Best Dog Toothpaste For Bad Breath

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog have very bad breath?
    I have a 1 in a half year old dachshund. Sheba's had bad breath for a pretty long time now. We even brushed her teeth with some special dog toothpaste. Her breath has not improved at all. We have no idea what to do about it now. I also have a 12 year old lab and he just got bad breath. But that is due to old age. But that's why I am so confused about my dachshund.

    • ANSWER:
      Small dogs like dachshunds are especially susceptible to periodontal disease which can cause bad breath, gingivitis and heart disease. It is the number one diagnosed disease by Vets and up to 80% of dogs will have some form of it by the age of 3.

      Small dog's have small mouths which makes it tough to get the back teeth. You can brush the teeth but I strongly recommend you also feed Greenies once a day. Greenies are an oral health care product in treat form, so you keep your dog's teeth clean while making him happy. As the dog chews the Greenie, the back of the brush works on the back chewing teeth where a lot of plaque builds up. The bone is soft which allows the teeth the penetrate into the bone and the coarse texture scrapes the plaque off.

      Greenies are the number one dental treat recommended by vets, and are also recognized by independent Veterinary Oral Health Council. The VOHC independently conducts a bunch of tests on the Greenie and only certifies products that actually work. Greenies are very effective at removing plaque which will help improve your dogs breath and contain chlorophyl to freshen the breath naturally. It also contains lots of healthy ingredients such as tomato, apple and cranberry so you can feel good about feeding your dog something healthy.

      Hope that helps :)

      Olivia
      Pet Nutrition Specialist
      Nutro

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you cure bad breath for dogs?
    My dog has terribly bad breath! Phew! And we tried dog toothpaste, but it just makes her breath worse, because it's poultry flavored! EWW YUCK! How do we cure her bad breath? Please HElP!

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, first understand the causes of bad breath in dogs. Dental problems, stomach or digestive problems and poor quality foods just to name three things. The first thing you should do is take the dog to a vet for a check up to make sure her bad breath is not a health or dental problem. Dental problems left untreated will cause other health problems, including heart problems. If her health and teeth are fine try a premium quality dog food. She should be eating that anyway for her healths sake. California Natural, Solid Gold, Innova, Merrick and Wellness are a few of the best ones. check out http://www.premiumfoodsonline.com/ Good luck

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I help with my dogs bad breath?
    My dog is 2 and a little dog.
    And he had really really bad breath.
    I've tried dog treats mints. And nothing really worked.

    • ANSWER:
      You can get these wipes... and you could just brush their teeth with DOG toothpaste... ******NOT HUMANS TOOTHPASTE********

  4. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on how to get rid of my dogs bad breath?
    My dog has the worst breath ever. I've taken him to the vet about it but she feels theres nothing wrong with him. I have brushed his teeth, gave him doggie mints, and milk bone dog biscuits but nothing helps. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog breath is NOT NORMAL. Bad breath is caused by the bacterica that is growing below the gumline, indicating tartar. If your dog has tartar build up then I would recomend a professional veterinary dental prophylaxis (dental cleaning). You can ask your vet if they do their cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler (this scaler works the best for cleaning but can only be used while your pet is under anesthesia.)Yes Greenies do help but it does not remove the tartar on their teeth that already exsits. Also keep in mind that Greenies are not a low calorie treat, so if your pet is overweight it wouldn't be a great treat for them. Brush your pet's teeth at least once a day and don't use human toothpaste (the reason is because human toothpaste is meant to be spit out VS animal toothpaste does not). Try CET toothpaste, poultry flavor seems to be the all time favorite with dogs. Brushing your pet's teeth once a day will GREATLY reduce the plaque reduction therefore getting rid of doggy breath. I hope that helps some. Also keep in mind bad with bad doggy breath it can also be a sign of dental disease. You said you brought your dog to the vet and she said nothing is wrong. If I were you I would bring your pet to a veterinary practice that specializes in veterinary dentistry. Some vets do NOT like dentistry and you as the pet owner noticed the problem and I would recomend that you bring it to a veterinary dentist. It's also possible your dog could have an abcessed tooth (this too can cause bad breath). Dogs eat as a survial skill, so even if they have soreness in their mouth & are in pain they eat to survive.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you keep dogs breath from smelling?
    My dog has the worst breath you could ever smell you would fall over dead if you did smell it so what do i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a toothbrush and Colgate toothpaste. Put a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush and brush over teeth. Have a bowl of water handy. After you brush the teeth let the dog drink some water. Rinse out the toothbrush. Now, take a little bit smaller amount on the toothbrush and brush tongue. (If dog will let you...lol) After let your dog drink some water. Wait for about 15 minutes. Give your dog three Altoids Mints or if not Altoids Ice Breakers or something like that will work. While your dog eats those, take his or her toys, and wash them, dry them, and spray them with Binaca or Breath Spray. Hope this helped! Your Welcome!

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you brush a dog's teeth?
    My dog has been having really bad breath lately, I think there may be something stuck in his teeth. How do I brush them? Do I just use a toothbrush, or do I use toothpaste or can I buy dog toothpaste or something? Please be sensible.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath could be due to his diet and problems digesting grain in his food. I have had sixteen dogs over forty years and I have never cleaned their teeth and none of them have had dental problems. Instead I have provided them with healthy chews. Carrots are fantastic and I also give them RAW bones.

      Why back I realised that my dog had a digestive problem, I investigated this on the Internet and I discovered that dogs have a problem digesting grain. Nevertheless none of them have had dirty teeth.

      Bad breath, skin problems and other issues are often due to digestive problems because of the grain in dog food. I will paste some info from my archives about this.

      I have learnt by my mistakes. My present dog had dreadful problems because of the food which I gave her, I experimented with dog food, I tried raw diets, cooked diets and over the years I tried various dog foods. She did not like the raw diets and the dog food that I gave her resulted in diarrhoea. As an experienced dog owner I introduced any changes gradually. Nevertheless my dog still had problems. She was eight years old before I resolved her problem.
      Eventually, because of my researches on the Internet I found that the experts have discovered that GRAIN in our dog’s diet causes many problems. I now know that grain creates acidity in the blood. This causes skin problems, digestive issues, allergies, sickness, constipation, diarrhoea, anal gland problems etc.,

      if your dog has skin problems or any of the above problems PLEASE CHANGE THE DIET. Avoid Grain, rice, beef derivatives and dairy food

      A rapid change of diet will upset your dog; any change of diet must be done gradually. Do please change to a grain free diet. I have had sixteen dogs throughout the years and they have had various problems. Perhaps if I had known about the dangers of GRAIN they would have had fewer problems. .

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my dogs bad breath ?
    My dogs breath is awful. He is only 2, otherwise healthy and appears to have clean teeth. He eats a high quality diet . I will also ask the vet when we go in a month but thought I would try here for now.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you ever brush his teeth?

      If not.... there is your answer. They sell all the toothpaste, brushes and finger brushes at any pet store.

      Doing it once a week is plenty.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some options for dog toothpaste?
    I want to use some sort of toothpaste for my dog and i know NOT to use human toothpaste and i know that the vet has some dog toothpaste but it's really expensive.. Is there anything that i can use that will be healthy for my dog and help to get rid of plac and bad breath??

    • ANSWER:
      They sell it at the pet store for around . It's usually chicken flavored so they don't hate the taste, and it won't hurt them if they swallow by mistake (like human toothpaste will).

      Just go to the pet store and look- if you can't find it, ask the clerk where it is.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to clean a dogs teeth really good?
    Since we got my dog he has really bad breath and brownish teeth. So we boguht dog toothbrush with chicken flavored toothpaste. I lifted up to side of his mouth and brush what I could, But he didn't like it. He kept trying to push it away. Is their another way besides taking him to the dentist?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree the best (only) way to get off tartar is via a professional vet cleaning. With proper care however, you might be able to stave it off for a while doing the following.

      1. Start by getting you pup used to the toothbrush by putting yummy stuff on it like peanut butter and cheese every couple of days. Then you can move up to the cleaning toothpastes or even baking soda. Some of them of pretty gross so try a variety of flavors.

      2. Dental chews like greenies are helpful

      3. Rawhides also help keep the teeth clean.

      4. Cut down on starchy/sugary foods in diet. Also start mixing some veggies into food. You'd be surprised how many dogs really like raw and/or cooked veggies.

      Side notes: Brownish teeth are worth getting checked out with your vet. Also, look for the buildup of plaque along the gumline,red or inflamed gums, and especially loose teeth.

      Also, don't assume that his teeth are the root cause. Often, pups with sensitive tummies or acid reflux have bad breath and not great teeth.

      If your's in an older dog I wouldn't worry too much about this. If younger it's worth a visit to a vet or clinic for a once over. Plaque (just like in humans) can cause other health issues.

      I run a site called www.largedogrescue.com so deal with doggie questions a lot.

  10. QUESTION:
    My dog has bad breath and disgusting teeth. How do i make it better?
    1. I have a Swiss Bernese Mountain Dog and her breath smells horrible. She pants alot (because of the summer heat) and it smells very bad. We tried brushing her teeth with dog toothpaste but it didnt do a thing. How can i make her breath smell better?

    2. My dog also has hard, brown plaque on her teeth and i have tried brushing her teeth with dog toothpaste and I also tried this special liquid to put in her water and nothing works! Help!? ( I cant afford surgery to remove the plaque)

    • ANSWER:
      having the teeth cleaned by the vet helps immensely (personal experience here..) also there are products you can put in their water that also helps a lot. only give your dog greenies if your dog doesn't wolf treats and bones down, if so, have fun spending a lot of money getting the greenies removed from his intestines! (worked at the vet..) CET chews are supposed to help a lot too, but i haven't personally used them. they have bones like greenies, and also have raw hides, and toothpaste AND the water additive. all available at your vet!

      plus it would be a good idea to go to the vet because my dog also has that brown plaque stuff and we get that cleaned at the dentist.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to hold still while I brush her teeth?
    She's a little dog. (Bichon poodle- if you wanna google an image to see just how big lol) But She has REALLY bad breath and every time I try to brush her teeth, I can't. She just squirms and shakes her head around. I don't know how else to brush her teeth. Someone told me that I just just let her lick the toothpaste and that would do a little bit, but she won't even lick the toothpaste! We also give her these dental stick things to chew on, but is that really enough? I don't know what to do! I don't wanna be 200$ to take her to a doggy dentist!

    • ANSWER:
      Mine listen pretty well. They squirm a little at first until I have to grab them by the scruff and sterny enforce that I want them to be still. They always comply.

      I used to slip them a little benadryl, wait a few, and then tie them up. Made it easier to hold down their head. Eventually I didn't have to use the benadryl.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of my dogs skunk breath?
    Last night my dog went after a skunk. It caught it and started to mangle it to death. My dog got sprayed so we gave her a bath and everything and the odor is gone but now we have to deal with my dogs bad breath. My dogs breath smells like a skunk spray. Do u have any ideas on what kills the skunk odor from her breath?

    • ANSWER:
      You could take her to the vet and have her teeth cleaned. Also give her lots of rawhide to chew on. There are teeth cleaning aids sold at most stores, check those out. Walmart has dog toothpaste.

  13. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of my dogs bad breath?
    he is a 3 year old toy poodle and his breath always stinks, i bought him some dog breath mints but they actually made it worse! i don't want to have to spent a lot of money so does anyone have anything that i could just feed him that i won't have to buy at the pet shop... i can't buy dog toothpaste here so could i just use normal stuff would that make it better? btw he only eats his dog food no table scraps.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is usually a sign of periodontal disease. Your dog will need a proper dental scaling and inspection if you want to truly fix this problem. Your dog may also be in pain because of the poor condition of his mouth. Brushing your dog's teeth at this point will not be able to clean the teeth properly because there already is a build up of plaque and calculus, they need to be scaled by a professional before brushing will be able to do anything. Periodontal disease can easily lead to liver and kidney disease later in life. It would be best to see a vet as soon as you can afford it to prevent these conditions from happening.

  14. QUESTION:
    My 15 year old dog has bad breath, what can be done to make it smell better?
    I've bought doggie treats that are for bad breath, but guess they just smell good or taste good cause Cindy just wants to eat them all the time. Maybe that's good! But her breath is still stinky!

    • ANSWER:
      use a toothbrush and toothpaste i use that on my dog and it works!!!!lol

  15. QUESTION:
    How do i get my yorkie to bark and get rid of her bad breath?
    I've had my yorkie for 2 weeks she has yet to bark...why? i don't know.. is it normal? she is a happy dog she shows love and expresses she is happy but never barks for any reason. She also has bad breath how do i get rid of it? is this normal? please help me...

    • ANSWER:
      A quiet dog is much easier to live with than a yappy one....you are just lucky. If she is a puppy, maybe she hasn't found her voice yet.
      Again, if she is a puppy, its probably puppy breath. If she is older, then it would be due to periodontal disease. You would need to see about having a dental done at the vet to remove tarter if this is the case.
      If she is a puppy, get her used to having her teeth brushed. Do it 2-3 times a week, with dog toothpaste. About 80% of dogs will develop some form of periodontal disease by age three. Keeping her teeth in good condition will keep her healthier and you won't have to deal with foul breath later on.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pugs bad breath?
    My pug has really bad breath and she just got her teeth cleaned not to long ago.
    Her teeth were cleaned by the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Pugs are predisposed to dental issues (prime cause of bad breath) Prevention is going to be key.

      Feed a top quality dry food (Innova and Canidae are just two -- there are several excellent brands) Don't get the small size kibble (you want her to really be able to chew and scrape her teeth while she eats)

      No soft or chewy treats -- stick to hard, crunchy biscuit type treats. Encourage your pug to chew -- get nylabones and other chew toys.

      Put a little apple cider vinegar in her drinking water (maybe 1/4 -1/2 tsp per bowlful of water)

      Have your vet show you the proper way to brusth your pug's teeth. Use a brush and toothpaste made especially for dogs.

      I sometimes spray Petrodex breath spray in my dog's mouths (sold at pet stores)

      Ask your vet about CET dental pet chews (Greenies don't work)

      There is a product for dogs called "Smell Goodies" made by the same company who makes "Body Mints" for humans. I don't know if either works, but they certainly can't hurt. Google "smell goodies" for the website.

      Be sure to bring your pug to the vet every 6 months to monitor the dental plaque situation.

      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    can human toothpaste like crest or colgate be used to clean dog teeth?
    let me know please. one of my dog has bad breath.

    • ANSWER:
      NO! Dogs cannot tolerate Fluoride! Go to your local pet supplies store (or vets office, you will find many varieties and flavors of doggie safe toothpaste! You can however use human toothbrushes! Good luck and happy brushing!

      ADD: Golden Gal is completely correct... if you are in a pinch you can use baking soda mixed with water (to create a paste consistency) and brush away!

  18. QUESTION:
    When does my dog need to get her teeth cleaned?
    People have their teeth cleaned 2x a year. My dog had her teeth cleaned and a tooth extracted 6 months ago and now has tartar and bad breath. When does she need them cleaned again and how do i know when to schedule?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd schedule a cleaning for sometime soon...then, every week, just give your dog's teeth a brushing. You can buy dog toothpaste and toothbrushes at most pet stores. It'll help prevent tarter or plaque buildup, keep her teeth and gums healthy, and keep her breath smelling fresh.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to brush a dogs teeth?
    My dog has bad breath and I would like to brush his teeth but there is no way I would be able to get him to sit still. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be brushing your dog's teeth at least twice weekly, daily if you can manage it. It's not as difficult as you might imagine.

      How to brush teeth? Step one is to pick an appropriate pet toothbrush. Save yourself time by not buying a child's toothbrush which is usually too hard for dogs. The ideal dog toothbrush will have a long handle, an angled head to better fit the mouth and extra soft bristles. Another option is the finger toothbrush that fits over the tip of your finger.

      Step two is to select an appropriate toothpaste. The best pet toothpastes contain enzymes that help control plaque. Try to avoid toothpastes with baking soda, detergents, or salt sometimes found in human pastes. Fluoride may be incorporated to help control bacteria. Rather than placing the paste on top of the brush try to place it between the bristles. This allows the paste to spend the most time next to the teeth.

      Step three is to get the brush with paste into your dog's mouth and all the teeth brushed. Most pets accept brushing if they are approached in a gentle manner. If you can start when they are young, it's quite easy, but even older pets will accept the process. Start slowly, you can use a washcloth or piece of gauze to wipe the teeth, front and back in the same manner you will eventually be using the toothbrush. Do this twice daily for about two weeks and your dog or cat should be familiar with the approach. Then take the pet toothbrush, soak it in warm water and start brushing daily for several days. When your pet accepts this brushing, add the toothpaste.

      The toothbrush bristles should be placed at the gum margin where the teeth and gums meet at a 45 degree angle. The movement should be in an oval pattern. Be sure to gently force the bristle ends into the area around the base of the tooth as well as into the space between the teeth. Ten short back-and-forth motions should be completed, then the brush should be moved to a new location. Cover three to four teeth at a time. Most attention should concentrated on the outside of the upper teeth.

  20. QUESTION:
    Best way to clean a dogs teeth yourself?
    I have a 6 year old pit bull with really bad breath. She's the sweetest dog in the world with people, kids and cats. I've thought about taking her to the vet and having her teeth cleaned but they would sedate her to do it and it's not really in the budget right now. She's not aggressive at all but like most dogs she doesn't like you sticking your hands in her mouth. Looking for natural at home remedies.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If her teeth have tarter on them then you have to get them done by the vet. Otherwise you can purchase toothpaste from the pet store and use dental chews. Though the vet is the only one that can get rid of tarter.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it common for yorkie dogs to have bad breath?
    I 've already taken my 8month yorkie puppy to the vet, I was told she looked good however, she continues with very bad breath

    • ANSWER:
      Trust me, you have nothing to worry about. All dogs have bad breathe. You can however improve it by brushing his/her teeth, because you can buy dog toothpaste at a pet-store. You can also try different foods and treats. It's nothing that you should be worried about. I don't think i've ever smelled a dogs breathe where it smells like flowers....

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best bad-breath product for a very tiny dog who can't eat extra treats?
    My chihuahua is four pounds and there isn't a lot of room for treats because he needs to fit in nutritious food. (Plus I am still training him so I need to reserve small treats for that).
    What is the best product for his bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Brush! My small dog likes the electric toothbrush because it makes noise and he likes to bite it. No toothpaste! Baking soda would work though...

      Also, if you feed him a diet high in fiber and without any corns or by products his system can balance out and his bile will be less pungent. Also, cut back on the table foods and feed him dry kibble only for a while. The chewing will be good for his teeth.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you fix bad dog breath?
    Sugar has got some awful dog breath and it needs to be fixed! It is wretched! It smells like fish. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes:

      1) take your dog to the vet for a cleaning

      2) going forward, brush your dogs teeth 2x a week - using doggy toothpaste and finger brushes

      3) going forward, feed your dogs raw meaty bones, like beef ribs and chicken drumsticks.

      if you do not do this, then you will eventually

      4) be going to the vet for extractions, and the dogs breath, oral health, and overall health will be worse than ever.

      There is no easy path to this - like just buying some magic product at Petsmart.

      If you really care about your dog, you will not just go buy some dentastix and think you're all set. You will do the above.

  24. QUESTION:
    what is the best thing for a dogs breath?
    I have a min pin Chihuahua mix and his breath gets real stinky. Is there a type of SPECIAL Dog toothpaste I can buy for him? or is anything else recommended for bad dog breath? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is dog toothpaste you can get and brush your dog's teeth every day. But you should look at your dog's teeth first. If he's got a lot of tartar (brown teeth near the gums), he should really see his vet first. Perhaps his teeth are at the point where he needs a scaling or even a full dental. Good tooth and gum care is really important for your dog because gingivitis can lead to serious health problems.

  25. QUESTION:
    How to deal with cats bad breath?
    I love my cats but one of my cats, Charlie, has really bad breath. He smells as bad if not worse than a dog is there anything I can do to get rid of Tue smell? My other cat, poppy, has few teeth left, why is this? Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      for charlie,could be dental disease, could be stomach problems. in either event, charlie needs to go to the doctor. do not feed him people food or milk. cats are lactose intolerant and milk is not good for him.neither is people food. dry cat food helps clean the teeth and is less harsh on the teeth, plaque -wise than wet food. in either event, you can brush charlie's teeth. with cat toothpaste and a cat toothbrush. they dont like it but mine tolerates it. the vet can do a good cleaning and then you can maintain it. you should brush your other cats teeth also with their own brush.poppy, if she has alot of teeth missing may not be able to chew dry food. i would take them both to the vet. if they lose all the teeth, they will not be able to eat.they sell dental treats on a site called drs. foster and smith but this is for maintenance. they need their teeth examined and cleaned.cats get peridontal disease which can cause other systemic diseases.good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my dogs breath?
    I have a 3 year old miniature schnauzer with very bad breath. The groomer told me to change his diet to a healthier dog food. So I went from Purina Bentifull to Iams. After a few months still no difference. He just had a check up and the vet said there were no problems except for a little plaque.

    Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Iams may be slightly better than Beneful, but honestly, both are terrible quality dog foods! I'd switch to a high quality dog food. If the vet has checked his teeth and doesn't feel he needs a professional dental cleaning, I'd just start brushing his teeth. Purchase doggie toothpaste and a doggie tooth brush at the pet store and start brushin'!

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! and Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.barfworld.com/
      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

      Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times based on the feeding instructions on your dog's food.

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

      Darksong~

  27. QUESTION:
    How much mint can a dog eat?
    My dog's breath smells pretty bad, even after we brush her teeth. (The dog toothpaste itself smells bad!) I have a ton of mint plants, and I chew mint leaves to freshen my own breath. Could I put some mint leaves in her food? I've read that it's non-toxic, but I suppose it could still upset her stomach. Has anyone ever tried this?

    *She doesn't have bad breath in a way that indicates she is unhealthy. She has been to a vet recently and her teeth are fine. Her food just smells like fish...so her breath smells fishy.

    • ANSWER:
      They are non-toxic, but you really should be careful how much you give to her - dogs immune system is very different from ours, so they might get stomachache if they eat too much of it.
      But... I don't think it would help if you put it in a dog food, since it smells bad. You can try though...
      If you are able to make her eat it afterward it would be better... Unfortunately most of the dogs won't even touch mint leaves.
      Either way do not use more than 2-3 leaves a day.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to make a dog's bad breath smell better?
    I have a rhodesian ridgeback puppy and her breath is sometimes killer-- any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Be careful w/ this b/c you can really get ripped off at your local pet store.
      1. Scoop the poop. Dogs have a rather disgusting habit of enjoying their food more than once.
      2. Use dry food. This keeps their teeth healthier and reduces food remaining b/twn teeth.
      3. Invest in bones as treats instead of the soft or chewy type. These actually clean the dog's teeth.
      4. You can always brush their teeth. Dog toothpaste is enzymatic (spelling???) which is a fancy word meaning that you don't have to scrub rigorously b/c the paste actually breaks the plaque down by itself. Even w/ this advantage, this can still be difficult given your dogs temperament.
      Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    what can i use as toothpaste for my dogs?
    Ok my dogs have bad breath and there teeth need to be brush.

    i don't have the money to take them to a groomer or anything.

    Help please.

    • ANSWER:
      They make dog toothpaste. Don't use regular toothpaste. Dogs cannot spit, so they would have to swallow it, hence the special toothpaste just for dogs. You can get it at Petsmart or Petco.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can I give a dog a found for really bad breath.?
    I found this little dog she might be around 2 years old. I need to take her to the veterinarian to get her checked out. Until I do can anyone tell me what I can do for her she has really bad breath?This is due to her teeth not been taken care of. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      It depends how bad her teeth are.

      If not too bad, try gaining her trust so you can brush her teeth (use toothbrush with special doggie-toothpaste), or give her a knotted rope toy to chew on, or a Nylabone toy.
      Giving her some minty dog-treats, or putting a bit of chopped parsley in her food, may help.

      If her teeth are bad enough, the vet can give her teeth a professional scale & polish (this will probably require a general aneasthetic).

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I fix my dogs bad breath?
    Whenever our pomeranian barks you get a blast of horrible smelling breath that you can smell from 5 feet away. We have tried a few things to fix the problem but nothing seems to work.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi OneWhoHerdsNerfs,

      Have you had your dog checked out at the vet? They may have your dog have a thorough dental cleaning which requires anesthesia. The dog could have periodontal disease, it’s the number one disease in dogs and cats. The thorough cleaning at the vet’s would be a good start. I know some groomers also do non-anesthetic dental cleanings, but they aren’t as thorough.

      The vet will probably suggest toothpaste and regular manual brushings after the initial cleaning. You can also try an oral solution and put it directly on your pet’s gums. If your dog is too squeamish, there is an oral solution to help breath that you put in his or her water. It’s worked miracles on my dog’s breath – his was really bad. You can read more about it here: http://www.therabreath.com/art_dogs.asp

      I also give my dog Greenies and the occasional raw hide to chew on which helps remove some of the tartar build up.

      I hope this helps you and your dog!

  32. QUESTION:
    How do we eliminate doggy bad breath that is apparently caused from acid reflux?
    We adopted a Boston Terrier from our local humane society. she had been rescued from a puppy mill. Although the vets thinks she is about 2 years old she only weighs 3 lbs. She has major reflux we are treating, but she has BAD breath. Does anyone know how we can elimanate this. She is under a vets care and he has ran several tests. He though she had a disease that would cause this problem, but she tested negative for it.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet about toothpaste! Yeah toothpaste its chicken flavored and theres a special brush you'll have to get but it helps stop bad breath. Its a better product then those dog mints.

  33. QUESTION:
    Do they have any special mints for cats?
    My Cat has very bad breath especially when he goes into my face. His breath smells like fish from his cat food. Is it just the way cats are or is there like a mint. I have heard of dog mints but I don't know about cat mints.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad kitty breath may be a symptom of bad teeth. Have you looked into your cat's mouth and teeth lately? Is there tartar? A build-up of plaque and tartar not only causes bad breath, it will also cause lot of mouth, teeth and systemic issues later if not addressed early. You need to brush kitty's teeth regularly with an appropriate cat toothpaste, tooth brush or finger brush. There are many sites on the web that shows you ow this is done. I have been using a product called "Petzlife" with good success. It removes plaque and tartar - and bad breath. If the tartar build up is not bad, you can apply the gel to kitty's teeth every other day or every 2 days and brush at least once a week. (the stuff you buy from Petco or Petsmart are virtually useless! - beleive me, I tried them all and none work at all - waste of money).

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you get ride of bad puppy breath?
    my new puppy has bad breath and i mean really bad and we dont know how to get ride of it. =p

    • ANSWER:
      You will be somewhat surprised to learn that the major cause of dog bad breath is the top of the tongue where bacteria grow and produce those bad smells (just like in humans). This bacteria must be cleaned off to get rid of bad breath. Dog chews, bones, etc. will cover up dog bad breath just mints, gum, mouthwash, and toothpaste will cover up human bad breath for a short time, however, these products do not cure bad breath because they do not get rid of the bacteria. There is a tongue cleaner, OraBrush, that will cure human bad breath which can also be used on dogs. I have witnessed a Vet clean a dog's tongue with OraBrush with excellent results.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do you get dog breath to smell better?
    I have a Shih Tzu and her breath just smells awful. We have tried dental sticks/bones and they dont work. How do i get her breath to smell better?

    • ANSWER:
      The easiest cure for dog bad breath is brushing your dog's teeth. This can be made into an enjoyable event and is the easiest way to keep your dog's breath bearable. You'll find at your pet store flavored doggie toothpaste and brushes to meet all your needs. Most important is cleaning your dogs mouth should be fun for you and your dog!

      Here are some dog bad breath home remedies that you might not have considered. Give your dog rawhide, pig's ear or any chewing treats that create lots of chewing action. This helps break the plaque on your dog's teeth. Dog biscuits are not considered good for this.

      You should consider annual dental checkups for your dog. With older dogs, bad breath sometimes may indicate kidney or liver disease. Your veterinarian will check your dog's mouth for loose and diseased teeth and for periodontal.

      Good luck! :-D

  36. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my dogs bad breath?
    He' a rescue dog and was not cared for properly and when he eats, although I feed him a certain type of dog food only, no table food, his breath will stink.

    • ANSWER:
      Does your dog have bad breath? Well, maybe you are not employing the use of proper oral hygiene. After all, us humans need to maintain a level of oral care so that we don’t have halitosis. Also, just like people, dogs and cats can get gum disease–and if a dog or cat’s gums are infected and abscessed, bacteria can enter the bloodstream, causing liver, kidney, and even heart malfunctions. So, what’s a good way to brush your best friend’s teeth?

      Here are some tips for brushing your pet’s teeth:

      #1 Start off slowly. Make sure to use a toothpaste formula that is specifically made for animals, since human toothpaste can give stomach upsets to animals. Have your pet lick the paste off of your finger, and you might need to try a few different flavors to find one that your pet likes.

      #2 Once you can get toothpaste into the animal’s mouth, use a slight amount on your finger and run it across the dog or cat’s teeth. This might even take several days to get your pet to do this agreeably. Once your pet is fine with you doing this to its teeth, use a toothbrush (made for pets) and make small circles on the gum line. Don’t brush too hard!

      #3 Be sure to cheer on your pet and express approval during this process. Afterward, you could also give your pet a treat, playtime, a walk, etc., so it will think of brushing as a positive moment.

      #4 In order to practice proper oral hygiene with your pet, try to brush your pet’s teeth every day.

      Here are some warning signs to look for in your pet’s mouth:

      -Yellow or brown tartar, especially where the teeth and gums meet
      -Red, swollen, bleeding, inflamed, tender, and/or receding gums
      -Chronic halitosis
      -Teeth that are chipped/broken
      -Tooth resorption (especially common in cats)- a very painful condition in which the tooth dissolves
      -A change in the animal’s diet, chewing habits and appetite can signify depression (along with pawing at the face/mouth).

      Also, don’t forget to try this oral rinse for dogs and cats that helps prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene with your pet, so that the both of you can have great smiles!

  37. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my dog's bad breath?
    My dog has terrible breath. I bought dog toothpaste but that hasn't helped at all - it is poultry flavoured and if anything has made my dog's breath even worse. Should I use mint toothpaste (perhaps Colgate) or would feeding my dog Tic-Tacs (or Polo's) be a better option?

    • ANSWER:
      Never use human toothpaste on a dog. Human mints are not good either, they do sell minty type of dog treats (I don't recall what brand - maybe Pedigree).
      You need to have a vet check your dog's teeth and gums. Keep in mind, dental disease can cause liver and kidney disease in dogs, which can be deadly if left untreated.

  38. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of my dogs horrible breath?
    yeah my dog has horrible breath! i love my dog to death but everytime she opens her mouth it smells horriblee! i have tried brushing her teeth but that doesnt work. yeah, help?

    • ANSWER:
      About the toothbrushing -- how long ago did you start and did you keep it up every day? If not, well, imagine how your breath would smell if you brushed only occasionally. Eeeew!

      If you're brushing every day with a toothpaste designed for dogs (human toothpaste isn't good for them) and her breath still stinks, look at her teeth. Are they yellow, discolored? If so, there's plaque built up and she needs to see the vet for a tooth cleaning. Just like humans, even dogs who get their teeth brushed still need the occasional cleaning to remove buildup.

      You can also look at her diet. If she's getting "junk food," she won't be as healthy and one of the symptoms can be bad breath (gas being another).

      If the vet's checked her teeth and her diet's okay, look at additives. There's one available, for example, made from beets, a liquid you add to the dog's water to help. Also "carrot bones." We give our dogs fresh, crunchy carrots (wash first) to chew and they like them.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to brush a dog's teeth?
    I wanted to brush my dog's teeth since her breath smelled bad. I didn't use any toothpaste, just water. She keeps moving around and trying to smell or chew the toothbrush. Any tips on brushing a dog's teeth? And should I be using some kind of dog toothpaste?

    • ANSWER:
      dog brush and paste
      training
      at least three times a week

  40. QUESTION:
    What is a good method to keep my dogs breath from stinking?
    No matter what I try, it is always bad. Is there a breath freshener for dogs that is safe? (I have two Chocolate Labs)
    What kind of toothbrush? There are a variety out there. Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT GIVE A DOG A HUMAN BREATH MINTs AND DEFINATELY DON'T PUT MOUTHWASH IN IT'S WATER. WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE TRYING TO DO, POISON IT????! Both of those have either ethyl alcohol or harsh chemicals.

      There are a number of ways that actually work. Dogs' teeth, just like people, need to be brushed regularly or they will smell. If you brush them with just a little toothpaste and they still stink, the dog might have gum disease and will need to go to the vet for a cleaning. Pet supply stores (Petco, Petsmart) sell any number of breath mints specifically for dogs, but those only cover up the smell, not the cause. Get the dog a chew toy designed to fight plaque and for treats, don't give it chewie, beefy things, give it hard biscuits or Greenies.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of bad breath in dogs?
    I have a Chihuahua Poodle Terrier and she has miserable breath. Unfortunately she has only 2 or 3 teeth to brush. Is there anything I can do to help her? Like mixing kitchen ingredients or something.
    I don't know how to comment on your guys so thank you so much for everyone. I will look into everything... and to the person who said to chop my dogs mouth off... No, just no.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is a sign of an overload of bacteria.. Usually caused by moderate to severe dental disease. Some breeds are prone to having more/early dental disease, including chihuahuas, toy poodles, and yorkies. These breeds typically have a higher bacterial load to start with, and are more prone to retaining deciduous teeth, causing crowding in the mouth which in turn leads to food particles becoming stuck between teeth, feeding the bacteria.

      Your dog needs a dental exam, and likely a dental prophylaxis. Find info on it here: http://www.avds-online.org/info/dentalcleaning.html

      Keep in mind it is very hard for vets to determine if extractions are needed (unless severe disease/gum recession is obvious) because they need to check gum pocket depth to decided whether a tooth should come out or not...and this needs to be done under anesthetic (while they are cleaning all of the teeth)

      Daily brushing with a pet toothpaste can help combat bad breath and dental disease, but if it is already progressed only a scale+polish can remove thick plaque. Then brush daily to prevent.

  42. QUESTION:
    My dog has really bad breath. Anything i can do to get rid of it ?
    I have a pet Chihuahua and she's about eight years old.
    And her breath is HORRIBLE. It smells like she's been eating alot more than just dog food. Is there anything like breath mints for dogs? any thing i could do to make her bad breath go away ?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends how badly stained are her teeth? Are they pearly white and she still has bad breath? If they have tartar then they need to be professionally cleaned. Tartar and plaque can harm a dogs heart, kidney and liver functions and result in premature death of the dog, not to mention tooth loss.

      If her teeth are white then look to brush them with dog toothpaste, they make one called Vanilla Mint, also they have dog chews that help with breath and dog breath mints.

      Usually bad breath is a result of poor diet and poor dental Hygiene.

      Good luck

  43. QUESTION:
    What kind of toothpaste and toothbrush can I use that's dog-friendly?
    My dog has a bad case of halitosis. What is the best way that I can brush my dog's teeth with, and how do I train him to sit still whem I am about to brush his teeth?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use human toothpaste. It's really bad for them. Get dog toothpaste and toothbrush at the pet store.

      To get him used to brushing, start by using some of the toothpaste on your finger. Pretend like it's a toothbrush. After he's used to this, you can start with the toothbrush.

      My dog doesn't mind to have her teeth brushed because they make the toothpastes taste like chicken. Dogs love it.

      If he still has bad breath, try giving greenies treats, or other breath treats.

  44. QUESTION:
    I bought a dog toothbrush for my dog and i need help?
    it came with toothpaste
    but i dont know if the dog is alloud to eat the toothpaste or not
    to u suggest anything else for bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's dog toothpaste, it is designed for them to swallow - so don't worry.

      Most dogs, though, don't like having their teeth brushed. Other ways to prevent bad breath are chewing - raw hide bones, chew toys, bones meant for dog breath, etc.

      Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to brush your dog's teeth?
    My dog's breath is really bad, but everytime I try to brush them, she runs off. Is there an easy way to do this?
    She is a cocker spaniel that was a stray and I have had her for a couple of years, her teeth are starting to get really bad.

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you for wanting to brush your dogs teeth!

      To start to get your dog used to teeth brushing it is best to put toothpaste on your finger for a week or so and get the used to the routine of sitting (so much easier if you train your dogs to sit when brushing their teeth! The sooner you incourage/expect this behavior, the better!) and actually tasting the paste.

      Once you feel as though your dog is fully comfortable with licking the paste off your finger (should not take long at all! You know they will pretty much lick anything!) move on to using your finger (with the toothpaste) to move around the front of her mouth. Even if you only get the front teeth or gums, that is fine. At this point you aren't shooting for perfection, just getting her used to brushing step by step. I would do that for a week or so. Read her behavior/reaction... if she opens her mouth a little, don't be afraid to push your finger around her back teeth.

      After she is allowing your finger with the paste in her mouth without incident, it is a good idea to introduce the toothbrush! Yay! Put paste on the brush and wet it. Allow her to lick the paste off. At this point, don't worry about actually brushing. If she takes the toothbrush into her mouth, great! Obviously, don't let go :) Again, I would do this for a week or so!

      Since she is on her way to allowing the brush into her mouth... each day start to brush little by little. Pretty soon she will be a pro! Just be patient and don't give up!! Take signs from her... she will let you know if you are doing too much too fast.

      One piece of advice... I discourage my pups from a young age from actually biting the brush. If possible, don't let her bite it. Once she starts to clamp down or nibble on it, remove the brush and try again with more paste. Eventually, she will catch on that you do not desire biting.

      Now my dogs race to the bathroom at night to brush their teeth!! The key is finding the right flavor of paste they like :) I would have to say, peanut butter is the most popular in my house!

      NOTE: I should mention brushing your dogs teeth at this point will not remove much of the tartar at all. It will just not make the tartar worse. My best recommendation would be to bring her into the Vet for a good dental cleaning (they do this under sedation and usually costs about 0) and also ask them to laser the gums (usually an extra ) to seal all the open pockets of the gums and laser off the tough tartar. THEN home brushing will prevent a build up (like she has now!!)

      Hope this helps!! Let me know if you need more help!

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to do for a dog with bad breath?
    I know there are tons of ways but which is the best or worked for you? My dogs breath is pretty horrible lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Maddie,

      I have a little Maltese and his breath was REALLY bad. I took him for a cleaning at the vet and it seemed to help.

      Have you had your dog checked out at the vet? They may have your dog have a thorough dental cleaning which requires anesthesia. The dog could have periodontal disease, it’s the number one disease in dogs and cats. The thorough cleaning at the vet’s would be a good start. I know some groomers also do non-anesthetic dental cleanings, but they aren’t as thorough.

      The vet will probably suggest toothpaste and regular manual brushings after the initial cleaning. You can also try an oral solution and put it directly on your pet’s gums. If your dog is too squeamish, there is an oral solution to help breath that you put in his or her water. You can read more about it here: http://www.therabreath.com/art_dogs.asp. I started using it on my dog a few months ago, I just put two capfuls a day in his water and it has worked so well! People have even commented that his breath is much better.

      I also give my dog Greenies and the occasional raw hide to chew on which helps remove some of the tartar build up.

      I hope this helps!

  47. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my puppies bad breath?
    It is nasty! Is it ok to brush his teeth, hes 2 months old... If I cant is there any kind of dog treats that help or something.. If I can what kind of toothpaste do I use? I have Cresent fresh.. Idk if that is safe for dogs...Are there any tooth pastes out there for dogs??

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If your puppy doesn't like having his teeth brushed, then check into getting him a dental bone or toy, we have this problem with our Beagles, but they are too old to learn to get their teeth brushed, so we give them Altoids...and we have also given them Listerine pocket pack strips...they LOVE them!

  48. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of bad dog breath?
    both of my dogs have horrid breath!
    we've bought the treats that are supposed to freshen breath and they dont work.

    can you brush a dogs teeth?

    • ANSWER:
      They do have special toothpaste you can use on them. Or you can have their teeth cleaned by a vet, but it costs a lot.

      Usually the bad breath is from the food you are feeding them. Most kibbles are full of junk, and cause tartar build up on their teeth, thus causing the bad breath. You can switch them to a raw diet, or a high quality grain-free kibble.

      I adopted a kitten 2 weeks ago that was fed Iams, he had horrible breath. Within a week of switching him to Orijen, I don't even notice his breath!

      My dog is on a raw diet, and her breath has no smell.

  49. QUESTION:
    My chihuahua has yellow teeth and bad breath. How do I fix these problems?
    He does not like the dental dog treats. Is there something I can do besides brushing his teeth?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My baby had yellow teeth and the worst breath too! Don't worry though Petsmart has everything you need. I would buy "Beautiful Teeth" toothpaste and "small breed" toothbrush. He will probably put up a fight, but after brushing them and taking care of them this will help their Hygiene overall as well as prevent gum disease and uncomfortably when eating that we never even notice. As far as the breath, they make bones now with teeth cleaners and mints in them to help prevent bad breath. Cooper loves them and he has better breath now too, which makes mommy very happy! I hope this helped! Good Luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    I know this may sound strange, but how do I get rid of my YorkshireTerrier's bad breath?
    My dog Elvis has really bad breath, and I don't know how to get rid of it. I hope somebody will give me a good answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hope this helps Elvis:

      Treatment of Bad Breath for dogs.
      1) Yearly Checkups
      Even if you do not give yearly booster vaccinations it is wise to take your pet to a veterinarian yearly to get a general checkup that includes a dental exam. The older your pet is the more important early exams become.

      2) Diet
      To minimize the formation of plaque, feed your pet a name brand dry commercial pet food. The crunchy biscuits help massage gums and wear away tartar. Some brands market dental diets engineered to minimize plaque and massage the gums. Other brands incorporate enzymes to dissolve plaque. One of the worst things you can do to your pet’s teeth is to feed canned diets. The build up of plaque in pets fed soft, canned diets is very rapid.

      3) Treats
      Feeding chewy treats, bones, rawhide and treats impregnated with enzymes minimize dental plaque. Nylon bones work equally as well if the pet accepts them. Dog biscuits are of no value in preventing tartar buildup.

      If you give your pet real bones be sure they are heavy shin and shank bones. Dogs do better chewing on bones if they start when they are puppies. Do not give your pet chicken bones.

      4) Brushing teeth
      Brushing your pet’s teeth is the most important thing you can to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Use a child’s toothbrush and meat or malt favored toothpaste designed for animals. Use a very small amount of toothpaste – it is the brushing that is important – and concentrate on the gum margins. . If you start when your pet is a puppy the pet will not dislike the procedure. Even older pets learn to accept the toothbrush.

      5) Mouth wash and sprays
      Veterinary hospitals and pet supply outlets sell sprays and mouthwashes that contain enzymes that dissolve plaque and help reduce bacteria. They are not nearly as effective as brushing the teeth but are better than nothing at all.

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