Natural Remedies For Dogs With Bad Breath

natural remedies for dogs with bad breath

By now you already know that regular brushings and a fresh food diet can help keep your dog’s mouth in top shape. But if your dog’s breath has been particularly stinky recently, it might be time to enlist the help of some additional natural remedies. The best part? You can probably find most of these ingredients right in your kitchen.

DIY Dog Toothbrush

Can’t get your dog on board with a traditional toothbrush? Try wrapping a clean piece of gauze around your finger and using a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub away plaque. Never use human toothpaste as it may contain xylitol, an ingredient that can cause liver failure in dogs.

Pinch of Parsley

Add some fresh parsley to your dog’s food or incorporate it into homemade dog treats to freshen up breath.

Homemade Treats

Try your hand at DIY dog treats and freshen your pup’s breath by whipping up some homemade breath mints. Blend oats, eggs, water, coconut oil, parsley, and mint, roll out the mixture, cut into small shapes, and bake for 35-40 minutes at 325° F. Allow to cool completely before serving. Simple!

Carrots & Apple Slices

Carrots and apple slices are two healthy snack options for dogs, especially when it comes to teeth and breath. Crunching on carrots and apples can help reach tarter on back teeth, prevent plaque buildup, and keep breath fresh. They’re also a great treat for teething puppies! Pop carrots in the freezer for a cool treat.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, a trendy superfood ingredient for humans, is also great for dogs. Adding roughly half a teaspoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl can help freshen up breath.


Supplementing your pup’s regular diet with a probiotic formulated specifically for dogs can help balance healthy oral bacteria and keep breath smelling fresh. Check with your vet about the best brand of probiotics for your dog and an appropriate dosage.

Coconut Oil

Dogs love the taste of coconut oil and it loves them back. Add a spoonful to your dog’s food to freshen up that mouth.

What’s your favorite at-home trick for keeping your dog’s breath smelling sweet?

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