I share my life with a pack of super-affectionate dogs who love bestowing kisses — and, not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings by refusing a sloppy smooch, I’m motivated to keep their mouths healthy and halitosis-free. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few home remedies for bad dog breath that really work.
Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs
Halitosis or bad breath is mostly the result of the accumulation of bacteria due to varied reasons, including the following:
- Development of plaque or tartar on the teeth
- Infection in the upper or lower airways (sinusitis, rhinitis, pharyngitis, etc.)
- Intake of canned dog food
- Poor oral hygiene
- Lack of hydration
- Consumption of “smelly” foods
- Eating garbage or feces
- A diet lacking nutrition
A persistent bad breath in your dog can be linked to:
- Some health issues related to the gastrointestinal system
- Cancer (such as oral soft-tissue sarcomas)
- Kidney ailments
Certain breeds of dogs that have a small mouth such as terriers and Chihuahuas and “brachycephalic”, dogs with a pushed-in mouth structure such as pugs and bulldogs are prone to tooth decay and bad breath.
Regardless of the age and breed, any dog can suffer from bad breath during the course of its life.
Signs and Symptoms of Bad Breath in Dogs
The telltale sign of bad breath in dogs is the offensive odor coming from their mouth. However, there are a few other signs and symptoms that you should be aware of in order to identify a more serious condition. Such signs include:
- Red and bleeding gums
- Sensitive and inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- Visible plaque buildup
- Experiencing pain on chewing hard foods
Treatment of Bad Breath in Dogs?
Once the cause of the bad breath in your dog is determined, the doctor will plan a line of treatment to get rid of the odor.
A case of periodontal disease, dental plaque, or tartar calls for a vet’s visit to get your dog’s oral cavity cleaned. The vet may remove damaged teeth or do other procedures as required.
If your dog is found to be afflicted with serious conditions of the kidney, liver, or intestine, the doctor might address it as needed.
If the reason behind your pet’s bad breath is his diet and eating habits, supervision can help resolve the odor.
Simple Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath in Dogs
Following the usual course of treatment and keeping a check on your dog’s diet and behavior can help you treat his bad breath.
Once you are aware of the cause of your dog’s bad breath, you can tend to it by using some natural remedies.
After ruling out any possibilities of serious ailments, you can try these remedies to resolve the bad breath in your dog. Go to next page to see Number 1.