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How to Beat Bad Breath in Dogs

Dr Jack Ayerbe |

Bad breath in dogs, also known as halitosis, can be a sign of dental problems or other health issues. It can also be unpleasant for both the dog and their human companions. In this article, we will discuss the causes of bad breath in dogs and provide practical tips on how to beat it and keep your dog's breath fresh and clean. From regular teeth brushing to proper diet and hygiene, we'll cover all the bases to help you and your furry friend have fresh breath for a happier, healthier life together.

 

What are the causes of bad breath for dogs?

Bad breath in dogs, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a variety of factors. Here are some common causes of bad breath in dogs:

 

Dental problems

Plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth can lead to gum disease, which can cause bad breath. Dental issues can also cause infection and abscesses in the mouth, leading to bad breath.

 

Poor diet

A diet high in carbohydrates and processed foods can contribute to bad breath in dogs. These types of foods can lead to the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and cause inflammation in the gums.

 

Dehydration

Just like in humans, dehydration can cause bad breath in dogs. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of clean water at all times.

 

Medical conditions

Certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease or diabetes, can cause bad breath in dogs. If your dog's breath has suddenly changed or if they are experiencing other symptoms, it's important to consult with your veterinarian.

 

Respiratory infections

Infections in the respiratory tract, such as pneumonia or bronchitis, can also cause bad breath in dogs.

 

How do I treat and prevent bad breath?

 

Here are the top 5 ways to beat and prevent bad breath for your dog.

 

1. Professional teeth cleaning

If your dog's dental health isn't in a great state, a veterinarian can help remove plaque and gunk from your dog’s teeth, helping providing a platform for ongoing preventive dental care. 

 

2. Daily tooth brushing

By using specialised paste and brushes made for dogs, you can keep your dog's teeth looking great! You brush your own teeth, why not brush your dogs?

 

3. Dental Chews

Dental Chews are specially designed to remove plaque and tartar, strengthen the jaw bone, and stimulate the production of saliva, which is important for good oral health. Browse our range of dental chews here.

 

4. Daily Mouth rinse

A daily mouth rinse with a dental cleaner made for dogs can help prevent plaque accumulation and reduce gingivitis. Who said mouthwash is just for humans?

 

5. Water additives

Adding water additives to your pets diet are an easy way to help control plaque at home.

 

It's important to address the cause of bad breath in your dog in order to effectively treat it. Regular dental care, a healthy diet, and plenty of water can help prevent bad breath in dogs. If your dog's breath has suddenly changed or if you notice other symptoms, it's important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the cause and proper treatment.

Read our in-depth article about the causes of bad breath in dogs and browse our collection of practical tips on how to beat it and keep your dog's breath fresh.
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