Why does your dog’s breath stink?

May 20, 2017 | Luice

You may think your dog’s smelly breath may be the result of your dog eating something not so appetizing to our pallets but that powerful smell may be a sign of something more serious.

Ever woken up to your dog licking your face like a popsicle on a hot summer day? Every dog owner knows how much our pets love to show us affection but we can all admit that sometimes our loved one’s breath can be a little overwhelming. You may think your dog’s smelly breath may be the result of your dog eating something not so appetizing to our pallets but that powerful smell may be a sign of something more serious. Here are a few things to look out for.

1. Smelly breath could be a sign of periodontal disease.
Plaque and Tartar build up can cause periodontal disease over time which can make your dog’s mouth sensitive and even painful! This can result in some stinky breath and difficulty chewing which can cause a variety of health problems for our beloved companions.

2. Bad breath can come from oral growths.
Oral growths and tumors can cause bacteria to build which may be the culprit of your dog’s bad breath.

3. Teething cause stinky breath
While teething is important for puppies, all those new objects being chewed on and played with can develop into a breeding ground of bacteria which may be the source of some stinky puppy kisses.

4. Bad breath can be a sign of a more serious illness
Dogs who are experiencing stinky breath may be facing a bigger issue. Sudden stinky breath can be the warning sign for kidney failure as well as Gastrointestinal disease.

This article shouldn’t scare you as every once in a while, most dogs will get into something stinky in their lives and something as simple as some old food may be the cause of your dog’s bad breath, however any sudden change in your dog’s breath should be investigated by your veterinarian. You can combat bad breath with home oral care for your canine as well as regularly brushing your dog’s teeth with dog safe toothpaste. Also, making sure your dog is eating well and has a good diet that supports proper digestion is important for maintaining your pet’s long term health. You should look for a food that is high in amino acids like Tryptophan & Tyrosine, which provide proper digestive support. Remember to take your dog in for regular dental checks and to lookout for any sudden changes in appearance or demeanor. Your dog will definitely be grateful as they continue to chew and chomp whatever it is that makes them happy! *

*PureLuxe does not provide medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis.