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Dogs with bad breath

Thursday, January 24, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog always has bad breath, most likely it’s caused by dental or gum disease. Small dogs are more prone to plaque and tartar. Persistent bad breath can indicate larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or organs. The best person to pinpoint the cause is your veterinarian. Your vet will perform a physical examination that includes laboratory work.  Take your dog in for an examination if your dog’s breath suddenly has an unusual smell. The following conditions can signal immediate treatment.  The information was obtained from Web MD.

  •    Unusually sweet or fruity breath could indicate diabetes , particularly if your dog has been drinking and urinating more frequently than usual.
  •     Breath that smells like urine can be a sign of kidney disease.
  •     An unusually foul odor accompanied by vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellow-tinged corneas or gums could signal a liver problem.
If only plaque is the culprit, your dog may require a professional cleaning.   If it’s an issue of diet, you might have to change your dog’s regular food. If the cause is gastrointestinal or an abnormality in your dog’s liver, kidneys, or lungs, please consult your vet about steps you should take.

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