targets the common types of bacteria that are found in your dog’s mouth with periodontal disease.  Your vet will know if it is necessary or helpful for your pup.

I hope these tips help and that your dog’s bad breath is simply a dental issue that can easily be resolved.  If you have a puppy or a young dog, make sure that your vet looks at your dog’s teeth and they are cleaned regularly so you can prevent any bigger issue down the road!

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