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Every pet owner is familiar with a dog’s bad breath, which is in many ways similar to what humans suffer from. When your pet has just consumed something with a pungent odor or has played around with something messy, it’s very likely that the result is bad breath. But chronic bad breath is different from this. Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, may be indicative of a serious condition that may require medical attention and ongoing care.
What causes chronic bad breath in dogs?
Various causes can lead to bad breath in dogs. Here are a few such causes –
- Bad breath in your canine could have stemmed from a dental or gum issue. Be it gum disease, infection or tooth decay, certain dental issues could cause inflammation of the gums and build up of tartar underneath the teeth, leading to chronic bad breath.
- Additionally, bad breath could also be because of metabolic diseases like renal disease or failure. If a dog’s kidney decreases in function, you can tell by smelling your pet’s breath. Renal disease is usually associated with a distinct ammonia-like smell in a dog’s breath.
- Sometimes, consumption of toxic substance such as antifreeze or a rodenticide could be the cause of bad breath. This warrants an immediate visit to your vet, so the toxic substance can be neutralized or made to pass out in stools.
- If your canine has diabetes or an oral tumor, he’s very likely to also suffer from bad breath.
How to deal with bad breath in dogs
Treatment for bad breath in dogs can vary greatly, depending on the underlying cause for bad breath and your vet’s prognosis. However, if you are looking for a common cure, try being more rigorous about your dog’s oral hygiene and switch-up his food. This usually takes care of the problem.
If your dog’s bad breath is being caused by a more serious problem, then you will require a visit to the vet, who can diagnose and treat the root cause. The diagnosis will involve a complete physical examination, and the treatment medication or if very serious, surgery. Sometimes vets even dismiss bad breath, citing it as a natural side effect of canine ageing.
Common edible cures for bad breath in dogs
Some experts suggest meaty bones as a remedy for bad breath in dogs. This is because many pet owners stick to dry, cereal based diets for their canines, who are in fact messy carnivores. Meaty bones not only satiate a dog’s natural needs but also act as natural toothbrushes that scrape away the tartar that may form on a dog’s teeth. Finally, you could even mask your dog’s bad breath by adding herbs to its diet. Parsley, peppermint, sage, teatree, clove, and eucalyptus are very effective in killing bacteria and bad odor, but they’re not very popular among canines. But if you could get your dog to eat them, there’s nothing like it!
If your dog is suffering from chronic bad breath, it could be because of a host of different reasons. Ensure that you read this post and figure out the best course of action for your canine’s well being.