Bad Dog or Cat Breath – Treat the Cause

There are numerous potential causes of halitosis in dogs and cats. Some people endearingly call it “doggy breath”, but if it’s foul it needs to be taken seriously.

If you are not seeing your veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams…start for your pet’s sake.

A trip to your veterinarian is recommended in order to pinpoint the cause of your dog’s bad breath and to ensure it is in good health. The initial therapy should be aimed at treating any underlying cause or diseases that may be causing the foul odor.

Dental care along with proper diet and exercise are the most important for your pet’s health and well-being, not to mention a cure for bad dog breath which is the smallest of the benefits, although the most obvious!

Most often, bad breath is caused by dental or periodontal disease.

The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show some sign of gum disease by age 3.

Gingivitis is a dangerous gum disease for people and Yes, for your pet maybe more so. When pets are subjected to gingivitis they are at risk for tooth loss and, when left untreated, serious health problems.

Particularly vulnerable are small breeds especially Pekingese and Shih Tzu, because the teeth are crowded in small mouths, creating an ideal environment for plaque to grow and cause gingivitis. Some dogs do not adequately chew their food; thus they don’t clean their teeth naturally by the chewing process, and some of our canine and feline companions are just prone to dental plaque, tartar and disease and will require more frequent dental cleanings and treatments.

It takes less than 36 hours for plaque to become mineralized and harden into “tartar”.

When it comes to cats, dental problems are a little trickier to spot because the disease is often below the gum line, so you might not be aware of it until the teeth are seriously damaged.

Brushing your dog’s teeth daily or at least 2-3 times a week is a very good idea. Tooth brushes/finger brushes and special toothpastes are available.

Bad dog breath can be caused by digestive disorders. Probiotics can help and are very beneficial in any case.

For more related information, check out Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth and Probiotics For Dogs.

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