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When it takes a thesaurus to describe just how bad your dog’s breath is, perhaps you need to tackle this problem head-on. That odor (aside from being a big snuggle-deterrent) can be an indicator of potential health problems such as dental and kidney disease—or a sign of a nutritionally deficient diet, so it’s important to pay attention to the stench (as if you could ignore it!). In addition to regularly brushing your pup’s teeth and gums, we’ve got a handful of home remedies that can help:
Tartar and plaque on teeth leads to smelly bacteria, but reaching that tarter—particularly on the back teeth and along the gum line—can be a tough job for a doggy toothbrush on a wiggly pup. A daily snack of crunchy carrots or apples can help clean those hard-to-reach teeth (while also serving as a healthy treat).
Mint & Parsley
Got a cute windowsill herb garden? When you harvest the mint and parsley, sprinkle some in the dog bowl too. Not only are both of these herbs natural breath deodorants, the green chlorophyll fights stinky bacteria in the mouth and in the digestive system, too.
Clean teeth and gums may mean overall better health, but an unhealthy gut is also a common culprit when it comes to bad breath. Probiotics are known to help the digestive system by supporting good bacteria in the body and many dog-friendly human foods are a good source: Yogurt or kefir, bananas, and honey all boast natural probiotic properties.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your dog’s water bowl is a natural disinfectant and a great way to lap up better breath. Bonus: most dogs actually like that tangy taste!
Speaking of your dog’s water bowl, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria buildup invisible to the eye. Thoroughly wash and dry your dog’s water dish every day before refilling it with clean water.
This multi-use oil is quickly becoming a favorite cure-all for humans, and now you can add “fights bad dog breath” to its list of superpowers. A spoonful of this healthy fat for your dog is a sweet treat that aids digestion and immune system function. It also makes your dog’s coat so shiny!
This article was adapted from the Ollie blog. Ollie delivers freshly made human-grade meals to dogs across the country, tailoring the recipes to their nutritional needs. Want to try it? Go to myollie.com to access a special 50% off discount on your first box.