Dachshund Bad Breath (Causes and Solutions)

Hello there! I’m Michael Garcia, and if there’s one thing I know like the back of my hand, it’s dogs – their habits, quirks, and health concerns. One issue that often wags its tail my way is the case of Dachshund bad breath.

So let’s take a sniff around and unearth what’s behind that not-so-pleasant doggy breath and how we can freshen up our little friends.

Essential Points:

  • Dachshunds are prone to bad breath due to factors such as plaque and tartar buildup, diet, picky eating habits, digestive issues, excessive licking, and underlying health issues.
  • The buildup of plaque and tartar on Dachshunds’ teeth can lead to gum inflammation and foul breath.
  • Feeding Dachshunds a low-quality diet or only wet food can increase the chances of bad breath.
  • Dachshunds’ teeth being closer together make them more susceptible to food particles and bacteria getting stuck between their teeth, leading to plaque and tartar accumulation.
  • If a Dachshund’s breath smells sweet or fruity, it could be a sign of diabetes, while a fishy or musty smell may indicate liver failure.
  • Good dental care, including regular teeth brushing, dental chews or toys, and dental check-ups, can help prevent bad breath in Dachshunds.
  • Common causes of bad breath in Dachshunds include poor dental hygiene, diet, infection or inflammation in the mouth, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal problems.

The Nitty-Gritty of Dachshund Dental Woes

Through my years of dog training and Beagle companionship, I’ve come across my fair share of pooches with pungent breath, but Dachshunds seem to bark in their own league. Their uniquely close-set teeth make them more susceptible to trapped food particles and bacteria, leading to a party of plaque and tartar that no one wants an invite to.

Pro Tip: Regular dental check-ups are paramount. I've seen too many cases where small issues became big headaches simply because they went unnoticed.
Dachsund's white clean teeth.

The Dachshund Diet Effect

Ah, the diet – a common culprit. Some owners tend to spoil their pups with low-quality diets or an excess of wet food, which can be a fast track to bad breath town. Balance is key; a high-quality, varied diet can make a world of difference to your Dachshund’s breath and overall health.

Fun Fact: Did you know that kibble can actually help scrape away soft tartar? Just like us chewing gum, it's not a cure-all, but it's something!

Lingering Licks and Underlying Issues

Excessive licking in Dachshunds can be a stealthy contributor to bad breath. It’s not just about the bacteria in the mouth; it’s also what they lick and then bring into their mouths. And let’s not forget, if that breath leans towards the fruity or fishy, we could be sniffing out diabetes or liver issues, which is a vet visit in the making.

A Toothbrush A Day Keeps the Vet Away

Now, I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but brushing your Dachshund’s teeth can’t be barked about enough. It’s akin to us brushing our own chompers – basic hygiene. Daily brushing with canine toothpaste and routine cleanings go a long way. And don’t overlook dental chews and toys; they’re like the floss to our toothbrush – partners in crime against plaque.

Dachshund with a toothbrush in his mouth.

The Power of Prevention

Maintaining a proactive stance on your Dachshund’s oral health can save you and your pooch from future distress. Alongside a balanced diet and dental care routine, I always recommend an annual professional cleaning. It’s a small price to pay for the treasure trove of benefits it brings.

A Chewy Solution

Let’s chew on this – diet and chew toys are more influential than you might think. Incorporating dental-friendly kibble, avoiding human food, and investing in good chew toys can turn the tide on bad breath. Just make sure those chews are Dachshund-sized to prevent any choking hazards.

Vet Visits: Better Safe Than Sorry

Persistent bad breath is a red flag, and it’s one that I advise you to take seriously. A veterinarian can be your best ally in combatting your Dachshund’s bad breath, especially if it’s accompanied by loss of appetite, difficulty eating, or changes in behavior. They can pinpoint the exact cause and guide you towards the right treatment.

Quick Sniffs

  • What’s causing my Dachshund’s bad breath? It could be anything from dental disease to diet or even serious health issues.
  • How do I improve my pup’s breath? Start with regular dental care and consider dietary changes, specifically tailored dental chews, and perhaps even home remedies like parsley.
  • Can any chew help my Dachshund? Absolutely, but make sure it’s designed for small breeds.
  • Are home remedies effective for bad breath? They can be, but they’re more of a Band-Aid solution. Long-term, focus on dental care and consult your vet.

As a dedicated dog lover and trainer, I’ve come to learn that each dog’s needs are as unique as their personalities. Dachshunds, with their boundless energy and charming characters, require an extra touch of care when it comes to dental health.

Remember, a fresh breath is a sign of a well-cared-for dog, and nothing brings more joy than a happy, healthy pup ready to give you a big, sweet-smelling kiss. So grab that toothbrush, and let’s get to it – your Dachshund will thank you!