Here’s How to Rid Your Dog of Stinky Breath

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Does your dog have stinky, nasty doggy breath? It’s not terribly uncommon, however, it could also suggest your pup has poor dental hygiene.

What? Your dog doesn’t brush before bed every night?

Seriously though, canine halitosis often means your furry friend has an unhealthy mouth. You should take it seriously, too, because proper dental hygiene is actually really important for dogs. Not caring for your dog’s teeth can actually lead to major health problems.

If your friend there has total fartbreath, you might want to try these tips to promote healthy teeth and gums.

1. Pick up some dental chews.

Most dogs love to chew on things – and chewing is important for a healthy mouth! While regular chew toys do help, dental chews make for a yummy treat with extra breath-freshening power. The ones that contain chlorophyll are exceptionally good for this purpose.

2. Brush those teeth.

Yes, dogs need their teeth brushed, same as we do. Though you don’t need to do so every day, you should try to aim for once every week or so.

Brachycephalic breeds – that is, dogs with short snouts like Pugs, Pekingese, and Shih Tzus – are especially vulnerable to tooth decay. Because of their smaller mouths, their teeth should be brushed more frequently.

You can pick up specially formulated toothpaste made just for dogs at just about any pet supply store. Oh, and be sure to reward your pup with plenty of treats and belly rubs so they form positive associations with tooth brushing time.

3. Talk to your veterinarian.

If your dog still has stankbreath, it might be time to see your vet. This way you’ll be able to find out if there are underlying health issues responsible for your pet’s halitosis. There are several treatable conditions that can contribute to or outright cause smelly breath.

Your vet may also be able to provide you with special doggie dental water or extra-powerful dental chews.