• Best Friends Staff

How to get rid of bad breath in dogs

5 easy and natural proven ways

Our dogs love to kiss us, but unfortunately they don't always have the freshest breath and this smell can be due to various reasons. There are cases in which bad breath only appears due to lack of oral hygiene. The importance of oral hygiene is a topic that began to be popularized recently and thus many doubts arise.

Therefore to help you on this mission, we have listed a few ideas to get rid of this unpleasant smell from your dog's mouth. We will not talk about tooth brushing here, because it is not an easy way and we will have a post specifically about it in the coming days. Remember that the best option is always the one that you and your dog adapt best to.

5 easy homemade ways to get rid of your dogs' bad breath

1. Coconut Oil

You can deal with a bad odor using coconut oil. It reduces the stench from the dog’s mouth, as it contains anti-fungal and antibacterial components. Additionally, this is also considered beneficial for the digestive and immune systems. 

Using coconut oil is simple, just add a few teaspoons of coconut oil to your dog's food.

Doing this you can clean your dog’s teeth, and of course, this has a pleasant taste, so it is well perceived by dogs. You can use the oil every day, so in a week you will notice positive changes.

2. Use lemon

This method of getting rid of the bad breath from your dog is considered the most simple and effective. Lemon stops the growth of bacteria, therefore the build-up of an unpleasant odor is prevented. Additionally, citrus fruits are natural whiteners that help eliminate plaque on the dog’s teeth. A few drops of lemon juice into your dog’s water bowl will be enough. If you resort to doing this regularly, you will quickly notice positive changes.

3. Give the dog a carrot

The most common cause of bad breath among dogs is plaque. You can get rid of it with the help of carrots. It not only removes plaque but is also useful food for dogs. The carrots need to be cut into medium-sized pieces that are given to the dog between meals. Chewing this vegetable ensures the release of saliva, which removes food debris from the jaws.

4. Use apple cider vinegar

This vinegar is highly effective in the process of combating bad breath in dogs. It has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. These remove plaque due to the presence of acid. Adding roughly half a teaspoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar to your dog's water bowl can help freshen up breath.

5. Fresh mint

Mint might be the way to go. Mint has natural antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal benefits which can all help freshen breath.This allows you to fight bad breath from not only humans but also dogs.

You may take a bunch of fresh mints, then tear the leaves into small pieces. These are then given in small quantities to the dog, you can add a few leaves directly into a bowl of water or just sprinkle some fresh mint leaves into your dog’s food every day.


These tips and techniques can help you get rid of bad breath from your dog’s mouth. It is allowed to combine several of these methods, to achieve a better result. But you should not over do it with different herbs, oils, or other means since in large quantities they can harm the dog’s health.

Make sure you don't mask a problem, your dog's bad breath can be a sign of illness like diabetes, liver problems and kidney disease so it is essential that you take your dog to the vet regularly to ensure well-being and a healthy life.