– If a Poodle puppy is between the age of 4 to 6 months and has bad breath, this is most typically due to teething. In many cases, the breath will hold an odd sour smell, that some equate to sour milk, hence the common nickname for this, milk breath. This sort of bad breath is due to mild bleeding that occurs in the mouth that mixes with saliva and bacteria that is normally present.
What to do:
While this will resolve itself once the teething phase
is done, brushing the teeth now will help in several ways:
It will help prevent future infection since what is occurring in a puppy’s mouth now can affect teeth that are going to emerge.
It will help keep gums strong which is the foundation needed for a healthy bite set
It can provide temporary relief to the sometimes intense itching that puppies experience. Many owners find that their Poodle puppy enjoys the nice ‘scratch’ that bristles provide.
It establishes good habits for a lifetime; puppies that become accustomed to this at a young age will grow up to be adult dogs that stay still for this task.
3) Dog Food Breath
– This one stumps many owners who assume that once a Poodle eats his meal, the food is long gone and shouldn’t be producing odors from the dog’s mouth. Yet, this is quite common and is the smell that is typically referred to as ‘dog breath’. In some cases, a Poodle can have bad breath that smells like rotted food for hours afterward, thus leading to a 24/7 halitosis issue.
This happens most commonly to dogs that eat dry kibble as opposed to wet food. In most cases, the culprit is the fine particles of ‘dust’ that often chips off of the pieces. As this mixes with saliva, it can form a sort of paste that is difficult for the dog to swallow. It can end up caking up around the teeth and in the small crevices, staying there even if the dog drinks water.
What to do:
Though all dry food will have some degree of dust, that which has lost its natural moisture due to going stale will cause bad breath much more frequently. For this reason, if you tend to buy large bags of food that take more than 6 weeks for your Poodle to eat, you may want to downsize to smaller containers that are finished off within this time; though if stored improperly, it may dry out long before this.
There are 4 things that will affect how long dog food stays fresh: Air, light, temperature and humidity. So, you’ll want to keep the bag rolled up tightly or re-sealed, use a clip to keep it closed or transfer the entire bag into another container that has an airtight seal. Keep it stored in a dry, dark and cool location.
It can also help to encourage your Poodle to meet his water requirements. This can be done by using stainless steel bowls, making sure that water bowl is cleaned once per day with hot water and soap, ensuring water is cool and fresh and using a filter to remove chemicals from tap water. Alternatively, some Poodles drink more if they have a canine water fountain, as the flowing water both attracts and tempts.
Finally, choosing after dinner as the time that you will brush your Poodle’s teeth can help with bad breath related to food, since that will lead to the biggest window of time in which the mouth is free of the odor causing particle paste.