Natural Dog Breath Remedies

Canine halitosis is no fun.

Just ask anyone who has ever spent any extended period of time in a small car with a panting, smelly-breathed pet. Luckily, there’s something to be done about this potent problem. Curb the stink with these simple, natural solutions.

Carrots

Just bursting with beta-carotene, these bright orange treats are the perfect way to combat bad breath all while rewarding your dog for a job well done. Instead of reaching for processed dog biscuits, keep a container of fresh cut up carrots in the fridge to offer to your furry pal throughout the day. Dogs can’t resist the crunch and you’ll love the fact that they’re full of vitamins and antioxidants that help keep your guy healthy and his breath fresh.

Brushing

Obvious but often overlooked, brushing your dogs teeth can do wonders in terms of fighting mouth stink. Getting into a regular routine can take some time but it’s worth the extra effort. One of the main culprits when it comes to bad dog breath is plaque build up so it’s important to do everything that you can to keep it at bay. Next time you’re at the pet store, pick up a dog toothbrush and a toothpaste that’s formulated specifically for your four-legged pal. It might take him a little while to warm up to the idea of having his mouth messed with but trust us, it’s worth it. As dogs age, tooth issues can become quite serious and really affect quality of life. Additionally, professional dog teeth cleaning is a costly and complicated endeavor. Save yourself the misery (and money) and start now!

Coconut Oil

Nowadays, those in the know tend to use coconut oil for just about everything. Cooking, skin care, cleaning…the list goes on. Score one more point for this awesome elixir because as it turns out, it’s fabulous for dogs as well. Not only does it freshen breath, it aids in digestion, boosts metabolic function, and is awesome for their coat and skin. It’s easy to incorporate into your dog’s daily diet, just mix in or drizzle onto their food or offer a spoonful as a treat. Dogs tend to go nuts for the taste and you’ll be stoked knowing how amazing it is for them.

Parsley

Long known to be a breath freshener for humans, parsley is also an excellent tool to have in your anti dog breath toolkit. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and can be added to your dog’s existing food without fuss. Thanks to the presence of chlorophyll, unpleasant odors are neutralized, resulting in wonderfully fresh breath. Just chop a handful of fresh parsley and incorporate with kibble, wet food, or a raw diet and enjoy subsequent doggy kisses.

Water

In addition to staving off dehydration, water is an essential part of ensuring fresh breath. A moist mouth helps keep some of the odor causing bacteria at bay and also ensures proper bodily function which is pretty critical. Always ensure that your dog has unrestricted access to fresh, clean water, especially in the summer months. If you’re out and about, don’t forget to pack a travel bowl and a reusable bottle of water so that you can offer your pooch a sip every time you reach for your own drink.

Meet the Author: Kate Walker

Who is Kate Walker? She's a freelance writer, yoga addict, animal lover and citizen of the concrete jungle. When not on the mat, Kate can be found at the dog park or on the dock in Muskoka. She is also pretty fond of running, skiing, and Settlers of Catan.

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