Snuggling up with your dog is the best ending to any day. But when he turns to give you a big slobbery kiss, and his breath hits you in the face like a skunk — yuck! Why does your dog’s breath stink so bad? What did he eat? We’re going to give you the low down on what causes bad breath for dogs and how you can sweeten the smell.
Unfortunately, 78% of dogs suffer from dental disease, and bad breath is an early warning sign. Your dog’s breath likely stinks because there’s a build up of odorous bacteria in his mouth, lungs or gut. If your dog’s breath is consistently smelly, he probably needs better dental care. However, it could be that there’s something wrong in his kidneys, liver or gastrointestinal tract.
Smaller dogs are especially prone to plaque and tartar so you’ll have to take extra good care of their mouths. Before jumping to the worst possible scenario, talk to your veterinarian. They’re the best source to determine the cause of your dog’s gnarly breath.
To learn more about the cause of bad breath in dogs, check out the video below or read our article on tooth infection.
If you talk to your vet about the bad puppy breath you’re dealing with, they might recommend one of these products.
Tropiclean Fresh Breath Review
Fresh Breath by Tropiclean has better reviews than Orapup, but its application process is a little more invasive. First, you apply a few drops to your finger and then rub it on the sides of your dog’s teeth. Again, some dogs aren’t crazy about this so try to ease into it. Some people swear by this product, while others seem to be at odds with it.
DentaClenz can be added to your dog’s water to help reduce plaque, freshen breath and control biofilm. You can also use it as a mouth rinse, which requires you to spray it directly onto the teeth and gums. Keep in mind that this is similar to what mouthwash does for our teeth — it doesn’t actually brush any of the debris away, so you still need to scrub those teeth.
Bocce’s Bakery Breath Biscuits Review
Bocce’s Bakery sent some of these Breath biscuits in exchange for an honest review. My dog, Sally, was our tester for these treats.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how amazing the treats smelled. They have a minty fragrance, and Sally gobbled them up happily.
The treats are small in size, about 1-inch x 0.75 inches, and have a crunchy texture. These American baked treats have only a few ingredients (you can count them on one paw).
Sally seemed to enjoy the treats, but they weren’t long-lasting in helping her bad breath. Sometimes I’d give her a treat and then a couple of hours later she’d have some funky breath again. I wouldn’t recommend these for a permanent solution, but if you have company coming over, these are convenient for immediate smelly breath reduction.
Most of us associate a dog’s bad breath with something that we can’t control. This isn’t true, though. Being proactive about your pooch’s oral hygiene will help you when it comes time for all those kisses at the end of the day; plus it’s good for your dog.
- Schedule regular checkups to make sure he’s in the best health and there isn’t an underlying medical issue that’s causing the bad breath.
- Feed your dog high-quality food that’s easy to digest.
- Brush your dog’s teeth every day (or as regularly as possible). Be sure to use toothpaste that’s for dogs (human toothpaste can give your dog a belly ache).
- Give your dog safe, hard chew toys. Chewing helps naturally clean your dog’s teeth.
- Get some dog treats that are formulated to improve bad breath.
Talk with your vet before giving your dog one of the products in this article. If they approve it, know that with Tropiclean you must put your fingers in your dog’s mouth. So if your dog likes to nibble or just won’t allow it, you may want to try Orapup or DentaClenz.
Another way to help your dog’s bad breath is by giving him dental chews. Dental chews are a yummy treat for your dog, and they help reduce plaque and tartar build-up. Read our Best Dental Chews comparison for the top ones.
And, don’t underestimate the power of regular teeth brushing. It is a great way to bond with your pup and, in our experience, give them a healthy treat, thanks to meat-flavored toothpastes especially for dogs!
How did you fix your dog’s bad breath?