This Secret Ingredient Can Beat Your Dog's Bad Breath

by Maggie Marton October 20, 2016

This Secret Ingredient Can Beat Your Dog's Bad Breath

About a year ago, a ruckus broke out across the internet about peanut butter being a dangerous, toxic food that can cause your dog harm! Cue horror movie music! Turns out, the data was misconstrued and misunderstood.

The truth: Peanut butter is super healthy for your pup (and for you)!

The benefits of peanut butter

Among its many benefits—ranging from a tasty source of healthy fat to providing a creamy dose of protein—peanut butter is actually a secret ingredient for beating bad breath. Why?

Gut health: In moderate amounts in its raw form, peanut butter keeps your dog’s digestion flowing. Just like in us, a healthy gut leads to a healthy, well, everything else! And that includes your dog’s mouth!

Immune health: Peanut butter provides a healthy dose of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Plus, it’s full of immune-boosting B6. These keep your dog’s immune system running in tip-top shape, helping your pup defeat the yucky oral bacteria build-ups that cause bad breath.

OK, so peanut butter is great! What kind do I buy?

You can give your dog a puzzle toy stuffed with the raw stuff. Just be sure you pic a natural brand because it has less sugar than commercial brands. However, do NOT purchase a sugar-free jar of PB. The sugar is replaced with ingredients like xylitol, which is toxic to your pup.

Finally, you can also pick up peanut-butter-packed treats. Hard, crunchy treats help scrape your dog’s teeth, too, so combine that action with the mouth-healthy benefits of the raw ingredient!


Maggie Marton
Maggie Marton


Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at and 

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