Just like in humans, dogs with bad breath are really a major disappointment. Apart from the stinky odor given off by the canine, it hampers the bonding experience between an owner and pet. No one wants to snuggle with a dog with a pungent breath. It is best to figure out the actual source of the bad breath as it can be a sign of a serious underlying disease.
Dog Breath Mints for Bad Breath:
- Dog breath mints for bad breath come in a variety of forms and flavors.
- They are usually packed just like those normal mints which is relatively convenient to carry around.
- A standard dog breath mint sold commercially usually comes with vitamins and minerals, too.
- Homemade dog breath mints are easy to make and are popular among dog owners.
- Before popping out a mint or two into a dog’s mouth, it is best to visit a veterinarian to figure out the exact cause of the stinky breath.
How to Make Homemade Dog Breath Mints:
A homemade dog breath mint can be easily made using the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of brown rice or whole wheat flour
- 1 cup milk, either regular or low-fat
- ½ cup of fresh mint, chopped
- ½ cup of fresh parsley, chopped
- 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp of activated charcoal
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven at 400 degrees F and grease baking sheet at the same time.
- Combine charcoal and flour in the bowl.
- Stir the egg and oil together. Add milk and mix well, followed by parsley and mint.
- After mixing in the ingredients well, drop each tablespoonful of the mixture an inch apart onto the greased baking sheet.
- Bake until golden brown, approximately for 15 to 25 minutes.
- Allow it to cool down and place in an airtight container for freshness. Refrigerate.
- The mints are now ready to be pop in to the dog’s mouth anytime, anywhere.
Common Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs:
- Abscess teeth
- Oral ulcers
- Foreign objects stuck in the dog’s teeth or mouth
- Systemic causes such as severe diseases of the kidney and the lungs.
The following cases may need immediate treatment:
- Sweet/Fruity breath could be an indication of diabetes.
- Urine-like smell can be a symptom of kidney disease
- Foul smelling odor accompanied by lack of appetite, vomiting, yellow corneas and gums could indicate a liver problem.
Causes of Bad Breath in Cats
- Bad breath in cats is sometimes a wakeup call for the pet owner to give more thorough and consistent mouth care to their prize kitty cat.
- There may be dental issues and the cat needs a good teeth cleaning at the vets.
- Plain out cat food can leave a nasty odor in the mouth. Don’t forget that if your cat has breath that is sweet and almost fruity in scent, that could be a sign of diabetes. So keep your sniffer working.
- It is possible that some disease process is going on in the body.
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- Sometimes the foul odor is due to bacteria building up in the mouth. Either way, your cat needs you.
Home Remedies and Treatments of Bad Breath in Cats
- Make sure the cat is getting plenty of fluids
- If the oral mucosa drys out it can crack and compromise the integrity of the sensitive tissues. The cracks in the skin can set up a dangerous stomping ground for bacteria to settle in. Dry mouth can leave a foul odor to the breath.
- Get your cat used to good mouth care by using your finger with special cat toothpaste on it. Never use people paste as it has to be rinsed. Your cat will not rinse. That could be damaging to his choppers.
- As your cat gets used to you cleaning its teeth, you can slowly progress further back in the mouth to brush more thorough. Brushing should be a daily part of grooming your furry friend.
- Colloidal silver spray is a home treatment for bad breath in cats.
- Activated charcoal is supposed to be excellent for absorbing odors in pets mouths. Sprinkle a little right on the food.
- Parsley and mint are also natural plants you can grow to sweeten kitty cats breath.