Bad breath in my dog: how to fight it

It is clear that we all adore our dog but sometimes it is impossible for us to get closer than two meters away because his mouth gives off an unbearable smell. This is not normal and may be due to stomach and dental problems of our pet.

Causes and effects

Therefore, it is advisable to maintain the dental hygiene of our dog, cleaning teeth and gums frequently, and performing periodic dental check-ups with the veterinarian.

Dogs, like humans, can suffer from tartar that coats their teeth and inflames their gums, which can cause them to stop eating and become listless. If left untreated, it can even cause teeth to fall out. If you notice that your dog’s teeth are yellow or you notice bad breath, be alarmed: it may be tartar.


To avoid and prevent this damage to teeth and gums, it is necessary to brush our pet’s teeth frequently, getting the animal used to it from the time it is a puppy.

We must have a toothbrush for our dog, in order to remove food debris and avoid tartar that can cause inflammation and further damage. It is normal to brush your pet’s teeth about three times a week, although if he/she has inflamed gums or gingivitis, it is advisable to do it daily.

The brush should have soft bristles and no toothpaste should be applied to it, as it is harmful to dogs. Rubber toys also serve as gum cleaners and gum strengtheners, as well as industrial food such as feed.