Since you want to cuddle a round with his animal friend, he reaches out for a snub and then it overpowers you already – this evil biting bad breath! But what can I do about it or is it normal?
The causes of bad breath in Dogs
A certain degree of bad breath can happen in dogs, but it should not last.
There are a variety of reasons for this: Often the origin is in the wrong feed and is caused by the diet of raw meat or canned food. Digestive problems and metabolic and intestinal diseases can be the trigger for the unpleasant breath.
In such a case, the veterinarian should definitely be visited to rule out a disease, as bad breath occurs in various diseases as a concomitant.
Likewise, the odor can be caused by tooth and gum problems, which quickly leads to the formation of plaque and tartar. But also the tartar should urgently be examined by a specialist, since it can lead to inflammation in the later stage.
What helps against bad breath?
From time to time it can simply help the dog to chew something like a stick or bone.
If the cause lies in the feed, it is always advisable to invest in a high-quality feed which is well digestible and healthy.
But probably the most effective method against persistent bad breath is – how could it be otherwise – brush your teeth! Even dogs need a regular dental care in addition to the bad breath to prevent tooth and gum disease. This should be done at least once a week. The principle is similar to humans with toothbrushes and toothpastes, but there are some things to consider when cleaning teeth, which we will discuss in more detail below.
If tooth cleaning is not possible for you, for whatever reason, a chewing candy with breathing mints or a chewing stick with tooth-cleaning enzymes can also be an alternative.
Brush your teeth – but how?
If your dog is already suffering from an illness in the oral cavity, please talk to a veterinarian first to avoid causing unnecessary pain to your four-legged friend through sensitive areas!
It is also advisable not to treat brushing your teeth as an unpleasant procedure but to make it clear to the dog that in the following minutes you will only have time for him and spend some time with your partner!
Before you start with the cleaning of the teeth you need a few utensils. You should use a soft toothbrush or a finger toothbrush. This is put over the index finger and is a bit easier to handle. Furthermore, you should use a special canine toothpaste – no toothpaste for humans. The different flavors available will certainly be the right one for your dog.
Now to move the dog to open his mouth, please proceed very carefully and lovingly. The situation needs a settling-in period for the dog as it is very unfamiliar that they look into his mouth and even reach into it. Therefore, it is very advisable to take a lot of time here. If her dog is not ready, give him the time and do not push him. Rather, build a more intimate atmosphere and try again.
If your dog is willing to open her mouth, go gently with some toothpaste on the toothbrush to his mouth. It’s best to start with the outside of the teeth by doing slow, gentle circular movements. Depending on how your dog responds, you can then carefully and bit by bit further grope into the inner area of the mouth. Please make sure that your dog allows you to do this and you do not force him to do anything!
At the end of brushing your teeth reward you with a treat against tartar!
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