6 Tips to Make Your Dog's Breath Fresher
If you love your pooch but not his pant, then you need these clever solutions to fix your dog’s bad breath. Because everybody loves a sloppy smooch. But a stinky kiss? Not so much.
1. Brush their teeth
Vets recommend brushing your dog’s teeth every day to prevent plaque buildup and promote oral health. Yikes. We get it—your pup hates it and who has the time? But try to aim for regular cleaning sessions, especially for smaller dogs who are more prone to periodontal disease. Also, use toothpaste that’s made specifically for dogs since the human kind can upset your canine’s stomach (plus Fido’s more likely to enjoy the process with a chicken or peanut butter flavor). While you’re there, take a look inside your dog’s mouth to make sure there’s nothing stuck in there that could be causing his bad breath.
2. Don’t forget to floss
You know how your dentist is always harping on you to floss? Same rules apply for canines (if yours will let you, that is). Top tip: Start brushing and flossing your dog’s teeth when she’s a puppy so that she can get used to it. (Hey, she may even grow to like it.)
3. Check their diet
Of course your dog is a sweet little angel, but she may have some questionable habits, like digging through the trash or eating God knows what off the street. Minimize unsupervised snacking by securing your trash can and keeping an eye on your furry friend when out and about.
4. Give your dog a bone
One that reduces plaque and tartar, that is. Doggy treats are great for promoting oral hygiene since the gnawing can help scrape away buildup and many contain ingredients specifically to improve breath and clean teeth. Try Greenies dental chews or Milk-Bone brushing chews for a tasty and nourishing treat.
5. Keep them in chew toys
But it’s not just bones that do all the work. There are plenty of chew toys meant to keep teeth clean and strong (try Kong’s dental chew rope), but remember to use one that’s the appropriate for your dog’s age and size.
6. Take them to the vet
Bringing your dog in for regular checkups will ensure that there’s no underlying medical condition that’s causing his bad breath. According to the American Kennel Club, a sweet or fruity smell could be a sign of diabetes while urine-smelling dog breath could be a warning sign of kidney disease. Schedule routine appointments with your veterinarian to make sure everything looks good, but don’t hesitate to request a one-off visit if your pooch’s pant is particularly foul or suddenly changes.