What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs and How Do I Get Rid of It?
When your best friend develops bad breath, it can be an unpleasant experience for everyone. We’ve heard reports of people saying their dog's breath smells like decay, blood, sewer or even poop!
Bad breath is not something to be taken lightly, and can often be an indicator of something more serious, like a sign of illness! (source) Remember to search your dog's mouth for any foreign objects, if there is suddenly an unusual odor.
In this article, we will cover some of the most common causes of bad breath in dogs and solutions to try at home.
What is the cause of bad breath in dogs?
Dental Issues - Bad breath in dogs is usually caused by a dental problem - a buildup of plaque and tartar can cause gum disease. One of the most common reasons why a dog has bad breath is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can stem from gingivitis, which is the result of plaque buildup in a dog’s mouth which has been left untreated.
Teeth Issues - Another potential dental issue which can cause bad breath in dogs is broken teeth, be sure to give your dog’s mouth a regular visual inspection. Your dog having an item stuck in their teeth can be the cause of bad breath - Bacteria can grow around the object if it’s there for a long time and this can create a foul odor.
Can bad breath in dogs be caused by sickness?
Yes, bad breath in dogs can be caused by sickness. Many diseases can cause bad breath, including but not limited to diabetes, kidney disease or liver problems. These more serious issue are best diagnosed by your veterinarian.
The wrong food can also cause bad breath in dogs. Believe it or not, the wrong size of kibble can cause stinky dog breath if it does not break down and effectively scrub their teeth. Another common cause of plaque and tooth decay is poor quality dog food with additives like sugars.
How can I get rid of smelly dog breath?
The fast and easy answer is to brush your dog’s teeth.
Much like humans, dogs can benefit from a tooth brushing. You can pick up a special dog toothbrush at your local pet store or online. This will go a long way to reducing the plaque and tartar buildup that can cause bad breath.
Also consider annual cleanings by your vet. Your Vet can check for tooth decay and provide a proper teeth cleaning and polishing. If your dog’s tartar buildup is more serious, they can put your dog under anesthesia for a more thorough cleaning or procedure. This can be risky in older dogs so its best to brush your dog's’ teeth regularly to help avoid any major problems.
Try to give him something to chew on. In nature dogs don’t have access to toothbrushes so they chew. By chewing they naturally reduce plaque buildup. You can purchase special dental chews at your local pet store or online retailer.
Can a proper diet resolve bad dog breath?
Diet can play an important role in eliminating bad dog breath. Provide your dog with quality dog food and provide fresh clean water, every day. Also make sure they aren’t eating anything they shouldn’t be.
You can also try:
- Add chopped parsley to food - Parsley can be a great natural way to freshen your dog’s breath.
- Coconut oil in food or on toothbrush - Coconut oil can have several health benefits for your dog including freshening breath. You can either add coconut oil to your dog’s food or brush their teeth with it directly. Keep note that you should also continue a regular brushing schedule.
- Water additive mouthwash for dogs - You can purchase mouthwash for dogs which can be added to their water bowl. It functions much like a human mouthwash and should remove tartar and help fight plaque.
A proper diet can make a large difference across the board for your dog, and improved breath is just one small side effect. If your dog has a larger issue, than we suggest you take a look at how CBD is solving issues in dogs with arthritis, old age, cancer, seizures, and more.
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If your dog has cancer or other painful illnesses that are causing bad breath, than we hope you will also consider CBD as a supplement to a healthy dental routine and diet for your dog.
CBD oil may be able to supplement dental health by managing pain and decreasing inflammation creating a happier dog and happier owner.
Further Reading - If you want to learn more, we have written just about everything you could want to know about cbd oil for dogs in this article.
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