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Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Breath?

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

Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Breath?

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.

Gingivitis and other dental diseases are caused by having leftover food sit around the gums which causes a nasty bacteria plaque buildup and bad dog breath.

Go ahead, take a look at your dachshund’s mouth after they have eaten their dog food.  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 a glob of food in his cheeks 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.

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Do Dachshunds Have Bad Teeth?

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

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 you don’t treat your dachshund’s dental issues, your doxie 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 Causes Dental Disease in Dogs?

If your dog leaves food in his gums after eating, that food will sit on the teeth and cause bad bacteria (plaque) to build up along the dog’s gums.

Then, the tartar starts to form and harden or calcify.  This can cause your dog’s gums to become irritated and inflamed, causing gingivitis.

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

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. (Tartar is the hard stuff)

Different Breath Smells:

Some other reasons for bad breath in dogs can be more serious, including problems with your dog’s respiratory system or issues with their GI tract.

If your dog has diabetes, his breath may smell sweet.  Kidney disease will make your dog’s breath smell like ammonia. If your dog has nasty smelling breath, is vomiting, and has yellow-tinted eyes, it may indicate problems with their liver.

Why Do Dachshund Dogs Have Bad Breath?

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?  (source)

How To Prevent Dental Disease in Your Dog:

If dental disease or gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to something worse: periodontal disease and losing teeth. Some studies have found a link between periodontal disease and kidney, liver or heart failure.

1. Brush your Dog’s Teeth Daily:

To prevent dental disease in your dog, clean your dog’s teeth daily. Use a dog toothbrush and some yummy chicken flavored toothpaste (Reno’s Favorite dog toothpaste).

2. Take your dog for regular oral exams and 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:

Feed your dog quality dog food.

4. Toys and Treats for Chewing:

Chew toys with little ridges on them help to knock off the hard tartar and help keep your dog’s teeth clean.

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.

The dog toothpaste is where it gets interesting!  Choose a dog toothpaste flavor your dog will love: peanut butter, chicken, or beef.  Even though that doesn’t sound appetizing to you, it will make your dog look forward to teeth brushing time!

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

Our Favorite Dental Cleaning Kit in our Doxie Home:

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.

In the past, we have tried other doggie breath and teeth cleaners, 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!

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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.

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

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