Bad Breath?

Bad Breath?

This Could Be a Sign Your Dog is in Trouble

Dog breath can be pretty unpleasant for you, but did you know that it can also be a sign of trouble in dogs? It’s true. Dog breath could be a signal of a significant health danger in dogs. It is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar along the gum line, which can lead to painful tooth loss and gum issues. Dog dental health is a real problem. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates that about 80 percent of dogs already have signs of dental problems by the young age of two — and those dental problems can spark system wide health problems if they are not remedied. Much like the human mouth, bacteria colonize to form the film on teeth that we know as plaque. When plaque comes into contact with the minerals that naturally exist in saliva, tartar forms — and tartar is too hard and firmly attached to the teeth to be brushed away. Dogs’ mouths are even more alkaline than ours, and that promotes more plaque and tartar formation. This leads to the proliferation of bacteria since most dogs don’t have their teeth brushed every day. Plaque and tartar buildup is the number one cause of periodontal problems, and periodontal problems can lead to diseases affecting organs like the heart, liver and kidneys.

Is your dog at risk?

Don’t take chances with your dog’s good health. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. Start your dog or cat at an early age. Human toothpaste is meant to be spit out, dog and cat toothpaste is meant to be swallowed. There are beef and poultry flavored toothpastes available. It’s important to let us check your pet's teeth and decide if regular dental cleanings are needed before sever problems start and teeth are extracted. Another good way to help significantly reduce plaque is to give your dog a good dental health chew. Definitely not as effective as brushing but will help. Chewing on a good dental health chew provides abrasion against the tooth, removing plaque and tartar. It’s an easy way and somewhat helpful way to fight plaque and tartar buildup while keeping your dog’s breath fresh and clean.

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