All Natural Ways to Improve Your Dog's Breath

Posted on: 24 November 2015


If cuddling with your pooch is not as enjoyable as you want it to be because it has foul breath, there are a few things you can do to naturally improve the smell of your dog's breath. Being able to treat your dog's breath with all-natural ingredients ensures that you know what is going into your dog's body at all times. The following guide walks you through a few of the options.

Add Coconut Oil to Your Dog's Food

Coconut oil has great antifungal and antibacterial properties that help to kill the bacteria growing in your dog's mouth that may be causing its bad breath. The coconut oil can be heated for a few seconds in the microwave so it can easily be poured over your dog's food and mixed in. You do not need to add a lot of the oil to get great results. The oil will also help to improve your dog's skin by making it more moisturized and will make its coat shiny.

Add Parsley to Your Dog's Food

Parsley is a wonderfully fragrant herb that can neutralize the smell of your dog's breath. Using fresh parsley is the best option because it has a stronger scent than dried parsley.

Create Apple and Mint Treats

Slice apples into thin strips and put them through a dehydrator or turn your oven to 250 degrees and dehydrate the slices in there for a few hours. If you choose the latter option, keep the door open so that the apples dehydrate and do not burn. Once the apple chips are done, chop up the mint and toss the apple chips and fresh mint into a zipper bag. Give some of these to your dog whenever you feel it deserves a treat. The apples have antifungal properties that will break down any smelly bacteria in your dog's mouth and the mint will give its breath a minty scent.

Add Lemon Juice to Your Dog's Water

Lemon is another great natural treatment for foul dog breath. The clean smell of lemon will improve the reek of your dog's breath while the acidity in the lemon will kill bacteria growing in your dog's mouth to further improve the scent.

All of these completely natural options are very inexpensive and easy to do. You should start to see a difference in your dog's breath within a very short period of time. If you are worried that your dog may have an underlying issue causing its bad breath, contact a veterinarian.