If your dog loves giving kisses and you can’t stand getting close because of doggy breath it could be time to take action. If you’re just starting to notice unpleasant smells coming from your dogs mouth this could be an indication that something’s wrong. Bad breath in dogs can be a result of bacteria build up in your dogs mouth it may also be caused by gastrointestinal, respiratory or kidney disease.

Your local vet should always be your first port of call to make sure there are no underlying health problems. Once you’ve ruled illness out you can then look at ways to improve your dogs’ oral hygiene to prevent future health problems.

Common Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs?

One of the most common causes of bad breath in dogs is gum disease. This is caused by plaque and tartar accumulation that can lead to red, inflamed and sometimes bleeding gums. Broken teeth, periodontal disease and excessive plaque build-up can all cause bad breath for your dog. If your dogs’ breath gets worse, give their mouth a once-over for any obvious dental problems. When you look in their mouths they should have healthy pink gums and even gum lines, their teeth should be white and whole with no broken teeth.

Try to brush your dog’s teeth regularly at least once a week. If you have a dog with a small pushed-in face or a brachycephalic breed of dog, you really could do with brushing their teeth every day. This is due to the conformation of their mouths and leaves them vulnerable to decay. Always use toothpaste made for dogs; never use human toothpaste as some of the ingredients are not suitable for animals and may cause digestive disorders.

Other Treatments for Bad Breath

If your dog seriously objects to having their teeth brushed there are other ways of helping keep their oral hygiene in good health. Dog treats designed specifically for teeth are always a great choice. Look for ones with natural ingredients – seaweed is used to counteract common dental problems by removing the underlying causes as well as being anti-tartar & anti-staining. Spirulina and decaffeinated green tea extract can help to neutralise bad breath. Chlorophyll is also another great natural remedy for bad breath in dogs.
If you’re concerned about giving the correct amount of ingredients we especially love these all natural hand-baked dog treats. Designed especially for dogs and made in the UK.

Pooch & Mutt Fresh Breath Treats

Fresh breath dog treats are natural, ethical, low-calorie, hand-baked mini-bones that dogs love. They include chicken, parsley, peppermint oil and chicory.

  • Parsley is a source of chlorophyll, a natural deodoriser.
  • Peppermint not only gives breath a fresh scent, it can also aid digestion.
  • Poor digestion is often a cause of bad breath.
  • Chicory is a natural prebiotic that can help the proper functioning of the digestive system.
  • The biscuit’s abrasive action can clean your dog’s teeth as they chew.
  • Made in the UK with love!

Looking for something else check out our dental care for pets for more great products!