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My Dog Has Bad Breath. What are Causes And Remedies?

(November 3, 2011)

How to get rid of dog bad breath?

Dog breath is not exactly pleasant even under normal circumstances, but there are a few factors that could cause it to worsen. In case you notice that your canine pet has bad breath, it is important for you to consult a doctor, to rule out the possibility of a serious problem. In several cases, the best cure for dog bad breath is addressing the underlying cause of the problem. However, in several instances you may need to increase hygienic measures in order to get rid of dog bad breath.

• Start a dental hygiene routine or change it a bit, to brush your dog’s teeth more often. Over a period of time, your dog’s breath should return to normal.

• Take a look at your dog diet. Dogs that eat an excessive amount of raw meat or soft food on a regular basis tend to suffer from bad breath at times. There are some canned foods that could also cause this problem in your pet. Switching your pet over to dry food for a few weeks may take care of the problem to some extent.

• Allow your pet to have a specially formulated dental treat once in a while, as it reduces the buildup of tartar

In case these steps do not help get rid of dog bad breath, you may need to consult a professional, for medical treatment.

Submitted by N on November 3, 2011 at 01:13


What to do for dog bad breath?

As with us humans, dogs too can suffer from bad breath. In our canine companions too, the bad breath could be caused by various factors, the most common one being the lack of adequate hygiene. Odor-producing bacteria can easily build up within the dog’s gut, lungs or mouth, which eventually leads to bad breath. Of course, at times bad breath in dogs is a symptom of a serious underlying condition. In case your pet does have bad breath, it is important for you to have a vet examine him, just to rule out the possibility of any major health problem. In many cases the most effective dog bad breath solutions include treatment of the underlying cause. If the vet determines that your dog does not suffer from any serious medical ailment, you can try to treat bad mouth odor by increasing the dental hygiene measures that are already in place.

You can also deal with this problem, by making a few changes to your dog’s diet. Dogs that are given raw meat or soft foods on a regular basis may suffer from bad breath. Certain brands of canned dog food could also have the same effect on your pet’s breath. The best dog food for bad breath is high quality and easy to digest dry food. Alternately, there are several varieties of carefully formulated dental treats that are known to improve bad breath in dogs.

In case dietary dog bad breath solutions do not seem to be very effective, it may be best for you to speak to a vet and seek medical treatment for the problem.
Submitted by N on October 17, 2011 at 12:55


How to clean dog teeth?

As a responsible pet owner, you are probably aware of how important it is for you to clean your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it can cost you around $150 to have a vet clean your dog’s teeth; this is probably why many people choose to clean dog teeth at home. You could probably manage to do this at home yourself, as long as you are aware of the right procedure to clean dog teeth.

To maintain adequate dental hygiene for your pet, you will need some canine toothpaste and a toothbrush. Also have a washcloth or some gauze at hand, which you may need to wrap around your finger. Many pet owners start cleaning their pet’s teeth with some gauze of a piece of cloth, before moving on to a toothbrush.

Wrap the washcloth or gauze around a finger and dab a small amount of toothpaste on to it. Make sure that your dog is relaxed, before you start cleaning his teeth. Find a position in which you have easy access to the dog’s teeth, lift your dog’s upper lip on any one side and start brushing in a circular motion. You may need to add more toothpaste if required. While cleaning or brushing your dog’s teeth, pay more attention to the gum line as most of the problems start there. Cover each tooth, while you work your way around the mouth. The back of the teeth may be a bit challenging to clean, but they require equal attention, of not more. Cover all the top teeth, before repeating the process with the bottom teeth. Once your dog gets used to the cleansing process, you can introduce the toothbrush

For best results clean your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. Also make sure that your dog goes through a professional tooth clean up at least once in three months.
Submitted by N on October 7, 2011 at 05:46


In general, dogs do not have the sweetest of breaths, but when there is a problem with their health their breath may smell even worse than usual. In some cases, bad breath in dogs could indicate lack of proper hygiene. However in certain cases, bad breath in dogs could be one of the first indications that there is something wrong with your pet. There are several factors that can lead to dog bad breath. Some of the most common causes of bad breath in dog include:
  • An abscessed tooth
  • Mouth tumors
  • Broken or decaying teeth
  • Kidney diseases
  • Periodontitis or other periodontal diseases
  • Sinus infections
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Bones or foreign objects getting stuck between the teeth
  • Cancer
  • Obstructions in the body
Dog bad breath treatment

One of the most common ways of treating your dog’s bad breath problem is by taking him to a vet, for a professional dental cleanup. This can also give the vet the chance to first examine your dog and determine the underlying cause of the bad breath, before prescribing the appropriate treatment for the dog with bad breath. Most vets normally check dogs for gingivitis, plaque buildup or periodontal disease as these are the most common causes of canine bad breath. However, in case the vet diagnoses that the bad breath is cause by liver disorders, kidney disorders, gum problems or decaying teeth, immediate action may need to be taken.

Dog bad breath remedies

Using a dog bad breath home remedy is not always the best way of dealing with the problem. However, with some persistence the use of home remedies may reduce the problem to a tolerable level. Given below are some common home remedies for dog bad breath:
  • Brush your dog’s teeth more often, using a toothbrush and toothpaste of good quality. This will reduce the bad breath problem gradually. Read more on how to brush dog teeth
  • Allow your dog to chew on a clean and hard bone, on a few occasions. There are certain doggie treats that can also be used once in a while, to reduce bad breath.
  • Add one mini carrot to your dog’s daily diet. This remedy is believed to curb bad breath.
  • A small amount of peppermint oil used to clean the dog’s teeth may go a long way in reducing doggie breath. Most dogs do not like this remedy, but it is usually very effective.
Do not allow your dog to eat feces or any food from the garbage.

Before using any home remedy for curing bad breath in dogs, it is important to check with a veterinarian.
Submitted by N M on September 1, 2010 at 12:54


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