You love your Chihuahua, but you can’t stand their breath! It’s a problem many dog owners face, and here are some simple answers to help you combat your dog’s bad breath.
First, it is important to rule out any dental issues with a veterinary check up. Chihuahuas, like other small breeds, have a LOT of teeth in their tiny mouths. This can cause crowding and therefore allow for an increase in plaque and gingivitis. Too much bad bacteria in the mouth will lead to infections. These infections will not only cause your Chihuahua to have bad breath, but they can also cause tooth loss, bone loss, and even death (this occurs from a severe infection caused by periodontal disease in the form of sepsis – a bacterial infection in the bloodstream)!
In between check-ups with your veterinarian, you can combat bad breath (and plaque and bacteria) by brushing your Chihuahua’s teeth at home. Simply purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste and brush at least once daily. We also have a FREE download with FIVE easy recipes to make your own doggie toothpaste:
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Something else to consider, is what you feed your Chihuahua. While your Chihuahua might prefer wet or canned food, softer foods do not help scrape off plaque or stimulate the gums as well as dry foods. If you do not want to switch foods, then try adding raw baby carrots to your Chihuahuas diet to help keep their teeth and gums healthier. Allowing your Chihuahua to chew on natural bones and chewies can also help promote healthier teeth and gums.
Lastly, you can try adding probiotics to your Chihuahuas diet to rule out any digestive issues that may be contributing to their bad breath. Another simple addition for occasional bad breath is doggy breath mints!