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Bad Breath

Pee-yew! No one likes to give their dog a kiss only to recoil from how smelly their breath is. Bad breath, or halitosis, is a condition in dogs characterized by a foul odor from the oral cavity. 

Sometimes the onset of bad breath can be sudden (which is usually not a cause for concern), but chronic cases of bad dog breath could be a sign of a more serious issue. These are typically presented with other symptoms such as drinking and/or urinating more, vomiting, or a change in color in the gums.

Pro tips for visiting the veterinarian:

  • Any kind of dental cleaning that doesn’t require your dog to go under general anesthesia will not address the underlying cause of bad breath.
  • Bad breath requires urgent veterinary attention if your dog is showing other signs such as inappetance, yellow gums, and increase in drinking/urinating.
  • Don’t use human toothpaste as it is likely toxic to dogs.
  • Any oral health product for your dog should have the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval.

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