Bad breath in dogs
Breath in Dogs
Have you ever wondered what is causing your dog’s bad breath? It
is probably caused by a buildup of tartar on his teeth, and possibly
by advancing gum disease if the tartar has been building up, untreated,
for a while. Throughout their lives, dogs get an accumulation of
material called tartar on their teeth made up of mineral deposits,
bacteria and tiny food particles. The bacteria break down the food
particles and live on the rough surface of the mineral deposits.
the bacteria break down protein molecules for nourishment, they
cause dog bad breath by releasing sulfur compounds into the air.
This is essentially the same process that happens in human mouths
and causes bad breath, except that, in humans, the bacteria generally
live on the tongue. Your dogs bad breath can be avoided by preventing
the buildup of tartar on the teeth, or removing the tartar if it
gets too bad.
breath in dogs can be quite offensive: in serious cases, the sulfur
odor is detectable throughout the house, and it is quite difficult
to be near the dog. Dogs usually like a lot of attention, however,
so it’s equally difficult to stay away! Left untreated your dogs
bad breath will destroy your relationship with her – it may even
kill your dog. It may kill your dog because bacteria that are proliferating
in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body or set up deep
abscesses in the jaw area. Dog bad breath is a symptom of trouble
brewing that you should not ignore. If it’s serious and ongoing,
take your dog to the vet.
veterinarian knows all about dog breath. He or she will probably
be able to quickly examine the dog’s teeth and tell you whether
tartar is to blame. If the tartar is not too bad, the veterinarian
may recommend a commercial product for tartar removal and treating
dog bad breath. Or, it may be necessary to have the dog’s teeth
professionally cleaned. Sometimes tooth extraction is required,
as bad breath in dogs is often accompanied by inflammation and infection
of the gums, and loose teeth.
to the wise: if your dog is young, and you are just beginning to
notice dog breath, start looking after your dog’s teeth to avoid
trouble later. Let him chew bones; buy her a toothbrush and get
her used to you brushing, and keep a close eye on the teeth and
Drysdale is a freelance writer with more than 25 years experience
as a health care professional. She is a contributing editor to Bad
Breath Cure, a blog dedicated to the treatment of bad breath.
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