Bad Dog Breath? Here Are Some Solutions!

Warm cuddles and snuggles from a loving pup beside you – nothing can beat that. But you know it’s high time when your dog breathes on you with breath that stinks worse than rotten fish. It’s not just unpleasant, but it’s a sign of poor dental health and can lead to health issues later on. Here’s how to figure out what’s going on and how to treat it properly.

Just like in hoomans, the most common cause for bad breath is a build-up of plaque and tartar. Making sure you brush you dog’s teeth once a day can prevent this build up.

Here’s a quick guide on doggy bad breath and when you should consult your vet ASAP –

When you dog’s breath

  1. Smells fruity and sweet – could be a sign of diabetes
  2. Smells like urine – could be a kidney issue
  3. Smells really foul, with yellow gums – could indicate towards a kidney issue

Brush your dog’s teeth regularly


The most common cause of bad doggy breath is build up of tartar and plaque. This can easily be fixed by regular brushing of their teeth. But hold on! Before you go ahead, make sure you don’t use human tooth paste. There are products specially designed for canine use. You can also try specially made doggy dental products.

Give your dog dental treats

Dental treats can help prevent the build up of tartar and plaque and some even contain ingredients that will help freshen up your dog’s breath. If you want to go all natural, you can try carrots and apples to keep the breath fresh. Just remember to remove the seeds and the core of the apple before giving your doggo. Adding herbs like parsley to their diet can also help freshen up their breath.

The act of chewing is healthy for dogs because the gnawing scrapes the plaque off the teeth and a lot of meaty chews contain enzymes that help promote better dental health

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