If your dog suffers from this problem, you know exactly how unpleasant it can be.
Halitosis (or bad breath) can have several origins:
The oral cavity
The cause is in most cases periodontal disease. This is commonly associated with problems such as tartar or gum infection.
To prevent this, brush his teeth with specific products and give them adequate food.
Digestive and renal problems
If your puppy suffers from bad breath, he might have a digestive problem, but it may also be due to kidney failure, in which case, the breath will smell like urine.
In these cases, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian. We highly recommend this because it is vital to attack the cause of the problem, instead of just trying to make your pet´s breath smell better.
How to avoid bad breath
It is the most effective way to combat bad breath, but it has a problem: most dogs do not like it. With some of them, it is really difficult to practice it. In order to achieve this goal, you must try to brush his teeth it since he is a puppy.
How can I brush my dog’s teeth?
We must accustom our dog to tooth brushing little by little, and it is important to make sure they learn to enjoy the experience. Each dog is different so we must adapt the training gradually. You must be really careful when inserting fingers in the dog´s mouth. We don´t advise to do it if he is aggressive or has a tendency to bite.
So, here are some easy to follow steps in order to start brushing your dog´s teeth. Each stage lasts at least 5 minutes and must be repeated five days before moving on to the next stage.
1) Introduction to the toothpaste flavor:
-Wash your hands and put some toothpaste on your index finger.
-Let the dog lick the toothpaste.
-Repeat it several times.
This Sentry Petrodex Veterinary Strength Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste is formulated with tasty poultry flavor to ensure acceptance.
2) Accustom the dog to contact in the mouth
-Put toothpaste on your index finger, gently insert it into the dog’s mouth and slide it along the surface of the teeth and gums.
-Do not insert your finger beyond the point where your dog feels comfortable.
-Repeat it several times.
3) Introduction of the toothbrush for dogs
-Prepare the toothbrush with water and toothpaste.
-Let the dog lick some toothpaste.
-Gently hold the dog’s snout to stop licking.
-Begin to gently brush only the fangs, with vertical movements and with the angle toothbrush towards the gum line, bring the brush from the gum to the end of the tooth.
At this stage, avoid brushing the incisors as these constitute the most sensitive area of the mouth.
4) Toothbrush-Back teeth
-As in the previous stage, start brushing the canines (vertical movements).
-Advance smoothly along with the teeth after the canines in a circular motion.
-Do not reach beyond the point where the dog feels comfortable.
-Brush the 2 sides of the mouth.
5) Toothbrush – All teeth!
-As before, start brushing the canines and then the back teeth and finish with the incisors.
-Hold the dog’s snout to keep its mouth shut and gently lift the upper lip, with the index and thumb surrounding the snout, to discover the incisive teeth.
-Many dogs are sensitive and can sneeze when they brush their incisors.
-Gently brush the anterior teeth through vertical movements (as with canines).
-Gradually, increase the duration of brushing.
-For maximum protection, you have to brush his teeth every day. However, it is a good idea to do it 3 times a week.
This Enzadent Dual-Ended Toothbrush owns a large head and a smaller head to accommodate dogs of all sizes.
Dental snacks for dogs
All dogs like this. They are snacks that help to maintain correct oral hygiene at the same time that they work as a reward.
How to choose the perfect dental snack
Not all dental snacks available in the market are the same. Some have proved to be more effective than others at fighting bad breath. Next time you try to buy one for your friend please take into account the following:
-The level of proven efficacy: Confirm that an independent veterinary agency certifies that the snack really works.
-Its safety conditions: Make sure that they are flexible and 100% soluble rewards so that they cannot cause choking or intestinal occlusions.
-Its palatability: We refer to how appetizing they are for your dog’s palate.
This PetzLife Complete Treats Natural Dental Chew for Dogs is specially formulated to clean teeth and refresh breath. Besides, it does not contain artificial flavors. It is wheat-free, corn-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, so if your dog owns a sensitive stomach he will love it!
Toys for dogs that encourage chewing
These specially designed toys can help control plaque and tartar thanks to the formation of saliva they produce.
This Bristly by Empawer Brushing Stick is really helpful (and fun for your pal) in order to maintain proper oral health. This dental chew toy is made from durable rubber.
Regular oral cleaning
From a certain age, it is advisable to do it once a year. Consult with your veterinarian to advise you on how and when to program it.
Dental cleaning in dogs is very similar than in humans. The difference is that it is necessary to anesthetize your dog for two main reasons. First, he will be completely asleep and therefore quiet. Second, he will not feel any pain. It would be impossible to do it if he is awake!
This cleaning is usually performed with ultrasound equipment with which tartar is removed. Then a tooth polishing is done to remove the bacterial plaque and it is also cleaned under the gums. This way the dental cleaning of the dog is complete.
A quality, balanced diet with highly digestible ingredients prevent gastrointestinal problems and the development of pathologies that can be related to bad breath.
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Oral Care Dry Dog Food is highly recommended because it provides the right ingredients (such as savory chicken, rice and barley) to ensure proper nutrition. Plus, it helps to diminish plaque and tartar build-up and freshen breath.