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Four Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs

dog breath blogBad breath in dogs, or chronic halitosis, isn’t a pleasant situation (especially if your dog is a kisser). Halitosis can be caused by a variety of health conditions, the most common of which is dental disease. Below are four conditions that may be causing your pup’s breath to be less than fresh:

1.) Teething: When puppies are teething, it’s natural for bacteria to collect at the gum line, which can cause bad breath. This stage typically only lasts a couple of months.

2.) Periodontal disease: This is the number one cause of bad breath in dogs. By some estimates, more than 80% of pets over the age of three show signs of periodontal disease. The plaque that accumulates on the teeth can manifest into an offensive odor, as well as cause pain and tooth lost. Left untreated, periodontal disease can even lead to organ failure.

3.) Gastrointestinal disease: If a dog is experiencing disease of the stomach, esophagus, or intestines, one possible symptom may be halitosis. However, this is far less common than periodontal disease.

4.) Kidney disease: An abnormal amount of toxins in the blood, which is associated with kidney disease and other metabolic conditions, can lead to mouth odors.

If your dog is experiencing halitosis, make an appointment with your veterinarian. If periodontal disease is the culprit, a professional dental cleaning may be recommended. Remember that ongoing at-home dental care is important for the health of all dogs.

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