How to Cure Bad Doggy Breath in 5 Easy Steps!
8 October, 2015
Do you ever wake up to your dog licking your face and you actually have to turn the other way? No, this is not morning breath, but simply bad doggy breath. In fact, dog halitosis is very common among dogs. Bad doggy breath can sometimes be a sign of a more serious illness, but usually a little extra dental care and change in diet can help make your dog’s breath much more desirable.
If your veterinarian has ruled out any sort of medical issue, below are some tips to help bad doggy breath!
1. Start a cleaning routine for your dog
Fighting plaque and tartar buildup is the first step in keeping your dogs’ teeth healthy and clean. Dogs’ teeth should be brushed at least twice a week. Use toothpaste formulated for dogs and whichever doggie toothbrush works best for you and your pup. While you clean your dog’s teeth, check for foreign objects that could be lodged in your dog’s teeth or gums. Many vets also recommend that dogs have their teeth professionally cleaned once every year.
2. Dry Food for your dog can help your dog’s breath and strengthen his teeth
Some canned food and table food can cause bad doggy breath, so unless your veterinarian directs you to use canned food, stick solely to the dried variety. If possible, don’t moisten dried kibble as the added crunch will help fight tartar. Also make sure your dog isn’t eating cat or other pet food, trash and make sure that these items are not within your dog’s reach.
3. Try adding parsley to your dog’s diet
Parsley is a natural breath freshener that is safe for dogs to ingest unless their stomachs are sensitive to it. You can slowly try to add parsley to your dog’s food. Do so slowly and see how your dog takes to it. Raw carrots, in moderation are also known to help minimize the bad breath, and have other benefits as well!
4. Purchase dog chews that help make your dog’s breath and teeth clean
Purchase dog chews and treats that can help clean your dog’s teeth clean and keep your dog’s breath fresh. Hard, dried dog treats work like kibble to reduce plaque with chewing. Just make sure these biscuits are healthy and not packed with sugar which will only add to your pups’ dental issues and require more cleaning. There are also chews that have anti-microbial and other ingredients that promote tooth health and fresh breath.
5. Purchase some chew toys for your dog
Chewing is natural for your dogs and chew toys are is a great way to keep your dog’s teeth clean (and occupied during the day). There are a variety of chew toys designed specifically to help keep your dog’s teeth clean. Chewing materials that are great for dog dental care include rawhide, durable rubber, some tough plastics, and strong bones that are safe for dogs. It’s a great way to keep them chewing, busy and gnawing away to healthier teeth.
If your dog’s bad breath is not a medical issue, the above five tips should help cure bad doggy breath and you can enjoy your dogs’ slobbery kisses!