Does your pet have bad breath? Get some expert advice to help prevent dental disease from the Village Vets, James and Ant.
Dental disease is a really common cause of bad breath in domestic pets. That's because we generally feed them soft foods and they don't need to do very much work with their teeth so they get a buildup of plaque and they can get rotten teeth and it's very smelly.
There are a few different options to help you prevent dental disease in your furry friend:
- Feed your dog bigger, chewier and crunchier biscuits - that they actually have to chew on, as opposed to just swallowing it whole.
- The other option, if both dog and owner can tolerate it, is brushing. So just the same as us but we need to use dog toothpaste because human toothpaste is designed to be spat out, and these guys won't rinse and spit, so they need to have toothpaste that they can swallow.
- We use special brushes and toothpaste, which is more palatable for the dog. It can be a bit difficult and fiddly to do, but if you've got a compliant dog and a motivated owner you can usually get the job done.
- The last resort is to have your dog's teeth scaled and polished at the vet clinic. That's often a really good starting point because it resets it and gets their teeth clean to start with and then you can maintain it with the chewy foods or with brushing after that.
- The other one we use occasionally are special treats, called greenies
If you have any questions about dental disease in dogs it's best that you take your dog in to see the vet and they can give you an opinion on whether they need a dental, or just some chewy foods.