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Posted by: AnimalDoctors.ca on 04/08/2017

TIPS FOR DOGS WITH BAD BREATH

TIPS FOR DOGS WITH BAD BREATH

A very important task often over looked by dog owners is what is going on in their dogs mouth,  Oral neglect can lead to a host of complications for pets.  Over 68% of dogs over three years of age are estimated to have some form of dental or periodontal disease.  Bacteria normally exists in the mouth, but if your dog has excess gingivitis or inflammation in the gums, the bacteria can work its way in to the bloodstream possibly affecting vital organs. Good hygiene improves the relationship between pet and owners and you wont mind your dog getting up close and personal in your face.

DOG TOOTH BRUSH

The gold standard for good oral health in dog in teeth brushing.  The right techniques and tools will make weekly brushing easier. remember to ease your dog into doing it.  You  can't take a tooth brush and shove it your dogs mouth. Try a tooth brush that is designed for smaller dogs or one that you can stick over your finger tip.  Try to figure out what is comfortable and reward your pet when you are done.

PET TOOTHPASTE

Make sure that you are using a product designed for dogs and not for humans, please do not put your dog at risk.  Xylitol is a sugar substitute safe for humans but very toxic in dogs.  If the tooth paste contains foaming agents it may lead to stomach irritation.  Baking soda can upset the acid balance in the stomach and digestive tract.  Dog toothpaste are flavoured as chicken or beef.  Who's dog doesn't like chicken or beef!

THERAPEUTIC DOG FOOD

Your veterinarian may recommend dry kibble The kibble is designed to give your dog mechanical cleaning each time they bit down.  The Veterinary Oral Health Counsel (VOHC) is an independent group that sets the standards for products that claim to help with dental disease.  See their website for approved products and discuss with your Veterinarian.

DENTAL CHEW TOY

Dental Chew toys are designed to get into the nooks and crannies of your dogs teeth.  Just be mindful that your dog has a habit of eating things whole.  Look for dental chews that breaks down naturally in the stomach.  Some can even break your dogs teeth, again be mindful. 

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING

Check often for tarter build up in your dogs mouth.  You can ask your vet for a closer look at their teeth the next check up.  

The best way to protect your dog is preventative maintenance.  Annual cleaning should be assessed on an individual basis.  You can maintain regular brushing and doing all the above.  Most of all make it an enjoyable experience bonding with your dog.


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