How to Get Rid of Doggy Bad Breath

If you have a pup, you know just how special their kisses are. But sometimes, their bad breath is the last thing we want to be sniffing! Don’t worry; there are ways to eliminate it, and we have them listed here.

Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Regularly

How do you reduce plaque buildup and remove food particles between your teeth? By brushing daily. The same should go for your dog. Brushing regularly (sometimes daily) is a good way to ensure your dog doesn’t have bad breath. Be sure to get a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. (Don’t use your own toothpaste, as some of those ingredients can be unsafe.)

Our Pick: Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Dog Dental Kit ($16.49, shop here)

Use Dental Chews

Dental chews are a great way to reduce your dog’s bad breath – and most pups really enjoy chomping on them. These one-a-day treats start scrubbing away all that junk as your dog takes their first bite. The natural chewing process will take care of the rest.

Our Pick: OraVet Hygiene Dental Chews (28.99, shop here)

Stock Up on Bones

Did you know that chewing on bones not only keeps dogs entertained but also lets them clean their teeth? We suggest choosing classic Nylabones. Bully sticks work well, too. Just try to stay away from real bones that splinter easily.

Keep an Eye on Your Pup

Sometimes, doggy bad breath is determined by what your pup eats and drinks. Be sure they don’t eat something stinky like roadkill, garbage, or other animal feces. Keep the litter box out of reach, and always ensure the trash can lid is closed tight.

Put Your Dog on a Vet-Recommended Dental Diet

If you’re trying everything and nothing is sticking, it may be time to visit your vet, who may recommend a diet that could help. For instance, larger kibble and course textures can scrape along teeth to remove plaque. That might be a good place to start.

Do you have any tips for getting rid of doggy bad breath? Share them with us in the comments below!

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