We love our dogs: their loyalty, their cuddliness, playfulness, and goofiness. One of their less appealing qualities, however, is bad dog breath. They can’t help it, but as a savvy, caring dog parent, you can. See the 5 tips below to help your dog’s breath turn from something awful to a more tolerable smell!
1. Have your Veterinarian do a Teeth Exam
Dogs’ teeth should be examined once to twice a year, so be sure to bring this up in his or her annual visit. Your vet is an excellent resource to help determine why your dog’s breath may smell more than usual and how you can improve it.
2. Brush Fido’s Teeth Once a Day
While he may not like having a toothbrush stuck in his mouth, fortunately for them and us, dog toothpaste comes in flavors that appeal to dogs, like chicken, vanilla, and more. Plaque tends to build on dogs’ upper teeth first, so it’s wise to start your brushing there. Establishing a daily habit of teeth brushing when your dog is young can increase your dog’s tolerance to it over time.
3. Provide your Dog with Safe Chew Toys
Chew Toys are not only an excellent way to entertain your dog, they also rub off tar and plaque and massage gums.
4. Offer Natural Dental Dog Chews
Bully Sticks are an excellent way to really clean all the nooks and crannies in your dogs’ mouth. Chewing on bully sticks generates saliva, which decreases dry mouth, a common cause of bad breath.
5. Give your Dog Fresh, Healthy Snacks
Carrots and green beans are just a few vegetables we can give our dogs in moderation that are not only healthy, they can also help improve breath.
For a list of safe, fresh foods for dogs, see our 20 Pet Friendly People Foods for Dogs.
If your dog is still experiencing unusually bad breath, another visit to the veterinarian may be in order, as it could be the sign of a medical condition. Best Bully Sticks, hopes though, that with a healthy diet, active lifestyle, and a daily bully stick or other natural chew, your dog’s dental hygiene and breath are pawsome! 🐾