Doggy Breath

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Doggy breath is a running joke, but when pet owners realize what's causing it, it ceases to be so funny. Foul breath may be the first sign of oral trouble that will only get more serious if not addressed. Fortunately, excellent corrective products are readily available in ads in magazines, on the Internet, and in catalogs from pet suppliers.

Doggy breath, or halitosis, smells like sour milk--not pleasant when you get close to your pet. There is a trough created where the gum tissue and the teeth meet, called the gingival sulcus. This is the most important area for removing plaque because it is in this concealed trough that bacteria will grow unimpeded if not regularly cleaned out.

Doggy Breath Solutions

A good program of dog dental hygiene will keep these toxic bacteria from multiplying and causing severe problems. Pet health care suppliers have solutions for your dog's drinking water contain sodium chlorite and zinc to fight bacteria and plaque. Daily tooth brushing is just as effective in dogs as it is in people to maintain a smooth tooth surface that discourages plaque from attaching to the enamel.

If these simple, economical steps are not taken, doggy breath will alert you to the beginnings of deteriorating dog dental health. At this point, you can save your dog future pain and trauma from surgery and anesthesia by initiating a daily routine that takes just a few minutes. These few minutes will rid your dog of harmful bacteria and plaque, and let your pet live a longer life.

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