Much as I love my dogs, if they've just eaten something disgusting (namely some form of poo!) I'm not quite so keen to give them a cuddle!
But of course that's not the only reason that dogs develop smelly breath. The beautiful, white, shiny teeth they start with as young adults, quite often develop tartar as they grow older - and with that an unpleasant odour :-?
There are so many different solutions on the market - from special chew sticks, doggy toothpaste and prescription dry food diets - it's difficult to know where to start.
Personally I've had a go at most of them, and most have some effect. But in the long-term the tartar has still developed and caused the inevitable whiffy breath :cry:
Until relatively recently I was resigned to the fact all of my current dogs teeth would eventually probably need some form of veterinary intervention in the form of a general anaesthetic and dental scale and polish. But then whilst I was changing their diet to raw food for other reasons, by happy accident it also had a noticeable effect on their teeth too!
Our dogs ages range from 3 years old to 13 years old, and whilst you can tell that our old boy Spud hasn't been on raw food his whole life, it's noticeably better since we changed his diet.
If you are struggling to keep your dogs teeth clean and shiny, consider giving them the odd raw bit of meat and bone for them to chew on. If they're anything like Spud they'll be delighted to give it a try, and I think you'll notice a big improvement in their oral health.
In fact there are many, many health benefits for feeding raw food as a complete diet instead of using dried dog food. And it needn't be difficult to do - we use a pre-prepared raw food diet called Natures Menu. It's simply a question of weighing out the appropriate amount and delivering it to our very grateful dogs :mrgreen: