Canine halitosis is a very common problem. As soon as the animal opens its mouth, an unbearable fetid aroma invades us. Therefore, in this article we give you some tips to avoid bad breath in dogs.
Why does bad breath occur in dogs?
When the animal has an unpleasant odor in the mouth, it may be due to a health problem (such as diabetes or kidney disease), a dental problem, or a hygiene problem. Veterinarians indicate that four out of five dogs have dental pathologies from 3 years of age.
The main reason for bad breath in dogs is the accumulation of bacteria that turn into plaque. That's right, the same thing happens with people. If that plaque is not removed, saliva will solidify it and form tartar deposits. This can cause gingivitis, a condition where the gums become inflamed and bleed.
And there is still more, because When gingivitis gets worse, it becomes periodontitis. This condition includes loss of tissue that keeps the teeth "attached" to the gums. The result is a very painful disease with infections and loss of teeth, teeth and incisors.
When the unpleasant odor is detected slightly if the animal opens its mouth, we still have time to prevent serious diseases. But, if in spite of the care and hygiene, the fetid breath continues, then you should take it to the vet to rule out a disorder in the liver, kidneys or stomach.
Tips to eliminate bad breath in dogs
Basically, we can reduce canine halitosis through hygiene (tooth brushing), feeding and healthy habits:
1. Brush your teeth periodically
Most pets are not very fond of oral hygiene because they either hurt them or because they do not understand what that object is that is put into their mouths. But nevertheless, we must arm ourselves with patience and brush several times a week. In pet stores they sell special brushes. Or, if not, we can use one as a child (which is not used to avoid passing bacteria).
Further, we suggest getting toothpaste for dogs, since the one we use has fluoride, a toxic component for animals. Cleaning is very important, and the ideal would be to teach him from puppy that it is a good habit for him.
That it is a game, and not a punishment, depends on the owner. In the event that the animal becomes very nervous or wants to bite you, perhaps you should take it to the veterinarian or a specialist, to brush your teeth thoroughly once a month.
2. Give him dry food
Food is closely related to bad breath in dogs. Since after eating we do not brush our teeth, we have to give them food that also performs that function. The best option is dry feed. This polishes the teeth and reduces the unpleasant odor in the animal's mouth. Do not forget to leave a container full of water for when he finishes eating, so, while hydrating, he also rinses his mouth himself.
Another trick in relation to food and halitosis: provide vegetables or fruits that serve to clean the teeth, such as carrot or raw apple. These vegetables eliminate bacterial plaque, while healing teeth and gums. Ask the veterinarian if you can eat them.
3. Give her some toys
The next time you behave properly, give it a present: a plastic bite or an appetizer (cookies, bones to gnaw, etc). While you are biting it, you will be cleaning your mouth, generating saliva, and polishing the teeth.. Ideal toys are natural rubber or nylon.
Remember that bad breath in dogs is related to the habits of the animal and its care.