3 things you didn't know about your dogs teeth

Updated 03 November 2023
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Written by Elle Padgham


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. For example; fishy dog breath can be a sign of kidney and liver problems. If you find yourself asking “why does my dog’s breath smell like poop” read on for some simple ways to help.

      1. Buff away plaque and tartar

      Four 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! If bad puppy breath is causing you concern, it's best to address the problem as early as possible; the earlier you introduce your pooch to brushing, the more tolerant of it they will be. Cleaning their teeth regularly can help stop your dog’s breath smelling like poop. Pick up a doggy toothbrush from your local pet shop. If you can, brushing your dog’s teeth daily is best, but even a few times a week will help keep plaque and tartar at bay. 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 duck with added probiotics and natural ingredients to promote oral hygiene:

        Rosemary - Antibacterial and aids gum care
        Sage - protects against bacteria
        Collagen - to help with gum healing

        BONUS - It also contains Sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP), that binds the calcium found in dental plaque so it can be easily removed via dogs saliva to help prevent tartar formation.

          3. A happy gut = a happy dog

          Why has my dog got bad breath?


          Your dog's breath is a strong indicator of their digestive health; bad dog 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 dog 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 grain-free diet with no 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, healthy dog poops 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 dog health supplement to your dog's diet for extra digestive support.

          Dog digestive supplements can help promote 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. Pooch & Mutt Bionic Biotic dog health supplement 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. Bionic Biotic also contains additional vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 & 6 to promote solid stools, healthy skin, gloss coat and overall well-being.

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