Bad Breath Breakdown
There are many reasons why your dog can have bad breath. There are many causes of dog bad breath including the following:
- They have just had something that is making their breath smell bad
- They have an anal gland impaction and have been licking themselves (gross!)
- They have a medical problem such as, kidney disease and dental disease that is making their breathe smell bad.
What some people might have a hard time understanding is that dog bad breath can be a signal for something else that is drastically wrong with your dog’s health. If your dog has a tartar build up that is causing the bad breath, this can lead to gingivitis. The bacteria that are growing inside the tartar can lead to infections in the gum, teeth roots and even the jawbones. If the glands get swollen, this inflammation can cause the rest of the body to react and produce negative, inflammatory proteins that will cause lots of serious problems for kidneys, heart and other organs. This can lead to your pet having to be euthanized because they had a dental disease that was not taken care of for a long period of time.
In order to prevent dog breath, it is important to take medical precautions that will be best for your pet’s health and cheaper on your wallet than having to get treatment later.
What You Can Dog
There are many ways to reduce dog bad breath. The most important thing you can do as a pet owner for your dog’s teeth and breathe is to have them get a thorough dental cleaning 1-2 times a year. Sometimes vets might be able to do the cleaning without anesthesia but if your vet does want use this during procedure, please check to make sure that the amount and all necessary precautions for your dog’s weight and breed type have been taken.
Sometimes dog bad breath is a result of food being stuck in their teeth or in terrible situations, even a tumor. It is thus necessary to search your dog’s mouth and make sure that they do not have any foreign objects in there, whatever that might be. You might be able to take out food by using their toothbrush but if you are suspicious by any change, make sure to contact your vet immediately.
You brush, so why shouldn’t your dog?
It is recommended by most vets that your dog’s teeth should be brushed at least once a day to avoid dog bad breath and of course the tartar that might be building in there. Remember to only use toothpaste that made for dogs because human toothpaste can actually make your dog extremely sick if not kill them. As you brush your dog’s teeth, start from the top because there is where a lot of the plaque accumulates. After brushing the teeth, also brush their tongue thoroughly because this is one main source of dog bad breath. It is always a good idea to start brushing your dog’s teeth from a very young age while he or she can still get accustomed to using a brush quite easily. There are a wide variety of brushes available in the local pet stores so make sure to choose the one that is best for your dog size and breed. In the same way, if your dog gets used to it you can floss his teeth in the same manner that you would floss your own teeth.
When your dog is a puppy, you can give him or her a chew toy to gnaw on so that chewing can naturally clean their teeth and help avoid dog bad breath. There are many popular chew toys in the market. One example of such a toy is Kong, which is made of solid rubber and helps clean teeth. You can also give them other chew toys like nylobones and such. The best way to get your dog to chew on the toy is by putting some cheese; peanut butter or meat flavored toothpaste on it so that your dog wants to chew on it. They will not say no on chewing on most things anyway because puppies and active dogs love chewing in general. There are other products in the market which advertise that chewing on them can help control dog bad breath and tartar. This includes products like Greenies that are charcoal based.
If your dog does not get gas-y from it, rawhide is also an alternative that can reduce bad breath and help with reducing plaque. If you are sharing raw hide with a small puppy though, make sure that you are keeping a close eye on the bone and your dog so that your dog does not choke on it if it splinters. Sometimes, small dogs might get excited and try to swallow the bone as well.
As you choose preventative bones and chews for your dog bad breath, look closely to ensure that the product has chlorhexidine because this is a chemical that can help keep the bacteria that causes bad smells away from your dog’s mouth.
An easy and important way to prevent dog bad breath is by ensuring that your dog is on a healthy diet. If your pet’s diet contains lots of meats this can be the cause of bad breath. At other times, if your dog is eating some brand that has products that don’t suit them (soy, wheat, etc. that dogs might be allergic to or become gas-y from) they might have bad breath from consuming it twice a day.
In conclusion, there are many reasons why dog bad breath occurs but the most important thing to keep in mind is taking preventative steps such as feeding your dog a well-balanced diet and ensuring that you are taking them for regular cleaning is really the way to make sure this does not happen.