1 doggie tip for you

Bad breath is common among dogs. But, it may be a sign that your dog has a more serious condition like gum disease.

Brushing your dog’s teeth is the best method to prevent bad breath. This is really not a difficult task after you have done it a few times.

Let your veterinarian check your dog’s teeth before starting a tooth brushing regimen. If your dog has gum disease or if there is something wrong with his teeth, the brushing will be painful.

Your dog may not like you “looking” in his mouth. Reward him after you look.

You can purcahse “dental kits” from your local pet store or from your Vet. This kit should include toothpaste that is approved for dogs.

1 doggie tip for you

Make your dog comfortable when you brush his teeth. This may not be easy to do. If you have a smaller dog, try wrapping a towel around him. This will gently retrain him while you brush his teeth. Brush the teeth gently with a massaging motion.

Don’t forget to reward your dog with a tartar controlling treat after you are finished.

Brush your dog’s teeth as part of a daily routine. With the treat, he will associate tooth brushing with praise.

While brushing your dog’s teeth, look for abscessed teeth or sore gums. Your Veterinarian can help.

Some canned dog foods can be the culprit when it comes to bad breath. Consider switching to dry dog food for awhile.

If after these steps to prevent bad breath, your dog still isn’t kissable, the problem may be intestinal. Take your dog to your Vet for a check up.