5 Simple Ways to Treat Pet Breath

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Dental Health

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February

That smell you call "Doggie Breath" is NOT normal and can be a sign of serious dental disease needing immediate treatment.

1

Schedule regular checkups for your pet so

a veterinarian can make sure there are no underlying medical issues that may be causing the halitosis.

 

It's recomended humans see a dentist twice a year for dental cleanings, and brush their teeth at least twice daily.  Is your pet getting the same attention? All pets should have regularly scheduled veterinary visits and dental care. Just like in people, bad breath (or Halitosis) in pets is often a sign of dental disease and requires treatment to safeguard your pet’s health.

2

Feed your furry friend high-quality, easy-to-digest food.

Many people think dogs and cats have bad breath because the food they eat smells.  In reality, an odor in your pet's mouth is a sign of a health problem, and you should discuss your pet’s problem with your veterinarian.

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3

Brush your pet's teeth frequently -- every day is ideal. (Please be sure to use toothpaste formulated specifically for your cat or dog. Human toothpaste can upset animal's stomachs.)

Would you go without brushing your teeth between dentist visits? Surely not.  Even with regular dental cleanings at your veterinary practice, your pet still needs their teeth brushed regularly to keep his breath sweet and his pearly whites sparkling.  

4

Provide hard, safe chew toys

that allow your dog’s teeth to

be cleaned by the natural

process of chewing.

You may have heard that an animal's mouth cleans itself. While there are some natural enzyme systems at work in your pet’s mouth, it will not keep your pet’s mouth clean. Debris builds up on your pet’s teeth and requires brushing or rubbing to keep the mouth fresh.

5

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

Wish you could give your pet a strong mint? Daily oral hygiene rinses, dental diets, and water additives, may help keep your pet’s mouth clean. The more home care that you offer to prevent dental disease, the less care your veterinarian will need to provide to treat problems in the future.

Remember:

Untreated dental problems in pets have been linked to serious medical problems, including heart, liver, and kidney disease. So if you notice bad breath or other signs of dental disease, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.​

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