January 19, 2011

Cures for Dog’s Bad Breath

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Dog’s get bad breath! That is not an understatement. Your dog’s bad breath could be caused by food deposits that are stuck between the teeth. A dog’s bad breath, which is sometimes called halitosis, is mainly caused by poor ingestion. Here are a few things you can do to help cure dog’s bad breath.

  • Brushing: Just like us, dogs teeth can (and should) be brushed! Using a soft bristle brush or an actual dog brush can be used to clean your dog’s teeth. If your dog doesn’t like the brush, using a finger brush from the vet or a local pet store can help get into your dog’s mouth much easier!
  • Toothpaste: Yes, there is doggy toothpaste. Using toothpaste for your dog’s teeth can make brushing more tasteful for the dog. Toothpaste for dogs can come in many different flavors including vanilla and chicken. You can also put the toothpaste on your dogs chew toy so at least the toothpaste is getting into their mouths! If you chose to use toothpaste, be sure that it is dog toothpaste. Human toothpaste can be harmful to dogs; if swallowed, dog toothpaste is not harmful! If toothpaste does not work for your dog, use baking soda instead, but not a lot!

A change in diet: A dog’s bad breath may be caused by the food they are eating. The food may be getting stuck in their teeth or the food may just be bad. Unhealthy food can lead to bad Canine Bad Breathbreath as well as diseases such as mouth tumors, life threatening kidney diseases, or gingivitis. If your dog eats soil and plants while you aren’t looking, it is best to keep a better eye on them so they can have healthy teeth.

Mints and Mouthwash: Dog mints and mouthwash are proven to be very effective. They can prevent tarter build up and come in many flavors. There are also plaque sprays to help keep your dog’s oral hygiene top notch!

Chewing Bones and Toys: Chewing bones are good for your dog. Monitor your dog to make sure they don’t choke while chewing. Some bones can chip, or be over dry putting the dog in harm. You need to find the perfect bone with just a little meat and not a lot of little bones that they can choke on. Some bones can cause constipation. Chewing on toys will also keep your dog’s oral hygiene healthy. Having something your dog can chew on will help!

Treats: There are many treats out there that can help your dog’s oral hygiene. Paragon have showed to be very popular. Chose a treat that is right for your dog. Don’t choose a fattening treat or one they may be allergic to.


Your dog is your responsibility. Keeping a good eye on how their oral hygiene is can prevent many diseases. Neglecting this problem can cause it to become irreversible. If these home remedies do not work, go to your vet and they can thoroughly clean your dog’s mouth. Don’t leave your dog’s mouth a mess; how would you feel about having bad breath all day? Not well.

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.