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Haletosis Help!

by Alvin Nguyen

Valentine’s day is over. Luckily your dog still loves you!

Nothing is more horrifying than having your K9 in your face with a serious case of halitosis. Dog owners believe bad breath is normal, when in fact it could be a warning sign.

Bad breath should be a concern for any dog owner. Halitosis are signs off poor oral hygiene that leads to gum inflammation, plaque buildup, and even teeth loss!

If your dogs’ gums are bleeding seek medical attention immediately. This can be a sign of gingivitis.

Why Dogs Have Bad Breath?

Dogs are not the most hygienic creatures on the planet. Scavenging scraps fallen from kitchen tables, eating garbage during walks, and sometimes their own feces! Gross!

Rabbits must eat their stool to absorb necessary nutrients.  Rabbits deprived of this habit will develop health problems. Luckily dogs do not depend on droplets to maintain a healthy life style.

Dogs that steal food off your plate when you are or are not looking will have a higher chance of eating stool. Dogs will develop the habit of eating poop when bored, stored in cramped spaces, or stressed. Leave plenty of toys and treat puzzles while you are gone. Pick up feces on walks and in your yard as soon as possible to prevent forming the habit.

How to Prevent Bad Breath

Brush your dogs’ teeth. Like us, dogs need their teeth brushed daily to maintain healthy gums and fresh breath. Most owners neglect this task. Start with brushing your pups’ teeth for 15 seconds every day and work up to a minute or two. Brushing prevents bad breath, plaque, and visits to the vet.

Do not use regular toothpaste. Fluoride is toxic on consumption. Buy pet formulated toothpaste. They come in delicious flavors like beef, chicken, pork, and vanilla.

If your dog will not let you invade their personal space. Squeeze dog friendly toothpaste onto a dental treat. Allow your dog to get familiar with the tooth paste. Eventually, they will become accustomed to you fondling their mouth with a toothbrush.

Dental chews are a must in addition to brushing. The chews break down plaque and prevent bacterial growth. Dental chews are dog specific. Some dental chews break into large pieces which can become choking hazards. Make sure you find he product one for your furry friend.

Certain breeds are more susceptible to plaque, cavities, and gum intimation. Toy breeds such as Pomeranians, toy poodles, and terriers are commonly affected. Always schedule annual check ups for your dog to ensure healthy and happy gums.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before treating your dog. Do not self-diagnosis your dog based on this article.

http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/why-dogs-eat-poop/

http://petdentalservices.com/2013/03/what-bleeding-dog-gums-can-indicate/

https://www.zukes.com/dog-blog/5-facts-and-fixes-for-doggy-breath/

 

 

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