Dogs provide us with unconditional love and companionship. Unfortunately, they sometimes have bad breath which can be unpleasant for pet parents and anyone close by. The reasons why dogs have bad breath can range from something as simple as poor dental hygiene to serious health problems. Let's explore the various causes of bad breath in dogs and try out this quick and easy recipe that will give your dog a minty fresh breath!

Our Cure for Bad Doggie Breath...

Homemade breath buster dog treat recipe


  • 1½ cups buckwheat flour 
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon pure honey
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • water (approx. 1-3 tsp)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl, stir buckwheat flour, parsley and mint leaves together until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together cocnut oil and honey.
  4. Pour coconut oil-honey mixture into the flour and stir. Add egg and stir until well combined.
  5. Knead dough with hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients together. Add a teaspoon of water at a time to help the dough come together. This should take about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to approx. 0.5-1cm thick.
  7. Cut into desired shapes with cookie dough cutter.

Place biscuits onto a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes

Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs

Dental Hygiene

Poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of bad breath in dogs. If a dog’s teeth are not cleaned on a regular basis, plaque and tartar can build up and cause bad breath. If left untreated, this can cause gum disease and tooth decay, leading to even worse breath.


The type of food a dog eats can have an effect on their breath. Low-quality food can cause bad breath, as can processed foods that are high in sugar and fat.

Medical Conditions

Bad breath can be a sign of medical conditions such as kidney or liver disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, and even cancer. If your dog’s breath is particularly bad, it is important to take them to the vet to rule out any medical issues.

Ways to Reduce Bad Breath in Dogs

Brushing Their Teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis is the best way to reduce bad breath. If your dog is not used to having their teeth brushed, start slowly and use a pet-safe toothpaste.

Using a Dental Scaler

Using a dental scaler to remove visible plaque and tartare build up on their teeth. Plaque and tartare build up  leads to bad breathe or other dental issues.

Provide a Healthy Diet

Providing your dog with a healthy, balanced diet is important for a variety of reasons, including reducing bad breath. Avoid feeding your dog processed foods and sugary snacks, as these can cause bad breath.

Visit the Vet

Taking your dog to the vet for regular check-ups is important, as the vet can spot any potential medical issues that may be causing bad breath.

Handmade in the pure heartlands of Tasmania, indulge your canine companion with Pet Control HQ's treats a blend of wholesome goodness and mouthwatering flavours suitable for all dog sizes and stages of life.

March 14, 2023 — Liezle Potgieter
Tags: Treats