For course, this only applies to puppies. Teething will begin around the age of 3 months and last until just about 6 months. During this short period of time, bad breath may be a side effect of the teething process.
As milk teeth loosen and fall out, there is some bleeding on a puppy's gums that owners may or may not notice. When this is combined with the moist environment of the mouth, bacteria may grow. This sort of bad breath issue may have a semi-sweet, sourly odor.
How to Fix This:
To fix this, gently brush the teeth and gums. At this young age, a finger brush may work, though a proper brush made for toy breeds is often tolerated as well. Since teething can cause very itchy gums, many Chihuahua puppies
actually enjoy the feeling of the bristles as it relieves itching.
By providing this type of care at a young age, you will be setting a good foundation for an older dog that should have daily cleanings.
2) Bad Oral Hygiene
This breed is very prone to tooth decay and dental infections. For the Chihuahua, plaque quickly builds up without regular at-home dental care
. If it is not fully removed, it hardens into tarter (also known as calculus). Both of these substances can grow at the gum line and then under the gum line, which can cause problems unseen the by the eye.
Just a buildup of plaque (before it hardens) can lead to gingivitis (Inflammation of the gum tissue) and this can lead to periodontitis (a disease that affects the tissues that surrounds and support the teeth). Both of these conditions can cause moderate to severe bad breath problems.
This is the main reason for why a Chihuahua's breath smells bad for those 1-year-old and up.
How to Fix This:
If you have always brushed at home: If you are unsure if you are reaching everything, it is a good idea to have a professional veterinarian that has experience with the Chihuahua breed to perform a dental evaluation. Even with brushings, it may be time for a scraping. In the best case scenario, decayed teeth or infected gums can be ruled out, allowing you to proceed to resolve bad breath with other methods.
If dental care has been lacking: A full evaluation will be necessary. Many owners hesitate because they do not want their dog to be put under anesthesia. And this is a legitimate concern. Others worry that they will be judged on the lack of care that was given in this area; however a bit of embarrassment is well worth preventing a dog from losing his teeth and the pain that goes along with that.
It should be noted that while there are some risks, the majority of dogs that are given anesthesia do not suffer any negative consequences. Additionally, there are some services that offer anesthesia-free cleanings.
While you may wish to discuss the option with your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to discuss your dog's age
and overall health to decide the best method of performing a thorough cleaning. Once it is complete, following a good hygiene plan at home can prevent any further need for professional treatment.