Dog breath is not fun, especially when your pup spends a lot of time wanting to stick his face near yours! Here are six ways to reduce that stench.
1. Check it out
Take a look at your pup’s mouth. If you see brown calculus or other forms of build up, then home treatment methods are likely not going to do much. You’ll need to take your pup to the vet to have his mouth cleaned professionally first!
2. Brush teeth
If humans have to do it every day, then pups should get a regular clean, too. A brushing once a day will really improve your pup’s dental health and remove plaque while stimulating blood flow to the gums. Remember to use toothpaste designed for pups! Here’s a basic guide for brushing a pup’s teeth.
3. Rinse or flush the mouth
There are products available that will flush out a pup’s mouth in order to get rid of lingering residue. Sprays and rinses are also available. These won’t entirely remove bad breath, but they’ll definitely help and will improve dental health. Make sure to properly acclimate your pup to these products before using them!
4. Use dental additives
These products are made to be added to water – changed daily with a fresh dose of the additive – and resist plaque by strengthening tooth enamel. There are also some that can be added to food, mainly enzyme powder, to increase dental immunity and stave off tartar. Do a trial run to ensure your pup doesn’t stop eating or drinking due to the additive!
5. Try dental chews
Dental chews are great for reducing bad breath and improving overall dental health. Oravet® dental chews are one of the most popular, but there are some other brands to try, too.
6. Apply a dental sealant
During a pup’s routine dental care, you can have the vet apply a dental sealant to your pup to low tartar build up and prevent odor and infection. Some even come with extra products for home use to keep the sealants strong.
Ask your vet for recommendations regarding what products may work best for your pup. You could also take your pup to a vet before attempting any of these treatments to have a proper clean first! Do like and share this information if you found it useful!