How can I get rid of my dog’s bad breath?
5 ways to fix your dog’s bad breath (these really work!)
Your precious pooch’s kisses are all fine and dandy, that is until he starts to smell like two-week old trash - get the picture? We thought so.
The thing is, your dog shouldn’t have smelly breath - this doesn’t mean it should smell like roses, but when your dog’s breath smells really bad, then something might be wrong.
Bad breath is typically the result of bacteria building up in the stomach, lungs or the mouth. If your dog has bad breath now and then, then it might just be something they ate, but if it is always smelly, then you might need to see a vet.
What are the causes of bad breath in our pooches?
There are a number of different causes as to why your dog has bad breath. Gum disease is the most common of these and is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar in the mouth, causing the gums to become red, inflamed and even bleed.
Plaque and bacteria come from food particles that are left behind after your dog eats, this then binds with saliva to form hardened tartar.
Smaller dogs such as pugs are prone to gum disease because their teeth are closer together.
Other causes of bad breath include:
● Kidney disease
● Liver problems
● Oral tumour
● Eating the wrong food
If you think something might be wrong with your dog, then make sure you get him seen to by your vet. Your vet will be able to detect any serious underlying issues or tell you how to treat the bad breath.
Signs to look for when you smell bad breath
Check to see if your dog’s gums are pink, with even gum lines and that the teeth are undamaged and whole.
If you notice any brownish tinge or brown spots on the teeth, then you might need to get your dog’s teeth cleaned by your vet.
Luckily, if you have pet insurance, then these costs will be covered.
What can I do to get rid of my dog’s bad breath?
1. Brush her teeth
Just like humans brush our teeth, you can brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis.
You need to pick a toothpaste that is made specifically for dogs (do not use human toothpaste as this can upset your dog's tummy).
2. Add some doggy mouthwash to her water bowl
There are a number of awesome mouthwashes available from your local pet store where you simply have to add a little bit into your dog’s water bowl every day to keep his breath smelling fresh and clean. Try to find one that also removes tartar.
3. Give her some chewy treats
Have a look at your pet store for some vet-approved dental chews. Dental dog bones, chewies, brushing chews and other treats are all available online or at pet stores. These chewy treats help to remove the build-up of plaque and improve gum health.
4. Make sure she is eating the right food
Food that is high in carbs is bad for dogs. Carbohydrates get stuck in the teeth easily. You need to make sure your dog’s food is grain and additive free.
You can consider a meat-only diet. Have a look at your local grocery store for bone meal from the butchery (which is also pretty affordable). The meat will also keep your dog’s body strong. Chat to your vet about how to get your dog on a meat-only diet.
5. Go for a check-up
One of the best and most effective ways to fix your dog’s smelly breath is to take her to the vet for a check-up.
Your vet will examine her and detect if there are any serious issues that might be causing the bad breath. He or she can perform a dental exam and even dental cleaning.
Yours in paws and cuddle-worthy pet cover,