Does your pooch have bad breath? Do you love dog kisses but hate having that stinky breath in your face? We all know stinky breath is unpleasant, but did you know that it could mean your dog may have a health problem? If your dog’s breath seems to be more than just the usual “dog breath” there may be something else going on.
Causes of Your Pooches Bad Breath
1. Poor dental hygiene
Just like humans, the biggest cause of bad breath is not brushing. Did you know bad breath comes from bacteria that develop when tartar and plaque build-up on teeth? Poor oral hygiene also causes cavities, tooth loss, infections, and tissue destruction.
2. Periodontal disease, plaque, and tartar
The prolonged build-up of plaque and tartar pushes gums back causing them to become inflamed and over time causes periodontal disease or gum disease. Untreated periodontal disease causes damage to the bone that supports the teeth resulting in the loss of teeth. Along with being painful, all this causes some very bad breath in your pup.
3. ‘Interesting’ Eating Habits
Does your dog ever find something tasty for themselves in your garbage can or find a dead animal outside to chew on? Well as you can imagine this will cause your dog’s breath to stink. And let’s not forget about some dog’s eating poop. There seems to be a draw toward eating cat poop for some dogs and grossly even their own poop. There is even a name for the condition, it’s called coprophagia.
4. Kidney disease
A sign that your dog might have kidney disease is their breath smells like urine. Kidney disease is a serious condition but it’s possible that there is something even more serious going on so it’s important to take your dog to the vet right away.
Dogs can get diabetes just like us humans. And just like us some symptoms of diabetes are fruity-smelling breath, drinking lots of water, and urinating frequently. If you notice this, seek help from your vet for treatment.
6. Liver Disease
Really, really stinky breath is a sign of a liver problem. If a dog has liver disease they will also have other symptoms including, lack of appetite, yellow gums, and vomiting. With this, it is very important to get your dog checked out right away.
Basically, this results in bad breath caused by dry mouth. The dry mouth happens when your dog has a cold and their sinuses become inflamed so they have to breathe through their mouth instead of the nose. There are other things that cause a dog’s respiratory tract to be obstructed requiring them to breathe through their mouth including nasal infections and tumors.
8. Gastrointestinal Issues
Digestive issues and poor gut health in your dog can also cause bad breath. Some gastrointestinal issues are acid reflux, bowel obstructions, and indigestion. Thankfully, this is not a common thing in dogs.
Thanks to: ack.org