Every pawrent wants to shower their affectionate furbabies with as much love as possible. However, their stinky breath can make it unbearable to kiss or snuggle close to them. Bad breath is not only undesirable, but it can also affect your dog’s overall health with germs lingering in their mouths.
Here are 6 simple home remedies to cure your dog’s bad breath!
Brush Their Teeth Daily
Maintaining your dog’s teeth and oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of curing their bad breath. Germs, bacteria, and plaque can build up in your pooch’s mouth, causing a bad odor or tooth decay. You should brush their teeth daily with pet-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste that you can find easily in various pet stores.
Brushing their teeth can be challenging initially if they are unfamiliar with having their gums and teeth touched. Help your pooch to associate teeth-brushing as a positive activity with nutritious treats and flavored dog toothpaste that they enjoy.
Dog-safe raw fruits and vegetables make for a great low-calorie, nutritious snack that can help clean your dog’s teeth, improving their breath. Some dog-safe fruits and vegetables include carrots, sliced apples, cucumbers, and celery. This is also a great crunchy snack for teething pups! Ensure that these raw fruits and vegetables are fed in moderation as large amounts may upset your dog’s stomach.
You can make easy homemade treats with wholesome ingredients to freshen your dog’s breath! This is one of the recipes you can consider:
- 5 cups of oats
- 1 egg
- ½ cup of chopped fresh mint
- ½ cup of chopped parsley
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Blend the oats until it is fine with a blender or food processor.
- Mix the blended oats, egg, mint, parsley, water, and coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
- Roll the mixture flat like a dough. Use a cookie cutter to cut your intended shapes out.
- Put the dough on a baking sheet with parchment paper and pop it into your 350 degrees preheated over for 40 minutes.
- Allow it to cool and serve it to your pup!
Incorporating dog-friendly probiotics can help to improve their breath and digestive health. Increasing helpful bacteria in your pooch’s body can help to eradicate the halitosis-causing types of bacteria. Some foods with probiotics are plain yogurts or kefir with no artificial sweeteners. You can also consider purchasing probiotic treats or chews at your nearby pet store.
Coconut oil has been found to improve breath, oral health, digestive systems and boost immunity in dogs. It is also beneficial as an anti-inflammatory and antifungal. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil over your dog’s dry or wet food daily and their breath will improve in no time. You can also rub it over your dog’s teeth and gums to freshen their breath, most dogs love the taste of it!
Cinnamon is another common ingredient that you can add to your pup’s daily meal. It is a great anti-inflammatory that offers antioxidants, inhibits the growth of bacteria, and relieves digestive discomfort. Simply add a sprinkle of cinnamon over their dry or wet food for a sweet-smelling breath!