Why Does My Puppy Have Bad Breath?

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Spraying the inside of your pup’s mouth with chlorhexidine solution, which can also be used with adult dogs, can sweeten his breath. By: tobyotter

When a puppy begins eating solid foods, his breath will smell according to what he eats. Think about your breath after eating garlic or onions — it isn’t pleasant either, is it? As with wolves, mama dogs may regurgitate food for their babies to eat.

It’s important to note that canines aren’t born with mouth odor. For the first few weeks of their life, they thrive on mother’s milk. They have milk breath, just like our newborn babies have.

As puppies begin exploring their new world, they tend to chew on anything they can find, including poop. And let’s not forget about the canine’s natural instinct of grooming, including cleaning the anal sac.

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Teething

Regardless of a puppy’s world of discovery missions, teething is the most common cause of bad breath in puppies.

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Teething smells are sometimes “fishy” or “rotten.” The entire process lasts for about 4 weeks, so if you can keep your nose pointed away from your pup’s mouth, you’lll be fine. Also, your puppy’s new little teeth will be sharp, so be cautious if you do put your face close to your pet’s mouth.

Brush Your Puppy’s Teeth

Eliminating bad breath in a puppy is as simple as brushing his teeth once a week with a little Arm & Hammer baking soda.

In this video, Dr. James Talbott, DVM, explains how you can brush your puppy’s teeth:

Dental Chews

Dental chews may also help keep your puppy’s teeth clean while also giving him fresher breath.

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Spraying inside his mouth with chlorhexidine solution (which is like a doggy mouthwash) will also sweeten his breath. This solution removes tartar and plaque from an adult dog’s teeth as well. Feeding dry dog food will also be of great help.

Chances are, your puppy will outgrow his killer breath. To help protect yourself from BBS (bad breath syndrome) during your pet’s growing stages, keep a watchful eye out, scooping up poop as quickly as possible and removing any “stinky” items lying around before he discovers them.

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  • http://www.brookbyherbs.co.nz/ Jackie Rive

    Here is a tasty recipe for bad breath cookies for your pooch.

    1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup mint leaves, lightly packed
    1/4 cup milk
    4 tbsp butter that’s softened
    1 egg
    1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

    Combine all ingredients, process in a food processor until well mixed and a big ball forms.

    Press or roll on a floured surface to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Cut into 1-inch by 2-inch strips.

    Bake in a nonstick cookie pan at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.