Dog Dental Issues – How to Keep Your Dog’s Breath Fresh

Dog Dental Issues – How to Keep Your Dog’s Breath Fresh.  I talk with many dog owners.  This dog health issue is not high on their priority list.  But it should be. 

A dog’s breath may be an indication that the dog has a much more significant health issue.  Dog dental issues such as plaque and tartar may be just the start of the problem.

Poor dog dental health can lead to infection of its organs and eventually death.  Dog dental problems are not something we should take lightly.

There are definitely things that can be done to improve dog dental health.  Some of them are no fun such as brushing our dog’s teeth.  I must say that I am one who has major problems with this little exercise.  If I get the tooth brush in my dog’s mouth, he bites down on it so it doesn’t move.

I take the easy route.  I give my dog dry dog food which is much better for his teeth and gums than canned food.  I give him pork hide chews to help scrape the tartar from his teeth.  I put a solution into his water to improve his breath and dental health.

I also feed him healthy dog treats, specifically dog dental treats to improve the health of his teeth and gums.  We’ve been feeding these treats for 7 years, and our veterinarian has never had to put our little guy to sleep to brush his teeth.

I read an article called, “Dog Dental Health: Bad Breath” by Victoria Schade.  The article gives 4 ways to prevent dog dental issues.  Here is a quote:

One of the major complaints I hear at Life on the Leash is canine halitosis … lots of dogs out there have stinky mouths. Since February is Pet Dental Health month, let’s dive into one of the more unpleasant aspects of dog guardianship: Fido’s bad breath.

Though it might make sense for dogs to have bad breath considering what they get into and eat (rabbit poop is a big favorite in our household right now), a truly stinky mouth isn’t normal. It could be a sign of dental or gum disease, plaque, tartar, or in some cases it could mean medical issues involving the mouth or gastrointestinal track. Bad breath could also be related to diet – poor quality foods that aren’t easily digested can contribute.

So what are the easiest ways to avoid canine halitosis while at the same time keeping your dog’s mouth healthy?

  • Brushing your dog’s teeth frequently with a dog-specific toothpaste (The foaming agents in human toothpaste are bad for dogs.). Daily is optimum, but twice weekly brushings will do.
  • Providing safe bones and chews that scrape away build-up as your dog munches. In our household we use a combination of bones like bully sticks from our store, and raw marrow bones from the butcher. (Yes, I said “raw.”)
  • Feeding your dog a high quality, easily digested diet will help curb “backdraft” halitosis. Sadly, some high quality diets that contain certain types of fish can still result in a slight odor.

The complete article can be read here.

How do you deal with dog dental issues?  What do you do to improve your dog dental health?

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