How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Naturally in a Dog

by Bethney Foster

If your dog has bad breath, the medical term for which is halitosis, it may be a symptom of underlying medical issues. Halitosis can signal that your dog has gingivitis, periodontitis, an abscessed tooth, a bone stuck in the mouth, an oral ulcer, mouth tumors, a lung disease or kidney disease. It’s best to have your dog examined by a veterinarian before chalking up the offensive odor to doggie breath. If, however, your dog simply has stinky breath, there are natural remedies for eliminating the problem.

Brushing Teeth

Step 1

Lift your dog’s upper lip.

Step 2

Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the dog’s gum line.

Step 3

Move the toothbrush back and forth across the dog’s teeth, paying special attention to the upper canine teeth.

Step 4

Give your dog a treat to reward her for having her teeth cleaned.

Step 5

Repeat the process every day to keep your dog’s teeth clean and to reduce the dog’s bad breath.


Step 1

Add a few drops of an infusion of the herb dill to your dog’s drinking water. The antibacterial properties help limit the growth of bacteria in your dog’s mouth.

Step 2

Sprinkle chopped parsley on your dog’s food. This herb will freshen your dog’s breath.

Step 3

Add digestive enzymes to your dog’s food each day. The enzymes will aid in digestion. Poor digestion is often a cause of halitosis in dogs.

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