Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?

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Your pooch comes to you for kisses and you get a whiff of something horrible. No doubt about it: Your dog has some nasty breath. What causes it and how can you prevent it? We sought out an expert, veterinarian Donna J. Spector, of the VCA Animal Hospitals, to answer our questions. Here is what she had to tell us about stinky dog breath and how to make your dog's smooches minty fresh again.

What causes bad breath in dogs?
Bad breath is just a minor symptom of the more serious periodontal disease occurring in your dog's mouth. Periodontal disease is one of the most common and serious dog health problems, affecting approximately 80% of dogs by age 3! It can result in tooth and gum infections, pain, loss of teeth, and even organ damage in dogs.

Could bad breath be a sign of illness in dogs?
In addition to dental/periodontal disease, bad breath can be a sign of other mouth problems (abscesses, growths, etc), digestive ailments, kidney failure, diabetes, or other more serious illnesses. Pets with these problems usually have signs other than just bad breath.

What are some ways to cure bad breath in dogs?
You must get to the "root" of the problem! Start with a thorough examination and dental cleaning with your veterinarian, and then start twice daily tooth brushing to prevent periodontal disease and bad breath. While you are getting up to par on teeth cleaning, give your dog juiced parsley leaves or fennel. These fresh herbs have antibacterial properties and can help mask the bad breath.

What are some ways to prevent a dog's bad breath?
In addition to twice daily tooth brushing and regular dental checkups (at least once yearly!), ask your veterinarian if your dog needs special dental treats or a more rigorous dental care plan to help keep the bad breath away and maintain your dog's health for years to come.

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I think dogs have bad breath due to their habits. Their diet is also very primal so they probably get bad breath from that. I imagine you can't do much about it.
John Bond | http://myranchobernardopethospital.com

April 23 2014 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jayden Eden

I never knew that you could even try brushing your dog's teeth. I wouldn't dare risk getting bit. I would rather have someone who knows what they are doing clean them. I should probably do that because my dog's breath is really stinky.
Jayden Eden | http://www.gulfportveterinarian.com/

March 27 2014 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne Lawrence

So, basically, if you brush your dog's teeth as much as you brush your own, they'll never suffer from halitosis? That's fantastic! I'm definitely going to start doing this with my dog today. http://www.animalcarecenters.net/

January 10 2014 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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