In the early stages of bad breath (before it prolongs or if there’s too much plaque buildup), you can try a home remedy to prevent bad breath and reduce the chances of needing to visit the vet’s office. Some bad dog breath cures and remedies you can try include the following:
Regular Tooth Brushing
Regular and routine teeth brushing with a dog-specific brush and toothpaste are effective ways to eliminate plaque buildup. Since you can’t always monitor what your dog eats, you can help prevent them from getting dental disease by brushing their teeth on a daily basis.
As is true for humans, brushing is the cornerstone of good oral hygiene.
Provide Enough Water and Supplements
Water helps reduce bacterial load and may promote fresh breath. Besides water, specific ‘dental water’ contains enzymes and other ingredients formulated to improve dog breath.
Your veterinarian can recommend supplements that help to increase good bacteria in the system. It is well known that probiotics help with overall dog wellness and can prevent bad dog breath.
Chew Toys and Treats
Chew toys and dental treats are also handy for improving your dog’s oral health, since chewing and gnawing may displace tartar. It also increases saliva production to minimize the bacteria in the mouth.
Not all dental chew toys will offer the best oral hygiene benefits, so it’s best to ask your veterinarian for recommendations on the most effective chew toys and dog treats for bad breath. Do note though, that the chew toy must be appropriate for your dog’s age and size for effectiveness.
Since unsupervised snacking can cause bad breath, limit your dog’s access to unpleasant foods and secure your trash. Instead, provide healthy dog food for the prevention of bad breath.
If you have a cat, place the litter box away from your dog’s reach to avoid eating cat feces or more importantly, clean up after your pets promptly to remove any temptation.