Canine halitosis or more commonly…..bad breath in dogs…..an overview.

Bad breath is not only a problem that humans experience, but puppy dogs can experience the problem too.

Having a dog with bad breath can make showing him your love and affection a very uncomfortable experience.

What causes dogs to have a breath problem?

Quite often bad breath in dogs is caused by tooth or gum conditions. However, bad breath associated with dogs can also be a symptom of a more complicated health concern. If your pet has bad breath, it is always best to first try and determine the underlying cause then you will be able to determine how to remedy the problem.

It is very common for dogs to develop a degree of tarter build up around their teeth. When they eat, particles of food remain in their teeth and as these food particles begin to decompose, it creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and thrive. This bacteria will multiply and form plaque on your pets teeth. Plaque is actually the combination of: food bacteria and minerals.

Plaque build up can definitely be a contributing factor to your dog’s bad breath, as it is also the leading cause of tooth loss in dogs. Since plaque forms around the bottom of the teeth, it can also cause gum disease, which in turn can cause bad breath in your pet.

 food bacteria and plaque

When a dog is first affected by plaque, it is not uncommon for him to eat less than normal. During the early stages there will be a brown or yellow coating present, particularly around the large molar teeth. Generally speaking smaller breeds tend to have more problems with plaque than the larger breeds. In order to prevent plaque build up in your dog he should have an annual dental examination by your local vet. Not only will this help prevent bad breath, but it can also help prevent tooth loss.

Excessive plaque is not the only reason that could be giving your dog bad breath. When your pet begins to loose his baby teeth, you may well find he has bad breath. This usually disappears when all the baby teeth have been replaced by adult teeth.

Older dogs can develop more serious health conditions that may affect their breath. It is sometimes a sign that they may have a kidney or liver problem so it is best to let your vet determine if your dog has bad breath due to any possible organ failure.

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