It’s no secret, dogs don’t have the best breath. It’s not like they can brush their own teeth, floss, or use Listerine, so some type of “bad breath” is to be expected. But REALLY bad breath can be a sign something more sinister is happening and might require a trip to the vet’s office, especially if your dog has a history of dental problems. Yikes!
Sometimes, it can mean your dog has an infected tooth/gum infection and needs a tooth extracted. The sooner you take your dog to the vet, the better, especially if you think your dog is in pain.
Regular dental cleanings at the vet’s office can be costly, but may in the long-run help save your dog’s teeth and gums. Bacterial infections in the gums and teeth and gingivitis can lead to costly dental procedures which involve x-rays, tooth extractions or even root canals (yes, dogs can have root canals!). Sometimes, your vet may have to refer your dog to a specialist to treat the problem.
So, what else can you do to help your poor pooch if they have gingivitis or dental issues?
Ask your vet what the best type of food is for your dog. For some dogs, a kibble that comes in “large bites” is better for the teeth. There are special toys that are designed to “massage” dogs’ teeth and gums that you can find at the pet store. As well, there are special treatments you can add to your dog’s water that helps to freshen the breath that you can get from your vet’s office. It may turn his water green, but your dog’s breath may smell a bit better and you are being proactive about his dental health.
Of course, brushing your dog’s teeth regularly is really important, so don’t stop doing that. Delish-flavoured toothpaste always helps.