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Why Do Dogs Have Bad Breath?

More or less all dogs have bad breath, but there is a difference between bad and morbidly bad. If you notice that your dog smells extra bad in their mouth, so-called halitosis, it may be because the dog has eaten something bad or that bacteria have become stuck in their throat or on their tongue. It can also be due to other medical problems. 

Various Diseases That Can Cause Bad Breath in Dogs

Some examples of diseases can be various kidney problems, tumors and in rare cases it can also be because the dog has a condition affecting the nervous system, and cannot swallow his food properly. The dog can also have gastrointestinal problems such as gastric ulcer, or infections that can affect the breath, as well as dental problems such as tartar, inflamed gums, tooth loss, damaged and inflamed teeth.

What Can Be Done About the Problem?

A basic thing is to brush your dog’s teeth – preferably daily. There are chewing sticks specially made to prevent dental problems that also prevent bad breath. Some ingredients that can improve your dog’s breath are parsley and carrots. Something many people do not think about is changing the dog’s drinking water often, as dust accumulates if it’s allowed to stand for too long which can have an effect on the breath.

Good nutrition is also important for preventing dental problems and poor oral hygiene. Pay attention to whether your dog has tartar, this needs to be cleaned by a veterinarian at regular intervals.

At the Vet

What happens at the vet? If you visit a veterinarian because of suspected problems related to unusually bad breath, the veterinarian will undergo a dental and oral examination. Sometimes dental x-rays are also done, which often requires the dog to be sedated or anesthetized.  

Not Always a Problem

It is important to remember that dogs do not eat the same kind of food as we humans and therefore the breath naturally smells different. With a good diet and regular tooth brushing, you and your dog will be okay. 

How to do a smooth food transition

Are you thinking about trying a new dog food brand? Then you should read this guide first. When introducing a new feed to your dog, it’s important to do it carefully and progressively in order to prevent stomach problems. A smooth food transition = a happy and healthy dog!  

Why change dog food? 

Most dogs change feed at least a couple of times in their lives. The most common reason is the transition from puppy-feed to adult-feed, but it can also be a change in brand, composition or variety because of changed nutritional needs. Sometimes, the dog owner is just curious to try a new kind. Regardless of the reason, it’s always recommended to carefully introduce the new feed to your dog. 

A smooth transition

Unlike humans, dogs’ bodies are sensitive to quick changes in diet. Their intestinal flora is constantly shaped by the feed that they’re eating, so if a quick change in diet happens, there’s a risk for stomach problems. Therefore, it’s important to let their digestive system to progressively get used to the new feed in order to digest it properly. It also means that a new bacterial culture needs to be built-up over time, which is why many quick changes in diet should be avoided. 

Our 16-day guide

Together with veterinarians, we’ve made a food transition guide that will guarantee a smooth transition. In this way, you will be able to separate reactions caused by a food change and reactions caused by intolerance or allergy. This guide builds on the idea to progressively mix the new need with the old feed during a longer period of time until the dog’s body is fully accustomed with the new feed. 

Day 1-5
20% new – 80% old

Day 6-10
40% new – 60% old 

Day 11-15
75% new – 15% old

Day 16
100% new ☺ 

Always make sure to mix the two feeds properly and that your dog has access to drinking water. This method eliminates any bad reactions caused by a hasty food change, but if your dog still reacts badly – throws up, have diarrhea or skin issues – it could be signs of food sensitivity, intolerance or allergy. If this happens you should consolidate with a veterinarian.  

If you are changing from dry food to wet food, you can mix some of the wet food in the dry food. This works well if your dog eats at regular hours, but could work less well if your dog always has access to food. If the latter applies to you, then it’s a good idea let the dry food stay put, but place the wet food out during short periods of time. If you are planning to change feed in the opposite direction, from wet food to dry food, you can use the same method but reversed. You simply mix some dry food with the wet food and let your dog progressively get used to it.

Good luck! 

7 ways to make your office dog happier

Did you know office dogs help to reduce stress at work, increase health and even improve relations between co-workers? It’s true! No wonder that so many people bring their dogs to work nowadays. An office dog is not only a mood booster, but can also make your workplace more attractive for job seekers. An office dog is also the perfect co-worker to encourage you to take breaks. But before you decide to bring your dog to work, it’s important to set some ground rules and make sure that everyone on the office is on-board.

  1. Make sure your dog enjoys it

Luckily, dogs are pretty good at showing their feelings and emotional state, whether they are happy, stressed or scared. As the owner, it’s your job to read those signals at an early stage, so that you can tell if your dog really likes being at the office. 

  1. A dog policy 

To minimize the risk of uncertainties, create a dog policy for your office. If conflicts happen, they will not only affect the co-workers, but also the dog – and we don’t want that. Take inspiration from big companies like Google, who has their own dog policy including rules about responsibility and spaces where dogs are allowed. 

  1. A responsible person 

In most cases, the office dog belongs to an employee at work, which makes him or her the natural responsible person. But if you happen to have shared ownership of the dog, it’s important assign a person responsible during office hours, so that there’s always someone to look after the dog. 

  1. Its own space

It can sometimes be stressful at an office – even for an office dog. Make sure that your dog always has its own spot to return to, a comfy bed, water, food and some toys. Even the most social dog would want a place to hide away from humans sometimes. 

  1. Routines and rules 

Most dogs find stability in routines and rules, such as knowing when it’s time for a walk and when to eat. It’s common to want to mark off certain spaces where the dog isn’t allowed, such as kitchen and conference room. By using gates or closed doors, you create limits that are easy for the dog to respect.  

  1. Disciplined co-workers

It’s not only your dog that has to be well-mannered, the co-workers should be too. If everyone has their own rules, such as giving snacks between meals or allowing the dog to visit marked off spaces, it becomes impossible for the dog to know its own routines and rules. 

  1. A good insurance 

Last but not least, all dogs should be insured – even office dogs. It can happen a lot at an office. If an accident would happen it’s important to have an insurance, so that there won’t be a question about who’s responsible. Safe for your dog and safe for your co-workers.  

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