We all know the feeling when your dog bounds over to give you morning kisses and excitedly licks your entire face. Then the smell hits you. Your dog has bad breath and it smells BAD.

It’s easy to just complain about your dog’s bad breath and write it off as a consequence of eating something bad. But stinky dog breath isn’t always just unpleasant to smell, it can also be a sign of underlying health problems that need to be treated.

What causes your dog’s bad breath?

Gum, dental disease, plaque and tartar build up usually cause bad breath in dogs. This is a particular problem for small dogs.

If your dog has persistent bad breath this can also be caused by larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or internal organs.

When should you see a vet about your dog’s bad breath?

If your pooch’s bad breath has a sudden unusual smell then it’s best to consult a vet immediately.

Breath that smells unusually sweet or fruity can be a sign that your dog has diabetes. Whereas breath that smells like urine can indicate that your dog has kidney disease. If your dog has bad breath, vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellow-tinged corneas or gums this could signal a liver problem.

How can you treat your dog’s bad breath?

The correct treatment to cure your dog’s bad breath depends on what the vet determines as the cause. If the bad breath is from a build up of plaque then your dog will need their teeth professionally cleaned. If your dog’s diet is causing their smelly breath then you might have to change the foods you give them.

However, if the cause of your dog’s bad breath is gastrointestinal or from an abnormality in your dog’s liver, kidneys, or lungs, then your vet will be able to provide alternative solutions.

Ways to prevent your dog from having bad breath?

Dog’s don’t have to have bad breath. In fact, proactively caring for your dog’s oral health will help prevent your dog from having problems in the long run, and make your life a little less stinky.

Here are our top 6 tips to help prevent bad breath:

  1. Take your dog to the vet for regular checkups to make sure there are no underlying medical issues that may cause bad breath.
  2. Make sure that your vet monitors and tracks your dog’s teeth.
  3. Always feed your dog a diet of high-quality, easy-to-digest food.
  4. Brush your dog’s teeth thoroughly as often as possible using specially formulated toothpaste for dogs. Every day is ideal to keep their oral hygiene on track.
  5. Buy hard toys for your dog to chew. The natural process of chewing helps to keep your dog’s teeth clean.
  6. Give your dog special treats that have been specially formulated to improve bad breath.