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!




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  1. jo johnson says:

    love this. any ideas of natural flee repellent? I’ve tried mint on the collar, natural (expensive organic) sprays) I use diatonaceus on the lawn (and for heart worm in their food). Organic oatmeal baths, (so far the best, but not great).
    Scratching and loosing patience,


    Jan Marillier Reply:

    I had a major flea problem two years ago.
    Treat the garden for ants.
    Add tea tree oil to your floor polish and wash your floors with tt oil.
    Add garlic to dogs food when cooking.
    I washed all bedding including my own bedding in dog dip. Smelly for a few days.
    Flea powder all carpets, and mattresses leave for a few hours then vacuum.
    Vacuum all bedding at least once a month, I sprinkle bicarb gets rid of fleas odour and bed bugs.
    Good luck


    yolanda Reply:

    hi I am from PUERTO RICO and a VET told me the best shampoo for flees is VO5 shampoo and I have always try it with conditioner and never had any problems. give it a try only cost 99 cents and let
    me know how it worked!


    Minette Reply:

    People shampoo is not PH balanced for dogs and can create skin problems.

    I prefer a good doggy shampoo or making shampoo that is PH balanced for dog skin.


  2. James says:

    Excellent points, thank you for the information.


  3. Holly says:

    How do u make a dill or corriandor infusion and how much do u add per gallon of water ?


  4. juanita says:

    I feed va raw diet of ckicken or lamb sardines, green vegetables, kelp and spiralina. in the morning a lamb rib, brisket or chicken wing. My 12 year old Border Collie looks and acts like a 3 year old but has teeth of a puppy…glowing white and no bad breath. If you are feeding cooked meat or from a bag or can you will have bad breath and worse because it is not natural.


    Kay Reply:

    Oh please it has nothing to do with being natural or not. It has to do with the amount of meat. Despite what jokers of “naturalists” say dogs weren’t meant to eat a ton of meat. They are meant to eat vegetables and other greens as well. And you are a joker if you thing a raw diet is good. Yes something’s are fine but they can still get sick off of raw food just like us. I’ve seen amazing and I mean amazing dogs put down because their idiot owners thought they new more then the vet. Beautiful dogs who on the outside looked fine but inside had so many problems.


    Carol Reply:

    This could be said politely, without insulting and demeaning comments.


  5. Lene says:

    The same way you make a cup of tea.


  6. Carol Starr says:

    My dog and cat eat Pet Smart dry food, and I boil boneless skinless chicken breast with rice as their treats. Occasionally they have white solid albacore in water. My dog loves munching raw carrots. Both animals are bathed routinely. The dog also receives Milk Bone dog biscuits (plain brown), and hard chew sticks. Of course all of the above are in moderation. Both of my animals have wonderful puppy like teeth. Good luck with your doggy breath issues. Lastly, garlic is probably not the best idea.


  7. linda c says:

    I put brewers yeast in my dogs food. It is supposed to repel fleas. It must work. never see any fleas.


  8. Mary E says:

    My 4 months old old does not like to eat dry dog food, she is a finicky eater, I recently purchased Rachel Ray dog food, still no luck, i also buy refrigerate fresh dog food she would eat a little bit, she prefers human food, so I give her broiled chicken, carrots with rice. She likes dog snacks like dry chicken jerky. etc. Any advice?


    Minette Reply:

    Stop creating a monster! I have never seen a normal healthy dog refuse dog food. She is holding out because you are giving her options. I guarantee she would eat regular kibble at my house, because I wouldn’t want to cook for her; not to mention she is not getting the nutrients that she needs if you are doing the cooking because it is not nutritionally geared for her growth and her needs. You are actually doing her a severe disservice.


  9. sorry, but some times we have to put up with a lot of non sense, some people think they are dealing with out of this planet THINGS, we are here trying to have a little good sense from sensitive people regarding our normal regular living and loving pets. Please thrust regular dry food from the super market or your trusted pet store or from your Vet. my own experience my own 14 Cooker and my 13 years old Jack Russell, no digestive or teeth. issues. Regards,


  10. Gail Giddings says:

    Thank you for the great suggestions on shampooing. I am confused about one thing, though: I thought dogs weren’t supposed to have garlic? If someone could clarify this, I would appreciate it, because I think garlic is really good for all kinds of things and would like to give it to my dog, but I have been afraid to.


  11. Dianr says:

    I have been told by vets that GARLIC is toxic to dogs. I have read before about adding Garlic to food. In response I asked several vets and their response is ALL the same it is TOXIC and should never be given to dogs !!!


  12. Varinia says:

    Garlic, onions and chives in any form (including powder) are toxic to both cats and dogs. It destroys their red blood cells. From what I’ve read, onion can kill a cat. It causes their red blood cells to basically explode. I have a beautiful 5 month old German Rottweiler. When he was 3 months old I dehydrated onions and garlic which took all day and most of the night. I had no idea dehydrating onions and garlic released the toxins in the air. By the next morning my puppy was violently ill and too weak to sit up. We had to carry him outside and hold him up so he could do his business. Even his gums turned purple. My daughter and I were in tears for almost a week because we thought we were going to lose him. After rushing him to the vet and then to a animal emergency hospital, we finally figured out the onions and garlic had poisoned our puppy and caused his red blood cells to stop producing. Here we are 2 months later and he still has a slight anemia issue. If he had ingested one of the onions, a blood transfusion would have been required. I’ve raised several animals (fox, wolf, lion, oppossums, raccoons, ferret, rabbits, 7 deer, skunk, goats, Guineas, wharf rat, dogs, cats) and did not have a clue onions and garlic were so toxic. My mistake cost me over $600 in vet bills but could have caused me to lose my adorable big puppy. If you are still not convinced, please go on the Internet and do a little research before feeding your pets onions, chives or garlic.


  13. anita e says:

    In response to the suggestion that garlic be included in dog food when cooking, I would not do that. Everything that I read has said that garlic, and onions too, destroy red blood cells which could lead to anemia.


  14. Julie Cissne says:


    I have a chihuahua who likes to eat poop. I feel he is missing something in his diet. Can you help me?
    Thx Julie


  15. linda hammond says:

    I’ve had more than one dog do that in the past. But someone gave a very practical solution. Pick up and throw away their poop right away. Your yard will smell better, it won’t draw flies and bugs, and you won’t step in it and get it on your shoes on the way to church! My dog would wait til they were baked in the sun. I guess he thought he was baking cookies.


  16. Joan Boase says:

    My 16 1/2 year old lab died with all his teeth, in strong, healthy gums. We would tug on a towel for a few minutes after dinner every night, and I felt it flossed his teeth. No bad breath, either.


  17. frank says:

    IF you suspect your dog of possible having fleas, Bath your pet with HEad & Shoulders Shampoo..
    It really works well.. When you rinse, if they have fleas, you will see the black critters going down the drain… It really works well.. I have been using it with the last 2 dogs over 28 yrs.. They seem to be happier immediately… 😉


  18. Bev says:

    I also read that pumpkin is good for dogs. I use only wheat free/corn free/soy free/etc. GOOD dog food, & put about 1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin in it. Seems to make their bowels move more regularly & more often (the more “often” part is unfortunate for me, especially with my 4 month old Shih Tzu in winter). My vet said that adding pumpkin was just “diluting” her food; altho’ I didn’t quite understand that as am adding it to her regular amount of food; maybe the vet meant because it would make her poop more (???). Nevertheless, am thinking of changing vets anyway for other reasons. I’ve used Dawn dishwashing liquid to bathe my animals in as it also kills fleas on contact, followed by a dog hair conditioner. Love this site :-).


  19. Sandy says:

    I had a dog that once ate a whole bulb of garlic with no ill effects (apart from awful breath), but I wouldn’t deliberately give this to any dog. I suppose every dog, like humans, is different.


  20. Carolyn says:

    K9 teeth are there for eating meat!


  21. Carolyn says:

    Canine teeth are here for eating meat!


  22. Mrs.Ramya.K says:

    I was sorry about Verinias puppy’s lose. I also had the experience I lost two dogs Mother and Son. One year back mother passed away her name is Tiny and her son passed away 3 months back. That’swhy after reading Verinia’s comment I felt so sad.


  23. Donna H says:

    For a treat my family “upgraded” our 8 pound shitzapoo’s food to Blue Buffalo, with horrendous results. He developed overpowering sewer breath and significant lethargy. Blood results revealed elevated liver enzymes. We threw out all Blue Buffalo products, kibble and treats; we tried different brands until we found something he liked. I now look for wording on packaging that says the food is recognized to provide nutritional requirements for all life stages.

    I researched this issue and discovered that unidentified protein products can include diseased meat rejected from slaughter houses, laboratory animals, road kill, and more. Further, look for where the food is sourced. It can come from anywhere in the world, so look for this information. I learned that several thousand dogs died in 2007-2008, likely from bad dog food. Do not rely on the dog food company for your dog’s health; do your own research. BTW, after a couple of weeks eating the new food, my dog’s breath was no longer horribly malodorous. It became fresh smelling, and his energy level returned to normal.


  24. wanda says:

    Ive been flea free for years with five dogs.a product called mosquito barrier does the trick.it does get rid of mosquitos and flees and armidillos are the bonus.pure garlic juice you mix with water and spray..wonderful stuff no poison.


  25. Cats says:

    My uncle’s dogs breath is like pure you know what her teeth are clean it is an old dog she eats dog food she won’t eat healthy foods like carrots or blue berries but she did eat some of my pumpkin bread.

    Dogs can’t have garlic I heard it makes their insides bleed wounder if theirs any truth to that.


  26. Cats says:

    No Wanda what will kill fleas is flea drops from your vet or a really good bath for him/her then a better spray would be water and any kind of dish soap will do mix it up and spray away. I like cats better I still like big dogs better than small dogs.big dogs are just smarter somehow.


  27. Anonymoose says:

    Why on earth would someone feed their dog garlic or onion? If hell exists its that painful place you put your pet from deciding you know how to fix your dog with foods that arent good for your pet and you also have no veterinary qualifications .I’m nor sure if you know but there’s idiots out there that will follow your advice and injure or kill their dog because you told them to feed poison to their dog.


  28. Minette says:

    Garlic is bad for dogs.


  29. Deborah Piel RNC says:

    Feed dog and cats a species specific diet. Period. They are carnivorous animals. If they were out in the wild they would eat whole carcass of rabbits, mice, rats, small other animals. The partially digested food that the entrails (intestines, stomach, gizzard, etc) gives them their “salad” and it is totally perfect since they do not have pancreatic enzymes that herbivores have to break down plants. This is mother nature at its best. Karen Becker VMD has a wonderful book on how to feed dogs and cats a raw diet that mimics what they would get in the wild. We can add probiotics, raw vegies such as green beans, broccoli, carrols, etc in moderation plus bone meal (none weight hollow bones such as wings of turkey/chicken and neck bones. I highly recommend the book. Our American carnivore pets will live much longer healthier lives if they are fed. ALL kimble is rendered useless! It contains added manmade chemicals to make us think they are getting what they need. We are basically being lied to in America. European countries are way ahead of our veterinary brainiacs who learn to pass on garbage that they learned in vet school. I ask that you all educated yourselves online. There is a ton of information out their!


  30. Shannon says:

    Garlic is deadly to dogs. Tea tree oil is also toxic. Dont listen to the one comment about that. Coconut oil is safe. Use with water in a spray bottle. Its safe. It works. And is beneficial to their skin and coat.


  31. Shannon says:

    No. Its toxic


  32. Shannon says:

    Garlic IS TOXIC!!!! STOP suggesting that to people!!! My god!


  33. Shannon says:

    No. Not all dogs are different. You got lucky. Its toxic.


  34. Karen says:

    Hi may I ask what type of dog food your feeding your dog. I had the same issue with my 3 year old shin Tzu and looking for something better.


  35. Peggy says:

    My chuweenie has terrible breath. The vet says she is healthy and her teeth are good but her breath smells like a sewer. She is fed Purina grain free food. I also give crunchy treats two or three times a week. She weighs 13 pounds. Any suggestions???


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