Information and natural remedies for the treatment of bad breath in cats and dogs.
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What is Bad Breath?
Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis is a very common condition that affects our pets at some point. Animals don’t brush their teeth as we do – so it’s not surprising that they may have rather stinky breath! For some animals, bad breath is a temporary and brief concern that may only arise at certain times of the day (such as on waking), or after eating pet foods. For other animals, bad breath is a more severe and persistent condition.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Some causes of bad breath in pets include:
- Poor oral hygiene or health, including tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- A dry mouth (often caused by lack of saliva in the mouth due to certain medications)
- An over growth of certain bacteria in the mouth and digestive system
- Sinus infections
- A high protein diet
- Poor digestion
- Poor liver health
- Respiratory disease
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Bacterial infections
- Viral infections
Help for Bad Breath
The task of brushing your dog’s teeth or cat’s teeth can be rather frustrating, difficult and tiresome. In addition, Furthermore, many medications for bad breath in cats and dogs can have other side effects. Luckily, nature has a solution.
There are a number of natural herbal and homeopathic ingredients such as Apium graveolens Foeniculum officinale and Gallium aparine (Cleavers) known herbs to stimulate natural cleansing and assist in the routine detoxification of the body – thus dramatically reducing the symptoms of bad breath in animals, while helping to combat the underlying causes, thus leaving your pet’s breath naturally sweet and inoffensive.
More Information on Bad Breath
Tips for preventing bad breath:
- Encourage your pet to drink fresh water daily.
- A healthy diet is key – one that does not include too much protein. There are also natural pet foods that help reduce the risk of gum disease.
- Try not to give your pets sugary treats such as ice cream and sweetened milk – these sugary snacks will harm their teeth!
- It is normal for cats and dogs to have teeth cleanings once a year, so talk to your vet about the need for an oral check up.
- If you are up to the task of brushing your pet’s teeth, the best time to start is when they’re puppies or kittens. Lift their lip on one side and with a gauze on your finger gently brush their teeth in a circular or back and forth motion, start with the front of their teeth and eventually work your way to the back teeth, using a natural toothpaste for pets. Do not use your own toothpaste on your pet (as it could cause stomach problems).
- Feed your pet rice to help move food through the digestive tract more easily.
- Giving your dog chews regularly will help keep the teeth clean too