Get Rid of Bad Dog Breath: How to Care for Your Dog's Oral Health

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As a pet parent, you’re probably all too familiar with dog breath. The distinct smell of bad dog breath isn’t just bothersome. It can be an indicator that your dog has poor oral health. 

Unfortunately, dental issues are common among our canine companions—roughly 80% of dogs develop oral disease before the age of two. When left untreated, plaque and tartar lead to health issues like gum inflammation, kidney disease, heart disease, and more. 

Dental disease can end up costing pet parents lots of stress and even more money, with procedures valued between $500 and $3,000, depending on the area.

We get it — brushing a dog’s teeth can be a real challenge! Most pets are uncooperative when it comes to daily brushing. Fortunately, there are several great at-home solutions to get rid of bad dog breath and support a pet’s health.

Dental Chews

Dental Chews are a great way to keep a dog’s teeth clean while treating them to a tasty snack. For best results, dogs should have 1 or 2 chews daily. For picky eaters, pet parents can even mix these yummy oral health protectors in their pet’s daily meal.

Oral Dental Spray

If a pup hates getting their teeth cleaned, Oral Dental Spray is the perfect way to support dental health between brushings. This easy-to-use spray should be used twice a day. Spray the solution on both sides of the dog’s mouth to control plaque build-up and instantly freshen the pet’s breath. The spray should coat teeth and gums well for the best results.

Water Bowl Additives

One of the easiest ways to invest in a dog’s oral health is with Dental Health Solutions, which can be added to the pet’s water bowl. With just a few drops, the solution defends against tartar and plaque while refreshing a pet’s breath—every time they take a sip from their bowl.

Plaque Wipes

For a unique way to clean any dog’s teeth, try Dental Wipes. With a textured surface and non-toxic ingredients, dental wipes take the toothbrush out of the equation. Instead, a dog parent can simply wrap the wipe around their finger and gently wipe it over the pet’s pearly whites.

Regular Brushing

It may be daunting, but learning how to brush a dog’s teeth is one of the best decisions that can be made for their long term health. To master brushing your dog’s teeth:

  • Choose a great Dental Hygiene Kit.
  • Let the dog gently chew on the brush.
  • Then, gently start to run the brush over the teeth.
  • Be patient. Dogs will get used to the brush over time.
  • Make the process fun with treats and plenty of praise. The goal is to make teeth brushing stress-free and comfortable for the pup.

At-Home Support

To make sure that bad dog breath stays gone and that the dog’s teeth are well taken care of, check in with an on-call veterinary support team via 24/7 Live Vet Chat. Enjoy night and day access to a team of experts and learn in real-time how to care for your dog’s oral health by becoming a Fuzzy Member. Fuzzy’s veterinary support team can help pet parents learn how to keep any dog’s smile shiny and bright! 

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