Bad breath can be the first sign that your pet’s teeth and gums need attention. Plaque and tartar can build up on teeth if they are not brushed or your pet is not eating teeth-cleaning foods.
Normal teeth should be pearly white. The gums should appear a healthy pink color with a clean, neat gum line.
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What the nutritionist says
“Bad breath can be caused by a poor diet or a life of sugar filled processed pet food, leading to gingivitis and tooth decay. The gnawing and scraping action when a cat or dog eats is important and enzymes help with oral care and keep the teeth clean. Fermentation and gut dysbiosis (bad bacteria growing in the digestive tract) can also cause bad breath. A natural raw food diet of appropriate raw bones (BARF) can really help clean teeth and provide gnawing pleasure, exercising the jaw and good for the mind too. Chewing on hard natural food helps cleanse the teeth of calculus, especially the tips of the teeth. Certain foods in supplement form can help reduce plaque build up and stop bacterial growth within the oral cavity. Research shows cranberry’s glyconutrient ‘d-mannose’ prevents adherence of bacteria to the oral cavity and the flavonoids promote the integrity of collagen in the gums. Parsley’s ability to freshen the breath goes beyond much of what we know. Enzymes found in the parsley as well as phyto-nutrients help keep breath fresh by destroying bacteria.”
What the vet says
“Bad breath in dogs and cats needs to be investigated. Most commonly, it is due to dental tartar or decay (which could be causing pain), but bad breath can be associated with liver and kidney problems or even anal gland problems. Worth going to your vets for a good check up. A raw diet (BARF) can be really effective in many cases.”
• Clean filtered water should be available at all times.
• Gnawing pleasure should be allowed on good quality raw bones, chicken wings or turkey necks. Never feed cooked bones. Take advice from a vet familiar with raw food feeding.
• Buy natural toothpaste or a seaweed cleaner.
• Organic chews, hard enough to scrape the teeth can help.