Dog breath is no laughing matter and no, it is not natural for a dog’s breath to stink to the high heavens. If you’ve ever been around a dog with foul breath, you know what we’re talking about. If your own dog is suffering from hellacious halitosis, you owe it to your loyal friend (and yourself) to take measures to solve the problem.
Stinky Dog Breath
Bad breath in dogs is a sign of gum disease. Gum disease leads to many health problems in dogs and can also contribute to gingivitis, premature tooth loss, liver, heart and kidney disease, as well as systemic infections, which can cause blood infections and even death.
Aging dogs are especially prone to dental disease as well as other health problems, so it is vital to keep senior pets healthy and many people don’t realize the value and importance of keeping an old dog’s gums and teeth as healthy as possible.
Some dogs labeled as picky, finicky, or fussy, which no longer enjoy toys or bones, drool, or have other changes in behavior, could be in dental related pain. If you’ve ever suffered from a toothache, you can imagine how your furry friend feels so if your dog begins exhibiting these signs, a good place to start is examining the teeth.
Dogs that have crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, and crowded mouths are at higher risk of developing dental disease since it’s more difficult to clean between their teeth.
Good oral hygiene in dogs should start at puppy-hood and be practiced throughout your dog’s lifetime. Things like raw bones, raw diet, appropriate chews, raw carrots, and even canned food can help prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Kibble dog food actually builds up on the teeth; much like eating crackers will stick to yours. If your dog eats a kibble-based diet, it is especially important to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Preventing Dental Disease in Dogs
One of the best ways is to ensure your dog has clean teeth. Most dog owners don’t relish the thought of brushing their dog’s teeth and may even be a little intimidated. While some dogs don’t mind getting their teeth brushed, others are rather demonstrative in their dislike. Just as in all dog training, it is best to teach your dog to accept the toothbrush while young.
Another option is to brush your dog’s teeth with a tasty treat, and this is where coconut oil comes in. Dogs simply adore the flavor of coconut oil. Coconut oil is very healthy so there is no risk to their health. In fact, it’s good for them!
Coconut oil is antibacterial, antivirus, and antifungal. It is a natural deodorizer and packed with nutrition. It is known to speed healing and can also be used topically on wounds, burns, insect bites, and more.
The dosage of coconut oil in dogs is one tablespoon for every 30 pounds of body weight so you can rest assured, no matter how much your dog swallows while you brush, there is plenty of room left over to also use it in a food supplement to benefit overall health.
How to Brush your Dog’s Teeth with Coconut Oil
You can safely brush your dog’s teeth every day yet for most owners, a few times a week is sufficient. If you have never brushed your dog’s teeth before, get your dog used to having his teeth touched by rubbing your finger in coconut oil and then rubbing it along the teeth and gums. While doing this, occasionally raise the lips, which you will need to do when brushing.
Once your dog begins to associate this with good things, you can introduce a soft toothbrush in a size that your dog can’t easily swallow. Place some coconut oil on the brush and slowly replace your finger with the brush and very gently brush along your dog’s teeth and gums.
Many fans of coconut oil claim that it also prevents tarter and plaque buildup from happening.
Make tooth brushing sessions enjoyable and fun by offering plenty of praise and treats-more coconut oil!