You might have noticed already, but your doggo usually does not understandpersonal space in the same way that humans do! Often, they will demandattention from you with their nose inches from your own, wanting that constantunconditional love. The last thing you want is to be reeling backwards fromtheir affection from unbearably smelly breath!

There are several things that you can do to help get bad breath under controlin your beloved canine. It is important to remember, just like humans, dogscan get a build-up of plaque on their teeth that can cause bad breath. Theycan also suffer from gum disease which also causes bad breath! The good newsis, by implementing a daily hygiene routine at home, you can help preventthese things from happening and keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.

Dental Treats

Chewing is an excellent exercise for your dog’s teeth! Chewing on treats thatare specifically designed for dental health will help to prevent plaque build-up, plus your dog will love the enrichment that this activity gives them! Youcan purchase dental treats from your local supermarket, pet store, orveterinary practice.

Brushing your dog’s teeth

Believe it or not, brushing your dog’s teeth can be a very effective way ofensuring the best, ongoing dental health. Did you know that there aretoothbrushes and toothpaste that are specifically designed for dogs? Theearlier you introduce this routine to your dog the better, and the more likelythey are to accept you sticking their toothbrush in and giving their teeth ascrub! You can source these from your local pet stores or from yourveterinarian. It may be a case of trial and error to find the best type foryour pooch.


Chewing on raw meat bones is a great way to keep their dental hygiene to anexcellent standard. It helps to clean their teeth and massage their gums, andthey are bound to love it! It’s a great way to keep them occupied, a healthytreat option, and will vastly improve their dental hygiene.

Dental Cleaning

It is important that your vet has the opportunity to check up on your dog’steeth on a regular basis. This should be done as part of your yearly check-upthat you book, and it may be recommended that you book your dog in for aregular clean and de-scale. If a tooth becomes infected or a cavity forms,your veterinarian will recommend extraction which can be more costly thanregular dental cleans, so prevention is always the best cure!

It’s important to remember, if you notice that your pet has chronically badbreath ever after taking the steps to implement a daily hygiene routine, itcould be an indication of something more serious, and you should seek advicefrom your veterinarian.

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