I am sure you have heard people mention before about their ‘dog’s bad breath’, in which they are referring to the strong overpowering smell of their dog’s breath.
This is not always a cause for concern but it should be monitored to see if there are any other symptoms also present, so you can work out if there is an underlying factor that is causing the Halitosis in your dog. There can be many factors that are causing your dog’s bad breath, ranging from simple dental care to more severe medical issues such as organ disease so it is always important to stay observant with your dog.
Factors that can be causing your dog’s bad breath could be;
- Periodontal disease
- Bad Diet
- Gastronomical Tract or Respiratory problems
- Liver or Kidney disease
If your dog has bad breath coupled with any of the below symptoms it is best to get your dog checked out by a vet;
- Being Sick
- Loss of Appetite
- Drinking More or Urinating More
- Loss of Weight
Most of the time your dog’s bad breath will be caused by dental issues, but if any of the above symptoms are present it is better to be on the safe side and have your vet confirm this.
Plaque and tartar may build up on your dog’s gums so there are several things you can do at home to help combat this;
- Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly (particularly concentrating on the upper ones as plaque and tartar build up quicker there)
- Allowing your dog to chew on large raw bones such as beef or mutton (never give your dog cooked bones or chicken bones as these can damage the intestinal tract)
- Getting your dog a safe toy to chew (these are good at cleaning your dog’s teeth and gums and come in a variety of tasty flavours)
- Giving your dog a specially formulated mouthwash (these can be added to your dog’s water bowl, also they are usually tasteless and odourless)
Lastly, you can also help by ensuring that you are feeding your dog healthy nutritional meals and not giving Fido too much soft food which can be a contributing factor towards bad breath. If you follow these tips, you will not only improve the bad breath of your dog but the general well-being of your dog too.
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