Bad breath in dogs can be caused by a lot of reasons, from a poor diet, dental and gum problems to more serious health issues such as diabetes. This page looks at some possibe causes. It also discusses how to use herbs and supplements together with regular dental care to effectively to deal with this common doggie problem.
Doggie bad breath! Yikes!
Have you ever been kissed by a friendly dog with bad breath? It can be deadly!
Some people dismiss dog bad breath as "just doggy breath". It is true that a dog's breath is far from heavenly fresh most of the time, but it should not be bad. Particularly, if the foul breath does not disappear in a day or two, it usually means that something is wrong, either in the mouth or somewhere else in the body.
Therefore, dog halitosis, the condition of bad breath in dogs, should be properly addressed; and the good news is, it can be fixed.
There are quite a few common problems that may cause canine halitosis. Some can be fixed easily; however, some may be due to health problems so you should not take this problem lightly and should try to find out the root problem causing your dog's bad breath.
Here are some possible causes:
Dogs on a poor-quality diet may develop not-so-sweet breath. The low-quality ingredients in such diets can cause indigestion which in turn may cause bad breath. Many dog owners have been able to enjoy fresh doggie breath after switching their dog's diet to a natural, organic diet.
Also, some diseases can cause offensive breath, such as:
If your dog suffers from chronic bad breath even if she is having a high-quality, natural diet, be sure to get her checked out by a veterinarian to see if her bad breath is caused by some underlying health problem.
If your dog sometimes has bad breath caused by upset tummy or indigestion, try using these herbs:
Herbs that have antibacterial properties are also effective in combating dog bad breath, such as:
This herbal formula contains herbs such as calendula, myrrh, goldenseal, licorice, and more and is effective in maintaining oral health and preventing bad breath.
You can also try the following to get rid of bad breath in your dog:
This remedy is effective for dogs with bad breath due to poor digestion.
Good snacks that can help clean our dogs' teeth include hard fresh vegetables and fruit, such as carrots and apples. Sugar-free hard biscuits that contain herbs (e.g. parsley, mint) are also good for our dogs' teeth and breath.