Bad breath is common for dogs. It can be bad enough that it ruins the time we spend with them. It is possible that a dog’s bad breath is caused by troublesome, underlying conditions, conditions discovered and treated by your dog’s veterinarian, but it’s more possible that the cause is simple and easily treatable at home.
The first step is to attempt to identify the cause. The first place to look is the dog’s food. Foods that have corn, wheat, soy, animal by-product, or artificial coloring can be hard on your pet’s stomach. Your pet’s bad breath originates in their stomach, and a change to a food with easier-to-digest ingredients would help eliminate the bad breath.
Another common reason for doggy bad breath is dental disease. Dental disease can set in when a dog is only a few years old. Plaque is the underlying cause of bad-breath related dental disease. For those dogs who have dental disease, but the symptoms haven’t progressed to something more serious, you can brush your dog’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water (Your vet may also recommend a toothpaste) and you can get them a quality chew toy that will help to clean their teeth while they play.
While it is possible for dental disease to be serious, most times it’s easily treated by a veterinarian and simple at-home care. But it’s also possible that doggy breath is caused by an issue within the body; the liver, kidney, and pancreas are all possible culprits. If your dog has continual bad breath, even with at-home remedies and intervention, then it would be best to bring your dog to your vet for a checkup.
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