If you are not sure what is causing your dog’s bad breath or suspect one of the possible health-related causes, then a vet check-up is the first part of a dog bad breath cure. Once any underlying medical cause is diagnosed and being treated, your vet can advise on a dog bad breath treatment plan. An annual vet dental check is a good idea, as they can clean your dog’s teeth if needed, and spot any oral health problems early.
The most obvious symptom is a smell coming from the mouth. This can be fruity and sweet, unpleasant, or foul.
A healthy mouth has clean teeth that are not broken or cracked. The gum lines appear smooth and even, and the gums will be a pink colour. When looking in an unhealthy mouth, the teeth may have a brown covering of plaque and tartar, and the gums red and inflamed.
The most common causes of bad breath in dogs are poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease. Teeth get a covering of plaque and tartar if not kept clean. This allows bacteria to develop which cause bad breath. If this is not removed, the gums become red and inflamed and start to be pushed away from the teeth. More space is created for bacteria to attack, leading to cavities, infections, tissue destruction and tooth loss. Pus pockets can form, and the dog’s breath will be very, very bad. Smaller dogs seem to be more prone to these problems, as their teeth are smaller and close together, and can have a higher build-up of plaque and tartar.
Bad breath is something that can occur in all mammals, including dogs. It can be short-lived, and the dog has bad breath all of a sudden, because they have eaten something unpleasant, or it can persist and become an ongoing problem.
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