Treating Dog Bad Breath
Is your dog’s breath bad enough to knock you over? This is a very common problem, caused by a variety of factors. One of them is the nature of what a dog eats. Much of it doesn’t smell good, and, consequently, will leave a not-so-pleasant aroma in his mouth.
However, bad breath can also be caused by dental disease. This is why it’s important to keep your pet’s teeth clean. At home, you can use a human toothbrush to prevent plaque buildup. Some vets recommend daily brushing, and the younger your dog is when you start this, the better. You should also take your pet to the vet for professional cleanings.
Poor dental health is the leading cause of foul breath in canines.
Foul Breath in Dogs
Many dog owners complain of bad breath with their older pets. This may be caused by dental disease, or, if it’s very severe, and comes on suddenly, may signal an underlying problem that needs medical attention. In any event, no matter what your dog’s age, a foul mouth odor is a good reason to visit your vet.
One thing to consider is that older dogs do not digest food as well as pups or younger dogs. For this reason, we had to put our own elderly dog on a grain-free diet, something I believed saved his life.
Dog Bone Shaped Mints
There are also various products you can buy to make your dog’s breath smell better, similar to the little mints people take, when they don’t want to make sure their breath is not offensive. Wheat-free Bone-a-Mints, which you can see below, has the added benefit of containing medicinal herbs that assist with digestion, as well as chlorophyll, which is a good blood tonic and also helps with the natural detoxification process, something that slows down as a dog ages.
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath in Dogs
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