How Do I Look After My Dogs Teeth?

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We all know that bad breath is a common problem for dogs.

Small dogs are especially prone to tartar and plaque, both of which contribute to bad breath and can result in gum disease. Bad breath is also caused by a build-up of bacteria in the gut, lungs, or mouth and when it comes to dental care, taking an active role with your pet can help keep bad breath at bay:

  1. Brush your dogs teeth.

Pick up a doggy tooth brush from your local pet shop. The earlier you introduce your pooch to brushing, the more tolerant of it they will be. Much like any kind of training; patience and a regular schedule will help your pooch get used to brushing. You might want to give your dog a treat before you brush their teeth, to create a positive association. Our Fresh Breath tube treats are natural, ethical, and low-calorie. They include chicken, parsley, peppermint oil and chicory.

Parsley is a source of chlorophyll, which is a natural deodoriser. Peppermint not only gives breath a fresh scent, but also aids digestion. Bad breath can also be a result of poor digestion – Chicory is a natural prebiotic that can help the proper functioning of the digestive system. The biscuit’s abrasive action can also help to clean your dog’s teeth as they chew.

2. Diet

Ensure your pooch sticks to a diet free-from grains, fillers and additives. Added carbs and sugars found in many pet foods provide substance for bacteria to thrive on.

A happy, healthy gut = fresher breath. Balancing the bacteria in the gut can help freshen your dogs breath. Pre and probiotics boast a variety of health benefits and are found in all of our grain-free foods. Fresh Breath is a premium, grain free, complete dried dog food for dogs that have bad breath, poor oral hygiene and weak digestion. The food is packed with active ingredients, including 45% free run, British chicken, sweet potato as a digestion-aiding fibre, parsley as a natural deodoriser, peppermint to help freshen breath, probiotics and prebiotics to aid digestion, and citrus extract to reduce plaque build-up. Pooch and Mutt’s ‘Fresh Breath’ is vet recommended and made in the UK.

While these steps can help battle bad breath, a persistent foul smell may indicate an underlying health issue and it’s also important to be aware of the following:

  • Unusually sweet breath – This could indicate diabetes.
  • Breath that smells like urine – This can be a sign of kidney disease.
  • An unusually foul odor, especially if accompanied by yellow-tinged gums or corneas, vomiting or lack of appitite. This could be a sign of a liver problem.

If you notice any of these symptoms, or think there is cause for concern, we’d recommended that you speak with your vet.