This Is Why Puppy Breath Smells So Good, According To Science

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I can imagine it right now -- the sweet, innocent, heart-warming smell of a tiny puppy's mouth. If you think about it, it's kind of freaky that humans love it. Anytime anyone gets a puppy, I immediately come over and go directly for their adorable little yappers. Then I cuddle them intensely until my friend tells me I need to leave. Puppies are one of my many vices.

Why do we love the sweet scent of puppy breath? The answer is quite simple.

Puppies have the basic diet of their mother's milk and nothing in their stomachs to mess it up. The sweet aroma we smell is the lactose from the milk. Interesting, isn't it? Also, the digestive enzymes in their bellies break down the milk and give off an even more delicious scent.

If your puppy's breath smells bad to you, you're either a heartless villain or there could be something wrong with them. If that's the case, you might want to call your vet. If you've never smelled puppy breath, let me put it this way -- it's like the smell of your mom after a bad day, mixed with a fresh bed of flowers all wrapped up in a big hug. Basically, it's the best smell in the world. And now you know why!

This post was originally written by Caroline Cook for Digital Doggy.

Citations: Puppy Breath: Why You Love It and How to Prolong the Sweetness (Care)