This is a guest post by Stephanie Parker
While we love our dog’s affection, we can’t always stand his smelly breath. If your dog tries to plant happy kisses on your face upon seeing you, but you can’t abide the sickly stink that exudes from his open mouth, there are some techniques you can try in order to solve the problem.
One simple way to make sure your dog’s breath is as fresh as possible is to supply him with clean, fresh water daily. This will help to rinse food particles and so on from his teeth and tongue, helping to keep his dental hygiene up to par. Be sure to take your pet to the vet for regular dental cleanings. This is as important for your dog as it is for you. Your vet can check for cavities, gum disease, and other health problems that can cause bad breath and administer further treatment, as necessary. Extremely foul breath can be an indicator of larger internal problems, which is another reason it is essential to take your dog for regular teeth-cleaning at your vet’s office.
Brush your dog’s teeth! There are many toothpastes that are safe for your dog (do NOT use your Crest), and that come in flavors your dog will love. Get a toothbrush that is safe for your dog’s mouth. There are some varieties that slip over your fingertip and allow you to be gentle, but clean thoroughly. You will need to brush your dog’s teeth once every few days to ensure a clean, plaque-free mouth.
A great, natural way to help your dog freshen his breath is to allow him to snack on freshly washed, sliced carrots. The carrots are great for your dog, as they are high in vitamins your dog needs in order to stay healthy. As your dog chews them, the carrots will help to scrub his teeth. Don’t slack off on the tooth-brushing, but allowing your dog to snack on carrots will help to keep them clean between brushings.
A biotene water additive can help to freshen your dog’s breath and also rinse away plaque that can build up in your dog’s mouth and cause larger health problems. This additive is safe and inexpensive. Make sure you pay attention to, and follow the directions on the container, as if you give your dog too much of the additive, you could make him sick.
Chewy treats such as Greenies can help to scrub away some of the buildup in your dog’s mouth, and contains additives that can help to freshen your dog’s breath. These treats are made specifically to help improve your pet’s dental hygiene. Not only that, but they are well-loved by dogs, and can be found in a variety of sizes, some small enough for a Yorkie, and others large for a Great Dane to chew on.
Keep in mind that keeping your dog’s breath fresh is not only for your convenience, but also essential to keeping your dog healthy and happy. Having a happy pet can make you a happy owner.
About the author: Stephanie Parker holds a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, with a focus in English and Communications, from Eastern Kentucky University. Parker would love to publish articles on various pets related topics.