Monday, May 24, 2010

How to Avoid Dog’s Bad Breath

Without most people knowing it, the solution to a dog’s bad breath is actually simple. All it would take is good hygiene and proper diet. Also, at the first sign of the problem, never hesitate to get the help of a vet. If these would be kept in mind, then there is no reason for the owner to live with a dog with a foul smelling breath. However, if a dog does develop bad breath here are some simple tips on how to get rid of dog bad breath.

First, check the mouth for any plaque or tartar in the teeth. If this is found then the dog it would be best to scrape them out as this is causing the bad breath in the dog.

Second, you will need a dog toothbrush. In some cases, a washcloth or gauze pad wrapped around a finger also works fine. You would also need a toothpaste specially designed for pets. Some things must be kept in mind. Dogs cannot spit and human toothpaste is not safe to swallow in large quantities.

Your dog will most likely swallow whatever you use to clean its teeth with. Therefore, it is important to buy toothpaste that has been designed specifically for dogs. A good alternative for cleaning your dog’s teeth is a mixture of vitamin C and water in a ratio of half teaspoon of vitamin C to a cup of water.

Third, it is important to be reminded that giving good oral care for our dog can actually help them have long lives by as much as three to five years. In order to successfully clean your dog’s teeth, you must get your dog used to having its mouth handled by lifting its lips and examining the teeth. This should be done around 2-3 times per week.

Also, it would be best if each time, you give your pet a small treat and lots of praise after you have finished. This way, the routine is reinforced. Your dog will be more comfortable with the teeth cleaning process when it knows there will be a treat when it is finished.

Fourth, giving bones to your pet to chew on is an effective method for keeping tartar from accumulating. The chewing movement also helps in keeping the dog’s teeth clean. Raw knuckle bones or the joints are great because they are soft and help the dog to scrape its teeth into the bone. This can be bought from any local butcher or even the meat counter at the community supermarket. These bones still have some tendons and muscle meat. They will clean your dog’s teeth and provide a nice oral exercise.

More so, this movement will provide a healthy amount of natural calcium. To add, this bone will be a natural treat for the dog. So it will enjoy a good knuckle bone. You would notice that it will be contented and relaxed while chewing. At the end of this exercise, the dog will become a little sleepy.

Finally, a healthy diet will help avoid dog’s bad breath. Keep them fed with enriched dog food and for sure they will remain healthy and fresh smelling.

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