Dealing with Dog Breath

September 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Dealing with Dog Breath

5 Ways to Combat Bad Breath in Dogs and Cats

-- By Kristi Snyder, DVM


Every pet owner knows there's nothing more heartwarming than nuzzling nose to nose with your cat or having your face covered in puppy kisses. That is, unless your beloved pet has bad breath! We always take care to be conscious of our own breath when we interact with others. Dogs and cats are social creatures too, and running around with stinky breath can give your pet a stigma he or she doesn't deserve. Read on to find out how you can help keep your pet's breath smelling fresh and clean.
 
Bad breath, also commonly referred to as halitosis, most commonly results from excess plaque buildup on the surface of teeth. However, foul-smelling breath can also be an indication that your pet has a more seriousmedical issue such as an infected tooth or abscess, organ disease or even a tumor. A good oral care regimen is essential for your dog or cat in order to keep his or her breath at its best. Since our pets can't tell us when something is wrong, it's important to pay attention to changes in your pet's breath so you can recognize when a visit to the vet may be necessary.
Here are five things that can help prevent and treat bad breath to keep your pet (and your nose) happy.

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