Canine halitosis is bad breath that can be very profound sometimes. It most often affects the older dog. I can tell you, as a dog groomer, I have had clients that made me wonder, which end is worse, the rear-end (we know what comes from there) or the mouth. Halitosis is a very offensive odor which most times can be controlled, depending upon the cause. Some of the contributing factors for halitosis, aside from extreme poor oral health and hygiene, is dietary indiscretion, food allergies and other underlying conditions such as lung cancer or kidney disease.
Controlling your dog’s halitosis should consist of several elements. To begin with, a thorough medical examination by your veterinarian should be performed to rule out any underlying medical conditions. The most common cause of halitosis in dogs is due to poor oral hygiene. Dental diseases such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, an abscess of the gums or teeth, a tumor of the mouth, an oral ulceration or foreign matter stuck in the mouth and/or throat are the most common contributing factors.
Some dogs can eat some of the strangest most disgusting things, making us wonder just what kind of taste buds they really have. In reality, they can eat odd things out of boredom and/or curiosity. If they consume garbage, yard waste, spoiled food and anything they can get down their throats, it will not only get them ill, it will contribute to extreme halitosis.
An improper diet can contribute to bad breath. If your dog only eats a soft canned food diet, that food has more of a tendency to stick to the teeth and gums. The food causes a build-up of plaque and tartar. In no time, the food debris left in the mouth deteriorates and causes the foul odor, not to mention the onset of gingivitis and further periodontal disease. That can become fatal if left unattended.
We are the only ones that can remedy bad breath in our dogs. They certainly are not to blame, unless they really enjoy eating garbage all the time. To help your dog have a healthy clean smelling breath, begin with a good diet. A good and nutritionally balanced dry dog food with meat as the primary ingredient is best. As your dog chews, the grinding action helps to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Some of the most recommended by Veterinarians is the choice of either the Science Diet Oral Care Diet for Dogs by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., the Prescription Diet Caninet/d, also by Hill’s Pet Nutritionand the Heinz Tartar Check Dog Biscuits® Heinz Pet Products. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) tests and evaluates products for your dog that must meet specific standards for good oral health care in your dog.
Speak with your veterinarian about the use of Chlorhexidine which is a disinfectant with many uses. One of the uses is in oral health care. It is an anti-bacterial cleansing agent which can control infections. Chlorhexidine comes in a spray form that can be used as an oral cleansing agent sprayed directly in the mouth.
Of utmost importance is your responsibility as the caring pet parent that you are. You must commit to a regular at-home oral health care plan with your dog. Brushing your dog’s teeth at least twice weekly will help to keep your dogs’ teeth and gums in a healthy condition and the mouth odor-free. Getting your dog used to regular brushings does take time and patience on your part. Find a toothpaste your dog likes as there are various flavors available. Gradually introduce either a toothbrush or finger toothbrush with toothpaste on it. Just do a few teeth at a time so as to keep the process stress-free. Over time, build up to a complete tooth brushing. An encouragement may be to give your dog a treat when done to ensure it is a positive experience.
In between brushing your dogs’ teeth, remember to provide special treats approved by the VOHC. Many treats, rawhides, dog bones and chew toys are available that promotes good dental health for your dog. Anything that can help in the removal of tartar and plaque buildup works to ward off canine dental diseases and halitosis while promoting a healthier mouth and breath.
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