It’s a given that dogs can have bad breath. However, if it suddenly gets worse at any point then it could be signs of needing better oral hygiene.
Dogs eat all sorts of gross things so naturally they won’t have very nice smelling breath, but just like humans they too also need dental care. Persistent bad breath in a dog can also be to do with gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys too.
Because of these potential conditions, it should always be examined if your dog suddenly has awful smelling breath.
Should you see the Vet?
If your dog’s breath is suddenly foul, then it can be best to be in contact with your vet. It can be a sign of medical problems that will need immediate treatment, so it’s always best to play it safe.
If your dog’s breath is sweet or fruity, then it could be a sign of diabetes. This can also be linked if your dog is drinking and urinating a lot more frequently too.
Breath that smells like urine could be a sign of kidney disease, so your vet would need to know about that as soon as possible.
Liver problems can be identified if you dog’s breath is particularly foul and is followed by vomiting, a lack of appetite, and yellow tinged corneas or gums.
How is it treated?
Treatment will depend entirely on your vet’s diagnosis. Plaque on your dog’s teeth will require a professional cleaning, diet issues may require you to feed your dog different food, etc.
If the cause of bad breath is gastrointestinal or linked to your dog’s liver, kidneys, or lungs, then your vet will give you the steps that will be needed to take.
How can it be Prevented?
It’s not likely you’ll be able to get your dog’s breath smelling sweet forever, but it’s sensible to be pro-active about your dog’s oral health to make your lives together more pleasant.
You should first of all just bring your dog to the vet for regular check ups anyway to be sure there’s no underlying health problems. So while you’re there, be sure that your vet tracks the state of your dog’s teeth and breath.
Another thing to point out is you can actually get specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste for your dog. These are great investments if your dog has a plaque problem but just be sure it is toothpaste designed for canines as human toothpaste will upset their stomach. Also, good luck brushing your dog’s teeth. Speaking from experience, they’ll probably make it as difficult for you as they can.
Other things to consider includes feeding your dog high-quality, easy to digest food and providing safe chews that allow cleaning via the natural process of chewing.
If you ever need help with this issue, always refer to your vet for advice. If there’s anything you can add to this article or any success stories regarding your pet’s bad breath, please feel free to let us know in the comments!