Dogs may not have sweet smelling breath at the best of times, but if your dog has foul or bad breath, it could be an indicator of a health or hygiene issue that needs addressing--and it will make your dog super unpopular with people who will not want to get close to his foul-smelling breath. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent bad doggy breath. As bad breath is usually the result of poor dental hygiene, products like dog toothpaste, wipes and dental chews can alleviate bad breath, as can professional cleaning and dental care when necessary. Gastrointestinal issues can also contribute to bad breath.
If your dog’s bad breath is a problem that does not respond to regular care, take him to a veterinarian to ensure that he does not have a medical condition or dental issue that requires veterinary care.
Do not use human toothpastes, which can have ingredients that are harmful to your dog if swallowed.
Regular dental care by a veterinarian to address abscesses and hard tartar buildup may be required.
Check for health conditions if regular care and maintenance does not resolve bad dog breath. Remember, good general health, diet, and hydration are essential for preventing bad breath.
Make sure toothpaste, wipes, and mouthwash used are dog-appropriate.
Be careful when brushing your dog’s teeth not to press too hard or injure your dog’s mouth with cleaning implements.
If you are using gauze or cotton swabs to brush teeth, make user that your dog does not ingest materials accidentally.
No one likes bad breath. Your dog will be a lot more pleasant to be around if you address his dental hygiene to prevent this condition. Lots of natural dental hygiene methods such as chews and bones will be pretty popular with your pooch. Other methods, like brushing, will be well tolerated if you take time and patience to get your dog used to having his teeth cleaned regularly. Putting some sparkle into your dog’s smile will keep him healthier, and a lot less smelly.