Whoever can like stinky kisses from our pugs? I’m sure none of us do but when we have a dog with bad breath do we merely rebuff it as something natural or do we consider it as a serious symptom?
While a majority of dog owners have experienced this situation, few are aware that bad breath or halitosis is produced if these odor-producing bacteria have accumulated in great numbers in your dog’s lungs, mouth, or even gut. Your pug may be suffering from medical problems more serious than tartar or gum diseases.
So, are you ready to fix your dog’s bad breath? Read on.
Avoid Short-Term Solutions
That’s the first thing you can do. Don’t try to mask it by feeding it mint-flavored treats or serving it with doggie mouthwash. It’ll stink more while your pug won’t be able to comprehend why you no longer want to cradle it more.
Fresh Supply of Food and Water
Bad breath might be a problem because your pug’s been eating from the same bowls on a stretch. Try ceramic or stainless steel bowls because they are easy to clean up. Step up its diet by including high-quality and tartar-fighting treats like chopped carrots, dried sweet potato dog chews, or some goody that your dog likes and is easy to digest as well. Skip the canned food for a while and see if it helps maintain the good oral health. Also avoid bones that are hard and may cause their teeth to chip or break.
Likewise, provide it with fresh water every few time so that its void of any food deposits during the time. Drinking lots of water keeps the mouth moist and therefore an unacceptable habitat for bacteria to grow.
Give it Appropriate Chew Toys
By appropriate, it means that the toy should not have any dyes or paints as they are toxic; it also means that it should be according to the dog’s size so that it will enjoy chewing it and also effectively clean his own teeth. Don’t forget to reserve the softer treats for the senior dogs.
It’s Time to Brush the Teeth
Dental hygiene is incomplete without proper cleaning of your pug’s teeth and gums. You need to do it on a regular basis to avoid tartar from building up. Make sure to use pet-safe toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush; human toothpaste is not safe to use neither is baking soda. Use it gently. While you may be doing it as often as your dog’s allowed you, make sure that you brush its teeth 2-3 times every week if not once a day and floss if possible. Also while you are at it, look for any growths or foreign objects stuck in your dog’s mouth.
Visit to the Vet
Sometimes, bad breath may still exist following these proven techniques. If that’s the case and there’s no improvement, it’s time to get a professional consult. Besides this, you may also want to schedule a professional cleaning every six months for your pug.
We know you love your doggy. What natural remedies would you prefer to treat your pug’s bad breath?