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Why does dog's breath smell bad?
(December 22, 2009)
A dog’s mouth is hardly likely to ever smell good. However, when a dog’s mouth really smells bad, it becomes rather noticeable. Just like in humans, bad breath in dogs is caused due to an underlying health problem. A bad diet and bad oral hygiene are only some of the reasons why the mouth of the dog may smell bad. Nonetheless, the leading cause of bad breath in dogs is tooth decay.
Dogs are extremely susceptible to tooth decay and other tooth problems like abscesses etc. If your dog’s breath is really bad, check the mouth of the dog for signs of broken teeth or infection. If you can’t find anything, the smell may be caused due to a buildup of plaque. Look for brown colored stains on the teeth and if you can find any, take your dog to the vet immediately.
Some of the common causes of foul breath in dogs are periodontal diseases, decaying teeth, periodontitis, sinusitis, tumors in the mouth, renal dysfunction, presence of foreign material in the mouth, and cancers, or gastrointestinal diseases and abscesses in the teeth.
If your dog frequently picks up leftovers from a garbage dump or from the rubbish bin, the smell may be temporary and will go away in some time. If it doesn’t, brush your pet’s teeth to get rid of the smell.
|Submitted by M A on December 22, 2009 at 05:00|
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