5 effective step-by-step ways to get rid of stinky dog breath
Consider a vet visit if there is a lot of plaque on your dog's teeth
If there is a lot of plaque, take your dog or your cat in to the vet for a cleaning under anesthesia. This is an effective way to really get under your dog or cat's gum line.
We'd only recommend this option if your dog or cat are not seniors and do not have elevated liver enzymes or heart disease. It is still considered risky from the perspective of putting your dog or cat under anesthesia.
Brushing is the most effective way of improving pet oral health and getting rid of pet bad breath
Brush at least once a week if you are serious about improving your pet's dental health. Aim at getting between the gums
To effectively brush, sit with your back against a wall and with your dog on his back between your legs. (The dog's mouth will be pointing up at you as you stare down). Cats will definitely hate you if you try this on them! :)
Feed a biologically appropriate food, which means raw dog food or raw cat food.
Kibbles, milk bones or Greenies are not effective at cleaning teeth and counter intuitive to good oral health as they have carbohydrates, which cause plaque.
Provide raw or freeze-dried raw consumable bones for your cat or dog. eg. chicken or turkey necks or wingtips
Alternatively you can provide recreational bones for dogs. Make sure the bone is sized appropriately for your dog and his chewing habit.
Femur bones are load bearing and can crack teeth if your dog is an aggressive chewer. In all circumstances, ensure you are supervising your dog or cat when they are chewing bones.
Never feed cooked bones to a dog or cat as they get harder on cooking and can splinter or represent choke hazards.
Use anesthesia free pet dental cleaning as a maintenance option if you are not good at brushing your dog or cat.
This method is not as thorough as the anesthesia pet dental cleaning by vets but less risky and .