Why Does Your Dog have Bad Breath?


Does your pet have bad breath?  While common, bad breath is often a sign that your pet needs better dental care.  Here are a few of the most common reason why your pet has bad breath.

Reasons for Bad Breath:

  • Periodontal Disease – Just like us, pets are prone to periodontal disease.  After they are three year old, 80% of dogs and cats begin to show signs of periodontal disease.  This can cause bad breath as bacteria and plaque build.
  • Teething – Puppies and kittens both have bad breath when they are teething.  Fortunately, this should only last a few months.
  • Oral Disease – Gum inflammation, oral masses, and other problems with the gums can create crevices where bacteria can get stuck and grow.
The best way to prevent bad breath and keep your pet’s teeth beautiful and healthy is with regular brushing.  We recommend training your pet early on so that they become used to the habit and bringing them into our practice for annual teeth cleanings.  This will help make sure that their teeth stay healthy and that you avoid smelly breath.

Check out this article for more information on why your pet is suffering from bad breath and what you can do to alleviate the issue.  You can also contact our office with any questions you may have!  

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