Saturday, January 02, 2010

Labrador Retriever with Bad Breath

Subject: My Labrador Retriever has bad breath.

From: Denise

Labrador Retriever name: Guy

Reader's E-mail - Denise Writes:

Hello Fay,

Happy New Year. Guy, is my two year old Lab who we love more than anything in this world. The joy he brings to my family is unbelievable and we wouldn't know what we would do without him.

There is one little problem and that is that Guy has the worst breath. He is in perfect health, I feed him an excellent dog food and constantly give him dental dog treats but it doesn't help. Is it possible for you to give us some help with Guy's stinky problem. Thank you,


All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Denise and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for your e-mail.

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

There are products on the market that can help you deal with your Labrador Retriever's bad breath. Dog treats (which you already use), chews, dog breath drops and dog toothbrush to name a few.

An important part of good Labrador Retriever care is good dental care, and bad breath is the first sign of a possible dental problem. Most dental problems are easily treated but left untreated infection, tooth loss or more serious problems can occur.

I would start by checking Guy's teeth and gums to make sure nothing is lodged in there. I would then start brushing his teeth as it is a great way to combat bad breath. Get yourself a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste (don't use human toothpaste). Start by brushing his teeth with your finger and the paste and gradually work up to the toothbrush. Daily brushing is preferred but if can't do it daily make sure you do it a couple times a week.

Here's a good video to help you out with brushing your Labrador Retriever's teeth:

I would also make sure Guy gets fed a high quality dog food and provide him with plenty of hard, safe chew toys that help his teeth to be cleaned by the natural process of chewing.

I would also make sure to get Guy an appointment with his veterinarian for there are a variety of conditions (gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, respiratory problems) that may lead to halitosis. Your veterinarian will run test to pinpoint the cause of your Guy's bad breath and ensure he is in good health. Hope this helps.


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