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Dogs Bad Breath Causes that you Should Identify Easily

Updated on April 30, 2014

Dogs bad breath causes that you Should Identify Easily

As a dog owner one of the most disturbing things that you can encounter when you interact with your dog is bad breath. This is one of the most common problems that are associated with the oral health of your dog. You should identify the cause of this dog bad breath before you can decide on the best dog bad breath product that you should purchase to help you eliminate this problem. While most dog owners do not consider identifying the cause of the bad breath, this can be the best way to curb the chances of recurrence of this dog bad breath problem. You should also be aware that dog’s bad breath could be a sign of a sub clinical oral infection. In this hub I would like to highlight some notorious causes of dogs’ bad breath. I hope this will be an eye opener for dog owners who are currently tackling this problem.

Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs

There are a number of causes of bad breath in dogs and they can be identified and targeted as a way of getting rid of this problem. I would like to summarize them as follows:

Dogs Bad Breath Dietary Causes

Some diets have been known to cause bad breath in dogs and they are diets that are not digested properly. The food can also have a tendency of sticking in the teeth thereby undergoing decay and the offensive odor is produce. Dog food that contains fish meal and read meat can be a source of bad breath in dogs. You can overcome this problem by changing the diet of your dog and giving your dog diet that has more fiber and is digestible. Changing the diet should be the first step of solving this problem of dog’s bad breath. There are a number of good dog breath free diets that you can give to your dog. You should also learn more about the various bad breath products that you can use to avert this problem.

Foreign Objects in the Mouth

If your dog has just developed bad breath in the recent past and you have not observed this problem before, you should consider doing an oral examination for any foreign objects that can be stuck in between the teeth. This can be a bone, food particles or meat that can be causing this problem. A thorough examination of the mouth should reveal any of this objects that are stuck in the spaces between the teeth. You should remove these objects and thoroughly clean the mouth with water and any dog’s bad breath products that you have. In severe cases I have seen a foreign object stuck in the teeth causing abscesses that result to bad breath. I therefore advice dog owners to always check for any foreign objects stuck in the mouth should there be any bad breath from their dog. These foreign objects can lead to severe infection and septicemia that can be detrimental to the health of your dog. The most dangerous foreign object in this case is bones and specifically fish bones.

Infection and Diseases

Dogs bad breath can be a sign of another diseases that is underlying. Most cases the disease in this contest is a dental disease. The dental diseases that can be attributed to cause dog’s bad breath include:

  • Tooth decay and resulting abscesses
  • Gingivitis that is characterized by inflammation of the gums
  • Periodontal disease that is indicated by inflammation of all the tissues in the periodontal cavity (areas around the tooth)
  • Oral ulcers resulting from trauma like ulceration due to check injury by misaligned teeth.
  • Plaque and tartar accumulation
  • Oral tumors that are undergoing decay can cause the bad breath.
  • Kidneys diseases that lead to production of urea
  • Sinusitis – this is the inflammation of the sinuses
  • GIT (gastrointestinal system) associated problems like obstruction and indigestion.
  • Pulmonary Disease

These are the most probable causes of dog’s bead breath if the immediate problem is not related to the diet foreign body in the mouth or any cause that can be identified by physical examination. You should contact your veterinarian if the bad breath problem is persistence after making use of bad breath products. If you suspect that the cause could be due to any of the health problems listed above, consulting your veterinarian could be the best decision you can take to save the life of your pet.


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      Joe Njenga 6 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      I think it is caused by the diet. Could you please let me know the kind of food that you are giving your dachs.

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      charlie 6 years ago

      what makes my mini dachs breath have a metalic odor?

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