We all know bad breath or halitosis as it’s know — when we smell it. Bad breath can be the result of a build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, lungs, or gut. Persistent bad breath can indicate that your dog needs better dental care or that something is wrong in his gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys. In all cases, your dog’s bad breath is a red flag that should be investigated.
What Is Bad Breath Caused By?
Most often, canine bad breath is caused by dental or gum disease, and certain dogs — particularly small ones — are especially prone to plaque and tartar. However, persistent bad breath can also indicate larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or internal organs.
How Can I Determine the Cause of My Dog’s Bad Breath?
A physical examination of your dogs mouth and gums can let you quickly determine if you need to check with your vet about having your dog’s teeth cleaned. Any signs of gums swelling, bleeding, plaque accumulation or foul breath then professional cleaning is required prior to getting into a routine of brushing your dog’s teeth.
A change of diet may also be required but the addition of our Herbal Formula – Tarter Control and breath freshener will help in preventing the problem.
There is an excellent video on You Tube showing how to train your dog to be comfortable brushing it’s teeth. Click here to watch.