Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?
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.