Monday, January 28, 2013

Tips for Preventing Bad Dog Breath.

Most bad breath in dogs is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the dog’s mouth. Certain persistent bad breath can also be a symptom of a greater underlying health issue.  It’s important to pay attention and have regular vet checkups which include oral health for your dog.
According to the ASPCA’s website...

Many people assume that bad breath in dogs, especially at a certain age, is a “given”—but that’s not the case. In fact, being proactive about your pup’s oral health will not only make your life together more pleasant, it’s smart preventive medicine.

The ASPCA’s site lists the following tips for prevention of bad doggy breath:

·  Bring your dog in for regular checkups to make sure he has no underlying medical issues that may cause halitosis.

·  Make sure your vet monitors and tracks the state of your dog’s teeth and breath.

·  Feed your dog a high-quality, easy-to-digest food.

·  Brush your dog’s teeth frequently—every day is ideal. (Please be sure to use toothpaste formulated for dogs as human toothpaste can upset a canine’s stomach.)

·  Provide hard, safe chew toys that allow your dog’s teeth to be cleaned by the natural process of chewing

·  Give your dog well–researched treats formulated to improve breath odor.

·  Discuss home-use oral health products with your veterinarian to see if there’s a type he or she recommends.

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