Dog Breath Remedy: Home vs Store-Bought

Dog Breath Remedy: Home vs. Store-Bought There are two options for a dog breath remedy: homemade or store bought. You will find positives and negatives with each option. While weighing the pros and cons, pay close attention to ingredients. Pros and Cons of Homemade Remedies Homemade remedies are cost effective. However, some ingredients humans use are toxic to a dog. Using human toothpastes is never acceptable. Many brands of toothpaste include Xylitol, an artificial sweetener. Xylitol causes dangerous blood sugar level spikes in dogs leading to liver damage. Three grams can kill a medium-sized dog. Other items to avoid include sodium and caffeine. Herbs are beneficial ingredients for a dog breath remedy. Fennel, ginger, peppermint, parsley and spearmint are easy to grow. Steep them dried or fresh in hot water and allow to cool. Once cooled, the resulting tea makes a great breath freshener for dogs. Pros and Cons of Store Bought Remedies Store bought dog breath remedy products cost more than homemade remedies. While most are safe, always read the label to be certain. Melamine is added to many foods made in other countries, avoid it! Look for store bought remedies that get the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Approval. Healthymouth is highly recommended by breeders, vets and pet owners. Add the solution directly to your pet's water. It helps kill bacteria that cause plaque.