What do our dogs give us? The number one answer of course is love, right? Well for some owners, in the top ten answers to that question, “bad breath” might be an answer. I own a Basset Hound. Whoa-eee. Some days when me and the hound dog are cuddling she gets tired and goes through her yawning phase. Whoaaaaa-Eeee! There are days that I have to turn my head because the hot air that is coming from her mouth smells like…well…geez; Not sure what it smells like, but it’s bad! My dog is so affectionate, but she doesn’t give kisses, good thing.
I would give my life to my dog if I had to, but I won’t hide the fact her breath is fierce. I did some research on what remedies I could use to help this “situation”. I also wanted to know what on earth could be causing this issue. This is what I learned and a few things you should know if you have the same ordeal. *Picturing my dog yawning, and loving her unconditionally*
Some breeds were just born that way. I’m on the right track baby, because I’m a dog-ayyy! *Sorry for the Lady Gaga reference* Anyway, getting back to the heart of the matter, what do we do for our bad breath bearing babies? Other than bad breath just being a natural thing from dogs, there are in fact other factors that may be causing the stank!
- Halitosis, or unpleasant breath, can be caused by a belly problem, tonsils,bad teeth or something may be stuck in the dogs teeth. Check your dog’s teeth to see if any are decayed. If not, then give him 3/4 teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda in his food twice a day for a few days. If this trick doesn’t work, then take him to a vet to see if he needs his teeth cleaned or his tonsils treated. Do NOT give your pup the bicarbonate of soda if you see an issue with the pup’s teeth. It is recommended that you take the dog to a veterinarian, who can look for gastrointestinal and dental causes of the bad breath. When a pet has recurring bad breath, chances are plaque has built up on his teeth to the point where it has hardened into tartar.
- Dog Food Switch-In some cases, doggie breath may be the result of a switch in dog food. If you have recently switched dog foods, especially from hard to soft dog food, and your dog suddenly develops breath that nearly annihilates you,try something else. Hard dog food is the absolute best for a dog. It keeps their teeth in check, avoids rotting, and gum issues. If your dog is willing to eat hard dog food and has no issue doing so, do not switch your dog to soft food. Bad. Bad. Bad. Soft dog food contains a good amount of water too. Not only is hard dog food better for your dog’s breath, it has a better nutritional value. If you have to switch to soft food, have a discussion with your vet about a good, healthy soft food. There is a reason another name for “soft” food is called “wet”.
There are numerous commercial products that target doggie breath, including mints and dissolving breath–freshening strips, but the most practical doggie breath remedy is a toothbrush and toothpaste designed especially for dogs. The source of bad breath in dogs is bacteria – the same as it is in people – but unlike people, dogs can’t assume responsibility for their oral hygiene. Brushing a dog’s teeth not only helps eliminate doggie breath, but it also promotes healthier teeth and gums.
- Dogs should get in to the routine of getting their teeth brushed early in life so they become more accepting of the idea. With older dogs, be patient and introduce the brushing gradually. When you start to lose patience, just remember how much you liked the dentist when you were a kid. (Heck, I still don’t like the dentist). All this will take is a little bit of TLC.
- I Stumbled upon a fantastic product in my local pet store called “Yip Yaps”. These absolutely worked b etter than any dental stick or breath remedy. Your dog probably wouldn’t touch a mint that we eat and under no circumstances should you give your dog months that people eat. It can contain xylitol that is very bad for our fur babies. Brushing should be done gently without too much pressure. The toothbrush should be held at an upward angle and worked in small circular motions. Here is a video that will help you learn an effective way of brushing your pup’s choppers.