What You Can Do If Your Dog Has Bad Breath and What Causes It

Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?

Bad dog breath is a bad sign. Many pet parents think bad breath is an inevitable part of being a dog. But, foul-smelling breath isn’t normal or healthy.

Bad breath could be the first sign of a more serious oral health care problem, such as the early onset of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or periodontitis (oral disease). 

Regular activities, such as eating meals and fetching slobbery toys, can cause plaque to form on your dog’s teeth. This plaque should be removed daily or it will begin to form tartar — filmy deposits containing harmful bacteria that can irritate your pet’s gums and cause bad breath.

Plaque can lead to gingivitis, which can eventually lead to oral disease. Oral disease damages the tissue and bones that support your dog’s teeth and can cause tooth loss and eventually could cause long-term issues with your dog’s health.

How to Remedy Bad Dog Breath

So what can you do? Practice a dental care routine with your dog and take the right preventative measures to keep your dog happy and healthy for a lifetime. Here are three easy ways to care for your dog’s mouth:

  1. Regular Veterinary Exams and Cleanings: Your vet can help spot and treat problems before they become more serious issues.
  2. Avoid Feeding Your Dog Table Scraps: Your dog may love table scraps, but human food may increase the buildup of plaque and tartar on your dog's teeth.
  3. Dental Treats for Dogs: Between your regular veterinary exams and cleanings, feed your dog specially designed oral care snacks and treats, such as GREENIES™ Dental Treats. These treats are accepted by the VETERINARY ORAL HEALTH COUNCIL to help control tartar buildup. Giving your dog a GREENIESTM Dental Treat each day is a great way to help promote oral health. In between oral care treats, you can give your dog GREENIES™ BREATH BUSTER™ Bites to help keep their breath fresh.

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