1) If your Shih Tzu has not had his teeth examined by the vet in a while
(more than 1 year), or if you suspect a problem, you'll want to make an appointment for this. If there are
any serious issues such as infection or decay, the following home remedies to fix bad breath will not resolve these.
Once any underlying issues are taken care of, you can start with a clean slate (pun intended) to keep your Shih Tzu's teeth strong and healthy and his breath smelling great.
2) Start an at-home routine of proper oral hygiene.
This can be accomplished with a 4-punch plan.
And once you get into the habit of these tasks, you'll find that it does not take a long time to make serious strides in keeping the teeth free from decay and plaque at bay for good smelling breath.
Brush your Shih Tzu's teeth daily using #1
a quality toothbrush that is sized for toy dogs with #2
an effective canine toothpaste.
If your Shih Tzu is not used to having his teeth cleaned, you may find that a fingertip-brush works well. This is a small rubber piece that slips over your finger, and allows you to scrub manually.
Alternatively, a small-sized canine toothbrush works well to reach all those little crevices where bacteria, plaque, and smell hide out.
For the paste, it's important to use a quality canine paste (more ahead). You'll want one that does not foam (since dogs swallow the paste), fluoride-free (fluoride is toxic), made in the USA, and with a flavor that will be well-received (most dogs love vanilla or meat flavors like chicken).
Aim to brush your puppy or dog's teeth once per day, with twice per day being ideal. A good scrubbing should last for 3 minutes.
element is to offer a daily dental chew. This will work to remove plaque that cannot be scrubbed off. Be sure to choose one that has been approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
And finally, #4
is to use a plaque-fighting water supplement. This is sometimes referred to as 'canine mouthwash', even though it is meant to be swallowed. We recommend using a tasteless one. This will both help kill bacteria in the mouth and make a dog's breath smell nice and fresh.