Pets with Bad Breath

Morning breath, garlic breath, or forgetting to brush your teeth after a meal – no matter the reason, we have all been there.

We as humans typically follow a daily hygienic routine when it comes to dental care.  But what does it mean when our pets have the bad breath? If you notice that your furry friend’s breath is not the usual canine/feline smell, but instead a new, more unpleasant odor, your pet may be experiencing some Health-Related Problems. Of course, your pet’s breath is not supposed to be minty-fresh, but there is a difference between what is normal to your animal versus a bad smell.

Bad breath in your pet is usually a red flag that there is excessive bacteria thriving in your pet’s mouth — a common symptom of a periodontal disease and other diseases of the mouth. The surface area on your pet’s teeth is prone to tartar and plaque build-up. The bacterium will eventually make its way to the gum line and below to cause further damage to your pet’s mouth and other organs. In this health-related problem, immediate treatment for this disease helps resolve halitosis (bad breath). The most recommended and beneficial treatment for your furry friend is to bring them into one of our veterinarians for an examination and mouth evaluation.

Halitosis is not only an indication of periodontal disease, but also a warning to larger scale medical problems in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, internal organs, or the respiratory system. Bad breath is also linked to Diabetes, as well as disease of the kidneys.

Symptoms of oral disease:

• Bad breath
• Bleeding or red/inflamed gums
• Difficulty chewing or eating
• Lethargy
• Rubbing face on the floor, pawing at the face
• Anti-social behavior
• Weight loss

We recommend for your pet to be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible if they have been experiencing bad breath. Your veterinarian will ask for a brief medical history including the dental care routine at home. A physical examination, bloodwork, and an oral examination (sometimes under sedation if the pain is present) are the first steps to formulating a treatment care plan for your pet’s teeth.

After the treatment of the dental disease, providing the proper dental care at home can extend the health of the teeth for your pet. Our veterinarians can provide you with a comprehensive plan based on your individual pet’s needs; this may include brushing, chews, rinses, routine rechecks, and more.