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Dog Bad Breath

A Halitosis Remedy

Dog bad breath (also known as dog halitosis) is an unpleasant problem that can be a signal of serious health issues. What are causes of halitosis? How to eliminate bad breath in your dog? Is a cure for dog bad breath (a halitosis remedy) easy?

A dog's breath can smell! But sometimes it's more than smelly, it's a problem of bad breath (also known as doggie halitosis). And that smell can be a signal that there are other problems for your canine.

What are the Causes of Halitosis?

The most common issue is decaying teeth, a mouth infection or a gum infection. A canine's teeth need to be brushed daily! (Yes, daily for good maintenance.) Gums should also be wiped with a clean, dry cloth to help remove plaque.

If you see brownish deposits at the gum line of the teeth or at the back of the teeth, your pooch is in the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis). Gum disease can produce bad breath, and can also cause serious dental problems.

If your canine develops gum disease, go to your veterinarian. The vet will clean your pet's teeth professionally and, if necessary, provide an antibiotic cream or gel for the affected areas.

If you do not treat the gum disease, the teeth may become loose and fall out. Additionally the infected roots of the teeth may also infect the jaw bones. So a case of dog bad breath can actually be indicative of a much more serious problem.

One of the causes of halitosis in your pooch may be digestive or intestinal problems. Clues other than bad breath might be a rumbling stomach, a bloated stomach, gas, diarrhea or constipation.

Another symptom might be your pet eating grass, but not dog food (grass can cause your canine to be sick).

To cure bad breath in your pooch you need to first know the cause of the problem: it is usually a result of bacteria in your pet's mouth, lungs or stomach. It is sometimes a result of a reaction to the dog's food or to poor quality canine food.

Halitosis Remedy: How to Cure Bad Breath in Dogs?

  • A drop of lemon juice into your pet's water may help (not more, too acidic).
  • Dentabones and milk bones helps with plaque (and the chewing is also good for dogs).
  • Dry food is better than canned food for dogs' teeth. Dog foods can affect canines differently, which can result in dog bad breath.
  • Change to a different pet food and see if that makes a difference; try a healthy, hypo-allergenic brand.
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily if possible, and at least once a week. Use canine toothpaste, not human toothpaste! Rub the gums with a clean, soft and dry cotton cloth after you've brushed the teeth to clean any remaining plaque.
  • Give your pooch chewy treats and hard, safe chew toys to clean the teeth naturally.

Note: Our dog, Harley (a Rhodesian Ridgeback) has what we call 'fish breath'. She's had fish breath since she was a puppy.

Her teeth are fine. Her gums are fine. She's had a full medical work-up (because we thought she had other health options) and her stomach is fine.

She is allergic to a number of foods and we've had to change her food and treats several times to solve her allergy problems. But she still has fish breath. The vet has said that she is fine and that her dog bad breath is not a health issue. Sometimes what seems like a bad smell to us, is just normal for the canine.

Cure for Dog Bad Breath: Our Product Recommendation

If your dog's bad breath is related to gums or teeth problems, then consider using a holistic, herbal product called Gums-n-Teeth. This product is formulated to prevent dog's gingivitis and bad breath and it comes with a money back guarantee.

Gums-n-Teeth contains healthy, herbal ingredients that will improve your pooch's dental hygiene. Remember that regular teeth brushing is still necessary to remove plaque build-up.

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