Bad breath, for both humans and pets, is a sign of underlying mouth problems. If you are tired of living with a pet that has bad breath, it is time to take action. We laid down some home remedies for you to try, which are natural and easy for the dog to bear even if applied daily.
If you share your life with a pack of affectionate dogs who adore bestowing kisses, then you should not hesitate to do one of the things below. If you want to be extra careful and proactive, you can combine the tricks whichever way you see fit. Just make sure the products you use are safe for pets.
Coconut oil and its benefits
Coconut oil for dogs is delicious and sweet and one of those universal items that can be used for everything from helping a dog with bad breath to cooking and hair masks. It is good to keep a jar in your pantry because you never know when you are going to use it.
One highlight of the product is the fact that it boosts the digestive and immune system, meaning it will prevent constipation and infections, and it also improves metabolic functions, so the chances your pet will have an unbearable breath will be slimmed down to nothing.
All you have to do is put a full teaspoonful over your dog’s meals every single day, or in its water, as a matter of fact, and you’ll soon sniff fresh and exotic breath. Your dog will love the taste since it is a sweet treat for most pets. And more importantly, it is non-toxic and all-natural. You can even brush the dog’s teeth with the oil if you want to make sure you get rid of bad smells for good.
A regular brushing
Bad breath usually shows your dog has a tooth infection. To avoid that, you need to brush the pet’s teeth at least once a week. Most owners have the wrong impression that it is a dangerous or a hurtful process, but if you use the right brush, it can be as comfortable for the dog as it is for you.
And you should also know that it isn’t normal for the pet to have bad breath, as some seem to think. If you don’t brush the teeth with a quality toothpaste, it means you are leaving the underlying cause untreated, and it can lead to inflamed gums, sepsis, and even death.
If you own a dog with a small, flat face, such as a Shih Tzu or a pug, you need to brush its teeth every single day, because the anatomy of their cranium makes them extra-vulnerable to decay and a rotten smell. To make everything more comfortable, you can also use a flavored toothpaste.
Dental chews are helpful
A delicious dental chew allows your dog to clean its own teeth. They are little treats that usually contain things like mint or eucalyptus which clean the mouth cavity and give it a fresh smell.
Minty flavored chews are also great during hot summer days since dogs cool themselves by panting – a fresh breath means cooler blood. Another pro trick is to look for a product that contains breath-freshening chlorophyll, dried cinnamon or clove.
Other plants and tips
Wheatgrass is another useful home remedy for a dog’s awful breath. Clip off some fresh wheatgrass, mix it with its food and you are set. And don’t worry about safety, since the plant can be ingested without any concerns. Dogs eat grass regularly to help them with their digestion and headaches.
Dogs can also drink fresh water to make the stinky breath disappear. You can buy a product that resembles mouth water to put it in the bowl. Ask your local vet or read a guide on the Internet on how to choose the best product for your needs.