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When Dog Breath Becomes a Problem

cute dog with toothbrush

Ah, the evolution of dog breath. It starts with that sweet puppy scent we can’t get enough of and slowly turns to… well, dog breath. As an owner, it’s important to pay attention to this evolution because your pet’s breath can be a strong indicator of underlying health issues. Of course their mouths aren’t going to be minty fresh, but their breath shouldn’t be noticeably foul. If you notice a funk coming from your animal’s mouth (think rotten-smelling), it could be:

  • Periodontal
    Disease.
    80% of pets over the age of 3 show signs of periodontal disease
    (which can cause organ damage in worst-case scenarios.) It’s caused by plaque
    buildup, making it preventable with an at-home dental routine.
  • Metabolic
    Disease.
    Caused by an imbalance allowing for abnormal levels of certain toxins,
    metabolic disease (the most common being kidney disease) can cause some
    seriously sour breath.
  • Oral Disease. Rank breath could
    also be signs of other oral diseases like stomatitis (painful inflammation of the
    gums and mouth common in felines), oral masses, or gingival hyperplasia (an
    overgrowth of the gums.)
  • Gastrointestinal
    Disease.
    While not nearly as
    common as periodontal disease, illness in the stomach, esophagus, or intestines
    can certainly cause foul breath.

The best way to monitor oral health and prevent plaque build up is to brush, wipe, or spray your pet’s teeth as regularly as you can – and pay attention to that breath!

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