It’s not uncommon for dog-parents to get pretty close physically with their four-legged canine family members. Every doggie mom and dad can probably recall a moment with Fido where you swooped in to give your buddy a warm rub behind the ears and discovered that your pup had less than unpleasant breath. If this sounds familiar, here’s some simple tips that may help curb bad breath in your pup. Keep reading to learn more on how you can avoid unpleasant dog breath in the future.
- Bi-Annual dental visits to your vet
One of the best ways to ensure that your pooch maintains decent smelling breath is to visit with your veterinarian twice a year. Your vet will be able to check your dog’s mouth for signs of plaque build up in addition to any other issues that could be occurring in your dog’s mouth to cause foul smelling breath.
An all-natural remedy that you can try at home is carrots. Cut into small, bite size pieces – not only are carrots a great low-fat snack for your dog – they will also help to fight bad breath. Do keep in mind that carrots contain sugar and should not be given in place of a high quality diet.
Considered a great way to keep your dog’s bad breath at bay, parsley is something that can be added to homemade dog treats or even added to your dog’s food. The next time you stop by the produce section of your supermarket grab a bunch of parsley for your pooch.
- High quality diet
Feeding your pooch a high-quality diet specially formulated for the unique needs of dogs is another great way to prevent bad breath. Feeding Fido table scraps or other foods that may not be designed for dogs can, indeed, cause bad breath.
- Daily brushing
Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth is another great way to keep not only his teeth and gums healthy but will also kill the bacteria that causes bad breath. Moreover, brushing your dog’s teeth will keep plaque and tartar from building up, which can potentially cause problems in other parts of your dog’s body.
Flossing isn’t just for humans. In fact you can regularly floss your dog’s teeth too. The best way to get your dog used to flossing is to develop the daily habit while Fido is still a puppy. If you have questions or concerns about flossing your pal’s teeth talk with your vet.