Bad Dog Breath – Home Remedies

By Valdette Muller| December 18, 2018 | Blog

When a dog has bad breath (also known as halitosis), the usual cuddling and kissing can become unbearable.

Halitosis is the medical term used to describe an offensive odour that comes from the mouth, producing bad breath.

It is not normal for a dog’s breath to be smelly. If the cause of the bad breath is left untreated, it can result in serious problems later.

Common problems related to bad breath.

The most common reason for a dog’s bad breath is a dental problem such as tooth decay or gum disease. 

A bad smelling odour can be an indicator of other potential health problems, which can involve other parts of the body, such as gastrointestinal, respiratory or kidney disease.

Things you can try at home to remedy the situation.

Brushing your dogs teeth regularly: Oral hygiene is not just for us humans, but for our animals too. Our dogs also get cavities like us. Use pet toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush (Never use human toothpaste or baking soda). Brushing 2-3 times a week should do the trick.

Kong Treat with Dog Toothpaste: If your dog will not cooperate for a traditional teeth brushing session, the next-best alternative is smearing a thin layer of pet toothpaste in and on a Kong or Finity Toothbrush toy. As your dog licks and chews, the action can mimic brushing.

Give your dog some chew treats: There are a number of these found on Shinga Pet. Remember to pick the right one for your dog, depending on the dog’s size.

Dogs can also drink bad dog breath away: Dogs can also drink their way to fresh-smelling breath if you provide fresh, clean water everyday and make sure your dog drinks enough of it. Water helps to flush out the kidneys and keeps your dog’s organs healthy. Make sure your dog’s bowl is kept clean as well.

Probiotics for dogs: Clean teeth and gums cannot make up for an unhealthy gut, a common culprit when it comes to bad breath. Probiotics support the good bacteria in the body. Use a probiotic made especially for dogs, and you’ll notice a big difference, not just in keeping that bad dog breath at bay, but in your dog’s overall well-being.

Fresh parsley: Get some from your herb garden or the supermarket, finely chop the parsley up, and sprinkle on your dog’s food.

Coconut oil: A spoonful of this healthy fat for your dog is a sweet treat that aids digestion and immune system function. Some dog lovers even brush their pets’ teeth with coconut oil.

If your dog still has bad breath

If your dog’s breath still smells bad and that smell isn’t going away, it’s a good idea to talk to your vet.

More likely it will be an issue with your dog’s oral health, but your vet will help to rule out any of the more serious, less likely potential causes and give you an integrated treatment plan to help overcome the problem and prevent it from returning.

Sources: https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/7-reasons-your-dog-has-bad-breath

https://www.care.com/c/stories/6430/wicked-bad-breath-in-dogs-10-ways-to-tame-it/

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