Here's How to Combat Your Pup’s Bad Breath

December 22, 2016

Here's How to Combat Your Pup’s Bad Breath

We often complain about our pups' awful breath, but how often do we take action to eliminate the odor? Stinky dog breath is not just an inconvenience - it can be a sign of bigger health problems such as gum disease, poor digestive health, and even kidney disease. It is also a sign of poor dental hygiene that could ultimately cost you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in teeth cleaning and tooth extraction bills.

Of course, brushing a dog’s teeth is no easy task. If your pup is anything like our dachshund Django, he absolutely hates getting his teeth cleaned.

Well, last week I discovered how to brush Django’s teeth without him squirming violently to get away from the toothbrush. It’s simple and effective, and Django has let me brush his teeth every time since.

If Your Dog Hates Getting His Teeth Brushed, Try This Trick Today

What You Need

What To Do

  • Have your pup sit with you and let him or her see, sniff and lick the toothbrush
  • Bring out the long, high quality treat, and let your pup bite down on it
  • Once your pup puts a death grip on the treat, start cleaning! In most circumstances, your pup will be most focused on holding the treat (and won't mind a finger or toothbrush in his mouth)
  • Gently massage your pup’s teeth and gums, making sure to get to the back teeth.
  • Even if you can only brush for 10 seconds, congratulations! You’ve already made progress in fighting off future dental problems.
  • Repeat as often as possible and no less than once a week

Additional Tips to Fight Bad Dog Breath and Promote Dental Hygiene

1. Clean Your Dog’s Food and Water Bowls Daily

Bacteria builds up in dirty food and water bowls and will contribute to your dog's bad breath. Avoid this scenario by cleaning your pup’s food and water bowls daily with soap and hot water.

2. Water, Water, Water

Abundant drinking water is the healthiest remedy for bad breath as it washes away food particles and keeps anaerobic bacteria at bay.

3. High Quality Food

Providing your dog with a high quality, nutrient-rich diet will promote digestive health and better breath. Additionally, make sure to provide water with every meal so your dog can wash down food particles that would otherwise get trapped on his tongue and teeth.

4. Carrots

Carrots are a healthy, low calorie snack loaded with carotenoids, fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin K and potassium. They can also help eliminate plaque build up due to their abrasive quality. Additionally, carrots will stimulate your pup’s saliva glands which can help dislodge food particles trapped between teeth.

5. Parsley

Fresh parsley can be an effective remedy for dog breath since it contains limonene, oil that kills bad mouth bacteria. It also provides an abundance of nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, carotenoids, B vitamins, iron, and phytochemicals.

6. Probiotics 

Bad breath is occasionally caused by digestive and intestinal problems. A diet rich in probiotics will promote good digestion and keep bad breath at bay. 

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant and a great way to temper bad breath since it promotes digestive health. Start by adding a half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your dogs bowl.

8. Regular Vet Check-Ups

Regular vet appointments will help your doctor track your pup’s dental health and make sure he has no underlying medical issues that may cause halitosis (a.k.a. bad breath).

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