If the dog toothbrush just isn’t working out, there are alternative ways to keep your dachshund’s teeth clean.
Magic Mouthwash From Alpha Paw is getting a lot of positive attention and reviews by dog owners. It is a no-brush formula that you add to your pup’s water.
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It helps keep their teeth clean and gets rid of stinky doggie breath too. I personally haven’t tried this one yet, but plan to grab a bottle when my dachshund, Eko, is a little older.
I have tried the green minty gel additive from a different company in the past for my dachshund, Reno. I squeezed the gel on his teeth without brushing, but that particular additive just gave my dog diarrhea and major stinky Gas! So, you can skip that one.
If the toothbrush and additive method still didn’t work for your doxie, no worries. Try using a tooth-brushing dog toy. There are lots of options out there, but here are Eko’s two favorite toothbrush doggie toys:
For Aggressive Chewers: The alligator dog toothbrush toy works awesome! You can add dog toothpaste to this toy and as they chew, they brush their own teeth.
For Moderate Chewers: Try this dog toothbrush toy. You can add dog toothpaste in the bristles.
Science Diet has a specialty dog food called Oral Care for Adult Dogs (from Petco) that helps clean your doxie’s teeth while they eat. I am currently giving this to my dachshunds, Eko and Bastian, and they love it! See my picture below for the size difference of this food.
The oral care dog food is a lot larger than the regular science diet food, so my dogs think it’s a special treat.
Now, because of the ginormous size of this oral care dog food, I will not be completely switching over to this food. I am just adding in a couple of the oral care dog food morsels to their current food, and it works out great.
My older dog, Bastian, is 15 years old. He doesn’t have a whole lot of teeth left, but he still enjoys these large oral care dog food bites as a special addition to his current food.
Little Eko, who is 1 years old, will roll the large bites around in his mouth and then start to crunch them carefully.
This oral care dog food is for adult dogs only.
Great news: I have noticed that my dachshund’s breath is improved and their teeth look great. Yay!
If none of the above options work for you, there is still hope – dog dental chews.
BarkBox Bright Toothpaste & Toothbrush Chews Kit: This is a nice choice for pups who don’t care to have a toothbrush in their mouth. The chicken flavored toothpaste helps freshen breath and reduces plaque buildup. (From Petco)
Dentalicious™ Doggy Sticks from Alpha Paw: These all natural treats will clean your dog’s teeth and leave their breath smelling fresh. Alpha Paw dental bones help to fight the build-up of plaque and tartar. (From Alpha Paw, use DACHSHUNDSTATION20 for 20% off)
If you are still having trouble and your dog hates having teeth brushed, here are some out-of-the-box ideas from Happy Natural Dog: How to Brush a Dog’s Teeth That Hates Having Them Brushed.
How do you keep your Dachshund’s Breath Smelling Fresh? Let us know below.