Battling Bad Breath Head On
Kisses from a puppy are adorable and affectionate, but getting kisses from a puppy with a bad breath? Nay!
Did you know?
The cause of human bad breath and dog’s bad breath are the same. It’s a sign of gum disease, meaning, there’s a group of disease causing bacteria living and thriving inside your furry pal’s mouth.
Causes of Bad Breaths
- Periodontal Disease
The cause of the offensive odour is the bacteria in plaque and cause gingivitis. Periodontal disease is a painful disease that can lead to tooth loss and organs like heart and kidney damage.
When kittens and puppies are teething, the bacteria are collected at the gum line as baby teeth edged out.
- Oral Disease
Gum disease such as stomatitis, a common feline condition that causes painful inflammation of the mouth tissues is a bacteria proliferate.
- Gastrointestinal Disease
If the oesophagus, stomach or intestines are sick, it disperses a stinky smell.
- Metabolic Disease
It affects the body’s metabolic balance and let the abnormal levels of certain toxins in blood can yield foul mouth odours.
Solution to Bad Breath in Pet Dogs
Thinking that your dog’s bad breath is just what a dog’s breath smells like? The good news is you don’t have to run away from your pet no more. Here are some steps that you can do to freshen up your pet’s breath:
- Brush your dog’s teeth: Hilarious right? As I mentioned earlier, the dental health of humans and your pets are the same. It would be better if you train your pet earlier to brush their teeth as part of his daily routine.
- Consider annual cleanings by your vet: Your vet can clean and polish your dog’s teeth to eliminate tartar build up. It can be risky for older animals but it will be worth it because it can avoid life-threatening illness that can develop caused by poor dental health.
- Give him something to chew on such as a carrot or a dental treat. This is your dog’s natural way of cleaning his teeth and improving his breath is chewing!
- Keep an eye on what he eats: Feed him healthy foods. Watch his diet. You can add chopped parsley to his food because parsley is considered as a natural breath freshener.
Dental health of your pets can be more sensitive than yours or your children’s but it would be better if you keep your eyes not only on what he eats or how he moves but also in applying proper hygiene from your fur-baby’s coat to his/her oral health.
If your pet’s bad breath persists, it’s time to visit your vet.