Remember that time you were sitting on the couch about to give your dog some well-deserved hugs and kisses…….and then, KA-BOOM you had to pick yourself up off the floor after being knocked out by “doggie bad breath”?
A dog's bad breath can sometimes be worse than someone who ate an entire tub of garlic or forgot to brush their teeth. There are various reasons for your dog to have bad breath, but for now, we will focus on the most common reason, dental disease. 80% of dogs start to show signs of dental disease by the age of 3 years.
Bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria that builds-up in your dog’s mouth. A dog’s mouth is a home for bacteria and the bacteria multiplies if not treated. When bacteria multiply it forms plaque, plaque can be removed naturally by your dog's tongue, but it is suggested that you still brush their teeth daily. If the plaque is left untreated for an extended period, it forms tartar. Tartar causes inflammation and if untreated it becomes periodontal disease.
Symptoms of dental issues:
Sensitivity around the mouth
Struggling to chew
Most pet parents usually only notice periodontal disease when it has already become very severe as there are no clear signs of problems at the beginning stages. Preventing anything in life can be very difficult but trying never hurts. Dental problems are painful for dogs just as they are for us!
Steps to prevent dental disease:
Regular dental checks with the vet
Teeth cleaning toys
Dental health supplements
It is recommended that dogs teeth are brushed just as often as ours, at least twice a day. Brushing their teeth regularly reduces the amount of plaque build-up and because dental disease is one of the most common problems in dogs, there is a variety of dental products available today! Click on the product links below to find out more and to purchase online.
Malt-flavoured dental paste formulated especially for animals, suitable for use in dogs and cats for the prevention of mouth and gum diseases and bad breath. It contains polishing agents and a powerful antibacterial agent to keep the mouth healthy and the teeth clean and attractive. It is used in the same way we use our toothpaste. All you need is Pet Dent® and a toothbrush.
Is a highly palatable flavoured gel, containing a powerful antibacterial agent used for the treatment of oral (gum) diseases. PET DENT® Oral Gel is especially useful for pets with bad breath. It is more convenient in that you don’t need to physically brush their teeth, you can simply just apply the correct amount of the oral gel to their teeth.
TROPICLEAN FRESH BREATH CLEAN TEETH GEL
Has a unique blend of powerful, natural ingredients that removes and guards teeth against plaque and tartar, providing fresh breath for friendlier smooches. Clean teeth, fresh breath, no brushing!
With fresh breath oral care water additive, your pets can benefit from daily plaque and tartar defense, simply by drinking from their water bowl. Easy to use for both you and your pet—no brushing required! Produced especially for those difficult fur babies who just don’t want their teeth brushed!