Bacterial overgrowth in the mouth is often the reason for bad breath, especially for dogs who don’t get regular tooth brushing. Regular brushing also helps your dog get used to the toothbrush, making the experience less difficult for both of you in the long term.
Although very occasional bad breath is not enough to cause concern, pay attention to it when bad breath lingers for more than a day or two.
If your dog is exhibiting other symptoms in addition to the bad breath or if the bad breath develops suddenly, these are signs of a more urgent issue:
- Drinking and/or urinating more
- Eating less or lack of appetite
- Weight loss
- Sudden changes to breathing
- Yellow gums