Combating Bad Breath in Dogs

Your dog’s bad breath might be more serious than just a smelly nuisance—especially offensive breath can indicate gum or mouth disease, kidney disease, or liver failure. For this reason, it’s important to check your dog’s breath frequently and keep his mouth clean. Here, an Indianapolis veterinarian tells you how.

High-Quality Diet

The first step in keeping your dog’s teeth and mouth healthy is to make sure he’s eating right. A high-quality dog food that is easy to digest will promote overall health and keep all of your dog’s body systems functioning normally. In addition, many foods are made to help clean teeth as your dog is eating them.

The same goes for dog treats—companies are making treats that are good for your dog’s teeth, and help to improve breath odor. Ask your veterinarian more about these.

Regular Brushing

Regular tooth brushing is the best way to keep your pooch’s teeth shiny and healthy, and combat halitosis at the same time. Use a toothpaste specially formulated for dogs, as human toothpaste may be too strong or contain chemicals not safe for your dog. Consult your vet on the best way to go about brushing your dog’s teeth. Most veterinarians recommend brushing at least once a week if not more.

Good-Quality Chew Toys

Hard chew toys help to strengthen teeth and keep them clean. Your dog will be promoting his own oral health while just having fun! Ask your vet for his or her recommendation on good toys to use.

Regular Check-Ups

Keep in mind that tooth brushing and odor-masking treats are important but do not treat underlying diseases of bad breath, like possible kidney or liver disease. For this reason, it’s important to bring your dog in for regular checkups at your Indianapolis veterinarian’s office. Your vet will be able to tell if any underlying condition is causing doggie’s bad breath. If you smell an especially offensive note to your dog’s breath, call immediately.


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