Dogs always love to cuddle. They love licking you and staying with you as close as possible. This behavior is what makes them our best friend. But, it’s difficult to be close to them if you are distracted by the incredible stench of your dog’s breath. You can smell it with your human nose, so how much worse do you think it is for a dog’s nose which is 40x stronger than ours? This article will explain how to keep your dog’s breath fresh.
Brush your dog’s teeth
One of the reasons for bad breath is food and bacteria in your dog’s mouth. Bad breath can also be caused by unhealthy teeth which bring agony to your dog. This agony makes the dog aggressive and possibly even destructive. Having a brush rub their teeth isn’t something dogs will really appreciate; so, it’s important to have a step-by-step approach to introduce teeth brushing to your dog slowly.
it’s important to have a step-by-step approach to introduce teeth brushing to your dog slowly
Start by applying a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush and allow him/her to lick it off. Then slowly start brushing one tooth with a back and forth motion (that’s what they call “tooth” brushing). Start by only brushing one tooth for a few days and slowly brush more teeth as the days go by until your dog becomes familiar with the process of brushing 42 permanent teeth. Never brush all teeth in one go as this will take too long and bore your dog. Start the brushing as early in the life of your dog as possible so it will be very easy for the dog to accept this unnatural process.
Give them a chewing toy
Not only do these chewing toys serve as a way of exercising your dog’s mouth but they also serve to clean your dog’s teeth. There are many chewing toys coated with mint and fluorine to help clean your dog’s teeth.
Chewing toys can serve to clean your dog’s teeth
Search for foreign objects
Have you ever tried suddenly feeling a piece of food in your mouth hours after eating a meal? Give it a smell, and it’ll take your breath away. Food stuck in the mouth really stinks. Your dog doesn’t know how to use a toothpick so it’s likely that there might be some food stuck somewhere between his teeth. Have a quick inspection if his/her breath’s odor is terrible, it will not only freshen his/her breath but also make him/her feel better.
Some food stuck between teeth might be too small to see, but the smell surely tells that it is still there. Flossing will help remove these and also clean the space between teeth and, in turn, prevent teeth damage.
Flossing will help remove these and also clean the space between teeth and, in turn, prevent teeth damage
Add Coconut Oil
Besides soothing your dog’s allergies, improving his/her skin and coat, assisting proper digestion, and helping control bad breath, Coconut Oil also gives your dog a fresher mouth. Dogs love the taste of coconut oil, so it will be no problem to make this his/her new “tropical toothpaste”. For proportional dieting, add a teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight. Too much Coconut oil may lead to diarrhea.
Add Raw Bones
Bones are tough enough to withstand the 269 lb force that your dog’s jaw can exert. So he/she can bite away as hard as he can. Bones are so hard that you may even need to keep an eye on aggressive chewers who may splinter their teeth instead of the bone. The bones do not have to be marketed as dental treats; any bone from a trusted source which is proportional to your dog’s mouth will do. Be sure, however, that the dog is big enough not to be swallowed by your dog.
Bones are so hard that you may even need to keep an eye on aggressive chewers who may splinter their teeth instead of the bone
Give Parsley & Other Natural Treats
Carrots and celery are abrasive enough to clean dog’s teeth. Although dogs already love these raw natural treats, you can also cut up sweet potatoes into wide strips and sprinkle them with parsley in the oven on low-heat until they dry out. Not only will your dog love eating it, but it will also keep him/her happy and healthy.
Bacteria help with the breakdown of food. Probiotics will encourage further growth in the intestinal track and the mouth which will quicken the digestion and thereby reduce any odor of the food. Probiotics are also a natural way to prevent the growth of bad bacteria which cause bad breath.
Probiotics will encourage further growth in the intestinal track and the mouth which will quicken the digestion and thereby reduce any odor of the food
It’s not so hard to learn how to keep your dog’s breath fresh. Do not think of it as a task but more like a habit, such as brushing your own teeth. It’ s crucial to remember, however, that if your dog’s breath still stinks, even after diligently applying the pointers above about how to keep your dog’s breath fresh, your dog might be suffering a health problem. The health problem can either be in the mouth or internal organs.
Now that you know how to keep your dog’s breath fresh, be ready for more hugs and licks from your beloved furry best friend without being distracted by any foul odor.