Remedies for a Dog's Bad Breath

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Dogs can have problems with teeth and gums, or it can be a sign of another health issue. This page is about remedies for a dog's bad breath.
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I have used an excellent product by ProDen called "Plaque Off Animal". It gets rid of the tartar and plaque which causes bad breath. I just add a tiny scoop, which comes with the product, to your pet's food every day. You can go to www.international-dental.com or go to www.seniorpetproducts.com.

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April 17, 20150 found this helpful
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I have found that yogurt is the best thing for my dog. But you only can give a dog plain or vanilla, no other flavors. I give my dog a tablespoon every day and he loves it. Plus it is also good for their digestive system. I hope this helps.

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November 15, 2010

I have a 11 year old miniature Dachshund and I have noticed that she has really bad breath that actually smells like her poop. I have also noticed that she sometime does eat her own poop.
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I have asked a vet about it and they informed me that it is sometimes natural for some breeds to eat their own feces. I have tried giving her Milk Bones and brushing her teeth with doggie toothpaste, but it only works temporarily for a day or two.

My question is, are there any other home remedies to help her with her breath? I have heard from some people that garlic can help, but I have not tried it yet because I know that garlic is part of the onion family and onions are toxic to dogs. She also does not care for apples or carrots. Any other suggestions? Anything helps. Thanks.

By anjelah monrreal from San Jose, CA

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November 15, 20100 found this helpful
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I have one dog that thoroughly enjoys munching on his (or any other dog's) poop. Yep, it's indeed disgusting and will result in very, very, very, bad breath. Our other dogs outgrew it as they matured from puppy-hood, but not this big guy. All breeds do it to some extent.

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The only solution to improving his breath I've ever found is to scoop up and dispose of the poop before he has a chance to consume it in the yard! Best to drag out that pooper-scooper and eliminate the source of the problem. If you notice an improvement after you do so on a regular basis, you can then assume that the bad breath problem was just that (poop eating) and not another, possibly intestinal or infectious, issue. Good Luck! :-)

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November 16, 20100 found this helpful
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Check your dog's teeth, especially in the back, to see if they are coated with tartar. This can cause bad breath in a dog. To help eliminate the odor, the teeth will need to be cleaned by the vet. Another possible reason is worms. Have your dog checked for them.

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Yes, there is a dog mouth rinse I bought on jefferspets.com and it is expensive, but lasts a long time. I pour a little onto a child size battery operated toothbrush and clean my small dog's teeth with it. Allow the brush to do the work and don't scrub them manually too or the gum-lines can get sore. A few times a week should be enough brushing to keep them clean and odor free.

The same link I provided sells something that helps dogs to not enjoy feces. You might want to check it out. They will also send you a catalog if you prefer not to order over the 'net.

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November 16, 20100 found this helpful
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Giving your dog marrow bones to chew will clean his teeth more effectively than you brushing them. If his breath is bad it's because his teeth are dirty.

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Chewing on marrow bones will even remove tartar. You should make sure he has no bad teeth that actually need removing, because no amount of chewing on marrow bones will fix that!

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April 28, 20160 found this helpful
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If any dog eats poop give them some pineapple when eating . For some reason pinapple in the poop dogs dont like the taste of it. This remedy has worked for me and many of my friends.

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April 2, 2007

Does anyone know about the product Dental Fresh for Dogs teeth cleaning? The info I have is:

Dental Fresh for Dogs

Just add to your pet's drinking water for optimal oral health. Dental Fresh protects teeth and gums, removes plaque and tartar, brightens teeth, and freshens breath. Makes professional cleaning faster, easier, and gentler.

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I have heard "yes" maybe it helps; but wonder if anyone had used it... Or, do you know anything that would help besides this. I cannot brush my dogs teeth (she won't allow--haha), and having them cleaned at the vets is expensive. She has such tartar build up, and needs it done twice a year. This site was recommended to find out if anyone could help.

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Linda from Greensboro, NC

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By Terry (Guest Post)
April 3, 20070 found this helpful
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Have used this product. Not much of an opinion on it. Bought it and never bought it again. I wish dogs could clean their own teeth huh? I feed her dry dog food hoping that most of the plaque gets off that way. I find if you don't feed the dog people food than their breath is pretty bearable. Good luck in your search for a product to solve your puppy's bad breath.

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By Sue (Guest Post)
April 3, 20070 found this helpful
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I have used this product...It helps,,but will not prevent the plaque from building . Nothing will stop that. I have 9 dogs, and use this 99% of the time, and have to take them to have their teeth cleaned still, but not nearly as often.

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By Graycrab (Guest Post)
April 3, 20070 found this helpful
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I tried it. My dog would not drink the water.

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By doris (Guest Post)
January 14, 20080 found this helpful
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I have used the product for water and it did not help. There is a product called Clean & Fresh made by Butler Animal Health Suppy that may do the trick.

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By John Flagler Beach Florida (Guest Post)
April 10, 20080 found this helpful
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We have used Dental Fresh for our golden since last August and it has made a great difference in removal of plaque! We swear by it. Hope this helps. John

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By Richard (Guest Post)
December 3, 20080 found this helpful
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My dog was diagnosed by his vet with severe gum disease. It cost me more than $800 to have him sedated and three teeth removed and all his teeth cleaned. My Vet, whom I've used for more than 20 years told me to buy Dental Fresh, he would not recommend it if it didn't work. It is AMAZING. My old dog and my young retriever both have great breath and perfectly clean teeth. I wont go with out it!

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November 29, 2019

I have a Jack Russell Terrier dog and she has bad breath. We haven't tried to take to her to vet for a checkup, we just brush her teeth sometimes, but it does not help either. Do you have any other ways to eliminate bad mouth odor? She also lost a tooth already, I am really worried, but we have not enough financial capacity right now since vets and other dog medications are pretty expensive. Please help.

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November 30, 20190 found this helpful
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Poor pup! Bad breath is (in my experience 98 percent of the time) caused by infections which results in tooth loss.

Since the pup has already lost a tooth, I am guessing there is infection happening. It can be fatal (they can go septic very quickly) if that is what you have.

I got a lecture from the vet when I first became a dachshund mom many years ago because they are very prone to these problems and she warned me to never to ignore bad breath. We are fortunate that they will work with us on costs.

I followed her advise and every time it was infection. Sometimes it could be controlled by antibiotics (cheap from the grocery store pharmacy), but sometimes they have had to have extractions. My doxie that had the worst issues had very few teeth left when she died at 17 1/2, but she ate fine and had an amazing quantity of life! When the bad teeth were gone, so was the bad breath.

Talk to your vet and ask if they will work with you on the price. Some do sliding scales. Maybe they can refer you to a good vet that will work with you if they can't. Some shelters have doctors who work at reduced rates. There are also some mobile clinics that work at reduced rates. ASK!! Please!

If you have a vet school in your town, some will do it a very reduced fee since they are using student labor.

If nothing else, take the pup to the vet and have infection ruled out or see if it is treatable with an antibiotic. I do agree with some dogs that it could be a diet issue, but if this is a new issue and the same food they have been eating, the likelihood of infection is high.

Prayers for healing! Post back with updates!

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful
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If she has lost a tooth already infection is likely your problem. Infected teeth can make your dog not feel well at best and can become a systemic infection at worst. Once that process begins it rarely stops until the majority of the teeth are gone. You need to talk to your local humane society and local rescue groups to find someone who will do the dental work at a reduced rate. Have a garage sale. Clean someones house for Christmas. Borrow from a kind hearted relative. Find a way to help your buddy. If all else fails you can surrender her to the humane society and the work will get done. Good luck.

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I have a 3 year old Chihuahua mix. We got her via a couple who found her in a orchard where we assume she had been dumped. She is a wonderful dog with a huge heart and tons of love to give.

My question is - are there any natural cures for bad breath? I had her fixed and got her shots within days of getting her. My vet has told me that her teeth are in good shape. She has the stinky breath. I used human tooth paste and it worked, but I then found out that this was poison to her. Thanks for your help.

By Virginia G. from Porterville, CA

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May 17, 2006

I have a 11 year old cocker who has very bad breath. I thought it was due to her getting older (never had a dog this old before) then today I lifted up her mouth to look at her teeth and they were very rotten and a lot of them were loose. I'm going to get her a vet appointment, but I was wondering what this could do to her health? It's sad when your close to your pet and you see things like this. My 7 year old daughter and myself started crying together when we thought something could happen.

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Christina from San Antonio, TX

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May 18, 20060 found this helpful

THIS CAN MAKE HER SICK. TAKE HER TO THE VET

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May 18, 20060 found this helpful

She needs to go to the Vet ASAP. Healthy teeth is a must.

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May 18, 20060 found this helpful

I know exactly how you feel. My dog is 12 and has just been through the same thing. I took her to the vet and she had to have several teeth removed and all of her teeth cleaned under general anaesthetic. I was so worried for her to be having a general at her advanced age... But! She came out fine! Her mouth is now fine! All is well! Just take your little darling off to the vet and let him sort it all out for you.

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May 18, 20060 found this helpful

Husbands dog is 4 yrs. old and had bad breath,Vet said his teeth were infected,cleaned his teeth,gave him anti-biotic, still taking that, see the vet,

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By starlite (Guest Post)
May 18, 20060 found this helpful

Take her to vet ASAP.Bad teeth can lead to heart problems in animals as well as humans.Some vets use very light anathesia like for tropical birds.It is much safer for older animals.My 15 year old poodle had this done and did just fine.

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May 18, 20060 found this helpful

Take her to the vet as soon as possible. In the mean time, make sure she gets soft food that doesn't require lots of chewing, since she has loose & rotten teeth, she might not be able to chew and therefor might be hungry and not getting enough food & nutrients to keep her healthy. Good luck and give her lots of love and pampering (& treats), she's old, you won't regret it.

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By Autumn (Guest Post)
May 19, 20060 found this helpful

Not being mean, but-didn't you ever check before? It's something you need to keep up on regularly by brushing their teeth, giving them hard treats and food, things like that. It's part of being a responsible pet owner.

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By marvy (Guest Post)
May 23, 20060 found this helpful

i have an 11 year old blind cocker with very bad breath and i also just realized his teeth are rotting away.
He seems to eat the hard food just fine, but it looks as though everyone thinks he should have soft food and go to the vet. It is heartbreaking to see them get old. thanks for the advice.

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I have 5 dogs that I got when they were puppies. No one wanted them, so my husband and I took them in. We do have a problem. Three of the dogs have stinky breath. I mean really putrid smelling.
Can anyone help my family of 7?
Thanks.

By Sherry H.

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February 17, 2011

Are there any natural ways to improve a dog's breath?

By Judster from Canton, OH

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April 28, 2013

We are organic and natural product users. We have 3 dogs and their breath smells awful. Are there any natural remedies or does anyone know what we can do? We don't want to give them chemicals.
Thanks.

By bettyj1000

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February 1, 2011

Why does my dog have bad breath? It isn't the food he has. Could it be something else serious?

By Joyce from Ontario, Canada

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October 4, 2015

Anyone have any ideas as to what I can do for a puppy with stinky breath? I have a five month old Cocker and his breath stinks like anal glands. I brush his teeth at least every other day and am trying to do this more frequently. He does not have access to the litterbox and because I work from home and he's my shadow, I can safely say he's not pooping anywhere/eating stool. I live in an apartment, so he's not outside unless he's leashed, and because he'll grab everything, I'm super watchful as to what's on the ground so he doesn't eat something harmful or just plain gross.

He was just at the vet less than a week ago for a neuter and hernia repair, and had a full mouth check and cleaning while he was under due to a broken puppy tooth that needed to be pulled. There's no infection, abscess, something trapped in his teeth, and they did a full exam and bloodwork before putting him under. There's no apparent reason for the nasty breath, but it's raunchy.

It's been a long time since I had a puppy, so is this kind of normal for teething puppies? He has tips of some adult teeth starting to break through, so maybe he has ick-breath because of that? Are there any home remedies I can try to make his puppy smoochies a little less ripe?

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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My Shih Tzu has bad breath. Is that common? I would like to know what to do about it. It does not bother me but my daughter and son cannot stand it.

By bonnie from Niagara Falls, Canada

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January 27, 2011

What can I give my dog for bad breath?

By missy from Navasota, TX

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May 24, 2016

There has to be something for a dog's bad breath other than greenish and chews. And what can cause the bad breath other than teeth? Also what can I use to remove tartar from their teeth?

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December 8, 2014

I have a 1 year old Yorkie with really bad breath. What can I do about it? Please don't suggest brushing his teeth because it takes 2 of us to brush his teeth and I have been almost bitten by him by brushing his teeth.

By zan

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July 20, 2013

We have a mixed small breed dog who is 13 yrs old. His teeth were bad when we got him and he will not let us anywhere his mouth. His breath is horrible and he has to eat soft food because his teeth are so bad. We tried the stuff that you spray in his mouth with no results. Does anybody know of anything that will help his breath or his teeth. The vet has said he is too old and fragile to go under to get his teeth cleaned.

By Jan

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I have a little dog, part Chihuahua and part Pomeranian. He is 7 and was diagnosed with lymphoma (leukemia) in May. The last month his breath started to smell so bad, really bad. I have tried the Denta bones, but they don't seem to help. Any suggestions?

By LEONA LABINE from St. Paul, AB

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What a good home remedy for dog breath?

By c.a.rodriquez5780@gmail.com from Hutchinson, KS

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July 7, 2016

This is a page about puppy with bad breath. Puppies can have very bad breath when they are quite young.

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I have a Yorkie that is nine years old. Just recently she has developed bad breath. I have started brushing her teeth. It helps somewhat, but it has to been done everyday. I just wanted to know if that is normal?

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My Pomeranian has very bad breath. I have her teeth cleaned but it doesn't last more than a few days.

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