Anyone who owns a dog knows that it’s impossible not to be hugging them and letting them lick you all the time. It’s the way they show affection, and it’s healthy to feel loved by your pets. But sometimes dogs have a breath problem, and that is also something dog owners know too well.
As much as you love your dog, when they have bad breath it can be disgusting when they show you their affection, and it’s a sad experience. So if your dog is suffering from a bad case of halitosis, here’s how to make dog’s breath smell better.
Determine The Cause Of Your Dog’s Bad Breath
To solve any problem, not only this one, it’s only logical that the cause must be defined first. There are a number of reasons why a dog’s breath smells bad, and most of the time it’s something harmless and easily fixed. But sometimes bad breath on a dog can be the sign of something more serious, so finding out why they have bad breath could be of great help.
Some of the most innocent causes of halitosis in dogs are periodontal, gum or oral disease, and these are also pretty common. Other causes that are less common but more complicated are digestive or metabolic diseases, and they have to be taken more seriously.
Bad breath can also be present without your dog suffering from any illness, and there’s just an overgrowth of bacteria in its mouth. Teething and drinking from the toilet are also innocent causes of bad breath on a dog. Either way, a trip to the veterinarian is always necessary when there’s any change in a dog, especially bad breath.
How To Make Your Dog’s Breath Smell Better At Home
Curing the disease: If the cause of the bad smell is a subjacent disease, taking care of it is the main priority. Always discard an illness first before thinking about any other cause. Follow the veterinarian’s instructions carefully and have your dog be checked regularly by them.
Brushing its teeth: Sometimes a dog needs the same treatment as a human, and a good brush it’s the solution. Accumulation of bacteria in the mouth is a very common cause of bad breath in dogs. Learn more about brushing dog’s teeth in this video:
Giving them something to chew on: Chewing on something helps dogs polish their pearly whites, getting rid of tartar buildup, a common source of bad breath.
Breath spray: There is a variety of dog breath spray son the market that can help with a little bit of a bad breath. But owners have to make sure that the spray is safe to use, and we advise getting a green light from your veterinarian.
Fewer carbohydrates: Carbohydrates, especially sugars, are a source of power for bacteria to proliferate in the mouth and the entire digestive tract. Lowering the carbs on your dog’s diet can help wonders with bad breath (and also help with weight control, along with exercise).
Close the toilet lid: Drinking from the toilet is not only unhealthy for them but is also another common cause of bad breath in dogs. Keeping the lid down at all times, and placing something on top of it so that the dog can’t open the lid, can help with their breath too.
These are just some quick tips on how you can improve or prevent your dog’s breath from smelling, but we want to reiterate that if your dog’s breath is smelling bad you need to go to a veterinarian. Discard every possible disease first, as sometimes bad breath is indicative of some severe underlying issue.