“Dog Breath” sounds like a joke, but it’s really no laughing matter. Our pets’ nasty-smelling breath is a sign that their oral hygiene may be compromising their health.As plaque builds up in your dog’s mouth, bacteria begin to breed which can cause infections such as periodontal disease which in turn increases the development of kidney disease, diabetes and cancer if left untreated. Treatment can quickly become expensive and your pet certainly won’t enjoy it either. Small dogs are particularly at risk.
The American Veterinary Dental Society encourages us to take better care of our pet’s teeth and gums so they can avoid disease, discomfort and the extraction of infected teeth. Scheduling dental check-ups for your pet is advised and regular brushing at home is also recommended.
Human toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed. We humans can spit it out, but our dogs can’t so choose toothpaste that is specially formulated for pets. Brushing once or twice a week is suggested. You can find videos on how to properly brush your pets teeth online like this one
Chew toys can also help by removing soft tarter build-up and they are fun for your dog as well. Look for dental-approved dog chew toys and bones to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and you’ll banish their boredom along with their bad breath!