May 10, 2021

Dog stinky breath is something that the dog owner knows well. Is it your case? If your dog's breath smells like "poop", you will enjoy these tips.

The worse problem of a bad dog breath isn’t the smell but that it could be a sign of a health problem. Do you want to know more about it?

3 causes of dog bad breath

Dog's stinky breath

The stinky dog bad breath it's not just "how dog breath is". Usually, there is a condition or a situation that you can solve.

Oral disease

As happens in humans, dogs can also have periodontal diseases. This is the most common cause of bad breath in dogs. 

If you do not take care of the oral hygiene of your fellow friend, his teeth may build up plaque and this can provoke bad breath. 

In the end, poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease: cavities, gums inflammation, tissue destruction, tooth loss... 

Eating unpleasant things

We love our dogs but let's say it: they can eat everything, including garbage, animal remains, or even poop. 

Stinky breath can have something to do with this. 


Did you know already that dogs can have diabetes? If your dog's breath doesn't smell like poop, but it's fruity, go to your trusted vet because it could be diabetes. 

This condition is serious still treatable. 

Of course, other conditions could lead to bad breath. As you can see, two of the three are just habits.

How to treat my dog's bad breath?

Curing the malodorous doggie breath depends on the cause. 

If your dog has plaque or tartar...

Do not doubt it: you need to schedule an appointment with the vet. He will clean his teeth and after that, you will need to take real care of your dog's oral hygiene.

If your dog snacks "everything" around...

Maybe it's time to secure the trash. Do you have cats at home? Try putting the litter box outside of your dog's reach. Does your dog have coprophagia (eats feces)? Clean his mouth as soon as you come home.

If your dog has diabetes or any other conditions you will need to follow your vet's indications.

What can I give my dog for bad breath?

What can I give my dog for bad breath

Before giving your dog something for bad breath, try to find out the cause. And remember that you must consult your vet about any "meds" you want to give your furry friend.

Some ideas that can help to prevent dog's stinky breath are:

A dog chew toothbrush

This toothbrush is practical because it's like a toy for your dog. He can chew it and clean his teeth all in one!

Dental sticks

Dogs love treats and these one removes tartar and prevent plaque. Also they fresh the breath. Are they great or what?


We already talked about carrots in our post about 10 human foods that your dog can eat. Carrots are great for dogs: a natural threat that helps cleaning the teeth.


Lemon has antibacterial properties, so maybe it can help to kill your puppy mouth's bacteria. Ask your vet about this!

Read our post: Dog's smile: is it true or did I just imagine it?


The antimicrobial properties of yogurt are wonderful to prevent bad breath... and also to fresh it! Your dog will love this healthy snack.

As we like to remind you: if you are in doubt, please check with your vet!





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