What to do about Halitosis in Dogs


Your dog’s breath may not be the worst thing about him, but it can be more than just annoying—it could be dangerous to your dogs health and his longevity. Halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by gum disease, tooth decay, or even infection in the mouth and throat area.

To ensure your dog stays healthy and happy, you’ll need to address any halitosis issues as soon as they arise and give your pooch the oral care he needs.

Here are some tips on how to deal with halitosis in dogs and how to avoid it altogether in the future.


Introducing your dog to tongue cleaning

It’s never too late for a dog who has bad breath! However, it is best if you start cleaning their teeth when they are still young. Start by brushing their teeth with a finger or gauze pad each day before they eat.

Hold the pads so they are between your index and middle fingers while gently squeezing them against the roof of the dog’s mouth near the gums.

Slowly work your way around all of their teeth so you cover all surfaces of the tooth. Be sure to get inside any crevices on the back side of the molars.

Make sure that you always brush from top to bottom and don’t forget to wipe off your hands after handling raw meat, which can have dangerous bacteria on it that can be transferred from your hands to the animal’s mouth through grooming or petting!

With regards to dry food, try not to feed them more than once per day and choose a high-quality food brand. As far as treats go, limit those as well-some dogs have sensitive stomachs and will break out in hives if they consume too many treats or sugary foods.


Daily brushing – A must for maintaining fresh breath

Daily brushing is essential for maintaining fresh breath. Brushing helps reduce tartar and plaque build-up and disrupt the oral biofilm on your dog’s teeth, which can lead to bad breath or gum disease.

To brush, hold your dog by their collar, use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and stroke back and forth along the gum line, as well as give a final scrub of the tongue while holding their mouth closed.

Brush each side of the mouth until you get to the last molar. If you have a breed that has long hair around its muzzle, such as pugs or bulldogs, be sure to brush inside their nose too!

You may need to stop every now and then if they try to lick, but it will make a big difference over time. 

Nail trimming – Nails that are too long can curl under the pad of the paw when walking, leading to painful cracking and bleeding.

In order to keep this from happening, take your dog outside on a non-carpeted surface (such as grass) and trim just enough so that you see pink near the nail tip when they’re standing naturally.


Bad breath causes and remedies

There are a few potential causes of bad breath. Pneumonia, diabetes, dental problems, kidney or liver problems, and some heart conditions can all cause halitosis in dogs.

Medicines such as NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory drugs), antacids (for indigestion), steroids, chemotherapy, and antibiotics can also trigger this side effect.

The good news is that there are remedies for bad breath! You should try brushing your dog’s teeth at least twice per week with dog toothpaste and toothbrush.

Brushing the teeth removes plaque from the surface of the teeth, which reduces the odor from bacteria build-up. You should also brush your dog’s tongue on a regular basis; even if it doesn’t have any tartar buildup.

Simply use your finger to spread out the saliva on their tongue and then gently massage it in circular motions over their entire tongue before rinsing with water.

Do not insert your fingers too far into the mouth as you may hit the soft palate and injure them. Use a dry cloth afterward to dry off their mouth and throat.

You should also check with your vet to make sure no other medical condition is causing the halitosis, so they don’t end up being worse off than they were before!


The most common cause of halitosis in dogs

Halitosis is a bad odor coming from the mouth or breath, often caused by bacteria. There are two major types of halitosis that can affect dogs: chronic and acute.

Chronic is when there is an underlying cause, such as dental disease. Acute halitosis can occur if the dog has consumed something, like chocolate, meat with onions or garlic, etc.

Acute symptoms usually clear up on their own after a few days. If your dog exhibits any signs of distress, contact your veterinarian immediately. 

The best way to keep your pet’s breath smelling fresh and sweet is by brushing his teeth regularly! You should brush them at least twice a week with toothpaste designed for pets and toothbrushes designed for pets.

In addition, you should feed your pet food that contains added vitamins and minerals (such as parsley) which will help reduce bad breath-causing bacteria.

If your pet does not have dental problems, feeding him water additives will also help him maintain good oral hygiene. Lastly, make sure he gets plenty of exercises so he won’t be eating as much and his teeth won’t get dirty.


Bad breath home remedies and remedies you can make yourself

When your pup is suffering from a case of bad breath, there are a few things you can try before visiting the vet. You may have noticed that some treats or foods seem to be worse than others.

Have you tried switching diets and substituting one with another? One of the most common causes of bad breath is an infection caused by tartar build-up, which dental care can resolve.

If this doesn’t help, make sure you’re brushing their teeth regularly and if they don’t cooperate, get them used to it early on. Also, brush their tongue to remove bacteria build-up.

A more rare cause could be gingivitis (gum disease) or tooth decay (dental caries). In these cases, the dog will need professional treatment but until then a vet visit should tell us what’s going on!


Vet visit

Some dogs may need a dental cleaning. Other times, bad breath could be caused by a more serious problem like a tooth infection or kidney disease.

This is why it’s important to take your dog for a check-up at the vet’s office if you’re not sure what the cause is. Your vet will conduct an exam, test for diseases, and also recommend any additional treatments that might be needed.

If your dog has just been to the vet, there are some things you can do on your own: brush their teeth daily with water and toothpaste; add canned pumpkin to their food which can help soothe irritated gums; try using green beans as a chew toy for teeth stimulation; avoid giving your dog bones since they can lead to gum damage.

And never use human toothpaste since it contains fluoride and salt which are harmful to pets. It’s best to use pet toothpaste instead. If you notice your dog chewing too much on one side of his mouth, he may have tarter buildup there.

If this is the case, make an appointment with your vet and bring him along to his appointment so he can examine him too.


Teach your dog good oral hygiene habits

One way to improve your dog’s breath is by brushing its teeth. The average time you should brush your dog’s teeth is three times a week, with a separate toothbrush just for dogs.

Make sure the toothpaste you are using doesn’t contain peroxide, baking soda, or calcium because they are not good for your dog’s stomach and digestive system.

Use chew toys as well as food to keep them occupied while you brush their teeth. Once they get used to it, the brushing will only take around five minutes.

There are also water additives that can help remove plaque buildup and leave their mouth smelling fresh again. Regularly changing your dog’s diet from one type of food to another can also work wonders.

If all else fails, visit your veterinarian and they may be able to prescribe some medicine or home remedies to make things better.

Always consult with your vet before administering any medications!


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