Monday, June 10, 2013

Why Dogs Have Bad Breath?

One of the most commonly ignored health problems by pet owners is bad breath from our loving mutts. While bad breath can be cured from a more regular dental care routine, persistent bad breath may be signs of more serious health issues for your dogs.

  • Dental care - A lot of the times, bad breath is caused by a build-up of bacteria in the dogs' mouths. Small dogs are especially prone to getting plaque and tartar build-up which can lead to dental and/or gum disease. 
  • Internal organs - If your mutts have long term bad breath, then they may be at risk of larger medical issues with their gastrointestinal tract, liver, lungs, or kidneys. For example, a sweet or fruity breath may indicate diabetes while a breath that smells like urine could be signs of kidney disease.
  • Diet - It is important to keep an eye out for what you are feeding your dogs and what they could be eating off the ground. To help with your mutts' bad breaths, be sure to feed them quality, healthy dog food and treats that are easy for them to digest.
To help pinpoint exactly why your dogs have bad breath, consult your trusted vet for a physical exam and/or laboratory work.

Keep your mutts happy, healthy, and hearty!