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Woof! How to Get Rid of Bad Dog Breath

Woof! How to Get Rid of Bad Dog Breath

As your dog playfully barrels towards you in search of kisses and cuddles, are you finding yourself frantically running in the opposite direction?

If your doggo struggles with a case of bad breath, getting up close and personal can be the last thing you want to do - even if your furry friend thinks you appreciate the love!

When bad breath gets between you and cuddles with your pup, running away isn’t going to solve the problem; as a pup parent, it’s up to you to make sure your doggo is healthy and happy - dental hygiene included!

Not only is bad dog breath unpleasant for you, but it can also be a sign of underlying health problems in your pooch. So, when the stinky smell strikes and those licks filled with love go from “aww” to “eww”, what can you do?

In this post, we’ll walk you through the common causes and what you can do to treat and prevent your dog’s bad breath.

Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?

It’s easy to dismiss bad breath as “just one of those things”, but did you know bad breath isn’t a normal dog trait? There’s usually a reason behind the foul odor coming from your pup’s mouth:

Oral hygiene

Your dog’s bad breath is most likely a result of bad oral hygiene and periodontal disease. Just like humans, plaque and tartar can lead to bacteria that cause bad breath.

Think about it, if you didn’t brush your teeth, it wouldn’t be long until your friends and family take a step back when talking to you. Dogs are the same. How can you expect your dog to have fresh breath if you never brush their teeth?


Yes, diabetes can affect dogs too! If your dog’s breath has a fruity smell to it, diabetes could be the culprit of bad breath. If so, your furry friend needs professional help, so book an appointment with a vet as soon as possible.

Liver and kidney disease

Liver and kidney disease are less likely causes, but their symptoms are certainly something you should be aware of. Knowing the symptoms can stop these life-threatening problems in their tracks.

If your dog has the smell of urine on their breath, it could be an indicator of kidney disease. Likewise, a strong-smelling breath with yellow gums and little appetite could be signs of liver disease. In either scenario, visit a veterinarian or emergency clinic as soon as possible.

Diet habits

Sometimes your furry friend’s bad breath is simply down to their diet. Left unsupervised, dogs can unknowingly eat abnormal things - even the best of us have had to, at some point, pull our pup away from questionable objects.

Treating & Preventing Bad Dog Breath

The best way to treat and prevent bad dog breath is to implement a daily dental hygiene routine.

Wondering where to start? Below are some of the practices and products you should use to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. It may take a little patience, but your pooch’s smooches will be sweet again in no time!

Brushing Dog's Teeth

Good dog toothpaste is the foundation of your cleaning efforts. Without a quality toothpaste, your efforts will only get you so far.

Bristly’s Prebiotic Toothpaste helps remove harmful bacteria and uses natural oils to freshen breath! The unique blend effectively fights plaque and tartar and creates a healthy environment for good bacteria to regrow.

Chew Toys & Tongue Cleaner

Bristly’s vet-approved dog toothbrush toy uses dogs’ natural chewing urge to keep plaque at bay and control dental health. The lined grooves brush teeth down to the gumline, fighting oral disease and reducing bad breath. All you need to do is add some toothpaste, and watch as your dog chews their teeth clean!

To partner your toothbrush chew toy, a tongue cleaner will freshen your doggo’s breath. 95% of bad breath comes from the tongue, so it’s an important area to target! With the Bristly Tongue Cleaner, it’s easy for your dog to lick their bad breath away!

Routinely Checking Dogs Teeth

Even once you have a frequent dental routine in place, you must routinely check your dog’s mouth for signs of gum disease. If you catch gum disease in its early stages, the effects are fully reversible. Follow this guide to checking your dog for gum disease.

Dental Treats

Dental treats are a great way to add some much-needed nutrition while ticking the dental hygiene box, too! Give your dog one treat per day in between meals to keep on top of your oral hygiene efforts.

Prebiotic Dental Treats are delicious dog treats that fight plaque and tartar buildup, and promote good bacteria - keeping your pup’s pearly whites shiny and healthy! With 100% natural ingredients, you can be sure exactly what’s going in your pup’s tummy.

Bristly’s specifically formulated dog dental care products go through rigorous testing to ensure your pet gets the best results. Browse our selection of goodies today and join the Bristly pack. It won’t be long until your furry friend has a clean set of teeth to fit right in!


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