2) Dental dog chews
– Though these should not be relied on as the only method in keeping your Poodle’s teeth free from issues, they do play an important role in good oral hygiene. Look for all natural treats without artificial coloring or by-products. There are some holistic ingredients such as dill, parsley and mint that can help prevent bad breath.
In addition, such chews as Greenies (the #1 vet recommended dental chew) works in several ways, they fight against plaque and tartar buildup, freshen breath, and help a dog maintain healthy teeth and gums. These are made in the U.S., are low in fat and even come in a grain-free formula.
With these, do pay attention to the sizing, Teenies will be for toy Poodles, as they are intended for dogs 5 to 15 lbs. Petite is intended for dogs 15 to 25 lbs., Regular for 25 to 50 lbs. and Large for 50 to 100 lbs.
3) Canine mouth wash
– While the term is a bit misleading, since these are meant to be added to water and ingested, the right canine mouth wash can be an effective part of a plan to keep bad breath at bay. This works by destroying bacteria both in bowls and in the mouth. Choose a flavorless brand that does not alter the taste of a dog’s water. Just a spoonful per each 8-ounce cup of water is needed, so a bottle can last a good amount of time.
4) Probiotic supplement
– These work two-fold. If a dog is having digestive issues, these can be a great help and these also work for bad breath that is not related to dental issues
. A double-powered option is to offer a chew in which the probiotics will work as a breath deodorizer and natural ingredients such as alfalfa, barley grass and citrus clean the pallet.
5) Breath sprays
- An effective canine spray for bad breath will do much more than offer a brief minty mask, look for one that offers all natural ingredients such as aloe. Baking soda is also a common ingredient. Certain sprays can work well to loose plaque, kill bacteria and freshen breath.
6) Encourage the use of chew toys – This should never be depended on to be the sole source of keeping a Poodle’s teeth clean and breath smelling nice, but a dog’s toys do play a role in overall health of both gums and teeth and maintaining jaw strength.
If your Poodle has a pile of toys that are mostly ignored, your dog is not all that uncommon; it’s easy to overdo it on toys that are not effective or hold a dog’s interest.
It’s far better to have 8 to 10 quality toys
that are used than to have 30 that sit untouched, so you may want to routinely reassess what is being used and what is not. Do choose size appropriate toys that meet specific needs. When a dog chews on a toy, this increases saliva production, which plays a role in reducing plaque and odor causing bacteria and some textures can remove a certain degree of the buildup.
If your Poodle does not respond to any at-home remedies for bad breath, it will be time for a full checkup with the veterinarian to rule out possible health conditions.