10 Genius Ways To Get Rid of Your Dog’s Terrible Breath
There’s nothing better than snuggling with your dog on a lazy weekend morning, but when your dog’s breath is rancid, snuggle time quickly loses its appeal. Just like with human halitosis, bad breath for dogs is often a symptom of a much larger issue be it excessive plaque, tooth decay, digestive inflammation, or even tumors. It’s always a good idea to bring your dog to a professional if something is out of the ordinary, but if your dog is in otherwise excellent health, here are some solutions for your pooch’s foul mouth:
1. Add chopped parsley to your dog’s food.
Parsley is a natural breath freshener (for dogs as well as humans) with natural deodorizers as well as Chlorophyll, which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to fight the bacteria-inducing bad breath in the first place. Humans have used herbs for their medicinal properties for thousands of years, and the good news is, they can be beneficial for your dog in the same ways. Not only does parsley help pass the toxins responsible for bad breath, but it also helps enhance the function of all the organs and can even help prevent cancer. Don’t go overboard, however, a few pinches mixed in with their food will do.
2. Add a dill seed infusion or coriander seed infusion to your dog’s water.
Dill and coriander, like parsley, also have antibacterial properties to get rid of the oral bacteria. Dill can also improve your dog’s appetite and digestion. Coriander can also be used in your dog’s diet as a mosquito deterrent.
3. Add digestive enzymes to your dog’s food.
Check with a vet first, but bad breath can often be a sign of a struggling digestive system. If you dog is having trouble breaking down and digesting food, there is more opportunity for bacteria to grow in his digestive track (and produce bad breath). Digestive enzymes also help dogs better absorb important vitamins and minerals from their food, they promote a healthy body weight without hunger cravings, they help remove toxins from the body, and even can reduce excessive shedding.
4. Clean up your dog’s diet.
Avoid giving your dog table scraps and canned food. A natural, home cooked diet can do wonders on your dog’s digestive system (as well as overall health). It can also boost your dog’s natural ability to fight certain bacteria, as well as cut down on what’s probably causing the problem in the first place. Check with your vet to see which foods he or she recommends.
5. Buy you dog a clean, hard dental chew bone
Chewing is a natural tooth and gum cleanser for dogs because it produces saliva, which naturally flushes out bacteria, and helps scrape plaque and tarter from their teeth. Just make sure it’s not TOO hard for your dog—chipped teeth cause problems.
6. Give your dog a snack of plain, unflavored, unsweetened yogurt with some raw, crunchy veggies (such as carrots)
The yogurt acts as a natural probiotic to aid in your dogs digestion. Different types of stress on your dog often cause gastrointestinal problems, so probiotics can help. The veggies act as natural saliva-producing teeth and gum cleansers.
7. Pay attention to what your dog is eating.
Even if you keep your dog on a strict diet, you never know what he’s digging up in the backyard. It may seem too obvious, but if your dog is eating dirt, garbage, or feces, you may have found your answer to the bad breath problem…
8. Give your dog a haircut.
If your dog is especially furry around the mouth, the odor could be coming from bacteria that have grown from the saliva that gets stuck in his facial hair. Keep your dog’s hair trimmed and washed.
9. Clean your dog’s food bowls and change the water often.
These are breeding ground for bacteria, and leftover food can begin to decay right there in your dog’s food bowl! Consider a stainless steel bowl. This material is non-porous, so tiny bacteria cannot seep into the natural cracks and crevices of the surface, unlike plastic bowls.
10. Bush your dog’s teeth.
Dental care is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Be sure to get your dog a pet-friendly toothpaste (human toothpaste is not safe for dogs), and brush his teeth daily. Dog toothpaste even comes in fun flavors like chicken and peanut butter. Although expensive, it may even be a good idea to get your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned, especially if he is prone to gum disease and tooth decay. You may need to ease into a tooth brushing ritual with your dog, so don’t force it. Ask your vet for tips on how to best brush your dog’s teeth.
What other ideas have you come up with to battle your dog’s bad breath? Comment below with your ideas!