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Remedies for Bad Dog Breath

What is that smell? Does your dog’s breath smell bad? Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is usually a result of bacteria that has built-up in your dog’s mouth, gut or lungs. It could be a sign of poor dental hygiene, or issues in the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Generally, the sign of bad breath can be a sign of a serious issue in your dog. However, sometimes there are things you can do to help improve your dog’s bad breath such as the remedies shown below.

  • Visit the veterinarian – As mentioned above the sign of bad breath can be related to a serious health condition. An exam at the veterinarian office will determine if it’s a health issue or an easy to solve problem.

  • Brush your dog’s teeth – You can find doggie toothbrushes and toothpaste at your local pet store or online. Give your dog’s teeth a good brushing. While you are doing that observe to see if there is plaque or tartar buildup. A professional groomer can help remedy this situation.

  • Feed your dog a raw diet – The raw food diet for dogs involves about 100% meat consumption. The chewing action that is required to break down the raw meat also exercises your dog’s gums and cleans their teeth.

  • Provide chew toys – The more exercise your dog’s gums and teeth get the cleaner their teeth. Some dogs prefer to chew on soft plastic toys that squeak while others enjoy stuffed animals or material covered toys. A good rope toy will also get the job done.

  • Provide water – Sometimes dogs can get dehydrated if they don’t drink enough water. Always have a bowl full of fresh water available for your dog to drink any time of the day or night.

When to Visit the Veterinarian

Your dog having bad breath on occasion, especially right after he or she eats is common. However, if your dog has persistent bad breath, even after you tried all the remedies above there could be an underlying issue. Sometimes dogs who love to chew on twigs and branches when playing outdoors accidentally get a small splinter of wood stuck in their gums, which is difficult to see. This splinter can puncture the gums and become infected if not treated properly.

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An infection that goes unnoticed can spread to other areas of the mouth and cause an odor. Inspecting your dog’s mouth after playing a game of fetch outdoors with a twig or tree branch is recommended to help prevent this issue. (We suggest Holistic Veterinarian's)

If your dog is bleeding from the gums or any area of the mouth a trip to the animal hospital or veterinarian office is recommended. Also, if the bad breath is sudden and your dog is showing other signs of illness such as low energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, shaking, bloody stools or any other unusual sign, visit the veterinarian as quickly as possible.

Usually, bad breath can be taken care of easily using the remedies shown above. If the odor gets worse always contact a professional for further assistance.

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