Causes of Doggie Bad Breath

doggie bad breath toothbrushHave you ever wondered why your dog’s breath is SO offensive?  Well, many people assume that dogs and bad breath go hand in hand.  That is far from the truth.  Doggie bad breath can be a signal that something is horribly wrong.

Doggie bad breath – warning signs and preventative tips:

  • Sweet, fruity breath can may be the result of diabetes.  If your dog’s breath smells sweet and fruity and he’s urinating and drinking a lot of water, get him to the vet as soon as possible.
  • If your dog’s breath smells like urine, that’s not normal.  Some people associate this with a dog cleaning himself but that is not accurate.  Urine breath can be a direct symptom of kidney disease.
  • Additionally, if your dog has bad breath coupled with a loss of appetite, episodes of vomiting and/or yellowing gums and eyes, seek medical attention immediately.  These symptoms could be linked to liver disease.
  • Most often bad breath signifies poor dental hygiene.  Usually it’s a direct result of plaque and tartar build up.  However, this can lead to dental or gum disease if it’s not properly addressed.

Doggie bad breath can also be the result of respiratory disease, gastrointestinal issues or other organ related illnesses.  You probably love snuggles from your pet and may feel a little guilty shoving the little fella away due his bad breath.  Follow these doggie bad breath tips to help keep your best pal’s breath fresh:

  1. Brush your dog’s teeth.  Start when he is young.  It’s difficult to introduce teeth brushing to an older dog however, it’s not impossible.
  2. Floss his teeth too.   I know, I know but many people are very successful with this very important task.  Again, start when your dog is young whenever possible.
  3. Provide your dog with dental treats and chews.  Chewing the right treats can imitate the brushing action of a tooth brush and will natural brush your dog’s teeth.  This is especially important if the whole brushing and flossing is not successful.   Just be sure to choose chews and treats that do NOT contain xylitol.  It’s an artificial sweetener that is highly toxic to your pet.
  4. Give your dog a rawhide bone.  This will keep him chewing for hours and also imitate the brushing action of a tooth brush.  Just be sure to take the bone away from your pup when it’s small enough for him to swallow.
  5. Have your vet examine your dog’s teeth and gums at least twice a year.  He should keep detailed notes as to the health of your dog’s teeth and gums each time you visit.
  6. Finally, stay on top of routine wellness checks.  Keep your vet apprised of any changes in your pet’s behavior, habits, and overall health.   If there’s any issue, you want to catch it as early as possible for the best prognosis.

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