Why does my dog’s breath smell so bad?

Your dog or cat’s breath is the first sign of issues with their teeth or gums.  A quick sniff of their breath can help you determine if there is an issue that needs addressing.  Dental work is expensive, so working on your pet’s dental health on an ongoing basis is essential: not just the health of your pet, but your pocketbook also!

Dental disease, especially when severe, can cause pain for your dog or cat.  Did you know that the bacteria in the plaque can enter the bloodstream and spread to the heart, kidneys and liver? Traditionally our pets cleaned their teeth on chewing on bones or hard food, but as the relationship between man and our pets evolved so did our participation in keeping their teeth clean.  Quick tips include brushing your cat or dog’s teeth manually with a toothbrush and animal toothpaste, feeding them plaque reducing food or treats and giving them access to items they can chew, effectively cleaning their teeth while they chew.  Elk Antler has become a very popular choice for dogs that  devour weaker bones as they are harder and more durable,  massaging the gums as dogs chew their way through the antler.  CanEVA  is not a supplier of the hard, dried antler but we recognize the benefits of the chews for dental health.

If you are interested in learning more about pet dental health go to www.avhma.com and take the quiz on your pet’s dental health.  It is both illuminating and educational. Pet Dental Health Month is supported by the American Veterinarian Association to increase awareness of dental health for your dog or cat.

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