Why Does My Puppy Have Bad Breath?

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Why Does My Puppy Have Bad Breath?

We’ve all been there when you know what the person sitting next to you had for lunch – most likely it was garlic or onions – and you can smell it from a mile away. Ever wondered why puppies have the infamous “puppy breath”? The reason may not be what you think.

Teething

Teething is the most common cause of bad breath in puppies. It typically has a “fishy” or “rotten” smell. The teething process usually lasts about 4 weeks, so try and keep your nose away from any puppy mouths during this time period.

What Can Help?

  • Brushing Your Puppy’s Teeth– brushing his/her teeth once a week should help eliminate that bad, “puppy breath” smell. A safe way to do so is by using Arm & Hammer baking soda. Most pet stores and veterinarian offices have tooth brushes made for puppies that you can get as well.
  • Dental Chews– these will help keep your puppy’s teeth clean, while freshening their breath. Along with dental chews, spraying their mouth with chlorhexidine solution, which is pretty much a doggy mouthwash, can help sweeten their breath. The solution removes tartar and plaque from teeth.

Chances are, your puppy will outgrow his/her bad breath. To help ease the process, remove any “stinky” items that your puppy may find to chew on. If bad breath becomes a concern or lasts longer than the teething phase, it’s always a good idea to call or visit your veterinarian.

 

For more information: https://www.petful.com/pet-health/why-does-puppy-have-bad-breath/

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