5 Tips for Keeping your Dog’s Breath Clean & Fresh
Of course, most dog owners know they should brush their dog’s teeth frequently, but busy as we all are, the reality is that it doesn’t happen regularly! The result is a buildup of nasty tartar and breath that can almost knock you down!
Bad breath in a dog is often disregarded simply as “doggy breath.” But, it could signal periodontal or gum disease, which is commonly suffered by dogs and cats over 3 years old.
If prevented, this can help your pet enjoy a longer, healthier life. Keeping regular with the veterinary oral health exams and following these tips can help keep your dog’s mouth smelling cleaner between brushing.
Our 5 Tips to Keeping Your Dog’s Breath Fresh!
#1 Probiotics While the mouth is usually the source of foul odors, a dog’s digestive tract can also affect breath. By giving probiotics, the growth of beneficial bacteria can aid in digestion and prevent odors. So along with a dollop of good Greek yogurt, it would be a good idea to switch your dog’s food to one that INCLUDES the probiotic. ALL below include a prebiotic as well as a guaranteed probiotic, meaning they are alive and ready to assist! Our NEW Lamb & Rice Formula has an advanced Gut-Health system that is beneficial for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
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#2 Elk Antlers are an excellent way to keep dogs busy, and are hard enough to stand the powerful jaws without breaking or splintering. As “Nature’s Toothbrush” they can assist in scraping off the buildup between brushings. These wonderful treats contain no preservatives or by-products. Unlike other chews, they are odorless and mess-free. They won’t splinter if they are sized correctly for your dog. Antlers provide a source of Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, and Manganese. If you are interested in Wisconsin-FDA Certified Elk Antlers, Click here:
#3 Parsley Consider adding fresh chopped parsley to your dog’s meal. (1 Tablespoon for every 10 pounds of body weight) The chlorophyll in parsley makes it a healthy and natural breath freshener!
#4 Coconut Oil Not only is this great for seasonal allergies, but also for helping control bad breath. Your dog will love the taste of this “tropical toothpaste” as you add about 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight!
# 5 Natural Treats Most dogs will be happy to crunch away on baby carrots, and they are abrasive enough to clear off some of the build-up. Another great option is dehydrated sweet potato slices. You can do it yourself or find them prepackaged. Just be SURE to read the label for no additives.
***“It’s important to note that chronic bad breath might be a symptom of a health problem, whether in your dog’s mouth or internal organs. Talk to your veterinarian before pursuing natural breath freshening options to ensure your dog isn’t dealing with an undiagnosed illness.”