Just like humans, dogs can have bad breath. My pit bull had the worst breath ever. Does your pit bull have bad doggy breath? Let’s find out why and what can be done about it!
What is the cause of bad doggy breath?
The most common cause of doggy bad breath is usually dental or gum disease. However, there are other medical problems that can cause bad breath. There could be bigger medical issues in the mouth, or in the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or internal organs. Diabetes can also cause bad breath. If your dog’s bad breath is persistent, please bring him to the veterinarian for a checkup!
What can be done about bad doggy breath?
Take your pit bull to your veterinarian for teeth cleanings once or twice a year. Regular dental check ups and cleaning will help to keep your pup’s breath fresh. It will also help to prevent abscesses, infections, tooth decay, and any eating and behavioral issues caused by tooth pain. A doggy dental cleaning is very similar to a cleaning that we get when we go to the dentist.
This next one was very hard for me to do with my pit bull. He would lick all the paste off of the tooth brush and then steal the brush and play with it. Hope you have much better luck then I did! Brush your pit bull’s teeth everyday. It will take practice and patience, but an everyday brushing will help to keep bad breath away. Remember to reward your pit bull with a treat after to help let him know that brushing is a good thing.
Make sure that you give your pit bull plenty of things to chew on. A thick bone or a strong chew toy will help to keep her teeth strong and to break away calcified bacteria that causes tooth decay.
If you have any concerns about your pit bull’s breath, please call or visit your veterinarian.