Puppies often have really bad breath, which is true for adult dogs as well. When your friends or significant others have bad breath, you probably tell them to go brush their teeth or eat a mint at the least. After all, having bad breath is not fun for anybody in the immediate vicinity.

Obviously, you can’t just tell your dog to go eat a Tic-Tac. It’s a little more complicated than that. However, there are a few things you can do to get rid of that terrible puppy breath. Let’s go over some of the best methods to solving the case of the bad puppy breath.

4 Tips On How To Cure Bad Puppy Breath

Here are our top 4 tips to help get rid of dogs bad breath;

1. Stop Them From Eating Junk

Puppies have this weird habit of eating their own feces, as well as various other things that they find outside. Well, if there is something that causes bad breath, it’s poop. If you want to get rid of that horrible puppy bad breath, it might be wise to stop them from eating their own excrement.

When somebody tells you that your breath smells like, well, crap, it’s probably not due to literal feces, but with your puppy it certainly might be.

2. Change Their Food

Another thing that is known for causing bad puppy breath as well as bad smelling fur is food. Of course, not all foods are going to cause bad breath, but some are worse than others. If you are feeding your puppy food that contains fish, you can rest assured that they will stink.

More or less, try to avoid foods that contain fish, because fish stinks, and it will definitely cause your puppy to stink as well.

3. Brushing – Breath Solutions

Now, one thing that many people do is to actually brush a dog’s teeth. If their breath has to do with the food they eat or with teething, it’s not a long term solution, but it will definitely cut the stink for a few hours.

You can go out and find a special dog or puppy toothpaste and toothbrush, and give them a brushing just like you would for your kids or yourself.

There are also various drops and solutions available for purchase that you can put in your puppy’s mouth to cut down on bad breath. This might be a bit of a challenge because some dogs won’t like the taste or smell of certain toothpastes or drops, so it might be a bit of a trial and error thing.

4. Teething – A Bone

If your puppy is teething, it often causes bad breath. Now, there is not too much you can do about that. The smell will go away once they stop teething. Yes, you can try toothpaste to cut down on the stink, but you will just have to wait until the stink goes away. Something that can help here is something like a little chewing bone or breath treat.

There are lots of bones and treats out there meant to remove plaque and tartar from a dog’s teeth (we have covered our top picks on this post), plus to help bad breath smells too. This is great for the health of your puppy’s teeth, its breath, and it will give them something to chew on while they are teething.


As you can see, there are a few different solutions that you can try. If one does not work, try another, or even try a few together. Puppy breath is not too bad, but big dog breath certainly can be. All of these solutions can work for big dogs as well, which is probably a good thing.