We know that bad breath is a common problem for dogs. Much like humans, it's a problem that is usually caused by a build-up of tartar and plaque on the teeth/gums. Unfortunately, this build-up can lead to more severe problems in later life; fishy dog breath can be a sign of kidney and liver problems. If bad puppy breath is causing you concern, it's best to address the problem as early as possible.
While there are different causes of bad breath, there are some simple ways you can help keep your dog's oral health in good condition.
1. Buff away plaque and tartarFour out of five dogs over the age of three will suffer from periodontal disease, which can lead to gum disease.
Bad dog teeth can lead to severe problems for your pooch! Pick up a doggy toothbrush from your local pet shop. If you can, brushing daily is best, but even a few times a week will help keep plaque and tartar at bay. The earlier you introduce your pooch to brushing, the more tolerant of it they will be. Like any kind of training; patience and a regular schedule will help your dog get used to brushing.
2. Choose high-quality treats
Like with humans, everything your dog chews and crunches on will affect their teeth! Our grain-free Daily Dental Treats are made with 75% chicken with added natural ingredients to promote oral hygiene:
Parsley - a source of chlorophyll, which is a natural deodoriser.
Peppermint - freshens the breath and helps digestion
Chicory - a natural prebiotic that can help the proper functioning of the digestive system.
Bonus: The biscuit’s abrasive action can also help to clean your dog’s teeth as they chew!
3. A happy gut = a happy dog
Your dog's breath is a strong indicator of their digestive health; bad breath can be a sign of a build-up of bacteria in the gut.
As well as a squeaky-clean brushing routine, a properly functioning digestive system can help with bad breath. After all, it's what's on the inside that counts!
Overall, the gut relies on ‘healthy’ bacteria to help it function well. The right dog food plays a key role in gut health. 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. Pooch & Mutt Health & Digestion grain-free food is formulated to help dogs with digestive problems. With added natural ingredients to promote digestive health and 45% fresh Scottish salmon, the fish-based food is easy for most dogs to digest. In the same way that humans take supplements to further support their health, you may want to consider adding a digestive supplement to your dog's diet for extra digestive support.
This promotes the optimum levels of ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut, which allows the digestive system to work properly, helping a dog to retain more nutrients from their food and to excrete more toxins. Dogs don’t have the same bowel fauna as humans, so human probiotics are not thought to help. In worst case scenarios, the lactose contained in human probiotics may, in fact, cause diarrhoea. Bionic Biotic also contains Prebiotic FOS, which naturally increases the activity of ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut and encourages the ratio of good to bad bacteria, ensuring that the digestive system works properly.
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 odour, especially if accompanied by yellow-tinged gums or corneas, vomiting or lack of appetite. 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.