Oral Health & Bad Breath In Dogs – Treatment, Causes, Prevention And More | Vet Explains

Oral Health & Bad Breath In Dogs – Treatment, Causes, Prevention And More | Vet Explains

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Hi everyone. I’m Mat from Pure Pet Food. We
make a range of natural air-dried and freeze-dried dog and cat foods. Today we are going to be
filming our health video series and we’ve got Andy, the vet coming in to talk about
all things to do with oral health. Now, with oral health people often just think of bad
breath, but there are often other things that are going on. So we’ve got Andy to tell us
a little bit more. Andy, are you okay just to first of all, introduce yourself? Hello, I’m Andy. I’m a small animal vet. I’ve
been in general practice for the last 10 years. Thanks for coming on today, Andy. So first
question, what would you typically say are the main causes for oral health and what does
typically oral health actually mean. Bad breath or halitosis is that a technical
name. It is this sort of foul smelling breath that people associate with dogs. Actually,
it’s not necessarily a normal thing that dogs have bad breath. It’s often a sign of gum
or periodontal disease within the mouth. It’s caused by bacteria that sort of grow on leftover
food within the mouth and then you get that sort of notorious bad smell. What are the key things you would advise to
make sure that we can avoid or prevent bad breath? So as with humans, the best way and the gold
standard way of trying to prevent bad breath and really what we are trying to do is prevent
that underlying condition of sort of gingivitis is to brush your dog’s teeth. Now it’s a very…
It can be quite a tricky one with this. It’s best to start when they are young, when they
are puppies and they are more susceptible to sort of learning sort of a regular routine.
But basically brushing, the mechanical action of brushing the teeth with remove any plaque
from the tooth surface and along with it prevent the bacteria from growing and that foul smell
occurring. And how long typically would you recommend
to brush to make sure that we keep bad breath at bay? It has been shown that if you do it less frequently
than every other day, then there is no point in doing it at all. So ideally, we would do
it once a day, but at least every other day. Otherwise you are not going to see the benefits
of it. And then final question, is there anything
else we should know around bad breath or is really the key message to make sure you stick
to a regular brushing schedule? Yeah, there are other things you can do. You
can get sort of chews that help prevent some of the plaque and tartar forming on the tooth.
You can get mouth washes and additives to food or water to try and prevent bad breath
and gum disease. But the best ways is brushing and I would… Whenever I recommend brushing,
I always say to owners to start slowly, starts at the front of the mouth. Get the dog used
to the brush before they are moving further back, which they tend to tolerate less. So
it’s a slow process, but the benefits are well-worth it. So thank you very much for joining us today,
Andy. Thank you for your time. And thank you everyone else for watching. If you’ve got
any further questions, simply comment in the comment section below and one of the team
will be back in touch to help.

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