Oddly, many dog owners seem to think that dogs naturally suffer with bad breath. However, this is far from the truth, and many dogs never suffer from such problems.
If your pooch has breath that’s turning your stomach take heed – because there are solutions to the situation…
What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs?
There are a number of reasons why your dog’s breath may have declined over time:
Dental Problems – By far the most common reason for bad breath in dogs are dental hygiene issues. This might take the form of plaque build-up, tooth decay or trapped foreign objects.
Note that snub-nosed dogs like pugs and bulldogs tend to suffer more frequently from these issues, as their teeth are squeezed together into a smaller space.
Diabetes – Dogs with diabetes have a very characteristic smell to their breath. This is most commonly likened to a “sweet” or “fruity” smell.
Kidney Problems – If your dog’s breath smells more like urine than anything else then this could be an indication that your pooches’ kidneys may be failing.
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath in Dogs
Whatever the case, the first step for a dog with bad breath should be a dental check-up with your vet. In this way your vet will not only be able to check that there is nothing untoward going on, but will also be able to give your dog’s teeth a thorough brush and polish on your behalf.
At the same time, if you have any concerns about potential diabetes or kidney problems in your pet this can also be raised so your vet can carry out the necessary tests.
From here, it’s down to you. The following tips can all contribute to fresher breath in your dog…
Clean Your Dogs Teeth – Just like people, dog’s teeth and gums should be cleaned regularly to keep them in top condition.
Ideally, your dog’s teeth should be cleaned at least once per day. That said, if you’ve never brushed your dog’s teeth it’ll likely take some time to get him or her used to the experience.
Luckily, we’ve already produced detailed information on exactly how to do that here.
Use Plaque-Fighting Toys – A range of different chew toys can help to remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth.
Dentastix are one popular example, though speak to your local pet shop to see all the options on offer.
Feed Herbs – A range of herbs can also help to keep your dog’s breath sweet. Increasingly, breath-freshening chews contains these herbs. Alternatively, they can simply be chopped up and added to your dog’s normal food. Two of the best herbs to give your dog are parsley and mint.
Dietary Changes – Wet dog food does have a habit of worsening bad breath in dogs, so moving across to dry kibble can be highly beneficial. If you opt to try this, remember to introduce the food slowly over time, gradually reducing the proportion of wet food and increasing the dry over a period of a week to ten days.