Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?
As a loving pet owner, you’re bound to experience licks to the face from time to time. While they probably just want to show you some affection, you might get a whiff of less than pleasant breath from your four-legged friend. Like humans, their oral hygiene is important and their breath can say a lot about their health. In this article, we’ll explore some of the common bad breath causes and how to get rid of unpleasant odors. Next, protect your pet with a Canine Liability Insurance policy.
What causes bad breath in dogs?
Most often, canine bad breath is caused by dental or gum disease, and certain dogs – particularly small ones – are especially prone to plaque and tartar. However, persistent bad breath can also indicate larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or internal organs, explains Pet Web MD.
To determine the root cause for your dog’s bad breath, it’s best to see a vet. If your dog seems to be in good health other than bad breath, it’s likely a sign of built up tartar and plaque which is easily remedied. However, in an ailing dog or an older one, it’s best to get him or her checked out by your trusted vet.
When should I be worried?
The following scenarios should warrant a vet visit:
- Unusually sweet or fruity breath could indicate diabetes, particularly if your dog has been drinking and urinating more frequently than usual.
- Breath that smells like urine can be a sign of kidney disease.
- An unusually foul odor accompanied by vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellow-tinged corneas or gums could signal a liver problem.
What should I do to remedy the situation?
If your dog has been evaluated by the vet, or it’s a simple case of plaque, you can schedule a teeth cleaning visit. Food can also be the culprit – try switching up your dog’s diet.
For regular maintenance, get a dog-friendly toothpaste and toothbrush and brush at least once a week. Next, hard bones, chews and toys are great for minimizing plaque and giving your dog an inadvertent teeth cleaning.
Remember, a healthy dog is a happy dog. With great oral health, it’s one less thing you have to worry about in terms of health and behavior.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.