Responding to Your Dog’s Bad Breath

Is your dog’s breath particularly offensive? No dog breath is going to smell like roses, but rancid or rotten odors could indicate severe health problems. Here, a Briargate veterinarian tells you how to respond if you smell something amiss.

Visit the Vet

As soon as you detect a bad odor coming from your dog’s mouth, set up an appointment with your veterinarian. Since severe health issues like liver failure, kidney disease, or periodontal disease could be to blame, it’s important to get your dog examined as quickly as possible. If your dog’s breath is determined to be non-life-threatening, your vet can help you get the smell under control with other methods like those below.

Proper Diet

Your dog’s breath is directly related to the diet that he’s eating. A high-quality dog food will keep your pooch’s teeth, mouth, and gums healthy and strong, and keep his digestive system functioning normally. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation on a great diet for your dog to eat. You may even consider diets that are specifically marketed to clean teeth!

Regular Brushing

Brushing your dog’s pearly whites at home can do wonders for your dog’s oral health, and will combat bad breath at the source. Purchase a specially-formulated dog shampoo and a dog-safe toothbrush. Don’t use human toothpaste, as it may be too strong for your dog’s mouth. Ask your vet how to get started with the proper tooth-brushing procedure.

Chew Toys

In addition to diet and regular brushing, high-quality hard chew toys help your dog’s teeth stay clean and strong by scraping off excess tartar. Plus, they give your dog an outlet for his chewing desires, keep him from getting bored, and supply him with hours of fun! Consult your vet for a recommendation on great chew toys.

Ask your Briargate veterinarian if you have other questions about your dog’s oral health. Remember to check your dog’s breath every couple of weeks to make sure it’s smelling fresh!