Dog breath – keep it fresh

11th April 2016

Bad breath in dogs is common, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it as normal.

With over 80% of dogs having some sign of dental disease, we see problem cases literally every day at Bollington Veterinary Centre.

Tackling bad breath not only improves your dog’s appeal, but also helps your pet stay in perfect health throughout a long and happy life.

If you’re concerned, why not take advantage of our qualified experienced staff and book a nurse dental check.

Dental disease is easy to spot

7 classic signs

1. Blood – look for it on the gums and teeth as well as in the water bowl or on chews and toys
2. Red and swollen gums – often starting as a small red line along the tooth-gum margin
3. Loose teeth – check the front teeth (incisors) as well as the canines, premolars and molars.
4. Difficulty eating - picking up food can become a problem. Some dogs will also favour chewing on one side of the mouth
5. Bad breath – also known as halitosis, the smell can become quite unpleasant.
6. Sneezing – the roots of the teeth extend into the nose and can cause inflammation and infection, resulting in a discharge from the nostrils
7. Brown or yellow teeth – a discolouration can occur due to a build-up of brown or yellow tartar

Why is dental disease such a problem?

Periodontal disease can be very distressing and dangerous, especially if your dog has bleeding gums. Bacteria inside the mouth can enter the bloodstream, then travel around the body and have devastating effects on other areas. It’s a progressive disease that inflames the gums, tooth roots and jawbone, causing severe damage if left untreated. Early tooth loss is a common result of periodontal disease.

The dental solution

Our 3-point plan to fresh breath

As always, prevention is the best possible option. It’s even more important to follow our advice if your dog has already been treated for problem before.

  • Feed your dog appropriate foods - ask any of our veterinary care team and we’ll tell you what will work best for your pet. Dry foods cause fewer problems than wet foods. If you prefer to use wet food, it’s more likely that you’ll need to take extra measures to prevent dental issues.
  • Dental chews and toys - these are available to help promote good health. If you’d like to know more, ask us which products are best.
  • Brush your dog’s teeth - use a soft toothbrush with dog toothpaste or water. Don’t use human toothpaste, as it contains foaming agents, which are bad for dogs. Ask one of our nurses to show you how to brush your dog’s teeth.


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