How To Make Dog’s Breath Smell Better

Anyone who owns a dog knows that it’s impossible not to be hugging them and letting them lick you all the time. It’s the way they show affection, and it’s healthy to feel loved by your pets. But sometimes dogs have a breath problem, and that is also something dog owners know too well.

As much as you love your dog, when they have bad breath it can be disgusting when they show you their affection, and it’s a sad experience. So if your dog is suffering from a bad case of halitosis, here’s how to make dog’s breath smell better.

Determine The Cause Of Your Dog’s Bad Breath

To solve any problem, not only this one, it’s only logical that the cause must be defined first. There are a number of reasons why a dog’s breath smells bad, and most of the time it’s something harmless and easily fixed. But sometimes bad breath on a dog can be the sign of something more serious, so finding out why they have bad breath could be of great help.

Some of the most innocent causes of halitosis in dogs are periodontal, gum or oral disease, and these are also pretty common. Other causes that are less common but more complicated are digestive or metabolic diseases, and they have to be taken more seriously.

Bad breath can also be present without your dog suffering from any illness, and there’s just an overgrowth of bacteria in its mouth. Teething and drinking from the toilet are also innocent causes of bad breath on a dog. Either way, a trip to the veterinarian is always necessary when there’s any change in a dog, especially bad breath.

How To Make Your Dog’s Breath Smell Better At Home

Curing the disease: If the cause of the bad smell is a subjacent disease, taking care of it is the main priority. Always discard an illness first before thinking about any other cause. Follow the veterinarian’s instructions carefully and have your dog be checked regularly by them.

Brushing its teeth: Sometimes a dog needs the same treatment as a human, and a good brush it’s the solution. Accumulation of bacteria in the mouth is a very common cause of bad breath in dogs. Learn more about brushing dog’s teeth in this video:

Giving them something to chew on: Chewing on something helps dogs polish their pearly whites, getting rid of tartar buildup, a common source of bad breath.

Breath spray: There is a variety of dog breath spray son the market that can help with a little bit of a bad breath. But owners have to make sure that the spray is safe to use, and we advise getting a green light from your veterinarian.

Fewer carbohydrates: Carbohydrates, especially sugars, are a source of power for bacteria to proliferate in the mouth and the entire digestive tract. Lowering the carbs on your dog’s diet can help wonders with bad breath (and also help with weight control, along with exercise).

Close the toilet lid: Drinking from the toilet is not only unhealthy for them but is also another common cause of bad breath in dogs. Keeping the lid down at all times, and placing something on top of it so that the dog can’t open the lid, can help with their breath too.

These are just some quick tips on how you can improve or prevent your dog’s breath from smelling, but we want to reiterate that if your dog’s breath is smelling bad you need to go to a veterinarian. Discard every possible disease first, as sometimes bad breath is indicative of some severe underlying issue.

How Much Exercise Does Your Puppy Need? Know The Facts!

Bringing a new puppy home could be a very exciting and fulfilling experience. And while you are trying to get the puppy adjusted to its new life in your home, you are no doubt making sure you are giving it everything it needs. Food, vaccinations, love, training and supervision, the works. A new puppy needs all the attention you can give it, more so during its initial days in the new place. So, while you go around feeding it and telling it you love it, have you considered an exercise routine for your puppy? Really, how much exercise does a puppy need? A puppy, just like a child, is a powerhouse of energy. So, it is important to dissipate the energy in constructive activities.

How does exercise help your puppy?

  • Daily exercise is good for your puppy’s physical as well as mental health. Many owners discover that some form of daily exercises reduces behavioral problems such as endless barking, chewing, digging or general signs of bad temper.
  • Puppies are also susceptible to obesity. Regular exercise can ensure that the puppy does not put on inordinate amounts of weight.
  • It helps keep your pet’s muscles strong and supple.
  • It helps your and your family’s bonding with the puppy.
  • It could give your puppy an opportunity to socialize with other puppies or people. This is important for their behavioral progress.
  • It provides a healthy dose of fun and entertainment and avoids frustration and boredom.

How to help your puppy exercise?

Walking is a good exercise for a young pup. Take short walks and walk at a slower pace. In safe, enclosed spaces such as the backyard or a dog park, let the puppy run freely. This way, the pup can regulate its exercise and take a break when it feels tired. Occasionally, you can get the puppy to fetch the ball you throw. But do not over-tire it.

How much exercise does the puppy need?

This is a very subjective question. It would have been so much easier if there would have been an app to guide how much exercise a puppy requires according to its age and breed? And how about a puppy version of a fitness band to track the pet’s activity and see if it’s getting enough exercise? Unfortunately, things don’t work like that. Every puppy is different. There are no written rules. However, you can consider the following factors to arrive at a sensible exercise routine for your puppy.

  1. Size – Don’t be misled by the size, though. A large-sized puppy does not have a higher endurance for exercise as you might think. For example, a rigorous exercise routine for a young Great Dane puppy might not be a good idea.
  2. Tolerance for heat – For example, a Collie might be better suited for outdoor play than say, a bulldog.
  3. Need for mental stimulation – For instance, you can include training sessions in the exercise routine for German Shepherd pups to give them the required stimulation.
  4. Age – When the puppy is too little, too much exercise can be bad for its physical development and health.
  5. Look for cues – If the puppy shows signs of being tired, stop and let it rest.

Apart from the above factors, it is a good idea to speak to your vet about how much exercise your puppy needs. You can also speak to the breeder to get more idea about the specific breed’s need for exercise (here’s more info on the Shar-Pei’s temperament). Or join a breed enthusiast group for support and advice.

Usually five minutes of exercise per month of your puppy’s age, twice a day, is considered an ideal. So, if the pup is four-month old, a twenty-minute walk twice a day should be enough.

Remember that too much exercise can cause developmental issues in puppies and must be avoided.

Care to be taken while exercising the puppy

  • Ensure that the puppy is not getting overheated. Allow it to drink enough water.
  • Make sure the puppy gets sufficient time to take short naps during the day.
  • Before taking the puppy to the dog park, consult the vet to make sure it has had the necessary vaccinations.
  • Set a routine for exercise and make sure you stick to it.
  • Increase the exercise time gradually.

Here’s a fun game you can play with your puppy (he will get a lot of exercise from it):

Owing to the sedentary lifestyle of their owners, more and more dogs are getting overweight today. It is a good idea to get into an exercise routine with your dog, which will help both of you in the long run.

Dogs Can Become Babies Best Friends Too

Having a dog is like having a child in your house, they are so adorable, loyal, fun and sometimes annoying but we still love them. However when the real baby comes along, as a dog owner it is normal to become very wary of the dog. So before you stock up on baby gear, you need to make sure you family pet is ready for the transition. Regardless of how much the dog is trained or how well mannered they are you will still be worried about how they will react towards your baby. Will they be aggressive or will they enjoy the moment with you? These are the tough questions that run through your mind.

You need not to worry, dogs are very cleaver. When properly introduced to the new bundle of joy they may become ”siblings” and best friends in a short amount of time and you will not have to worry when the dog is around the baby. Here are some cleaver tricks you can adopt in order to ensure you introduce your dog to your baby safely.

Steps to Take

1. Prepare the dog for the baby before bringing the baby home.

Train the dog how to react when the baby comes home instead of surprising the dog with the baby. Teach them the new boundaries that they can’t cross and things they can’t do before the baby comes. A good example is training the dog not to enter the baby’s room or bite on the baby’s toys.

2. Introduce the baby to the dog slowly.

If the dog is not used to having a baby in the house they may become surprised and curious too when they reach home, if this is not properly handled things may get out of hand and the dog may pose some kind of danger to the baby. Introducing the dog to the babies scent before formally physically introducing the two is a good idea, this can be done by allowing the dog to sniff some of the babies clothes or blankets.

3. Play baby noises on videos and on tapes.

As stated above surprising the dog with a new baby is probably not a good idea. Playing baby tapes (like the video below) with their sound’s either crying or playing before the baby comes home will help the dog get used to the babies crying or playing noise instead of surprising them with a noise they are not used to.

 

4. Don’t stop paying attention to the dog.

A dog has feelings too. Try to balance the amount of attention you give to the dog and the baby. Give the dog same amount of attention you used to give it before the baby came along. If you have to reduce the amount of attention due to the needs of the baby you have to do it gradually instead of abruptly reducing the attention. You can also pay attention to both of them while at the same time introducing the two together as you play with both the baby and the dog. Make sure the dog continues to get plenty of exercise.

5. Try introducing the dog to other kids before the baby comes.

Before the baby comes home try as much as possible to introduce the dog to other kids and let them play together. The dog will get used to kids and not grown ups alone, this will make the introduction to your baby much more easier.

6. Read the dogs reaction towards the baby.

Understanding your dog’s reaction towards the baby will help you understand which method to use when introducing the dog to the baby. In case the dog becomes aggressive towards the baby you will have to set up more restrictions and introduce the two slowly, if the dog warms up to the baby it becomes easy to introduce the dog to the baby.

7. Teach the baby how to handle the dog.

When the dog and the baby understand each other their relationship is likely to flourish. Just like dogs, babies too do not know how to handle a dog. Teaching them things to avoid like throwing toys at the dog will go a long way in strengthening their relationship.

8. Reward the dog with treats for behaving and treating the baby well.

Rewarding a dog for good behavior only encourages them to behave better towards the baby, this will make things easier for you.

Conclusion.

As a parent your child’s safety should be your priority, regardless of the dogs reaction towards the baby you should not leave the baby with the dog alone without any form of. supervision. Babies are very fragile and completely trusting the dog with your baby should not be an option.