Just like with people, bad dog breath is not normal. Most often, it is likely that they just aren’t getting the regular dental care they need. However, certain types of bad breath can be symptomatic of serious health conditions and will require veterinary attention immediately. Here are some things to look out for with doggie bad breath and a few ways you can fix your dog’s stinky breath.
What health problems can bad breath signify?
You’ve probably noticed your dog’s breath a few times whether you meant to or not. Bad breath is one thing, but there are a few aromas to be especially wary of. If your dog’s breath smells like any of these things regularly, get them in to see a vet immediately:
Fruit: If your dog’s breath has a fruity or sweet bad smell to it, that could be a sign of canine diabetes. It’s a serious condition, but one that can be taken care of - especially if it’s caught early.
Urine: If you notice that your dog’s breath smells like urine, it could be an indication of kidney disease. Kidney disease is also, generally speaking, a sign of other serious medical conditions. Get your dog to the vet as soon as possible if you notice this smell.
Decay: If your dog’s breath is bad - really bad - and you notice vomiting and a yellowish tint to their gums, that could be a sign of liver disease. Get your dog in to get checked out.
How can I maintain my dog’s healthy teeth?
The best way to promote good oral health in your dog is by brushing their teeth regularly. Don’t use human toothpaste - the fluoride can be toxic and your dog most likely doesn’t know how to spit. Instead, pick up a special dog toothpaste from the pet store and get into a regular routine with teeth brushing. WIth a bit of training (and some proper treat administration), your dog will most likely start to enjoy it before long.
To double down on oral health, pick up some dental hygiene treats. These are specially formulated to help keep your dog’s teeth clean. If your dog is still in good physical form, a professional cleaning every year or two is also a worthwhile investment. However, they need to be able to handle anesthesia.
Are any breeds more prone to unhealthy teeth?
There are some genetic factors in which dog breeds tend to have more oral hygiene problems, and also some practical ones. The rule of thumb is that smaller dogs and snub-nose dogs like bulldogs and pugs typically have more teeth problems than their bigger counterparts. Their mouths are smaller, so their teeth are packed closer together - this makes tartar and plaque more likely to build up. With any dog, regular vet visits and home check-ups are the key to finding any oral hygiene problems early and getting them fixed as soon as possible.
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