I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I get close to my dog to pet him, his breath is completely repulsive. That doggy breath smells worse than someone who just ate two cloves of garlic. Wow. This used to be a regular occurrence in our family. Then we decided to take some action to prevent this problem. But what can you do? Hopefully, we will have some tips you can follow that will help you get rid of that horrible puppy breath.
First, try brushing your dog’s teeth. Yes, I said it. It might seem obvious, but how many people actually do this regularly? I doubt very many people do. Anyhow, they make tooth brushes and tooth paste for dogs. Our dog enjoys licking the toothpaste while my wife brushes his teeth each night before we go to bed. If you can’t do it every night, try at least 3-4 times a week. Who knows, it might get easier.
Another thing we do is get our dog’s teeth cleaned every year or two. Bacteria can build up in their mouths and cause some pretty bad odors. Sometimes your dog can develop a rotten tooth just like you. We have these teeth extracted when we have our dog’s teeth cleaned. This can help keep your dog healthier since the bacteria in the rotten teeth in the mouth will be gone.
In the mean time, we have found some chews that are called Bonies that we like. They are reasonably priced and they also help clean your dog’s teeth as he chews them. They come in several sizes to meet the needs of your furry friend. There are also several other choices on the market that will help clean your dog’s teeth. From rawhide bones to other types of chews, there are plenty of things to try. You just have to find what your dog likes and what works for you in your situation.
Finally, we started giving our dog a probiotic for dogs. These come in both the pill and powder form. We like the powder form as we put it on top of his hard food, and then add some water. Dog probiotics are good bacteria that your dog can take that help fight off the bad bacteria in your dog. Not only can they help with your dog’s breath, they also help prevent diarrhea and constipation among other things. As with any new supplement, you should consult your veterinarian before starting a new regimen for your doggy.
by Lee Goodin