Did you know that Fresh Breath Day is August 6th? Of course, your canine pal will probably just give you a cute, slightly confused head tilt if you tell him that. Fresh breath probably isn’t at the top of the list of Fido’s concerns. However, your cute pet’s breath can reveal a lot about his overall health and well-being. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet offers some information on this.
Bad breath in dogs is often associated with dental problems. Periodontal disease is a very common one. As many as 80 percent of dogs over the age of three are afflicted with it. Things like abscesses and infections can also affect your four-legged friend’s breath.
That said, it’s important to know that sometimes bad breath can be indicative of more than simple doggy dental woes. It actually can be symptomatic of many different illnesses, such as kidney problems, liver disease, diabetes, and gastro-intestinal issues. If your furry pal’s breath could knock you out cold, have your vet examine him ASAP. Better safe than sorry!
The best way to improve Fido’s breath is to brush his teeth regularly. You’ll need to get him used to the process, so start slow. Start with a finger toothbrush, or just wrap your finger in gauze at first. Be sure to incorporate lots of praise and treats, to help your furry patient form a ‘pawsitive’ impression of having his choppers cleaned.
Other Doggy Dental Care Options
If your canine pal won’t tolerate having his teeth brushed, look into other options. Giving Fido human mouthwash is definitely not a good idea: it simply isn’t safe for him. However, there are doggy oral rinses you can try. Also, make sure your dog always has fresh water. This will keep his mouth moist, which can help rinse away plaque. Fido should always have some suitable chew toys. (Tip: try putting doggy toothpaste on a chew for your pooch.) You’ll also want to choose your pup’s snacks carefully. Carrots and apples are good bets. Opt for harder, dental formula chews over soft treats that will stick to your pet’s teeth. You can also try other doggy dental products. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us at Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal hospital!