Yuck! Why Does My Pet’s Breath Smell So Bad?

dog-closeup-affordable-pet-hospital-tampaDogs and humans have a surprising amount in common, including bad breath. You love your pet, but you don’t love the eye-watering impact of his breath when he comes close to lick your face. The causes are simple enough and quite easy to reverse.

Bacteria Causes Bad Breath

Your canine’s bad breath is caused by a build-up of bacteria in his mouth or gut. This bacteria causes the distinct aroma of bad doggy breath and could potentially indicate oral hygiene issues or digestive troubles.  

To check if the bacteria culprits are located in your dog’s mouth, flip his lips and check for red, bleeding gums or brown teeth. Excess bacteria leads to periodontal disease, which is devastating for pets and is known to cause infections and pain. In fact, strong oral health can extend your furry friend’s lifespan by 15%! If oral bacteria is indeed responsible for your dog’s halitosis, start by brushing. Doggy toothbrushes are very affordable and easy to use. Your dog will appreciate the TLC and you’ll love the results.

If brushing doesn’t help, the troublesome bacteria could be in your pup’s digestive system. Probiotics work wonders to rebalance the intestinal tract and flush out unwanted bacteria, so try adding a bit of yogurt to your dog’s meals or buy a probiotic powder to feed him.

When It Is Time to Visit the Vet

If your dog’s bad breath is holding steady, you should visit the vet to determine if the cause is more serious. Unusually sweet or fruity breath sometimes points to diabetes, and breath that smells like urine signals kidney disease.

Your vet will be able to diagnose the issue and help you return your dog to full health.

Tips to Consider

To avoid bad breath in the future, try to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a week, but every day if possible. There are many chew toys available that are designed to naturally clean the teeth as well. Furthermore, feed your dog high-quality, easily digested food to avoid any gastrointestinal issues that could lead to bad breath.

Need help? Call Affordable Pets to set up an appointment. We’ll make sure your pet is receiving the oral health care he really needs.