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Does Your Pup Have Bad Breath? Try These 5 Tips!

We love puppy kisses – what we don’t love is the dog breath that sometimes accompanies them! You don’t want to tell your dog to give up on love, but you shouldn’t gag every time you get a whiff of breath.

Bad breath is a sign that your dog’s dental routine could use a boost. Even with regular cleanings at the vet, good oral hygiene starts at home.

1. Brushing your teeth

Brushing teeth is the cornerstone of any good hygiene routine for humans and dogs. This is often easier said than done. If you can start training early, you can teach your dog to become comfortable with a toothbrush, but for others a finger brush may be easier to handle. Use a toothpaste made for dogs — not the super minty stuff you keep on your kitchen counter — and brush thoroughly to remove plaque and freshen your dog’s mouth. Many vets recommend brushing at least once a day, but if you think this is asking too much of your dog, twice a week plus a few quick cleans with a dental wipe should keep his breath tolerable.

2. Chew toys

Chew toys are best for dogs that love to play! The next time your dog jumps up for a kibble-scented kiss, offer him a toy that will freshen his breath without making him feel hurt! iHeartDogs offers several mint-scented toys with rubber fingers that gently remove plaque from your dog’s tooth surface and secretly freshen his breath. They come in different shapes and sizes, so you’re guaranteed to find something the right size for your pup that he’ll love to chew on.

3. Dental chews

Does your dog come running when he hears the sound of food being opened? If you have the kind of dog that bends, sits, stays – whatever you want, as long as you have a treat in your hand – consider a dental chew for his bad breath. The texture of a chew will scrub your dog’s teeth as he chews it, and the enzymes in Project Paws Dental Chews help reduce the plaque in his mouth that can hide tooth-weakening and bad breath-causing bacteria. Dogs enjoy the minty flavor and it makes quick work of his dog breath.

4. Dental spray

Has your dog’s breath turned a code red, a total emergency? It happens. The quickest way to take care of it might be a dental spray. A few quick spritzes will turn their breath from stinky to sweet. Project Paws Dental Spray not only freshens your pup’s breath while doubling over, it also contains enzymes that reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth.

5. Treat smart

We know it’s not intentional, but when your dog looks at you with those big puppy eyes, it’s hard to stick to the rules when it comes to table food. Especially desert. Dogs love sweets just like we do, and that’s okay too have a negative impact on their teeth and their waistline. An occasional Puppuccino, a scoop of ice cream here and there won’t hurt much, especially if you have a good dental routine, but smart treatment can help your dog live a longer, healthier life. Project Paws’ single-ingredient freeze-dried treats are healthy, and with just one ingredient, you know there’s no added sugar or anything else to keep off your dog’s plate.

Keeping your dog’s teeth clean doesn’t have to be all work, and the rewards will always be worth it! And when you get your dog’s dental treats and supplies from the iHeartDogs store, you’re also providing shelter dogs with meals and toys!

If you step up your dog’s dental routine and his bad breath persists, see a vet. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of dental disease.

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