You’re accustomed to greetings that include a furiously wagging tail and lots of kisses, but lately you’ve noticed something else—that smell! Many pet parents assume stinky breath is a normal part of being a dog. But don’t fool yourself; anything that smells that bad isn’t normal, and you and your dog don’t have to live with foul doggy breath. There are many ways to tackle bad dog breath so your pup can get back to giving fresh kisses.
It may seem silly to some, but pets need their teeth brushed too. Plaque and tartar build up over time, and excess bacteria in the mouth can lead to dental issues as well as more serious health concerns. Keep your pet’s teeth clean and his mouth fresh by brushing regularly.
How often? Ideally, you should brush your dog’s teeth every day, but at minimum once per week.
Causes of bad dog breath
The most common causes of bad breath in dogs are issues in the mouth, including gingivitis and periodontal disease, which are preventable with regular brushing. Some dog breeds and small dogs especially are more prone to plaque and tartar. However, bad breath can also be an indicator of more serious medical problems in the mouth or internal organs.
Concerning symptoms such as those mentioned above as well as any other sudden changes to your dog’s health warrant a trip to the vet. If you brush your dog’s teeth regularly, solving the bad breath mystery may be a matter of treating the underlying health condition.
Professional dental cleaning
If your dog gets a clean bill of health for his internal organs but fails the dental exam, your vet may recommend a dental cleaning. This thorough procedure requires your pet to be under anesthesia in order to clean every nook and cranny.
The best way to get fresh breath is to prevent it from getting stinky in the first place.
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