Foods That Help Maintain Good Dog Breath
Maybe your dog ate something, maybe they need dental work, or maybe they just straight up have bad breath — whatever the reason, no one enjoys getting kisses from a dog with stinky breath!
What causes bad breath in dogs
Just like humans, dogs develop plaque from eating food and not regularly brushing their teeth. When that plaque builds up, it hardens and turns into tartar. As tartar builds, it can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection and if left untreated, can result in the loss of teeth and lots of dental bills!
While periodontal disease is the most common reason for bad breath in dogs, there are a handful of other things that can affect dogs’ breath — for example, highly processed kibble may not sit well in a dog’s digestive system, resulting in bad breath. Unfortunately, consistent bad breath may be a sign of underlying health conditions. We’d recommend checking with your vet if your pet is experiencing consistent bad breath.
How to help dogs with bad breath
While brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way to combat the plaque and tartar build-up that’s most likely causing your dog’s bad breath, there are a few foods that can help naturally clean teeth.
- Carrots -- A crunchy snack that when chewed, rubs off some of the built-up plaque and tartar causing stinky breath.
- Cucumber slices -- Cucumbers contain nutrients that naturally freshen breath, as well as being a crunchy snack that rubs and cleans teeth.
- Celery -- Another crunchy snack that will help rub off some of the plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth.
- Apple slices -- Similar to the first three, the crunchiness of apples helps clean dog teeth during chewing. However, apples also contain malic acid, which helps with keeping breath fresh! Just be sure to keep the seeds away, as they are harmful to dogs.
When giving your dog carrots, cucumber slices, celery sticks, or apple slices, always give your dog smaller pieces at a time and supervise for choking. In addition to these quick snacks, there are a few herbs you can mix into their daily food to help manage bad breath.
- Curly-Leaf Parsley -- Parsley has high levels of chlorophyll, which is known to have deodorizing and antibacterial properties. Be sure that your pooch doesn’t eat more than a few leaves a day, as that can be toxic to dogs.
- Mint -- Similar to why humans chew minty gum, dogs can chew mint leaves for fresher breath! Just like parsley, be sure that your pooch doesn’t eat more than a few leaves a day, as that can lead to an upset stomach, and liver or kidney problems.
While fresh foods, like the ones mentioned above, are great supplements to assist with bad breath, it is critical that you’re still brushing your dog’s teeth or taking
them for dental work, even if you’re regularly giving them foods that naturally clean teeth! However, these snacks and herbs will certainly help your pooch get back to their kissable selves!
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