Say good bye to stinky pooch breath. Five easy dog bad breath remedy's that work
There is one question I’m most often asked by desperate dog owners. How can I get rid of my dog’s bad breath?
Any dog owner who has experienced the full fetid horror of bad dog breath being administered directly into the face at the point of a full bodied yawn, knows just how unpleasant an experience it can be.
As much as I love my dog, living in fear of the dreaded paint stripper breath is a real downer. There are many reasons why dogs get bad breath. Barring, underlying medical problems canine halitosis is mostly caused by excessive amounts of bad bacteria in their mouth or gut.
Does your dog’s breath stink really bad? Are you wondering How to prevent bad breath in your dog?
5 Easy Dog Bad Breath Remedy’s That Your dog will Love
Good oral hygiene is just as important for your pooch as it is for humans and should be an important part of your dog care routine. Like humans, dogs also suffer from oral problems such as tartar, cavities and plaque build up. The best way to prevent bad breath in your dog is to regularly brush their teeth.
This is especially true of small brachycephalic dogs ( breeds with pushed in faces and shallow muzzles) like Pugs or Shih Tzus, which are particularly susceptible to bad breath and tooth decay. This is because their teeth are often squashed and crammed tightly together. These breeds really need to have their teeth cleaned on a daily basis.
Make sure you choose a tooth paste which has been especially made for dogs.
Above all! Never use human toothpaste. Because it contains xylitol which can cause liver failure in dogs.
Not all dogs like having their teeth cleaned with a tooth brush. If this is your experience, try wrapping a piece of gauze around your finger and use a mixture of baking soda and water to rub away plaque.
How to make your own natural toothpaste
Is your dog still unreceptive to a good old gnasher cleaning session? Try smearing a thin layer of dog friendly toothpaste in and around a chewy toy such as a Kong. The licking and chewing action as they chow down on the toy will have a similar effect to brushing and help to keep your dog’s teeth naturally clean.
..Talking of Chew Toys
Dogs love to chew. Giving your doggy pet a safe recommended chew toy has the extra benefit of keeping your dog mentally stimulated while banishing their stinky breath at the same time.
Apple Slices and Carrots
There is nothing like a tasty treat to encourage your dog to take their medicine. When it comes to finding effective dog bad breath remedy’s, slices of apple and chunks of crunchy carrot are an ideal and way of eliminating your dog’s bad breath. Because crunching on carrots and apples helps to prevent plaque build up and does a great job of getting at that nasty tartar stuck on those hard to reach back teeth.
Given daily, carrots and apples make a make a healthy, tasty treat that dogs love. They will also help to keep their mouth fresh and odor free.
Top Tip. Frozen carrot sticks make a great treat for teething puppies. Because puppies love the cool soothing feeling that frozen carrots provide to sore little gums.
A Touch Of Parsley
There is a good reason why parsley is often served with food. That’s because parsley is really effective at freshening breath after you have eaten. Try sprinkling some of those lovely fresh green leaves into Fido’s bowl at dinner time and you might be surprised at how effective it can be in preventing dog bad breath. Parsley is packed full of chlorophyll which has strong anti-bacterial properties. Most bad breath is caused by bacteria, so the parsley acts as an effective natural breath freshener.
Parsley won’t just freshen your dog’s breath it will also aid their digestive system.
Wheat grass is a great alternative to parsley and makes an excellent natural remedy for your dog’s bad breath.
Your dog’s drinking bowl is the ideal breeding ground for unpleasant bacteria. As simple as this sounds. Ensure that your dog has access to clean fresh drinking water at all times and their water bowl is thoroughly washed every day. It will go along way to promoting healthy oral and digestive hygiene.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Don’t just stop at fresh water. Apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant which most dogs absolutely love. Add just half a teaspoon to your dog’s water bowl every day. You will notice the difference in their breath very quickly.
As much as clean teeth and healthy gums are important for your dog’s oral hygiene, sometimes its all for nothing if they have an unhealthy gut biome.
This is because nasty bacteria builds up to excessive levels in the gut, consequently causing doggy halitosis. If you suspect this may be the reason for your dog’s bad breath, then you need to restore the balance and ensure your dog’s mouth and digestive system are well populated with with plenty of good bacteria. This is where Probiotics come in. There are many brands of Probiotics which are suitable for dogs available.
Top Tip. Before you give your dog probiotics, speak with your vet. Because they will be examine your pet for other medical causes of your dog’s bad breath and advise on the right probiotics to buy.
I hope you give these dog bad breath remedy’s a try. Because I’m sure they’ll do a great job of freshening up Fido’s breath enough so that you can enjoy those slobbery kisses again without needing to wear a gas mask. Finally, do let us know if these tips worked for you. You may have your own home remedies that you swear by. We would love to hear about them!
This article does not offer medical advice. If you are in any doubt about your dog’s health – please seek the advice of your veterinarian
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