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May 07, 2018

Causes of Bad Breath In Dogs and Natural Remedies to help

Dogs are the only pets that aren’t shy. Just spend a few minutes with your dog and you will have learned almost everything about them— from health-related issues to other stuff. It is during this time that you are likely to come across bad smell from your dog’s mouth.

Generally, dogs aren’t known to have fresh-smelling mouths. But there are levels that can be so unpleasant for you. Are you a dog owner who wouldn’t like to come closer to his pups? You really don’t want it to reach this level. If this happens, your dog will be the dullest animal alive.

It is for this reason that you need to know the causes of bad breath in your dog and its natural remedies.

Causes of bad breath in dogs

There are several factors that can cause the uncomfortable smell that emanates from your dog’s mouth. Some of these reasons are very serious and might need veterinary care. Here are some of them:

  • Periodontal Problems

Periodontal problems, just like in humans usually occur as a result of bacterial build up between the teeth and gums. This often leads to inflammation of your dog’s gums. This condition is known as gingivitis.

Deterioration and continuation of gingivitis will make your dog suffer from periodontitis. This usually affects the tissues surrounding the affected teeth. Bad breath in your furry friend is at times a result of periodontal problems. You, therefore, need to endure the foul smell and have your veterinarian check on your dog’s gums.
  • Poor Digestion

Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, constipation, and bloating can also cause bad breath in your dog. And the gas that your four-legged friend releases from his mouth as a result of poor digestion of foods like low-quality kibbles is something that you won’t be able to put up with.

You know what it means to have poor digestion and the gases that often accompany such occurrences. The same can happen to your dog.

  • Mouth Cancer

This problem is most common in aging dogs. By the way, how old is your dog? If he has spent some considerable number of years, then there is a possibility that he will have bad breath due to tumors such as fibrosarcomas, melanomas and others that affect mouths of older dogs.

Symptoms of mouth cancer are similar to the periodontal problems and it is advisable that you consult the vet for an advanced checkup.

  • Foreign objects in your dog’s mouth

You can’t spend the entire day just watching over your dog. You have to go to work as that is the only way you will be able to provide for him as well. And being the cheeky type as he always is, your dog will want to explore and in the process end up eating foreign objects that might get trapped in his mouth for days if unnoticed.

These objects, mostly bones, can get caught between gums, teeth and at times get stuck on the tongue. Some of these objects can be even rotten. My dog and almost all dogs I’ve come across have this annoying habit of tasting anything that comes their way. They don’t know how dangerous this is to their health.

  • Kidney Failure

If your dog has at one point been diagnosed with kidney failure (severe to be precise), then there is some possibility that the bad breath can be attributed to this. Kidney failure usually causes retention of chemical wastes such as ammonia in the dog’s tissues and blood.

You will, therefore, get some ammonia-like smell emanating from your dog’s mouth due to this problem. Such smells aren’t good when coming from your friend’s mouth.

Natural remedies to combat bad breath in your dog

  • There are different ways you can use to eliminate bad breath from your dog, but the natural remedies are the best. This is because they are the cheapest and the healthiest as there are no harmful chemicals involved in their usage. Here are some of the natural remedies that will give your dog  the best results ever:
1. Brushing your dog’s teeth

Maintenance of healthy oral cavity is not a reserve for humans alone. Even your dog needs to have his teeth brushed to maintain that fresh smell all the time. Why would you expect your dog’s mouth to smell fresh without brushing them? Even human beings have to put up with brushing daily to maintain the freshness.

But you need to do it carefully using a toothbrush with soft bristles that won’t injure your little friend’s gums. Do you need toothpaste for this? Of course, you need to use specially formulated toothpaste for dogs alone. Brushing with coconut oil or raw sesame oil can do the same.

It might prove to be difficult in the first instance being that your dog hasn’t gotten used to it. But with time, he’ll enjoy it.

2. Provide him with plenty of drinking water

Water is very important for your dog’s well-being. Providing your dog with clean and safe drinking water in large amounts means that his mouth will be kept wet for a long period of time. In the process, this will help rinse out the existence of bacteria that cause bad breath.

Water might also wash away foreign objects from the mouth into the stomach, therefore, eliminating the possibility of foul smells caused by foreign objects in the mouth.

3. Change your dog’s food choices

You also need to consider what goes into your dog’s stomach. Low-quality kibbles, for example, have been found to cause bad breath in dogs and should, therefore, be excluded from your dog’s diet.

Other things that you should consider when choosing the best food choices for your dog are ingredients and aromas. Fish and some smelly extracts if present in large quantities in a dog’s meal might lead to the problem we’ve addressed above. Such substances should be excluded from the diet as well.

Additionally, minimize the amount of wet food while at the same time increasing dry dog food varieties for the best results.

4. Give him some carrots

Have you ever thought that carrots could be this helpful to your dog? You need to know that when your dog is given carrots to chew, he is likely to prevent the buildup of plaque in his mouth. In the process, this may help in preventing your dog from having a stinky breath.

Chewing of carrots also stimulates the production of saliva which ends up washing any food particles that could have remained in the mouth. This is a good alternative for puppies that are teething. Instead of buying him those toys that won’t help him much, just fill your fridge with lots of carrots.


5. Use coconut oil

Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help do away with the stinky smell as well. It is also good for maintaining your dog’s digestive system to operate optimally hence doing away with digestion problems. Besides, it is also good for his immune and metabolic systems.


It is natural to find dogs having some not-so-pleasing smell come out of their mouths, but there are instances that the odor might become unbearable. If you didn’t know the leading contributors to this, then you’re now in the know. And of course, the best way to mitigate all the above causes is by going natural!

Author Bio: Rosie is a founder of ChummyDoggy, where she shares her love and offers tips & tricks that will help you become a better “dog-mom”. She also has a dog, her name is Lola, visit her twitter  @RosieTran20