Is Your Dog’s Breath Knocking You Out? Here’s What’s Causing That Bad Dog Breath

man disgusted by dog's bad breath

We’ve all experienced it. Your dog comes in for a close snuggle, and within seconds you’re just about knocked unconscious with one whiff of their bad dog breath.

Dog halitosis is not something to shrug off, especially if it’s a constant issue. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), lingering bad breath can be the first sign that your fur baby is developing or has dental disease. Sure, you can lift your dog’s lips to try to see what’s going on.

Still, it is best to leave the dental exam to a professional by booking a vet appointment and then making sure your dog’s mouth is routinely checked. During an oral exam, the vet can uncover whether the stench is caused by gum disease, an infection, tooth decay, or something more serious. It’s interesting to note that some breeds, especially smaller ones, are more prone to developing periodontal disease, although all breeds can be affected.

Besides dental checkups and cleanings, pet parents should also practice at-home oral hygiene. This can be easily done by picking up dental products and treats at a reputable pet store retailer

“Nothing can beat regular brushing with an enzymatic toothpaste to help keep your pup’s mouth in top shape. Dental chews are also a great supplement between brushings.  If your dog gives you a hard time when it comes to brushing their teeth, then let the professionals do it. Many groomers offer teeth brushing as a service,” Joie Tarnik, Field Operations Manager at the corporate office of The Dog Stop

Remember that your dog’s bad breath is a stinky inconvenience to us, but it is a much more serious and can affect its quality of life if not treated. Be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to your dog’s mouth. An ounce of prevention is always worth more than a pound of cure.