Does your dog have bad breath? Dental care is often overlooked in our dogs. Ideally you would want to start tooth brushing for your dog as a puppy but like many of us we have adopted dogs that have been neglected and tooth brushing definitely had never been a consideration for the previous owner.
We all know dog’s don’t have great breath but you may want do some investigating to see if there is a cause for Fido’s bad breath. First check for tartar build up on the teeth. Do you find teeth that are brown or discolored? Also look for broken or decayed teeth. You will also want to look for inflammation such as redness or swelling in the gum around the teeth. Look for foreign objects as bark or pieces of wood between the teeth particularly if your dog chews on sticks or other pieces of wood.
If you have not tried to brush your dog’s teeth, have a new puppy or adopted a dog take the dog to your veterinarian for an exam. When you take your dog to the veterinarian for a check up the veterinarian checks the teeth as part of the exam. This would be a good time to ask the veterinarian to show you the types of tooth brushes or finger brushes to use and how to brush and massage the teeth. Very important is the toothpaste never use human toothpaste it may cause your dog to become ill. Find a toothpaste in your favorite pet store in a flavor your dog likes such as chicken or beef. Other flavors are also available.
If you are unable to brush your dog’s teeth consider other items on the market such as mouth sprays and oral rinses both made just for dogs. Dry dog food can be abrasive and help with plaque build up. There are dental chews especially made for dogs but don’t give soft treats to help with plaque. Even natural treats as raw carrots can help. Never give your dog any type bones such as chicken these may splinter and cause intestinal problems.
Should all else fail make an appointment with your veterinarian. He can sedate your dog to remove the plaque. Also remember dental problems are only one issue that may be causing your dog’s bad breath. Your veterinarian may have to pinpoint if there are other more serious issues causing the bad breath.
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