How to Cure Chihuahuas of Bad Breath

Treat your Chihuahua's bad breath with a few simple techniques.

Treat your Chihuahua's bad breath with a few simple techniques.

You love being close to your Chihuahua, but not when she has stinky breath. Bad breath can be caused by many things like bacteria, periodontal disease or even smelly food she ate. Luckily, there are many ways to cure your Chihuahua’s bad breath and prevent it from coming back.

Brush your Chihuahua's teeth regularly to keep her breath smelling clean and fresh. Apply a small amount of dog toothpaste to a toothbrush or finger brush, and gently brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. A finger brush goes on your finger and gives you more control than a toothbrush. You can purchase a finger brush and dog toothpaste at your local pet store.

Give your Chihuahua some chew toys to improve her bad breath. Chew toys can help your dog's breath stay fresh by scraping off plaque from her teeth preventing bad breath germs from forming. Choose a chew toy designed specifically for bad breath to help keep your pet's breath clean and fresh.

Feed your Chihuahua dry kibble to help control her bad breath. Dry kibble will keep tartar off her teeth, because it has a rough surface that scrapes away at plaque. Avoid giving your dog wet food because it can stick to her teeth aggravating dental problems and bad breath.

Cure your Chihuahua’s bad breath with some natural herbs. Give her some fresh peppermint or parsley leaves to chew on to help cure her bad breath. Herbs have natural antibacterial properties that will kill the bad breath germs in your pet’s mouth.

Add lemon juice to your Chihuahua's water to eliminate bad breath germs. Put a few drops of sugar free lemon juice into her water bowl every day. Lemon juice is high in citric acid, which kills the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Items you will need

  • Toothbrush or finger brush
  • Dog toothpaste
  • Chew toys
  • Dry kibble
  • Fresh parsley or peppermint leaves
  • Lemon juice


  • Take your Chihuahua to the veterinarian for regular dental checkups. The veterinarian will clean your dog’s teeth and check for any dental problems that may lead to bad breath.

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Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.

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