Last updated on November 5, 2014
Help for Smelly Dog Mouth
My dog’s mouth smells. This is not a fact I am proud of and the reason for the stench is not because of poor oral hygiene. On the contrary: I am a once to twice a day brusher of my dog’s teeth and have done so for over 18 years. Not once did my last Cocker Spaniel need a professional under-anesthesia dental cleaning in her entire 15 years of life. The folks at the vet used to be amazed at how tartar-free her teeth remained, and I attribute it to teeth brushing, being diligent, and taking literally 5 minutes or less per day to save her life. I feel as if I was gifted with extra years and healthy organs because of my efforts.
But lately my dog’s mouth has been, well, smelly. As a lifelong Cocker Spaniel mom, there are some “uh oh” moments that elicit further action on my part.
The Mystery of the Smelly Dog Mouth
After visiting the veterinarian, our mascot, Dexter, was diagnosed with lip fold dermatitis. Although he is a medium-sized Cocker Spaniel, his lip folds/jowls rival that of a Clumber Spaniel. Bigger lip folds means more drool and a higher propensity for bacteria to form. This is yet another reason that proper oral hygiene is so important in dogs.
When moisture and debris get trapped in these saggy, floppy lips, the skin gets irritated, and bacteria and even yeast can occur. Left untreated, sores can develop along with infection. Thankfully, this has never happened to us because we are diligent in our oral care plan.
Does Your Dog’s Mouth Smell?
If your dog’s breath or mouth smells, this is not something to ignore.
Irony and Timing
When the odor of “smelly jowls” rears its ugly head, I know it’s time to start the regimen prescribed by our veterinarian. The treatment is easy and involves a type of pad, an ointment, and even a shampoo. Within a week, this clears up.
As fate would have it, I was traveling last week when my spouse noticed “smelly mouth” with Dexter. Not wanting to get into where everything was located and knowing I’d be home in a few days, I just told her to keep Dexter’s mouth clean and wipe his jowls frequently. I also told her to continue on with the TropiClean Water Additive that we began a week earlier.
She added one tablespoon to our dog’s water bowl once a day for a few days. Amazingly, when I returned home from my business trip, Dexter’s lip folds no longer smelled. Although TropiClean makes no claims to the usage of its water additive for lip fold dermatitis, it seems that it helped keep a flare up at bay!
Water Additive and Why
Many dog moms and dads seem to neglect proper oral care in their dogs. If you truly are unable to find time to brush your dog’s teeth or your dog is opposed to it completely, the TropiClean water additive is a nice, easy, safe, affordable solution. The water additive contains the following ingredients: Purified Water, Citric Acid, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Chlorophyllin, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, and Green Tea Leaf Extract.
Since 80 percent of dogs will show signs of periodontal disease by the time they are three years of age, this puts a huge strain on a dog’s heart and internal organs.
We use the TropiClean system in conjunction with the other products in the line including our favorite, the Advanced Cleaning System dental chews with flaxseed. Nothing can replace a toothbrush, but these treats act as a great addition to an oral care plan. Namely, these treats are:
- Made in the USA
- Gluten free
- Grain free
- Corn free
- Wheat free
Keeping Smelly Dog Mouth Away
Before you start any new regimen of oral care, see your dog’s veterinarian first. A professional cleaning might be in order. Dogs should have teeth checked regularly, once a year, at a minimum to check for any cracks, breaks, cavities, or loosening.
Check out the products we are now using regularly in conjunction with brushing every day from our friends at TropiClean with a whole line of dental goodies for pets. Looking for more ways to keep a dog’s mouth clean? Look here.
Question: What’s Your Best Way to Prevent Smelly Dog Mouth? Do you have any sort of oral care plan in place for your dog?