Pet Health And Care >>  Dog Health >>  Dogs bad breath  
Dogs bad breath

Canine Bad Breath Causes, Treatments:

If you have a pet dog, you would already know that a dogs' mouths can smell quite unpleasant.

However, even though their mouths don't smell very good, you'll be sure to notice if it's really foul. Bad breath is not a disease.

However, it is an indication that all's not well with your dog. 

Just like humans, a foul breath in dog can also mean that it has bad oral hygiene. Before you take your pet to the vet, take some time to examine your pet's mouth for any abscesses, tooth loss, or infections.

If you are able to detect infections or ulcers in your dog's mouth, then you have found the cause of the puppy bad breath.

Causes of Dog Bad Breath:

Here are some of the possible causes for your bad breath:

  • A tooth that's broken and decaying is a cause for foul smell from the dog's mouth. Dog abscess tooth can also cause the breath of your dog to turn foul.
  • Periodontal disease like gingivitis.
  • Inflammation of the gums and tissues around the teeth.
  • Decaying foreign particles stuck in the gaps between the teeth.
  • Cancers or tumors in the mouth.
  • Gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Infections of the sinus.
  • Renal dysfunction.

Symptoms of Dog Mouth Infection:

  • Pain in the area around the mouth.
  • Rejection of food. If the dog does accept food, it is very reluctant to eat it. As soon as the food enters the mouth, the dog spits it back out.
  • Frequent pawing at the mouth area.
  • Excessive canine drooling without any relevant stimulus.

If you see your dog behaving in an odd manner, rejecting food and depriving itself of nutrition, it is probably because the dog has an infection in the mouth. It is this infection that causes this bad breath.

While older dogs have infections that cause bad breath, they may also be caused due to improper dog teeth cleaning. While teething, if the puppy breaks a tooth or develops a tooth abscess, it can cause this bad breath. Take your pet to a doctor and get its mouth checked for proper dog oral care. Examine the gums to check for any signs of decay and damage. Also look for any foreign material like a bone splinter stuck in the gaps of the teeth.

If there is a brown colored layer on the dog's teeth, it is a sign of plaque buildup and the foul smell is coming because of the plaque and tartar.


  Submitted on May 7, 2010  
Related Searches
  • Dog Gum Disease -
    Dog gum diseases are also often collectively known as periodontal diseases. Gum problems in dogs are caused when food particles get lodged in between the teeth.

Explore Pet Categories