Indigestion, ingestion of smelly food or poop eating can cause occasional bad breath to your Schnauzer. Smelly breath that lasts is more often than not a sign of oral or more serious or chronic diseases e.g. kidney problems, diabetes, cancer or other conditions.
Your Schnauzer's breath smells rotten, like ammonia or urine, or unusually sweet. Ammonia smell in the mouth could be a warning sign of kidney diseases and sugary smell, on the other hand, suggests a possibility of diabetes.
How it works?
Have your Schnauzer examined clinically to determine the true cause of bad breath. Bad breath caused by more serious diseases will have to be dealt with separately. In other cases, such as tooth decay, the affected teeth of your Schnauzer may then be removed or surgically restored, depending on the condition of the cavity. In either case, the operation will be performed under general anesthesia.
Maintaining oral hygiene is the best remedy for most cases of mouth odor. Scheduling oral examination for your Schnauzer regularly is essential. Your vet will help removal the plaque off your pet's teeth ocassionally but there are many everyday actions you as a pet owner can take, in addition to the clinical efforts.
Mouth SprayMany of the breath sprays made of chemical substances may kill oral bacteria effectively but may also destroy the good bacteria and produce a strong pungent taste disliked by many dogs. PetAlive OralHealth Mouth Spray, on the other hand, uses all-natural ingredients to effectively freshen pets' breath by supporting normal levels of bacteria in the mouth, encouraging the overall oral health, and promoting healthy, strong teeth, gums and tongue.
Other products such as Gumz-n-Teeth is another all-natural remedy that is effective in promoting teeth, gums and bone health and boosting the overall immunity of pets in the long run, so that a fresh breath could also be maintained.
Brushing your Schnauzer's teeth daily is ideal but twice a week is the minimum. There are a variety of products available off the shelf that can do the job. Toothpaste specially designed for dogs come in a variety of tasty flavors such as chicken, liver and malt. My Miniature Schnauzer loved his peanut butter toothpaste so much that every time he saw me had his toothpaste in my hand, he approached happily even without my asking. You may use your finger tip or have your finger wrapped in a small piece of guaze as a toothbrush, but a finger brush that slips over the end of your index finger does the perfect job.
Other products such as dental floss chew, rawhide chews and rubber-studded chews may also be used for cleaning your Schnauzer's teeth. Pets usually love them as they are also toys to them. It is essential that you do not let your Schnauzer chew these products without supervision.
High quality and all natural dry kibble is preferred to moist food in improving mouth odor. If a moist diet is to be fed, offering a crunchy carrot after meal can help reduce the build-up of food residue on your Schnauzer's teeth.
You may supplement the regular teeth-brushing and dry food diet by feeding leafy greens (fresh alfafa, spinach and parsley which are rich in vitamins, minerals and other compunds such as chlorophyll) which are known to aid digestion and freshen the breath at the same time. More often than not, it is a good idea to supplement your Schnauzer moderate amount of fresh, succulent fruits and vegetables such as carrot and broccoli especially if they are on dry food diet. These crunchy vegetables can give your dog.
Dogs respond to supplements and alternative treatments differently. Consult your vet before applying any of these remedies or making any dietary changes to your Schnauzer. Dogs known to have other medical conditions should only receive alternative treatments or supplements under the supervision of your vet. In any case, supplements should be introduced gradually and, preferably, only one new supplement at a time.