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Bad Breath and Dog Breath Have the Same Causes

Monday, August 29th, 2011

It’s a common wives’ tale that a dog’s mouth is nine times cleaner (or some similar number) than a humans. While this has been proven to
be false, it should be obvious to those of you that have ever had a whiff of some serious doggie breath!

Bad breath is often caused by the bacteria in one’s mouth – whether it is human or canine.  The Knox News published an article that discusses the many causes of bad breath in dogs. A few of them are causes that humans often doing have to worry about for their own breath. These include the use of one’s tongue to clean hard-to-reach body parts and the ingestion of items that people don’t consider food.

There are, however several causes that can afflict both humans and dogs: metabolic problems, gastrointestinal diseases, cancer, food allergies and gum disease. All in all, dogs often get halitosis for the same reason people do – microbes.  Bacteria that thrives in the oral cavity (whether it be dog or human) feed off of remnants of the food we eat. As these bacteria digest sugars and proteins, they give off awful-smelling compounds that our brains register as bad odors.

How can you fight bad breath? If you’re human, you may want to think about using an oral care probiotic to naturally combat these bad breath bugs. For your four-legged best friend, TheraBreath also has the answer with Dr. Katz for Dogs and Cats Oral Spray or Solution. You can either put a few harmless capfuls of the solution into your dog’s water bowl or take the more direct approach and use our spray to directly target the mouth and neutralize any doggie breath. Give them a try – both you and your pet will thank us.

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Bad Breath Dog Can’t Find a Home

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Halitosis can really put a damper on a person’s social life. Well, it turns out bad breath is a major turn off for our furry canine friends too. According to a recent article in the UK Daily Mail, a rescued greyhound located in Essex has been passed up by over 300 could-be owners all due to his bad breath!

Poor Tommy the greyhound has a severe case of halitosis due to immune system problems. The UK Daily Mail says that this loveable dog was put on antibiotics to lift his immune system and treat a gum infection, but the treatment didn’t help with the foul mouth odor.

But things are looking up! Tommy’s temporary owner Elaine Sheppard has trained this smart pooch to gargle with mouthwash once a day. Of course, Tommy’s oral rinse isn’t the typical mouthwash; regular human mouthwash can actually be harmful to pets. Hm, we wonder if Tommy’s owner is using Dr. Katz for Dogs + Cats Oral Solution.  Just two capfuls a day in Benji’s water will dramatically improve the “just drank from the toilet” breath. And yes! It’s great for your frisky feline friends too.

It has also been suggested that feeding your pets brown rice or carrots may naturally lessen funky breath. It’s also important to take care of your pets’ teeth; after all, they can’t brush them alone. Regular cleanings are a good way to prevent gum disease – a major problem with many pets and a serious link to bad breath.

Hopefully with the press coverage and Tommy’s new dental regimen, he’ll find a new home soon. Good luck Tommy!

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Pets with Bad Breath

Monday, November 29th, 2010

According to the 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of all U.S. households own a pet. That is about 71.4 million homes. The majority of these pets are dogs, closely followed by cats.

But these four-legged creatures are often much more than just a pet, they are truly members of the household and family. Many of us care for these pets as if they are our own children.  We take them to the vet and groomers regularly, and spend hundreds of dollars a year on pet care.

While we give them treats (such as raw-hides) to chew on, our pets may still have dental problems and bad breath. Did you know that periodontal disease is the #1 disease in dogs and cats? Bad breath is one major sign that your pet may be suffering from this. So rather than spend large amounts of money on non-anesthetic cleanings or risk the more evasive anesthetic cleanings on your pet, try treating it naturally and effectively with Dr. Katz for Dogs + Cats Oral Solution. (more…)

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Does Your Dog Have Bad Breath? Free Dental Check-ups for Dogs in the UK

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

In the United Kingdom, March 2010 is the launch of “Oral Care Month“.  Vets are teaming up with a dog food company to give free dental checks for canines.  The veterinary services at Bristol University said that the purpose of these free exams was to put emphasis on the problem of gum disease in dogs.   In adult dogs, gum infections are the most common problem, and it affects 80% of dogs over age three.  That’s only one out of five dogs that is gum disease free!  Unfortunately, only TWO PERCENT of owners employ the use of a regular oral maintenance routine for their pets.

Hopefully, Oral Care Month helps educate pet owners on how important it is to maintain regular dental care, which includes brushing daily and offering a dog chews.  Both of these help to diminish the amount of plaque and tartar buildup in the oral cavity.  Chews can reduce plaque buildup by up to 60%, and tartar buildup as much as 80%.  Also, people will be learning what gum disease symptoms to look for in their pets, like bad breath, picky eating, and so on.  Sometimes these symptoms can signify a health condition, and should not be accepted as ‘normal’.

It is said that dogs need their dental health attended to just like humans.  When a dog hits age three, 80% have gum disease, which is caused by excessive tartar and plaque.  So, if you have a dog and live in the UK, this is the month to take advantage of a free checkup!

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Does Your Dog Have Bad Breath?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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While most people just accept the fact that their dog’s breath smells like…well, dog breath…what they don’t realize is that odor might signify serious health risks with the potential to damage not only your pooches’ teeth and gums but also its internal organs.  To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and several other veterinary groups have joined to declare February as National Pet Dental Health Month.

Bacteriologist and fresh breath guru, Dr. Harold Katz, is not only an expert on fresh breath for humans, he is also THE expert on fresh breath for man’s best friend. Dr. Katz is available to come in-studio with his electronic breath testing device, the Halimeter, and measure some pups’ breath on air, giving pet parents sensible tips on how to prevent doggie gum disease and get rid of bad breath in dogs for good!

Katz has been a featured guest on tons of local and national TV shows across the country.  Click here to view his most recent interview on Fox & Friends, and to access his full demo reel: http://www.viddler.com/explore/drkatz/videos/123/.

Thanks for your consideration – let me know what you think!

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