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Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Breath?

Last Updated on July 31, 2020 by Ava Jaine

Dental Care is an important part of grooming that many dog owners tend to ignore.  Caring for your Dachshund’s teeth can pay off with better health and nicer smelling breath.

Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Breath?

Dachshunds are more prone to dental hygiene problems than other dog breeds.  It is important to clean your doxie’s teeth and maintain regular checkups with your vet to prevent any dental diseases in your dog.

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Do Dachshunds Have Bad Teeth?

As a Dachshund owner, you and I know very well that our doxies have a massive appetite.  If they were allowed to eat all day long, they would.

Dental diseases, like Gingivitis, are caused by having leftover food sit around the gums.

When food sits on the gums, a nasty bacteria plaque builds up.  Then, tartar starts to form and harden.  This can cause your dog’s gums to become irritated and inflamed (gingivitis). 

Bad breath in dogs is commonly caused by plaque and tartar build up on your Dachshund’s teeth.

Go ahead, take a look at your dachshund’s mouth after they have eaten their meal.  You may find that they have some dog food deposits tucked in the back of their cheeks, right up against their teeth.

My miniature dachshund, Reno, tended to eat this way.  I would catch him storing globs of food (eww…) towards his back teeth.  I tried to massage his cheeks after he ate his meals to help loosen that stored food in the back of his mouth.

What is Dental Disease in Dogs?

Dental Disease (aka Periodontal Disease) starts with tartar build-up on the teeth.  This can then progress into an infection of the gums and the teeth.

If your Dachshund’s dental issues don’t get treated, they may lose their teeth.

Dental disease is just the beginning, it can also lead to issues like kidney problems, damage to the liver, or heart issues.

What is the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?

  • Plaque is the yellowish-colored stuff that begins to form on your dog’s teeth when dog food sits on your dog’s gums and teeth for a while. (Plaque is the soft, sticky stuff)
  • Tartar is formed when that nasty plaque mixes with the different minerals found in your dog’s saliva. Tartar is brownish in color on the outer surface of your dog’s teeth.  Tartar is the hard-calcified plaque that is hard to remove from your dog’s teeth and often needs to be removed through dental cleaning at the vet.

Different Breath Smells:

There are other reasons for bad breath in dogs which can be more serious. Smelly breath could indicate problems with your dog’s respiratory system, disease, or issues with their GI tract.

Find Out More: Is Your Dachshund’s Stinky Breath A Sign Of Illness

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6 Signs of Dental Disease in Dogs

  • Bad Breath (most common)

  • Inflamed Gums

  • Dropping Food

  • Loss of Appetite

  • Tartar

  • Loose Teeth

Did you know 80% of dogs have dental disease by age 3?  (akc.org)

How To Prevent Dental Disease in Your Dog:

If dental disease or gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to something worse.

Some studies have found a link between periodontal disease and kidney, liver or heart failure.

1. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth:

To prevent dental disease in your dog, clean your dog’s teeth a couple times per week.  If you are able to do it daily, that’s even better. Use a dog toothbrush and some yummy chicken or peanut butter flavored toothpaste (Reno’s Favorite dog toothpaste). 

2. Oral Exams and Dental Cleanings:

Take your pup to the vet for oral examinations and yearly dental cleanings.  Before your dog receives his dental cleaning, your vet may require a blood test to screen to look for any hidden diseases that may make going under anesthesia dangerous or even deadly.

3. Good Quality Dog Food:

Feeding your dog high quality dog food can reduce the number of times you visit your vet.  Your dog’s teeth, coat, and overall health will benefit from good quality dog food. 

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4. Chew Toys and Treats:

Chew toys with little ridges on them can help knock off some of the hardened tartar and help keep your dog’s teeth clean.  Little Eko enjoys the Flavored Nylabones (From Amazon).  We go through them every couple of months.  Most chew bones aren’t really “edible,” so make sure to replace them when needed.

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How Often Should Dachshunds Get Their Teeth Cleaned?

My dog’s vet recommends getting your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned once or twice per year.  This depends on the dog’s health overall.  So far, my dogs only need to go one time per year.

When is the Best Time To Get My Dog’s Teeth Cleaned?

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. A dog’s dental cleaning is discounted during this month, so it is the best time to have your dog’s teeth cleaned.

What Is The Best Dog Toothbrush and Toothpaste?

Choose a toothbrush that is small and soft for your dog’s mouth.

Choose a dog toothpaste flavor that your dog will love.  Peanut butter or chicken tend to be favorites among the canines.  Even though these flavors don’t sound appetizing to you, it will make your dog look forward to teeth brushing time!

Note: Only use a toothpaste formulated for dogs.  Human toothpaste can cause your pup to have an upset stomach when swallowed.

Our Favorite Dog Dental Cleaning Kit:

Posh Wag Dog Toothpaste and Toothbrush kit!  We loved this kit of brushes and dog toothpaste because we have multiple dachshunds with different size mouths.

If your pup doesn’t like Posh Wag’s toothpaste flavor, try PetSmile Toothpaste.  It is vet recommended, highly rated by users, and is “London Broil” flavor…yummers!

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Don’t Bother With Dog Breath Additives:

Over the years, I have tried several liquid-based dog breath additives, but they just didn’t work for us.

I tried the green gel that boasts it doesn’t need to be brushed onto the dog’s teeth.. that just gave my dog diarrhea.  I also tried the liquid minty stuff that you add to your dog’s drinking water to promote nicer smelling doggie breath, that just gave both my dog’s major stinky Gas!

Stick to regular vet check ups and brushing your dog’s teeth a couple times a week.  Don’t bother with the minty dog breath stuff, it just causes other issues.

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4 Easy Ways To Brush Your Dachshund’s Teeth

  • 1. Squeeze a little of that yummy dog toothpaste onto your finger and allow the dog to lick it off.

  • 2. Start by gently brushing your dog’s teeth with the finger brush.

  • 3. After your dog is used to the finger brush, introduce the doggy toothbrush.

  • 4. Take breaks often and offer some more licks of the dog toothpaste as a positive reward.

Tip: If your dog hates having your finger in his mouth, wait until he is sleeping to brush his teeth.

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Does your Dachshund have bad breath?  Let us know how you keep your dog’s teeth and breath clean.

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