What you need to know about why your dog has bad breath
. . . and what you can do about it!
Bad breath in dogs
We are all familiar with bad breath (halitosis), when we smell it.
Bad breath in dogs is the result of a build-up of odour-producing bacteria either in it's mouth, lungs, gut and other major organs.
Therefore, if your dog suddenly develops persistent bad breath take it as a warning that your pet will be in pain and needs urgent vet care, followed by a daily dental cleaning routine that you can easily put into place at home.
Remember, like humans, healthy dogs don't suffer from bad breath
Dog breath cure - what causes bad breath?
However, persistent bad breath can also indicate serious bacterial infections in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system and other major organs.
Dog breath cure - how can I ascertain the cause of my dog’s bad breath?
Your family vet is the best person to actually pinpoint the cause of your dog's bad breath. He or she will do a physical examination and may even ask for some lab work to be carried out.
Be prepared to answer questions about:
- The food you feed your dog.
- If you have an established home dental care routine.
- Your pet's general health, e,g, whether you walk your dog regularly and his or her behaviour in general.
Dog breath cure - when is the right time for your dog to visit your vet?
If your dog’s breath suddenly has an unusual odour, please take it to visit your vet immediately. The following cases can indicate medical conditions which need immediate treatment:
- Breath that smells like urine can often be a sign of kidney disease.
- Unusually sweet or fruity breath could signal diabetes, particularly if your dog has been urinating or drinking more frequently than usual.
- An unusually foul odour accompanied by lack of appetite and or vomiting - yellow-tinged gums or corneas could indicate a liver problem.
Dog breath cure - how is bad breath treated?
Treatment options depend on your vet’s diagnosis.
- If plaque and calculus (tartar) are the culprits, your dog might need a professional cleaning, which will involve a general anesthetic
- If it’s a problem connected to diet, you may have to change your dog’s regular food
- If the cause is gastrointestinal or a malfunction/or bacterial infection of your dog’s liver, kidneys, or lungs, your vet will advise you on the best treatment plan for your pet.
Dog breath cure - how can I prevent my dog from having bad breath?
Many people assume that bad breath in dogs, especially senior dogs, is a “given.” But that’s simply not true. In actual fact, being pro active about your dog’s oral health can add up to another 5 years to its lifespan.
- Use Carole's Doggie World's home made "bad breath spray regularly".
- Take your dog to your vet at least once a year to have its teeth checked out.
- Feed your dog a human grade raw meat, soft bones (chicken necks and beef brisket bones) and fresh steamed veggies. Raw veggies or fruit are excellent as in between snacks for you dog, but should neve be given with protein because they could cause bloat which is something all dog parent should avoid like the plague.
- Encourage your dog to chew raw soft bones, e.g. chicken necks and and soft brisket bones. Never give your dog cooked bones because they can shatter inside your dog's intestines, and cause perforation of his or her bowel.
- Add a dill seed infusion or coriander seed infusion to your dog’s water. Dill and coriander, have antibacterial properties to get rid of the oral bacteria. Dill can also improve your dog’s appetite and digestion. Coriander in your dog’s diet helps with regard to deterring mosquitoes.
- Brush your dog's teeth daily and preferably immediately after it has eaten, if you are hooked on feeding you dog on kibble or dried foods and or canned food. , or if you must feed a diet, of canned or dried food, please visit our sister site for a huge variety of natural, allergy free dog foods.
- Visit our Dog dental care products segment.
- Never use human toothpaste for cleaning your dog's teeth. Human toothpastes are designed to be rinsed out, and dogs can't rinse out. Please see our recommended natural toothpaste range at Dog dental care products.
Please be aware, that brushing your dog's teeth daily, using dog toothpastes and dog oral sprays, feeding your dog pigs ears or soft raw bones and a healthy diet will simply mask bad breath and can not treat any underlying medical conditions which may be present.
Therefore it is of paramount importance that at the first indication of bad dog breath you make an appointment for your pet to be thoroughly examined by your family vet.
Reference: www.pets.webmd.com and www.dodogsteethfallout.com