Your dog can't help having bad breath! You'd have bad breath too if your teeth weren't brushed regularly. Germs, plaque and tooth decay develop from food that gets stuck in your dog's teeth, and does not get brushed away.
The root cause of most bad breath is tooth decay. Vets always recommend that you brush your dog's teeth regularly, and give them hard food and chews in order for them to naturally scrape off the plaque build-up.To address the root problem of bad breath, follow this regimen:
To supplement the proven dental-care regimen above, you can give your dog some simple, natural remedies for bad dog breath.
Remedy #1: Raw, crunchy vegetables. It doesn't get any easier than this!
Most dogs favor some sort of raw vegetable. We've found that our dogs eat chunks of raw sweet potato like they're candy. They also love bites of cut-up carrot.
The vitamin-rich moisture of the vegetable will help stimulate the saliva production, which is bacteria's worst enemy. And vegetables won't leave behind odor-causing food particles like most treats do.
Remedy #2: Add mint or parsley to your next batch of homemade treats.
Herbal remedies such as mint and parsley have been used for hundreds of years to address bad breath.
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Remedy #3: To double your bad-breath-fighting power, mix a raw vegetable with plain, unflavored yogurt.
Yogurt contains the bacteria strain 'lactobacillus acidophilus' that starves off other odor-causing bacteria and is healthy for dogs.1
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Remedy #4: Add alfalfa to your dog's food or treats.
Bad breath can also be caused by a build-up of bacteria in your dog's colon. The herb alfalfa contains a high amount of chlorophyll, which combats this bacteria and provides lots of proteins and minerals.
The pill or powdered form of alfalfa can be found at most health food stores. (The powder is great for sprinkling on top of meals.)
Remedy #5: Try digestive enzymes and probiotics.
Since bad breath can be caused by digestive issues, such as a build-up of bacteria in your dog's colon, try adding digestive enzymes to your pet's food. The enzymes allow greater absorption of the key nutrients found in your pet’s food.
Prozyme is a great choice for a digestive enzyme.
And the probiotic acidophilus can be found at any drug store or grocery store.
*Chronic bad breath could be a sign of something serious, such as a digestive problem, so you should talk to your vet if your dog's bad breath doesn't go away after following these natural remedies for bad dog breath.
Beggles Dog Treats offers information and opinions from our own experience and from research done online. We aren't a substitute for professional veterinary diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your veterinarian before taking any of our home remedies; only your vet can give you advice based on your pet's own unique needs and medical history.