What Causes Bad Dog Breath?
There are many reasons why your dog has doggie breath.
For each reason, there is a cure to help get rid of bad breath. The cause behind bad breath can be divided into two categories. Dietary habits and hygiene related. The following are the main reasons behind bad breath in dogs and how to best address it.
- Bacterial issues
- Digestive problems
- Eating the wrong type of food
- Poor oral hygiene
Cures for Dietary related Bad Breath
- Herbs are not only good for humans but animals also. There are several herbs that can be used to fight doggie breath. Parsley is a herb that has been used for thousands of years by humans. The good news is that dogs can be given it also. A few pinches in its food will help get rid of bad breath causing bacteria.
- The next two herbs on the list are coriander and dill. A great way to give this is by putting a little bit in the water it drinks. Dill and coriander are great to help with oral bacteria. Coriander, on the other hand, is also a good mosquito repellent.
- Next up on the food related cure is to give the dog probiotic food. This could be given in a pill form or just straight yogurt. Sometimes bad breath in dogs is caused by digestive issues. However, it’s a good idea to check with the vet before doing this.
- Sometimes just watching what my dog eats can go a long way. A change of the usual diet of canned food to real home cooked food can go a long way to help with things. Also, avoid giving leftover food from the table. Giving veggies can help, both cooked and raw vegetables. In general, try to keep an eye on what the dog is eating.
- So far I have been talking about diet and related issues. Next items on the list would be hygiene related. Make sure the water and food bowl are always clean. These areas are great breeding grounds for bacteria.
Ways to addres Hygiene related Bad Breath
- Regular trims of fur should be done. This is especially true of the mouth area. Food tends to get stuck there and everyone knows that dry old food is an excellent source of bacteria. Even if it is not trimmed, it should be washed regularly.
- Brushing dog teeth seem like an obvious way to help with doggie breath. Just as humans use toothpaste, there is dog toothpaste and there are even dog tooth brush available also. Ideally, I would be into brushing dog teeth daily. But not all dogs will respond to it immediately. Ask the vet about popular dog toothpaste flavors and an ideal dog toothbrush for the pooch. Brushing dog teeth is especially recommended for dogs that have teeth and gum issues. Taking it to be cleaned by a professional occasionally is a good idea also.
- Choosing the right dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste is very important. Never give the dog human toothpaste, although using a toothbrush designed for humans is all right, as long as it is a soft one. There are even homemade toothpaste recipes available.
The bottom line is that proper oral hygiene is very important for canines. If not dealt with properly, it can lead to all sorts of health problems, not just bad breath. If it’s the first time dealing with this, always better to consult with the vet beforehand.