Love to smooch your pooch, but hate it when he or she has seriously stinky breath?
Most of the time, bad breath in cats and dogs is caused by a build up of bacteria in your pet's mouth, lungs, or gut. Many small pups are especially prone to plaque and tartar build up because of the sheer smaller size of their mouths. Clearing the bacteria is just a little bit tougher for them.
There are a number of ways to combat the stinky smell, but a small bit of investigation is encouraged to make sure you treat the root cause and don't just mask the issue.
We believe that prevention is key - as always! Even if you haven't been thinking about your pet's oral health since they were a puppy or kitten, today is a great day to start. Here are a few preventative measures you can take to help keep those pearly whites oh-so-sparkly.
It's important to know that persistent bad breath may indicate larger medical problems - your pet may need a tooth extraction, or he/she may have a respiratory, gastrointestinal, or internal organ issue. So if the smell don't seem to improve, it may be time to check in with your vet.
Another thing to note is that if you see heavy plaque build up in your pet's mouth, a professional teeth-cleaning may be a good move. You can consult your vet directly for an appointment or referral. Many Kriser's Natural Pet stores offer anesthesia-free professional dental cleaning events as well. Check in with your nearest store to see if and when the partner groups are coming in next! Happy cleaning!