Bad breath in dogs: how to treat it and how to prevent it

Almost all dogs will exhibit bad breath after a certain age, a problem usually caused by some form of gum disease that can be avoided. How can you prevent bad breath in your dog and how do you treat it once it exists? Find our answers below.

Preventing bad breath in dogs

Brushing teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth three or four times per week is the best solution. Removing plaque and food debris from your dog’s teeth is essential to preventing bad breath and receding gums caused by gum disease. Your veterinarian can offer ready-made kits including pet toothpaste and a toothbrush or finger brush adapted to your pet’s size.

Introducing toothbrushing early is a path to success, but any dog can be trained to let his teeth be brushed, regardless of age.

Dental chews

Dental chews can be very effective in preventing bad breath in dogs. Your veterinarian can suggest chews with an enzymatic action for even more effective cleaning of teeth and gums, all while your dog enjoys a chewy treat.

Water additives

These solutions help maintain good oral hygiene and fight against bad breath. Used as preventatives, these liquids are mixed with fresh drinking water every day.

Proper nutritional habits

Your dog should not eat table food or treats intended for people. Chocolate, candy, cakes, and other sweets should be avoided since they could make your dog very sick. A dog that eats table food will be much more likely to suffer from bad breath than a dog that eats a properly balanced diet adapted to his physiological and dental needs. Choose a diet formulated to maintain good dental health.

Treating canine bad breath

Dental cleaning

If your dog suffers from bad breath, your veterinarian should be consulted to determine if it is caused complications due to tartar accumulation or by other factors. Following this evaluation, your veterinarian may recommend a professional dental cleaning in order to remove dental plaque and tartar that carries bacteria below the gumline, causing damage to the teeth and gums (like receding gums, loose teeth, bleeding, infection, etc.) A professional dental cleaning is the most effective, reliable, and fast way to prevent any further complications, as well as fight against your dog’s bad breath.

Ask your veterinarian to check your dog’s teeth often in order to keep your pet healthy as long as possible.

Deworming treatments

Bad breath may also be caused by the presence of worms in your pet’s digestive tract. An exam with your veterinarian can help determine the source of the bad breath, and therefore find a solution quickly.

Bad breath in dogs can be a unpleasant and worrisome problem. It is important to get to the root of the problem quickly in order to prevent your dog’s discomfort and to keep your home smelling fresh. Feed your dog a properly adapted dental diet, brush his teeth regularly, and offer dental chew treats for your dog to enjoy. If you find that his teeth are covered by plaque and tartar, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible for an exam and/or a dental cleaning.

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