Your assessment results for:

Smelly or Bad Odor – Mouth

Urgency level: Low priority

Monitor your dog at home and contact your family veterinary practice if the situation doesn’t improve

What to do next

Monitor your dog and try home management

  • Contact your regular vet if any of these signs develop: excessive drooling, pawing at mouth, bleeding from mouth, swelling.
  • Home management may not fix the problem, and it is best for your veterinarian to conduct a COHAT (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment) to find the underlying cause.
  • If home management doesn’t improve the situation or if your dog starts to show signs of irritation in the mouth, you’ll want to contact your vet even sooner.


Why it’s lower priority

Bad breath without other symptoms is not usually an urgent issue

  • Bad breath (halitosis) has many causes of varying urgency. Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, it does not appear your dog requires immediate veterinary attention. The bad breath may resolve on its own with home management.
  • Some possible causes of halitosis include periodontal disease, growth, and kidney/liver disease. The smell is likely arising from a low grade periodontal disease or food residue in your dog’s mouth.


Home care tips

Brush your dog’s teeth, give dental food/treats

  • You can try to manage the issue at home by brushing your dog’s teeth regularly with a veterinarian approved toothpaste, or changing your dog’s food to a dry dental food and giving dental chews.
  • Look for products with the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval.
  • Learn more about bad breath in dogs


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