Aug 12
dog with bad breath

Reasons For Pets Bad Breath

Bad breath (or halitosis) is usually caused by bacteria in your otherwise perfect I’m sure fur baby’s mouth!

Dogs and cats need daily attention to keep their mouths clean and free of odour producing bacteria and tartar. Being proactive in with care for your pets mouth makes those close cuddles more pleasant and also avoid the hip pocket pain with professional cleaning.

Steps for a healthy mouth:

Tooth brushing
Once daily brushing teeth. Introduce slowly by starting for only a few seconds and you can build up to a more thorough brush- it must be a positive experience for you both. I find the finger toothbrushes work best and a toothpaste safe for animals such as Dentipet. Tooth brushing isn’t good for an already diseased mouth – it will only cause pain and a negative association with the experience – please have a dental check first.
Good diet
Feed a well balanced, high quality, easily digestible food
Chewing
Dental treats or chews that clean the teeth the best way- by chewing!
Check ups
Regular check ups with a Veterinarian

There are other causes of bad breath such as disease of the mouth, or problems with the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract or internal organs. When you notice your pet has bad breath, a hands-on examination from your local Vet would be a great place to start, and as soon as possible.

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Dr. Claire Jenkins

Claire is a QLD graduate with over 15 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of Vetchat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.