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12 year old with REALLY BAD BREATH!
We just "inherited" my Dad's dog. He's not a golden, but my question applies to any breed.
He's a 12 year old cocker spaniel and has the most FOUL breath! We can smell his breath from across the room.
I don't think he has ever had a proper teeth cleaning - my Dad was sick for a very long time and was not able to care for him as well as he should have (but was very attached to him and wouldn't agree to find him a new home!)
Anyhow, I'm wondering what to do about this nasty breath problem. It's so bad that we can't really stand to be around him. :\ He was licking a toy in the other room awhile ago and I could smell his breath all the way in here!
I know we probably should take him to a vet for a full, proper cleaning and check-up, but we won't be able to do that for a few weeks as we live in a remote town and the closest vet is 4 hours away. Since this isn't a life threatening problem or anything, we'd like to try a few things at home first, before taking him to the vet.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we can (safely) use to brush his teeth with/clean his mouth with? I've read that human toothpaste is not safe - what else should we try?
I know this is a common problem with older dogs, so I'm hoping someone here may have some experience with this and some suggestions for me.
Thanks a lot!