How to Improve Bad Dog Breath Problems
Having a dog is so much fun, but owning one may come with several problems that are not enjoyable to deal with such as bad dog breath. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is not hard to recognize. It is the result of odor-producing bacteria in the dog’s mouth, lungs or stomach. Small dogs are more prone to plaque and tartar on their teeth so it is important to keep an eye on them as they may be more susceptible to developing gum disease.
Smelly dog breath should always be looked into. It could be a symptom of an underlying issue, like problems with the gastrointestinal tract, liver or kidneys. Any veterinarian can look into dog breath problems and recommend the best solution for your pet. Depending on the reason for the not so pleasant odor, there are several solutions that your veterinarian may offer:
* Professional teeth cleaning by a veterinary dental technician.
* Changing the dog's diet.
* Use of a daily dental chew such as Greenies.
Greenies dental chews help to control plaque and tartar buildup by mechanical abrasion. They have a chewy texture and contain no chemicals. The reason why Greenies are different from other products is because they basically act as a toothbrush—without the hassle of manually doing it for your dog.
Concerns often come about with the digestibility of these kinds of products in animals. However, it has been said that Greenies are made with high quality, easily digestible proteins that keep dogs’ breath clean and fresh. Greenies are also nutritionally balanced, so not only will they help with smelly dog breath, but they will work to keep him/her healthy as well.
Greenies provide whole body benefits to dogs by helping to improve their cognitive health with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants to improve their immune systems, skin health by providing them with fish oils and metabolic health by providing them with an easily absorbable snack. They are also approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, meaning that they have been proven to help remove plaque and tartar from the teeth.
Oral health problems can be prevented a number of ways:
* First and foremost, bring your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. Ask the vet to monitor the state of your dog’s teeth and breath.
* Feed your dog a high-quality, easy to digest diet to prevent gastrointestinal issues.
* Try to make time to brush your dog’s teeth every day and provide him/her with safe chew toys. The act of chewing will naturally clean their teeth.
* Offer dental chew treats.
Always speak to your veterinarian before purchasing a teeth-cleaning treat or product to ensure safety and reliability. It is always recommended that you find a product that is approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council because they are safer to give to pets.