How to Make Your Dog’s Breath Smell Good

Many (and I do mean many) years ago, there was an advertising jingle on television that in part went something like this:

“He said that she said that he has halitosis.  She said that he said it’s true of some girls, too.”

I don’t recall if the commercial was for a mouthwash or toothpaste. No one wants to smell bad breath from another person or their dogs.

Bad breath is something that almost all dogs have at one time or another.  Sometimes, their breath is so bad. It seems to fill up the entire room.   Unfortunately, your dog can not cure its bad breath on its own.

What Causes a Dog’s Bad Breath?

The primary cause of bad breath in dogs is a disease caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar. If their teeth are not cared for properly, they may even develop a periodontal disease like humans.

If you are having a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, you can ask for your vet’s help so that cleaning will still be applied now and then. Also, tartar build-up and plaque will be removed by the vet using an anesthetic if required. Some dogs will not tolerate brushing their teeth. There are several things you can try to help improve the smell of your dog’s breath.

Chew Sticks and Treats

Chewing is your dog’s natural way of cleaning its teeth. There are dog treats that also have a pleasing taste while it removes plaques and tartar build-up. Your vet can recommend chewing treats that are healthy and effective for dental problems in dogs.

Although there are many brands of dental chews available for your dog, you should check what’s in the chew treats. Read the label. Make sure it lists breath-freshening ingredients like cinnamon, clove, and chlorophyll.

Breath-Freshing Drinks

There is also available dental water that your pooch can drink safely, and it also has chlorophyll plus other harmless ingredients that are sure to fight away bad breath in your dog.

Try Parsley

Parsley is commonly found in your kitchen, and this is safe to feed your dog. At the same time, it has natural breath fresheners beneficial to your dog. Double-check the parsley, though, since there is a type of curly-leaf parsley toxic to dogs.

Try Yogurt

We also know yogurt to remedy bad breath in dogs. You can add plain yogurt to your dog’s food or just let him feed on it once in a while. Although, ingredients can be harmful to your dogs, such as xylitol, when used in sugar substitutes and added in some flavored yogurt.

Make sure that you only give him plain yogurt.

Dental Exams

Regular dental exams will go a long way to prevent a lot of problems later on. The vet can catch any issues that may start with your dog’s oral health. Your pooch can also get the proper teeth cleaning under the vet’s care. You can get a schedule that the vet will recommend. Make sure that you follow it.

Your dog, like humans, also feels pain when there is something wrong with its teeth. You may notice its lack of appetite, not interested in doing its daily activity, it is grumpy and will not chew on anything you offer

Proper Diet

Your vet can suggest some dog food that will prevent your dog from having bad breath. There are dog foods available that promote dental health while giving your dog the nutrients he needs.

You can also combine some foods known to cure bad breath in dogs, such as slices of carrots and apples. It helps in fighting plaque build-up while keeping your dog’s breath fresh.

Try a Few Drops of Apple Cider Vinegar

Half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water can help to freshen their breath. Vinegar is not just beneficial to humans but also for dogs.


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