We don’t like to talk about it, but it happens. Sometimes, our best friends have bad breath. Whether or not their breath smells though, dental health in dogs is vital for a long and happy life. Dental diseases in dogs can become fatal if not treated and are on the rise as one of the most common killers in pets. Bad breath is often one of the first signs of many of these issues.
It’s important not to just cover up bad breath in dogs. If the issue becomes extreme it is prudent to see a doctor as soon as possible. However, if your dog just happens to enjoy drinking from the toilet once in a while and you’re wanting to cover it up, here are some great methods to employ in making your pup’s breath a little more pleasing to the senses.
Healthy and crunchy treats, like apples (make sure there are no seeds!) and carrots are a great snack for your pup. They can also help to break up tartar on teeth, a bacteria that causes bad breath. Daily servings of this or other dog healthy snacks might be just what the doctor ordered to help your dog get those pearly whites!
Fresh mint is wonderful. It goes great with various recipes, or just added to your water. It also works great in a mojito! But for your dog, it can make a great addition to a meal too. The added bonus is the chlorophyll that fights bacteria not only in the mouth but the digestive tract too! Who knew mint could be so good?
While bacteria is causing that nasty smelling breath in your dog, there are such things as good bacteria! One of those good bacterias is probiotics. We have these too! They’re essential for breaking down food in our digestive tracts, and they can throw things out of whack when they’re not working right. The same can be said for our four-legged friends. Make sure that the probiotics you obtain for them are specifically for dogs though.
Is there anything coconut oil doesn’t do? Obviously the answer is yes, but in this case, it serves a purpose. Coconut oil reduces harmful bacteria and plaque buildup. It also prevents tooth decay and fights gum disease. It’s like it was crafted for oral hygiene! It will also work for your teeth as well, so share it with your dog so that you both have shiny, healthy teeth!
Do you have any remedies for your dog’s dental health? Let us know!
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