If you love doggy cuddles as much as we do you may have noticed that your dog's breath smells. A dog's breath smells for several reasons but there are some quick and easy ways to help them solve the problem. Bad dog breath isn't something that you have to live with nowadays.

Dog bad breath has a cause, right?

Just like humankind, a dog's breath can be smelly for a number of reasons. Most of the time it isn't something to worry about especially if it happens infrequently or is mild. If it seems to be a persistent problem, or smells bad enough to cause an evacuation, there could be a bigger problem.

The most common causes of smelly dog breath are:

Poor dental hygiene

Some owners find it easy to overlook, but dogs require regular brushing too! Unless you have the world's best-trained dog you'll have to do it on their behalf. Failure to brush can cause tartar or plaque build-up that will lead to bad dog breath.

The good news is that this is the most common reason for dog bad breath.


If dogs don't drink enough water it can lead to dehydration and amplify any existing breath smells. If your dog's breath smells like urine, it's usually a sign that they aren't drinking enough water.

Dental or oral disease

Whether it's tartar, gingivitis (inflammation of the gum tissue), malodorous cysts in the mouth and many more issues; there are multiple reasons why dogs bad breath can occur

Abscesses or infections

If your dog's breath is particularly strong then this could indicate an oral absess or infection. Both of these should be referred to your vet for assistance. once cleared their breath should start to smell better.

A dog eating poo (known as Coprophagia)

It doesn't take a huge leap of faith to understand why this can cause bad breath in dogs. It is a fairly common occurrence in younger dogs but definitely isn't a habit you want to carry into adulthood! Have a word with your vet the next time you're there for some solutions. Perhaps tempt them with better tasting dog food.

Dog diabetes

If you notice a sweet smelling dog breath it could indicate that your dog has diabetes. It is definitely worth going to see your vet for advice.

Respiratory issues

Bacterial build-up in the sinuses can cause your dog to develop bad breath.

Breath freshener for dogs? Some solutions...

By far the easiest way to solve a dog's bad breath and freshen their breath is to start brushing regularly. Once you develop into a routine this will be straightforward. Take two minutes to brush their teeth regularly and you'll start to gradually notice an improvement.

If you have a dog that hates its teeth being brushed then you might need to offer some encouragement by way of dog treats. If you start to give them a small treat around brushing time they'll quickly start to associate teeth brushing with a positive experience.

Is there a quick way to improve dog bad breath?

Some treats will help improve dog breath. Most food companies offer dental sticks but we think this is just another way to perform a brushing mechanism and doesn't help very well in the long term. We actually prefer to assist teeth cleaning through their dog food. Our foods are shaped in a way to assist with the cleaning process. The crunching of our kibbles actually works as a dental stick!

Instead, try a specific treat that contains active ingredients used to improve dental hygiene and breath. Our own Mouth Magic dog treats use dog-safe ingredients that human dental health products employ to improve our own dental hygiene. Ingredients such as Activated Charcoal and Sodium Hexametaphosphate prevent tartar and plaque build-up and offer a quicker long-lasting solution to bad dog breath.

But, my dog still had bad breath?

If you've tried regular brushing and treats to assist the process and you still find your dog has a smelly breath then you'll want to speak to your vet. It isn't necessarily going to be a health problem as indicated above. Sometimes it just requires a deeper clean and your vet will be happy to assist. Tartar and plaque build-up can cause gum disease which you'll want to prevent.

Conclusion, and hopefully fresh smelling dog breath!

Taking control of your dog's dental health with regular brushing, and active dog treats can prevent longer-term health problems. Brushing as little as three times a week has been shown to reduce plaque and tartar build up which will lead to less bad dog breath.

Supplementing with healthy dog treats shown to increase dental health is another great way of solving the problem.

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