What is that smell? Does your dog’s breath smell bad? Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is usually a result of bacteria that has built-up in your dog’s mouth, gut or lungs. It could be a sign of poor dental hygiene, or issues in the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Generally, the sign of bad breath can be a sign of a serious issue in your dog. However, sometimes there are things you can do to help improve your dog’s bad breath such as the remedies shown below.
When to Visit the Veterinarian
Your dog having bad breath on occasion, especially right after he or she eats is common. However, if your dog has persistent bad breath, even after you tried all the remedies above there could be an underlying issue. Sometimes dogs who love to chew on twigs and branches when playing outdoors accidentally get a small splinter of wood stuck in their gums, which is difficult to see. This splinter can puncture the gums and become infected if not treated properly.
An infection that goes unnoticed can spread to other areas of the mouth and cause an odor. Inspecting your dog’s mouth after playing a game of fetch outdoors with a twig or tree branch is recommended to help prevent this issue. (We suggest Holistic Veterinarian's)
If your dog is bleeding from the gums or any area of the mouth a trip to the animal hospital or veterinarian office is recommended. Also, if the bad breath is sudden and your dog is showing other signs of illness such as low energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, shaking, bloody stools or any other unusual sign, visit the veterinarian as quickly as possible.
Usually, bad breath can be taken care of easily using the remedies shown above. If the odor gets worse always contact a professional for further assistance.
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