By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

Bad breath can be an early sign of dental issues, digestive upset and periodontal problems.  The best dog breath snacks I have found are not just for fresh breath. They also help strengthen digestion and improve gum health in dogs.

Here’s what I look for:

  • Treats that contain chlorophyll to neutralize mouth odors.
  • Anise as an ingredient with refreshing qualities for your dog’s breath. Additionally, anise has a couple of special bonuses.
    1. Dogs love this high value ingredient, anise is also called “dog nip”.
    2. Your dog won’t smell like chicken parts after licking you in appreciation for the treat.

For strong bad breath:

  • Green Tea has antibacterial and anti-plaque properties that powerfully target the source of bad breath.
  • Prebiotics like FOS and inulin support the healthy bacteria in your dog’s stomach, where a lot of bad breath starts.

Read the label, believe it or not, many dental snacks contain sugar, sometimes disguised as dextrose, glucose, fructose or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  I stay away from anything with added sugar!