There really is nothing worse than having a dog with super bad breath sitting and breathing near you.
Although it is normal for your dog to have “doggie breath”, this does not mean that the breath should be abnormally smelly or disgusting.
If your dog has a breath odor problem, you may try some of these bad breath remedies:
- Commercial dog bones that are designed to freshen your dog’s breath. Many of these bones are designed to chip off tartar build up that can become very smelly over time.
- Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth. Yes, you can do this. There are a wide variety of doggy toothpastes available in flavors your dog will love, such as beef, chicken, liver, etc. and you can also purchase a special brush that you put on your fingertip. You can also use damp gauze with baking soda, although your dog probably won’t like this very much.
- Ensure that your dog is eating a healthy diet and do not give him too many treats.
If these bad breath remedies do not work or are not effective at all, you may wish to visit your vet for a check up. There are some diseases that can cause bad breath in dogs, including, Addison’s disease which is a problem with the adrenal hormones.
Regular and vigilant care of your dog’s teeth is one of the best bad breath remedies that you can employ. It is very important to look after your dog’s teeth, because once they rot or have too much tartar build up, you may be facing some serious vet bills to have your dog’s teeth repaired or pulled. Dogs do not have a dental plan, you are their dentist, and they rely upon you to care for their teeth as best as you can.
As a dog owner, it is a really good idea to start off with brushing your dog’s teeth while he is a puppy.
This does not mean that you can’t brush your older dog’s teeth; they can learn to enjoy the process so long as you are gentle and use a tooth paste with a flavor that your dog loves.