How to Treat Halitosis In Dogs

As we all know, halitosis is a medical condition that causes chronic dry mouth which leads to bad breath in humans. It is very hard to get rid of it by just gargling mouthwash or by mints and chewing gums.

Doggy BreathBut did you know that dogs can also get halitosis?

The main causes for halitosis in dogs can include:

  1. Plaque
  2. Tatar
  3. Gum disease
  4. Bacteria
  5. Gastrointestinal disorders

Serious causes can include: periodontal disease, breathing problems, inflammation of their sinuses, and viral infections. Here are a few suggestions on how to treat your doggy’s breath.

Getting Rid Of Garbage

Some dogs simply cannot contain themselves around old table scraps. Make sure to throw out left overs quickly before they spoil and don’t throw them away inside the house within reach. You might have to use a few trial and error attempts to get rid of the garbage so your dog can’t find it. They are smart creatures, and if they see a pattern in where it goes, you can bet they’re going to find it and dig in. This can be a cause and depending on what’s in the garbage, other serious intestinal problems that can lead back to halitosis. Keep the yard clean and free of debris as humanly possible.

Dental Sticks

Dental sticks can help heal underlying causes of bad doggy breath that stem from plaque, tartar and gum disease. These sticks are like candy to dogs. They are very flavorful like a dog treat and the dog is unaware that he is healing his dental problems! They are great to give as a reward or just to have on hand when you and your dog are lounging around the house. They love to snack on them.

This way, you can give them the same dental benefits that come from brushing their teeth without having to “fight” to keep them still while you brush!

Seek Help From Your Vet

If these simple steps don’t seem to work, taking your dog to the vet to get a proper diagnosis can help. They will take measures to find the underlying causes. They may provide medications that your dog can take to help fix gastrointestinal problems or other causes. Vets can also give dental check ups so you don’t have to.

Treating halitosis can be a daunting task. If you feel your dog may have eaten something that caused his bad breath, dental sticks may be your quickest fix. They give your dog a good teeth cleaning while freshening its breath so you don’t have to bother with trying to brush their teeth. Using trial and error to get your dog to stop eating out of the garbage is a great way to aid in the healing of halitosis. Human food can sometimes cause gastrointestinal issues that can further exacerbate halitosis. If you are still having issues, visit a vet to find and treat any internal issues that may be causing the symptoms.