Are you thinking of giving your dog some mints to deal with their bad breath? This is an obvious short term fix to freshen up horrible doggie breath, but is it the safest option?
Most candy mints contain ingredients that can eliminate terrible breath but the refreshing effects are usually short term. Sure, a quality mint could hold for a while but it really depends on the gravity of a bad breath problem.
It’s no secret that many dogs have some awful smelling breath. Sometimes your dog breathes heavily in your face and you feel repulsed because their breath is so bad. There are solutions but mints aren’t a great idea.
Can I Give My Dog Mints? Answer: No
While tempting, do not give your dog any mints to reduce bad breath.
Certainly don’t make mints a regular thing! They are made for people and contain a lot of sugar which is bad for dogs. Also, mints often contain a harmful ingredient called Xylitol. You’d be exposing them to possible complications such as diabetes or kidney problems over the long term. Your canine friend may even develop cavities due to the sugary contents of mints.
It’s also a bad habit. It may solve your dog’s bad breath problem, temporarily, but it can lead to more serious health issues down the road.
Causes of Bad Breath
As with humans, there are many possible causes as to why your dog has bad breath. The main problem can often be associated with dental issues. If your dog has cavities or infections like gingivitis, this can manifest in the form of bad breath. You should, therefore, check for any signs of gum inflammation as well as bleeding inside the mouth.
Mouth infection can definitely cause bad breath. This can create a breeding ground for germs if left untreated. In such a case, you should consult a vet immediately so as to provide treatment for your beloved pet dog. Even simple canine mouth problems can lead to serious infections that can affect your dog’s overall health. Don’t take this issue lightly by simply providing a mint.
Bad breath can also be a sign that your dog has a gastrointestinal disease. As the mouth is part of the digestive tract, infections in that particular area can manifest through a bad odor released through the dog’s mouth. More serious types of diseases should be considered as well. Bad breath can actually be a sign of stomach cancer or kidney disease.
In short, you shouldn’t always take chronic bad breath to just be some form of hygiene problem. A mint isn’t going to help!
Simply Bad Breath
On a lighter note, your dog’s bad breath can simply mean that there’s some food particles left inside their mouth. Food and bacteria can lead to plaque, just like in people, and this tends to cause bad breath. If so, your dog’s breath problem is easier to handle as you just need to regularly brush their teeth to rectify the issue (but use doggy toothpaste!).
Persistent Breath Problems
Although it’s often assumed that bad breath in dogs can be traced to leftover food in the mouth, it’s still wise to be cautious. Be observant of your dog’s behavior and report any unusual behavior to the vet. You should mainly watch their appetite since a dog with health issues usually loses a healthy appetite.
You should also look inside your dog’s mouth periodically to see if there’s any bleeding or swelling. Are there any missing teeth? Missing teeth is not a very good sign. If so, you should immediately take your dog to the vet for a check up. Other signs to watch out for are drooling, sensitivity around the mouth area and refusal to eat. A dog with gum problems will find it very painful to eat and will usually only drink water.
Conclusion on Mints
Your dog’s dental health is an important part of their overall well-being. Instead of giving your canine some mints, consider a better plan. Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, using doggy toothpaste and a doggy toothbrush, will help to minimize your dog’s tooth problems and freshen their breath. They will surely thank you for it, but without the smell.