Bad breath is more than just a mere cosmetic problem. In many cases, bad breath is a sign that your pooch needs a trip to the vet.
Bad breath can be caused by:
- Poor diet: Dogs that eat poor quality food that is hard to digest are much more likely to have bad breath.
- Teething: If you have a puppy, temporary bad breath can be caused by teething.
- Dental or gum disease: Small dogs are especially prone to tartar and plaque buildup, which can cause bad breath. Older dogs may have periodontal disease, which leads to an increase in bad breath causing bacteria.
- Diabetes: A dog with breath that smells unusually sweet or fruity might have diabetes.
- Kidney disease: If your dog’s breath smells like urine, this may be a sign of kidney trouble.
- Liver disease: Bad breath that is accompanied by yellow tinged gums, a lack of appetite, and vomiting can indicate a liver problem.
If you are bothered by your dog’s bad breath, you should make an appointment with your vet to rule out any serious medical problems. At home, you can help keep your dog’s breath under control by brushing his teeth daily. You need to use a special toothpaste designed for dogs, however. The ingredients in toothpaste intended for human use can give your dog an upset stomach.
Providing your pet with an assortment of hard chew toys can also be helpful in preventing bad breath as the process of chewing helps your dog naturally clean his teeth. Chew toys also have the added benefit of keeping your dog from inappropriately chewing on items like your favorite pair of sneakers!
Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy
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