How does one determine what is the cause behind foul breath in your dog?
If the simple use of a toothbrush or dental chew doesn’t clear up the odor, then the best way possible to determine if your dog has more severe underlying issues, is a visit to the vet. In most cases, bad breath is a result of gum or dental disease and smaller breeds of dogs are especially prone to issues such as tartar or plaque buildup.
However, if the odor is persistent, refusing to clear up even with better attention to oral care, it could indicate a greater problem in the respiratory system, internal organs or gastrointestinal tract.
When you visit your veterinarian, they can run a full check up to try to pinpoint what the exact cause of the halitosis might be. They can even run lab work for a thorough and complete investigation.
When you visit your vet be aware and ready for whatever questions they will ask concerning your dog’s general health and habits. Be prepared to give details on their diet, exercise habits, dental and oral hygiene and general behavior.
If you are unsure whether or not your dog’s bad breath should be treated with a simple home remedy such as a dental chew or if it warrants a visit to the vet, there are a few indicators that can be watched out for to help you determine what your dog needs.
If your dog develops sudden foul breath with an odor that seems new or unusual to you, it is probably a good idea to consider a visit to the vet. If their foul breath is persistent, only seeming to get worse despite whatever home remedies you might initially try, you should likely take them to your vet or dog dentist.
If your dog’s breath takes on an oddly sweet or fruity odor, it can be indicative of diabetes. Should the odor be accompanied by their frequent urination or drinking, take this as an even greater sign that diabetes could be present.
If their breath takes on the odor of urine, this indicates kidney issues. If your dog’s breath takes on an abnormally strong odor and is accompanied by a yellow tint in their eyes and teeth and vomiting this could be a sign of serious liver issues.
Other issues that foul breath could indicate include, sinus infections, cancers and more.