Dog Bad Breath: Everything You Need to Know

Who doesn’t love when their dog greets them with wet, slobbery kisses as soon as you walk in the front door after a long day. From their wagging tails to their tongues sticking out of their smiling faces and, they sprint to you and almost lick you to death! They can turn a bad day into the best one in the matter of licks… but wait… You smell something, “What can it be?” you think to yourself. BOOM it hits you, it’s your furry friends breath. What causes this? Poor dental care? Poor oral health? Is it a medical condition?

There is much you can do as a dog owner to prevent bad breath in your furry friend. There are certain signs you should look out for before and after you notice your dog has bad breath. It is always a good idea to consult a vet if you have any concerns about your furry friends bad breath.

What you should look out for:
• Inflamed bleeding gums
• Change in chewing behavior
• Scratching at nose/mouth
• Excessive licking

There are some more serious causes of bad breath. These include:
• Diabetes
• Kidney disease
• Gastro-intestinal problem
• Liver disease
• Metabolic disease
• Poor diet

There are many easy ways to help your dog if they are dealing with bad breath. Things like coconut oil, yogurt, and a few drops of lemon all are active ingredients that can help fight bacteria that lead to bad breath. Brushing teeth is the best and easiest way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and mouth healthy. This may not always be the simplest task.

How to brush your dog’s teeth:
• Make sure your dog is calm
• Introduce your dog to the taste of the toothpaste
• Slowly start brushing one tooth at a time
• With each passing day, slowly add more pressure to the teeth
• Give them a treat after you are done each time to let them know if they are good they will be rewarded

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