Bad breath in dogs is often an early warning sign of periodontal disease. By age three, 86% of dogs have some form of dental disease. Dental disease is the #1 illness affecting pets that can affect their heart, kidney and lungs.
As always, prevention is the best method – but if your dog already has bad breath, there are definitely things you can do to turn the tides and give them the freshest of breath!
1. Top Quality Dog Food
Some people worry that raw and canned foods are causes of dog bad breath. This is not the case at all. It is Carbohydrates in dog food that allow the greatest amount of plaque to form.
Make sure that you choose high-protein food with real meat and lots of water to avoid dehydration and other problems. Raw and freeze-dried raw food is best because it has zero carbohydrates and is balanced as a complete meal.
2. Brush Thy Teeth
This is still the best way to keep plaque and tartar from building up. The less plaque, tartar, and decay – the fresher your dog’s breath will be. It is best to brush their teeth daily.
There are toothbrushes designed specifically for dog’s teeth, but you can also use a children’s or adult soft bristle toothbrush. The best dog tooth paste is coconut oil, it is good for their skin, coat, tastes good and is antibacterial.
3. Dog Chews
Dogs that chew definitely have cleaner teeth. A bully stick keeps them occupied and has good nutrition, but isn’t recommended to help dogs plaque at bay. There are many dog dental chew options on the market, such as, Greenies, Whimzees, etc. However, we recommend a more natural option, beef back straps. Beef back straps provide your dog further nutrition and are tough enough to push up into the gum line, which is how you disturb forming plaque.
4. Water Additive
There are many water additives on the market of which we recommend you do your research. They are safe for your dogs and will give your dog temporarily fresh breath.
5. Set it Right
The fact is you can improve and support your dog’s oral health with an all-natural, sedation-free, trauma-free dental experiences. You don’t need sedation or anesthesia to scale, brush and polish your dogs teeth. This is a safe and affordable option to visiting the Vet.