Stinky Dog Breath? What It Means And How To Get Rid Of It

A dog's breath can say a lot about his health. A sweet smelling puppy breath may smell good, but as your dog ages, he could develop some health problems that could affect his breathing. If your dog has really stinky breath, it could be the result of a few different things. One of these things could be gum disease, although it could be due to something much worse such as an infection. Read on for more information about stinky dog breath, what it means and what you can do about it.

Why Does My Dog Have Stinky Breath?

Stinky breath develops over time if you don't take good care of your dog's teeth. His oral health can affect other organs in his body, so taking good care of his teeth is essential. The food you feed to your dog, as well as treats and any human food can affect his oral health. Also if you aren't brushing your dog's teeth, it could negatively affect his oral health. 

If your dog has stinky breath, your dog could have gingivitis, gum disease, plaque, and periodontal disease. These issues can lead to gum loss, tooth loss and infection. It can be painful for your dog, cause weight loss, drooling, irritability and other issues in your dog. If your dog has stinky breath, take him to the veterinarian right away for a complete checkup.

How To Get Rid Of Stinky Breath?

Again, if you notice really stinky breath in your dog you should take him to the veterinarian right away to have a checkup. Your dog could have an infection or other underlying problem that you cannot diagnose yourself.

Get rid of that stinky breath by brushing your dog's teeth. Get a dog toothbrush and toothpaste and begin brushing your dog's teeth. It's not too late to start taking care of your dog's teeth, although the earlier you start in your dog's life the better. Be sure to use only canine products, human products should never be used. Get your dog used to the toothbrush and toothpaste, and eventually, you'll be able to brush all of his teeth and his gums as well.

Take your dog to the veterinarian to have regular dental cleanings at least once per year for a professional cleaning and checkup to ensure your dog's teeth are in good shape and free of infections and disease.

If your dog has stinky breath, it could be more than just something he ate. Take bad breath seriously - it could lead to something much worse for your dog's health if not taken care of. To learn more, contact an animal care professional.