Bad breath (or halitosis) is usually caused by bacteria in your otherwise perfect I’m sure fur baby’s mouth!
Dogs and cats need daily attention to keep their mouths clean and free of odour producing bacteria and tartar. Being proactive in with care for your pets mouth makes those close cuddles more pleasant and also avoid the hip pocket pain with professional cleaning.
Steps for a healthy mouth:
• Tooth brushing
Once daily brushing teeth. Introduce slowly by starting for only a few seconds and you can build up to a more thorough brush- it must be a positive experience for you both. I find the finger toothbrushes work best and a toothpaste safe for animals such as Dentipet. Tooth brushing isn’t good for an already diseased mouth – it will only cause pain and a negative association with the experience – please have a dental check first.
• Good diet
Feed a well balanced, high quality, easily digestible food
Dental treats or chews that clean the teeth the best way- by chewing!
• Check ups
Regular check ups with a Veterinarian
There are other causes of bad breath such as disease of the mouth, or problems with the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract or internal organs. When you notice your pet has bad breath, a hands-on examination from your local Vet would be a great place to start, and as soon as possible.