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Dog Friendly Tips: My dog has bad breath but he won't admit it

Bad breath is not just a cosmetic or social problem - we all know dogs with bad breath can be less than pleasant company!

Bad breath can indicate an underlying digestive or kidney problem. Or more commonly it is an indication of bacterial overgrowth/plaque on the teeth/gums, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. This in turn can potentially lead to organ problems if left untreated.

Teeth should be white/cream with no excess tartar. Tartar looks thick and brown.

The gums should be a healthy pink (or black depending on skin pigmentation) and not red, swollen or bleeding.

Look out for dropping food, reluctance to eat, excess salivation, clawing at the mouth or bad breath as a sign of mouth problems.

You should always ask your vet to check your dog’s teeth every time you visit and ideally get your dog used to having his teeth brushed twice a day with special doggy toothpaste.

Dog Friendly Article: Buying a Puppy - Things to Consider

It goes without saying that a dog is man's best and loyal friend. Owning a dog can be a great experience. However, remember, bringing home a puppy is a commitment. Therefore this is one decision that needs to be taken after thinking over the pros and cons.

Things you Need to Consider before Buying a Dog

Is this breed for you?  Is there a breed you want to own or are you confused about choosing
the right dog? It is always better to do your homework before you zero in on a dog. You have to make sure that this breed is the right one for you and your family. For instance, if you fell in love with a bearded collie, you have to think whether you have to brush its coat everyday. If you have a busy lifestyle, then it is better to go for a short coated dog. You cannot keep a Golden Retriever or a Labrador in a flat or a studio apartment. These dogs need a lot of space and exercising ground. Take these factors into consideration before you choose a breed.

The financial aspects
: The puppy is a member of your family. It means you should be able to meet his expenses. You should be able to afford its food and timely vaccination. When you are on a vacation, you should be willing to take it along with you or else put it in a good boarding kennels. Evaluate your budget before you settle in for a dog. Remember dog ownership means responsibility. Check the cost and the expenses that you would have to incur online.

You as a dog owner and your neighbo
urs: Be aware of your responsibilities towards your immediate neighbours and to those who live in the local community. It is worth mentioning that dogs can be a bundle of joy but excessive barking can be annoying not only to you but also for your neighbour. While exercising the dog keep her/him on the lead. This will give you control over your dog. To keep the environment clean, remember to pick up after your dog.

Obedience training is mandatory
: Obedience training is a must to house break your puppy. The dog has to answer your commands. There is nothing more frustrating than a disobedient dog. As a dog owner you should be willing to work with your dog systematically if you want a well-behaved dog. Find a local dog trainer.

If you are planning to buy a pure
-bred, pick a responsible breeder. Ask him all the doubts and queries you have about the breed. He will be more than willing to answer your questions. You can also enroll in your local Kennel Club to learn more about dogs.

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