Your doggy might love giving you kisses but receiving a slobbery lick from a stinky mouth is far from fun. Dog parents tend to dismiss bad dog breath as just “dog breath,” but there is usually a very good reason behind the funky odour.
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Just like in humans, the build-up of plaque and tartar can lead to the development of the bacteria that cause bad breath. The simplest way to prevent this is to brush your dog’s teeth with a doggy toothpaste on a regular basis. Teeth brushing reduces plaque and promotes better oral hygiene, much as it does in humans.
Providing your dog with plenty of chew toys helps them take care of their teeth naturally. Chewing prevents plaque and tartar build-up due to the constant build-up of saliva in their mouth.
Extreme bad breath may be a sign of health issues, so the first thing you should do when you smell very strong odors from your dog’s mouth is to take him to the vet.
Foods That Keep The Stank in Check.
- Carrots and Apples – A daily snack of crunchy carrots or apples can help clean those hard-to-reach teeth (while simultaneously serving as a healthy treat.)
- Mint and Parsley – Not only are both of these herbs natural breath deodorants, the chlorophyll that makes them bright green fights stinky bacteria in the mouth and in the digestive system too.
- Probiotics – Probiotics support the good bacteria in the body and many dog-friendly human foods are a good source: Yogurt, kefir, bananas, and honey all boast natural probiotic properties.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – A half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your dog’s water bowl is a natural disinfectant and a great way to lap up better breath.
- Fresh Water – Speaking of your dog’s water bowl, it’s a breeding ground for smelly bacteria buildup invisible to the eye. Thoroughly wash and dry your dog’s water dish every day before refilling it with clean H2O several times.
- Coconut Oil – A spoonful of this healthy fat for your dog is a sweet treat that aids digestion and immune system function. It makes a great toothpaste alternative, too.