any suggestions to stop my dog's bad breath? my vet had som type of rawhides for that but after reading a few foums on the danger of rawhides i'm nervous about those. they also suggested brushing and some drops for his water. anyone had this problem and what has worked for you? thanks anyone?
***Edited By: Riverclan on 5/16/2008 8:13:44 PM*** Reason: *
how bad are his teeth? is there a lot of plaque build-up? Depending on that fact you may be too far gone to have a treat or chewie help.
Dogs naturally can clean their teeth by chewing..you can use pork or beefhides instead of rawhides..and always feed them when they are in your presence of course.
but if your dog doesn't chew or has a lot of tartar build up, i would suggest a teeth cleaning. It can be pricy depending but it is a great idea. Not only will it kill the breath, but also..relieves your dog of bad bacteria invading his bloodstream brining other health issues on, like kidney disease.
I use a liquid called OxyFresh. a little capful into his water each day and it has made a difference in the breath..it's clear and odorless so my dog knows no different. I brush his teeth too but I'm going to do another cleaning soon. When I adopted him almost three years ago he had almost NO WHITE on his teeth! they were all brown and gross..the shelter did a free cleaning - bless them - and as much as I've tried to be adamant about the brushing...the tartar is building up again! :( it's just too late..the first 5 years of his life no one cared about his teeth..so the gum disease is irreversible!
they do make treats special for teeth cleaning that you can try...they usually have parsley in them..which is good for teeth cleaning. Stay away from rawhides and Greenies.
And if you do start brushing, remember to use doggie toothpaste..they make it in beef flavor even! most dogs aren't really fond of the procedure...but it's for the best!