Let’s face it, no one likes stinky dog breath… especially when it’s bad! In today’s post we’ll be taking a look at some of the common causes of bad breath in dogs, how to treat it, as well as our top 10 picks for the best dog treats for bad breath.
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What causes bad breath in dogs?
According to the American Kennel Club, poor oral hygiene and periodontal (gum) disease are the most common causes of stinky dog breath.
A build-up of plaque and tartar not only causes bad breath in itself, but the bacteria associated with this build-up can also lead to cavities, tooth decay, infection and inflammation which further contribute to the problem of bad breath.
Unfortunately, some breeds are also more predisposed to dental problems than others, like breeds with long pointed snouts and some small breeds.
Other more serious causes of bad breath in dogs can include unpleasant dietary habits (like eating garbage) and disease (for example, diabetes, liver disease and kidney disease).
How to prevent bad breath in dogs and why good dental hygiene is important:
If the cause of your dog’s bad breath is the result of poor oral health and a build-up of plaque and tartar, a good dental hygiene routine is crucial for getting the teeth back in tip-top condition and thus, eliminating stinky dog breath.
If build-up is severe, your dog may benefit from a dental scale and polish at your local vet before commencing a preventative maintenance regime.
A good dental hygiene routine needn’t be difficult – while daily brushing is ideal if your dog will tolerate it, dental chews and treats are also beneficial as they help to clean the teeth naturally through the mechanical act of chewing.
Similarly, the hard, textured nature of many dental treats also helps to ‘scrub’ excessive build-up from the teeth, meanwhile, ingredients like parsley and mint help to freshen your dog’s breath.
Check out our top 10 best dog treats for bad breath (and good dental hygiene!) below;
10 Best dog treats for bad breath:
When deciding on a dental treat range that’s right for your dog, remember to take your dog’s size and chewing preferences into consideration. For aggressive chewers, be careful of compressed chews as your dog may inadvertently break off and swallow large chunks which could lead to choking and/or intestinal upset.
Similarly, always observe serving size suggestions and treating schedule frequency recommendations on the pack and supervise your dog while they eat!
Made with natural, easy-to-digest ingredients. Veterinarian recommended and VOHC accepted. Cleans to the gum line. Mint flavoured.
Amazon’s Choice. Chicken flavoured biscuits containing mint and parsley for fresh breath. Hard texture to aid in the removal of plaque and tartar build-up.
Grain-free and gluten-free dental chews with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Helps clean your dog’s teeth and remove plaque/tartar build-up.
Vet recommended. Creates a protective barrier on the teeth to help prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Small-large available.
Helps to freshen breath naturally with parsley and peppermint. Natural chewing action reduces plaque and tartar build-up.