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Combating bad breath

The term ‘dog breath’ was created for a good reason – dogs’ breath can be unpleasant at the best of times. While there’s no way to make dogs breath smell like roses, there are things you can do to keep bad breath at bay.

The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene as well as tooth and gum disease. Here’s how you can keep your pooches’ mouth in check:

Brush away build-up

Just like humans, plaque can build up on dog’s teeth resulting in bad breath from bacteria. Plaque can also cause gums to recede and expose new areas for the bacteria to grow. Over time, this can lead to serious gum and teeth disease.

Brush your dog’s teeth at least weekly to prevent build-up of plaque.

Dental chews

Dental chews are a fun and painless way to improve your dog’s dental health. Most dogs love the taste of an edible dental chew and see them as a treat or toy.

Not all chews are created equal. When looking for a dental chew, consider the size of your dog, the ingredients in edible chews (particularly if your dog has any allergies) and the durability of non-edible chews.


There are natural breath fresheners you can safely give your dog to combat bad breath.

  • Chlorophyll treats and neutralises bad breath by aiding in digestion. You can purchase chew treats containing chlorophyll or add a few drops of liquid chlorophyll to your dog’s food
  • Coconut oil is loaded with benefits including boosting the digestive and immune system, improving digestive function as well as alleviating bad breath. Use coconut oil to prepare your dog’s food or use it to brush your dog’s teeth
  • Neem is an extract from the Neem tree and can be used in the same way as coconut oil to improve bad breath
  • Cinnamon can be simply sprinkled on to dog food to help neutralise bad breath

There are of course health issues that you should look out for that go beyond bad breath. If you are concerned that your dog’s breath is not improving with the things above or is worsening you should visit your Vet as soon as possible.