How to Treat Your Dog’s Bad Breath

Different dog owners have different ways of dealing with their dog’s bad breath. From using human toothpaste to brush their dog’s teeth, to breath mints, to even using chewing gum, the list is a varied as it is creative.

Some owners have even been known to give their dog fresh mint leaves to chew. I imagine your dog would have to really like mint for that to work. And I’d be curious to find out how long the fresh breath lasted.

For dogs who like to drink water from the toilet bowl, owners should be able to minimize the resulting oral stench by simply keeping the toilet lid closed.




A survey conducted of over two thousand dog owners, showed a majority of people believe their dog suffers from bad breath. Interestingly, a lot of them also think it’s a natural state for dogs to smell this way.

While dogs may not be as fresh smelling as we humans are, a canine’s breath is often and indicator of his dental health. Veterinarians and dog surgeons say that most dog owners tend to neglect their pet’s dental hygiene.


If dog owners aren’t diligent with their pet’s teeth, issues like dental plaque and tooth abscesses can become problematic to their dog’s health. An example of this is that a dog may have difficulty eating due to dental pain.

Bacteria from dogs’ gums, if left unchecked, can spread to their liver and internal organs. This can result in the need for extensive surgery. So diligence with regard to maintaining your dog’s teeth is an important component of pet care.


While a lot of pet owners feed their dogs food that will help prevent dental issues, there are still a significant number of owners who aren’t aware of how often they should clean their dog’s teeth.

It can be hard to distinguish between your dog’s bad breath being from him just being a dog and eating some really undesirable stuff and needing dental attention.

The best time to train your dog to be accepting of getting his teeth brushed is obviously when he’s a puppy. Trying to introduce this later in life can be challenging. Dental chews can also be helpful.

If dental discomfort or disease becomes an issue, it can be a painful experience for both dogs and their owners. So don’t assume that bad breath is just a doggy thing—make sure to get your pet’s teeth examined regularly.


Here are some ways dog owners fight bad doggy breath:

  • Chewing gum
  • Breath spray
  • Preparing cooked parsley for them to eat
  • Seeking the help of a dog-dentist
  • Trimming their facial hair
  • Reducing the amount of meat they eat
  • Closing the toilet bowl lid
  • Having them chew on mint leaves
  • Reducing their sugar intake
  • Mixing mint with their food
  • Feeding them apples
  • Brushing their teeth human style
  • Using toothpaste and a brush designed for dogs
  • Giving them chew toys that aid in plaque removal
  • Feeding them carrots
  • Rawhide bones
  • Snacks that are designed to simulate teeth brushing action
  • Using a trusty dental chew




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