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Battling Bad Dog Breath

Is your pup battling bad dog breath? Don’t ignore your hound’s halitosis!

Like humans, dogs can develop gum disease. Left unchecked, it can lead to tooth loss, abscesses or infections in the heart, liver or kidney. Take bad dog breath seriously. Protecting your pet’s pearly whites is a priority.

Here are a few ways to brighten their smile, fight bad dog breath and keep them healthy!


Yes, even dogs need to have their teeth brushed! They can buildup plaque and tartar and become discolored over time. Smaller dogs are prone to dental diseases because their teeth are closer together. If your pet eats wet food, brushing their teeth is imperative to prevent buildup. Adding crunchier foods like carrots to their diet can also help. There are tons of places online to buy your doggy toothbrushes. Here’s a blog ranking the best you can buy!
Remember, dogs can’t use human toothpaste! Ask your veterinarian about healthy, safe toothpastes and brushes for your pet.

Tooth Wipes

If your pet doesn’t like their toothbrush, consider using tooth wipes instead. These breath-freshening wipes clean their gums and teeth with ease. This method is not as thorough as using a toothbrush, but it is still a great option. Using a wipe is still better than doing nothing at all.

Bones and Toys

Chewing is a natural and fun way for your pet to clean their teeth. The act of chewing helps scrape away buildup and it’s fun. Whether you use antlers, bones, bully sticks, rubber or nylon toys, this is a great way to promote oral hygiene. Toys with grooves, bristles, nubs and ridges are excellent for cleaning teeth and gums. When you are buying toys for your pet, always make sure they are appropriate for their size to avoid choking!

Professional Cleaning

If toys aren’t working and your pet hates its toothbrush, schedule an appointment at your vet’s office. A professional cleaning is expensive but your vet will know the proper way to care for your dog’s dental needs. They will also be able to remove any damaged or rotten teeth and spot signs of health issues. Even if you brush your pet’s teeth, you should always listen to your vet if they recommend teeth cleaning.

When Should I Worry?

Routine cleaning takes care of most bad dog breath, but it can also be a symptom of a serious condition. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your vet right away. Dogs usually have unpleasant breath but it shouldn’t make your eyes water or your stomach churn. Keep an open nose to these odor indicators of potential health problems:

  • Sweet or Fruity – This could be a sign of ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes. Other symptoms include frequent drinking and urination.
  • Urine – Kidney Disease can cause their breath to smell of urine or ammonia. Other symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite and increased drinking and urination. This could also indicate other health issues.
  • Utterly Putrid –. Liver disease can cause your pet to have repulsive breath. They may also vomit, have a lack of appetite, and yellowing of eyes and gums. This could also indicate other health issues.
  • Garbage – Some dogs will try and eat roadkill, feces, trash or other dangerous things. This can cause their breath to smell terrible and is an indicator that something is wrong. Take your pet to the vet and ensure your pet avoids these in the future.

If you have concerns about your pet’s dental or physical health, visit your vet or an emergency pet clinic.

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