How to Get Rid of Dog Breath
“Dog breath” was a common term for bad breath when I was growing up. We always had dogs and their breath always stunk! Whenever one of the kids had bad breath, one of my parents would jokingly refer to it as “dog breath”. Why do dogs have such horrible breath? Well, for starters, they’re not capable of brushing their own teeth – reason alone to cause bad breath. If you have a dog that has bad breath, try out one or more of the following remedies to get rid of it:
Brush your Dog’s Teeth
Depending on the breed of dog you have and their patience, brushing your dog’s teeth can either be a simple task or one that’s going to take a long, long time. Some dogs will sit peacefully while you brush their teeth, while others will go crazy every time you put the brush near their mouth.
Purchase a specially made dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste to get started. Sit your dog down and start out slowly to get them used to the feeling. Ideally, the dog will like the taste of the toothpaste and the brushing will actually feel good to them. It’s recommended that you do this in the bathroom or outside, because it can get messy. Brush their teeth like you would brush your own, paying special attention to the gums and as much of the tongue as you can.
Dog Mints, Mouthwash and Plaque Spray
Aside from dog toothpaste, you should be taking advantage of dog mints, mouthwash and plaque spray. All of these items combined can help to reduce the buildup of bacteria, plaque and tartar that contribute to bad dog breath. On top of that, you’ll also be doing wonders for your dog’s dental hygiene.
Avoid Non-food Items
Pay close attention to your dogs habits when they’re outside and don’t think you’re watching. Are they eating dirt? Plants? Bugs? Any of these things can cause bad breath. Bad breath can originate in the stomach, and some of these foreign items can cause digestive issues, sending bad smells up through your dog’s digestive tract and out their mouth. Break their bad habits by preventing them from eating anything other than the food you give them.
Your Dog’s Health
Gastrointestinal diseases and bacteria can be a root cause of your dog’s bad breath. If they’re having problems in their stomach or other parts of their digestive tract, bad breath can be one of the resulting symptoms. If your dog is vomiting or having bouts of diarrhea, it may be time to head to the vet and get them checked out.
Medical Treatments from the Vet
If you’ve stuck with the home remedies listed above and your dog still has bad breath, you should seek a professional opinion. Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian to find out the cause of your dog’s bad breath. They’ll be able to offer you’re a more professional opinion and give you different treatment options that may include prescription medications for your dog.