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How To Prevent/Deter Bad Breath

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Bad breath is a problem and a cause of worry to anyone around the sufferer.  This condition, also called Halitosis, affects dogs, as well. This condition can be temporary and could go away without any help, from the dog owner.  There are cases where the bad breath is persistent.  If your dog is suffering from this condition, there are a number of things that you can try.

 

Do You Brush his Teeth?

This is the first thing you should try.  The odor may simply be due to the accumulation of plaque and tartar.  The remnants of food should be regularly removed by brushing regularly.  Several times a week is recommended.  There are commercial products that can make this task easier  There are doggy toothbrushes and toothbrush kits.  Finger brushes can be used on small dogs and puppies.  Several flavors of toothpaste are also available.  (Do not use human toothpaste, as it is not to be swallowed and can cause stomach problems.)

 

What Does He Eat ?

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What do you feed your dog?  Introducing a high quality dry food, is recommended.  The dry food will digest

more efficiently, which will help with the bad breathe.  The food will also act as a scraper, while being eaten and can help to remove excessive plaque and tartar.  Look for treats that are also helpful in keeping his teeth clean.

What toys does he play with?

Toys don’t just keep your dog occupied; they can also help in your efforts to keeping his teeth clean.  To do this the toys should be hard but safe.  Some toys have multiple textures, which you dog will also enjoy.

 

What About the water?

There are commercial products available, that can be put in your dog’s water, that are said to help prevent plaque and tartar build up.

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His teeth should be checked, by your veterinarian, during his annual examination.  Have a veterinarian clean his teeth and remove all the plaque and tartar, as needed.  Particularly, small dogs have a tendency to have bad teeth.  Keeping your dog’s teeth clean is imperative, as bad teeth and gums can lead to other health conditions.

 Sometimes bad breath signifies a deeper more serious problem.  If you try all of these methods and the odor persists, you should definitely consult your veterinarian, as soon as possible. Gingivitis or a rotten tooth may be an issue.

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