Causes My Dog's Bad Breath
What Can I Do About It?"
If your dog has
bad breath, (Canine Halitosis) his health may be at risk! Despite the term 'dog
breath', canines are not meant to have bad dog breath; if they do, it
may be a sign that all is not well with your pet. The most likely
causes of bad dog breath are dental problems such as gingivitis and
peridontal disease, decaying teeth, or mouth infections.
Your dog's bad
breath can also be a sign that he has a serious health problem such as
gastrointestinal disease, cancer, or kidney disease. Therefore, if your
dog has bad breath, it's very important that you take him to his vet
for diagnosis and treatment.
Of Dog Bad Breath
left in your dog's mouth attract bacteria. When food and bacteria
combine, plaque is formed and your dog will develop bad dog
breath. If plaque is not
removed, a hard residue called tartar will form, attracting more
bacteria to the tooth surface and gum line, which then creates even
more plaque and tartar - and so the cycle continues. If your dog has bad
breath, and you don't clean his teeth regularly, begin today!
and Peridontal Disease
cause your dog's gums to become inflammed and infected, and may cause
bleeding. This condition is
known as gingivitus and, if not treated, will progress to peridontal
disease. If the tartar is not
removed, it builds up underneath the gums causing damage to the tissue
that surrounds and supports your dog's teeth. It's at this point
that the damage is referred to as 'peridontal disease', which can be
very painful for your dog, and can lead to abscesses, loosening of
teeth, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Advanced peridontal
disease is irreversible. In severe cases of
peridontal disease, the bacteria enters the bloodstream and can lead to
damage of vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
of gingivitis and peridontal disease may be manifested as:
bad 'dog breath'
Inflamed, red, or discoloured gums
Swelling of the gums
Pockets of pus
Damaged, loose, or missing teeth
Sensitivity around the mouth (your dog may paw at his mouth)
Loss of appetite or refusal to eat hard foods
The good news is that
gingivitis and peridontal disease are easily prevented. Brushing kills
bacteria, and by regularly brushing dog teeth and periodic dental
inspections from your vet, you can ensure your dog's teeth and gums
tartar cannot be removed simply by brushing. If tartar is present, you
will need to take your dog to see the vet for de-scaling under
anesthesia. However, you will then be able to keep plaque and tartar at
bay by brushing your dog's teeth every day.
Feeding your dog
dry food (kibble) rather than the wet dog food will help to keep his
teeth clean. You can also
encourage your dog to chew on rawhide chews, chew toys, raw vegetables,
or raw bones (not chicken) to help keep his teeth and gums
healthy. Additionally, you can
buy dental chew toys which are specially developed to help clean your
dog's teeth as it chews.
If your dog has
bad breath, you can also buy 'dog breath mints' which can sometimes
help with the problem. Whether or not your
dog has bad breath, we strongly recommend that you establish a good
dental health routine for him. An ideal time to
begin is when he's very young; however, you will first need to accustom
your puppy to having his teeth brushed. This is a gradual process, so
don't try to rush it.
If your dog is
older, please don't let that stop you - begin today. It may take a
little longer to accustom him to having his mouth and teeth inspected
and brushed, but it will be the first step to ensuring your dog's mouth
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The above information is simply
informational. It's intent is not to replace the advice of a
veterinarian nor to assist you in making a diagnosis of your pet.
Please consult with your own veterinarian for confirmation of any
diagnosis. Your pets life may depend on it.