Canine Bad Breath

There are many different causes of canine bad breath, ranging from dog dental disease, canine kidney disease, canine diabetes, and even canine lung cancer. Dogs with bad breath symptoms could also suffer from an infection in the mouth or elsewhere in the body or even things like stomach ulcers. For this reason, a dog with halitosis needs to be looked at by a veterinarian to rule out some of these very serious possible medical causes for your dog’s bad breath.

Because the most common cause of canine bad breath is a problem in your dog’s mouth, however, it is important to understand dog teeth and the importance of caring for your dog’s dental health to prevent canine dental disease.

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Understanding Dog Periodontal Disease

If you’re wondering why your dog has bad breath or why his teeth look so dark and maybe yellowish, it is a very real possibility that your dog suffers from some form of dog dental disease. Like any living thing, including your children, your friends, your family, and your parents, dogs get plaque on their teeth from eating. Dogs get bacteria on their teeth if their teeth aren’t cleaned and can get cavities, dog tooth abscess problems, and even dog gum disease, just like people can.

The bacteria from your teeth can travel through the blood system of you and your dog or any other living thing. This bacteria can infect your kidneys and liver and even heart. This is dangerous and one of the many reasons you have to clean your dog’s teeth, just as you do your own.

You may not see any symptoms of your dog’s pain or cavities or canine gum disease. Dogs often act as though they are fine and don’t have trouble eating or show any signs of illness that effect anything else they would normally do.

Even if dog teeth are pure white, it is important to recognize that your dog with canine bad breath can still be suffering from dog dental disease. If your dog is under six years of age, it is generally recommended that you bring your dog to the veterinarian once a year. For older dogs, you should go to your vet every six months for wellness checkups, including a thorough dental exam, or whenever you notice your dog acting funny or having a bigger problem with bad breath, regardless of your dog’s age.

Your dog’s teeth will worsen with age and your dog will develop bad breath, unless you go to the vet and have the problem solved. The more you stall, the more likely it is that your dog will be in pain from dog dental disease.

Treating Canine Bad Breath

Fortunately, a dog's bad breath is treatable. No one likes bad breath, and your dog sure doesn’t like having pain in his or her mouth. Many people think toys and bones clean their dog’s teeth and products like dog dental treats can truly reverse the causes of canine bad breath. This is untrue, even though certain things may clean your dog’s teeth to some degree and can help mask problems with canine bad breath. However, you should take your dog to the vet pretty regularly for teeth cleaning.

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If your dog’s bad breath is just being caused by plaque and nothing else like canine diabetes or canine kidney disease, all you need to do to solve the problem is go to the vet and have your dog’s teeth cleaned. Sometimes, though, as we mentioned previously, bad breath is a sign of canine diabetes or canine kidney disease or a sign of not eating at all or eating something he shouldn’t have. If you smell anything different in your dog’s breath or anything that your dog is doing weird with his or her mouth please got to the vet immediately.

Your dog can develop canine kidney disease, as well as dog gum disease, from the same bacteria in his blood system. Your dog can get canine gingivitis, cavities, develop a dog tooth abscess, and even lose teeth if you don’t go to the vet and get his teeth treated on a regular basis.

Dogs will eventually stop eating from severe pain in their mouth and, by that time, it may be too late. Canine bad breath is just the least of your worries when it gets that far. Your dog can get very ill from the pain of severe dog periodontal disease and not eating.

If you notice any symptoms of dog tooth pain or bad breath, this is just the beginning and you should go to your vet immediately. Canine bad breath and problems like dog gum disease and/or pain in the mouth should not be taken lightly. These dog health problems can lead to extreme diseases and consequences. Your vet has the utensils needed to clean your dog’s mouth and he would be happy to use them, so why make your dog suffer, or yourself, suffer with canine bad breath symptoms?

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