Stinky Dog Breath & Pet Dental Health

Snuggling with your pet can be one of the highlights of being a pet parent, that is unless Fluffy or Fido is suffering from a bad case halitosis! Wherever that bad breath came from, it is probably too offensive for your nose to handle and can haunt you for days. Although pets aren’t known for having great breath, bad breath may really be a sign of poor oral health.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, it’s the ideal time to put the spotlight on oral hygiene and the importance of proper dental care.


In many cases, the bad breath is due to built-up tartar on the teeth close to the gum line. This can become irritated and inflamed if not addressed and ultimately lead to an infection or disease which can cause severe problems and be taxing on the immune system.

Other times, that stink is coming from the gut! Digestion problems, issues in the gastrointestinal tract, mouth and other organs can be sources of what some call ‘stomach breath’.

In both situations, as with many health issues, diet can make a HUGE difference! Because pets are naturally scavenger carnivores, they have a shorter G.I. tract, less enzymes in their saliva to break down foods (especially sugars & carbs) and teeth made to rip and tear instead of crush and chew.

Try these best practices in dental health with your pet:

  • Feed your pet foods that are low in sugars and carbs which cause more tartar on the teeth.
  • Avoid ingredients with no added nutritional value like common fillers and look for high quality proteins.
  • Consider cleaning their teeth a few times a month, even if it’s just wiping off the outsides with gauze or a wet cloth. If using toothpaste, remember to stay away from toothpaste designed for humans and choose one that is natural.
  • Try ‘snacks’ that can act as dental floss like uncooked or smoked bones. Dental chews are another option, but avoid any gluten in those, or try some sea algae which can break down tartar effectively too!

Remember that good oral health is important for more reasons other than that smelly breath! Your pet’s body can suffer more serious problems so try some healthy dental practices and feed good quality food. If interested in learning more about Pet Wants’ fresh food and the benefits on dental health, chat with us on our website Pet Wants Cincy or stop in our stores!

If awful breath is a persistent problem, talk to your veterinarian to rule out any serious issues.  Solutions for your pet’s bad breath depends entirely on its root cause.

For more information on pets or to try one of our nutritious blends, please visit Pet Wants Cincy.

Interview with The Founder of Pet Wants, Michele Hobbs

Have you ever wondered how Pet Wants got started? Check out this interview with the founder, Michele Hobbs and the story of Pet Wants.   You can also read more about Michele’s beginnings and her journey to Pet Wants in the article in the Spring 2015 issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS. 

Also, Did you know that Pet Wants now has curbside pickup and delivery?  Try it out now! Just call  513-888-DOGS or click here to shop online. 

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Reasons Why Freshness is Key for Pet Nutrition

Most commercial pet food you find on the shelf at a local grocery store has been produced in mass quantities. It has also traveled far and wide among distribution centers before it arrived for you to purchase. The food can sit on the shelf or in a warehouse for half a year ordog-cat-eating-copy more. 

Why Fresh Food Matters

Expiration dates on dog food can be misleading. The dates are guidelines, not necessarily great predictors of how fresh the food is. When pet food sits in a warehouse or on a store shelf, its nutritional value becomes compromised. In addition, to make sure pet food doesn’t spoil, manufacturers often load the food with additives, preservatives and chemicals. You may not even know which preservatives have been used, because companies don’t always disclose them. The damage caused by these questionable ingredients can lead to all types of health problems in your pets, including skin rashes, stomach ailments and in the worst cases, a shortened life span.

What Is Your Why?

Animal lovers want to provide their pets with the freshest and most nutritious food available. Wouldn’t it be great to choose a pet food company that upheld the same ideals and values? Pet Wants creates a range of pet food made from fresh, healthy ingredients that serve you and your pet well. Everyone involved with Pet Wants is passionate about nutritious food. We are committed to creating healthy alternatives to the pet food created with preservatives and unhealthy chemicals.


What Does My Pet Get Out of This?

You wouldn’t eat rotten or moldy food. You also wouldn’t want to eat food that used to be nutritious but is no longer that way. And whenever possible, you likely prefer fresh, nutritious meals to chemically enhanced ones. You don’t want your pet eating food loaded with chemicals and lacking in nutritional quality either. Eating fresh food helps your dogs and cats maintain a healthy weight. It also helps picky eaters and can reduce food allergies. Additionally, feeding your pets fresh food gives them healthy, shiny coats. You may also notice that they have increased energy and improved digestion. All of these benefits together make for a happier pet.

You love your pets. You can protect them from the consequences of eating low quality food that may have been on a shelf for several months. If you want to have healthy happy pets, and want to feel good about what you feed them, try Pet Wants! For more information about pet nutrition or to try one of our formulas, please contact Pet Wants Cincy (513) 888-3647.