Dogs are wonderful animals. They are loyal and loving companions, who stay by our sides through good times and bad, guarding our homes, providing unconditional love and loyalty, and offering tail wags and doggy kisses. Unfortunately, if your dog has bad breath, those doggy kisses may be a bit of a mixed blessing. While Fido’s breath shouldn’t necessarily be minty-fresh, it shouldn’t knock you over, either. Bad breath is often an indication of poor dental health in our canine friends. Dental problems can have a huge impact on your dog’s overall health and well-being. Below, your Fernley veterinarian offers 5 things that will help Fido’s breath and overall oral health.
The best way to improve Fido’s breath is by brushing his teeth. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs, as human products can be dangerous for your canine pal. If your pooch has never had his teeth brushed, start by handling and massaging his teeth and gums. Next, try this with a little doggy toothpaste on your finger. Doggy toothpaste comes in yummy flavors like beef and poultry, so there’s a good chance your pup will actually enjoy this. From there, start using a toothbrush on a few teeth at a time.
If Fido won’t sit still long enough to get his teeth brushed, try giving him dental treats. These treats are specifically formulated to remove and reduce plaque and tartar. Tartar buildup can lead to gum disease, which can contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease.
Like the dental treats mentioned above, the kibble in dental formula dry food is made to break up and reduce plaque and tartar.
Did you know that chewing is actually good for Fido? It stimulates saliva, which can help keep your pooch’s mouth clean. Make sure to provide your pooch with proper chew toys.
Sprinkle a little parsley in Fido’s dish. You don’t want to overdo it, but small amounts of this common herb can improve doggy breath.
It’s important to note that having fresh, clean water available at all times will also help Fido’s breath, but this falls under basic doggy care.
Does your dog have a lot of buildup on his teeth? Contact us now for a dental examination! As your local Fernley vet clinic, we are here to help!