A dog yawning.

One of the best parts of modern pet ownership is that so much is now known about caring for them. No longer forced to simply accept things we wish were different, we can affect change in our pet’s behavior, appearance, and overall health. Instead of shrugging off, say, bad breath, we can design an approach that not only works for owners, but also helps pets in the long run. If your pet’s bad breath clears the room, it’s time to help them through.

Why So Stinky?

There could be several explanations for a pet’s bad breath. They could have a predilection for snuffling through trash, kitty’s litter box, or enjoy the rankness of dead animals. It’s definitely disturbing to most owner’s sensibilities, but this behavior can lead to bad breath. 

A pet’s bad breath could also be caused by diabetes, liver disease, or kidney disease. All of these require immediate veterinarian intervention for diagnosis and treatment. 

Most often, however, stinky mouths are caused by halitosis. 

Getting Real About Bad Breath

Not only is a pet’s bad breath downright off-putting, but it’s linked to an unhealthy oral bacteria. If allowed to persist, stinky breath could be the least of a pet’s problems over time.

Periodontal, or gum, disease affects the majority of all pets over the age of three. Characterized by inflammation of the gums in the earliest stage, periodontal disease can progress to severe pain, tooth loss, abscesses, a fractured jaw, and even organ damage.

This condition can have a deleterious impact on quality and quantity of life.

Stopping Bad Breath

Periodontal disease is 100% preventable. With routine cleanings under anesthesia and digital X-rays, we can maintain good oral health for many years to come. The ability to see what’s happening beneath the gum line helps us determine proper course of action for future, long-term health.

What Owners Can Do At Home

Whether you’re tired of a pet’s bad breath or you want to avoid stinky breath down the road, we’ve got good news for you.

Set up regular tooth brushing times for your pet at home. Once they get used to the process as part of their routine, it’s easy to get them to accept their toothbrush and toothpaste (only products designed for pets, please!). You can make this part of their overall grooming routine, or do it every night before bed. 

There are also some effective dental treat products available that go a long way toward removing plaque from the teeth. Be sure they are endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council

A Pet’s Bad Breath

Don’t wait for your pet’s bad breath to have a negative impact on your snuggle sessions. Give Volunteer Veterinary Hospital a call at (865) 609-0311 to schedule an exam or ask about dental care services