Bad breath, also known as “doggy breath”, is an accepted part of dog ownership. Many dog owners even make jokes about their dog’s bad breath. However, bad breath in dogs is one of the first signs of dental disease. What can you do to keep your dog’s teeth healthy?
Dog owners should feed their dog a high-quality food that helps promotes proper dental hygiene. Look for food that helps control the build up of tartar and calculus on your dog’s teeth. Consult your vet on the best type of pet food diet that will suit your dog based on his age, health, weight and lifestyle.
Regular Tooth Brushing
Many dog owners shy away from brushing their dog’s teeth, as the dog will not hold still, or they are afraid of being bitten. Aim to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a week, if not daily, to help prevent dental problems. Introducing tooth brushing to a 10-year-old dog will be difficult, which is why it is best to try and introduce tooth brushing early on in your dog’s life so that he will get used to it, and see it as just another part of his routine. Your vet can advise you on the most suitable toothbrush and toothpaste for your dog. Chew toys can also help to control tartar build up.
Just as humans require regular dental checkups, so too do dogs. Professional cleanings can help maintain your dog’s overall health. According to Tips to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy, which appears in Petsmart.com, neglecting regular dental examinations can lead to harmful bacteria that can enter your dog’s bloodstream. This in turn can lead to heart disease and kidney infections. Not only can neglected dental hygiene result in serious health conditions later on in life, but dental disease is also very painful if left untreated. Consult your vet in between appointments if your dog’s bad breath worsens, he has a decreased appetite or you notice blood on your dog’s chew toys.
Responsible dog owners should take preventative measures to help maintain their dog’s dental hygiene by choosing a high-quality dog food that controls tartar and calculus. Regular tooth brushing, and dental examinations are also essential steps in maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene.
Petsmart.com, Tips to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy.