How to deal with bad breath in our dogs

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Kisses are a way that our dogs show us affection but accompanying bad breath can make the experience of being smothered with love, a less than pleasant one. Thankfully, most cases of doggy bad breath, otherwise known as canine halitosis, can be easily prevented and treated. Here are a few ways you can make stinky breath a thing of the past.

The causes
We all know that poor dental hygiene leads to bad breath in us humans, and our four-legged friends are no different.

A lack of dental hygiene in our dogs can result in plaque, bacteria build-up and infection, resulting in that unmistakable doggy mouth odour.

How to treat it
A simple way to banish bad bacteria and prevent dental disease is regular tooth brushing, on either a daily or at least a weekly basis. It’s best to start from puppyhood, but most dogs get used to having their teeth brushed in no time. Choose toothpaste designed for dogs as regular toothpaste can lead to stomach upsets – check out these five suggestions of homemade recipes to keep your dog’s breath fresh.

Dogs naturally clean their teeth by chewing, so have plenty of chew toys and plaque reducing treats for your pooch. Here at HiLife, we’ve got a good selection of chews with ingredients such as spearmint to help freshen breath. Chew toys and treats help to prevent boredom and keep bacteria at bay, ensuring our best friends are healthy and happy.

A natural remedy for a healthy mouth is a spoonful of coconut oil, or cinnamon. It also helps that most dogs love the taste!

If tooth brushing isn’t making your pup’s breath more bearable, visit the vet to rule out any underlying health issues.

Signs to watch out for
In some cases, bad breath in our dogs can indicate a more serious health issue, such as kidney or gastrointestinal disease. A sweet or fruity-smelling breath can be a telltale sign of canine diabetes, whereas bad breath accompanied with vomiting, could be a symptom of liver disease.

Bad breath might also be an indication that your dog has been snacking on something they shouldn’t have when out on a walk. If you suspect this, contact your vet as your pet may require treatment.

If your pooch’s unpleasant scent isn’t just limited to their breath, take a look at our blog for eliminating dog odour.

Do you have a fail-safe method to deal with pongy pooch breath or a lingering ‘wet dog’ smell? Let us know on our Facebook, and Twitter pages. 

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