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Last edited at 10:47AM on 10/9/2010
There are quite a few things you could do. Make sure your dog's bad breath isn't from a health or dental problem, and have your dog's teeth cleaned regularly by your vet. The most effective way to eliminate bad breath is to brush your pet's teeth, but many people today do not have the time to, so there are products to help you out. Here are some links, just copy and paste them into your web address box: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Complete-Natural-Nutrition-Terrabone-Chew-Bone/259012.aspx
*Also, although dry food allows tartar to be taken off teeth, wet food is easier to wipe off of tooth surfaces. There is still some debate among veterinarians whether or not dry food or wet food is better for pets' dental health.
Before we get to the best way to cure the prized pooch's bad breath, we should first try to find out why it is occurring. Is it occasional bad breath, or something more consistent. If your little buddy suffers from constant bad breath, it may be a sign of something more serious. First, I would examine what your dog is eating. If the diet is made up of wet, moist foods, then your dog may not be getting enough "crunch" to keep the plaque down from the teeth and gums. Overall, there are a few things you can do to help eliminate or reduce bad breath. The best method is to make sure to brush your dog's teeth. Yes! You read that right... you can find many products for doing this at your pet specialty stores. Next, give the pooch some crunch. Either in the food or in the form of a treat. Chew toys will also help. Regular veterinarian visits are always a good idea to spot anything more serious. Good luck and happy brushing!
Just as in humans, daily tooth brushing is the best way to cure and prevent bad breath for your dog. Also be sure to look for dental problems; if your dog's gums appear inflamed, if he has cracked or broken teeth or if there are obvious lumps or swellings on the gums these may be signs of a gum disease and you should consult with your vet. Dry dog food helps to keep their teeth clean. There are also breath-freshening dog treats and oral rinses that can cure bad breath in dogs. Visit your local pet store for options that are available. Your dog's yearly veterinary dental exam should include a teeth-cleaning.