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Bad Breath in Dogs

Dental problems are one cause of bad breath in dogs, but they’re not the only one. Here we explore some of the reasons, the where’s and the why’s. You can tell how dogs are doing on the inside by how they smell on the outside.

causes of bad breath in dogs

Bad breath that comes and goes is probably the result of temporary stomach upset or dietary indiscretions. Other internal problems can also cause bad breath. Dogs with kidney disease, for example, often have breath with a sour, metallic smell.

So what can be done about bad breath in dogs?

To help control your dog’s bad breath, rawhide chews or similar bones can do a great job. Both give the teeth a job to do and rawhide chews work like a sponge to clean the teeth. However, keep in mind that what’s good for the teeth isn’t necessarily good for the stomach. Big dogs tend to swallow big chunks of rawhide, which can give them an upset stomach when they eat too much of it so an alternative may be preferable.

Diet can make a huge difference to your dog’s teeth and any bad breath problems. You can purchase what is called “tartar control” dog food that doesn’t shatter like conventional kibble when dogs bite down. It stays partly intact. This means that each piece of food momentarily wraps around a tooth and scours the surface. It won’t remove plaque that has already formed, but it will prevent new deposits from accumulating.

Find out more about Plaque Off for Dogs by watching a video review courtesy of K9 Magazine

Can Toys Help My Dog’s Bad Breath?

Dogs who are chewers enjoy tearing into rope toys, which act like dental floss and clean between their teeth. In addition, pet supply stores sell chew toys with grooves and ridges. If you put a little dog toothpaste in the grooves, your dog will brush his own teeth while he’s chewing.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

The best way to improve bad breath in dogs is to brush their teeth a few times a week. You can use a doggy toothbrush, but many people find that it’s easier to rub the outer surfaces of the teeth with a small piece of gauze wrapped around a finger. The inner surfaces are pretty much self-cleaning because they’re constantly bathed with saliva.

Friction alone will remove much of the plaque, but you’ll get better results using a toothpaste made for dogs. These come in appetizing (for dogs if not for people) flavours like beef!

We hope this short guide will help you on the track to getting rid of bad breath in dogs. In a future post, we have more advice coming from experts in the field of dog dental care and dog teeth, aswell as more product reviews and dispelling the myths of the common causes, and cures, of bad breath in dogs.

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