If the dog yawns, do you run away, while panting you hold your nose and a hearty burp from your dog drives you to flee? Bad breath in dogs can be a serious threat to human-animal relationships. If it occurs once, it can still be tolerated. Persistently thick air of high intensity is usually a sign that something is out of whack in the dog. From food to health problems, bad breath in dogs can be for a number of reasons. And that is to be examined - so open your eyes and close your nose!
From fishy to metallic - causes of bad breath in dogs
Unpleasant smell from the dog's mouth can be harmless, but it can also indicate serious illness. This is exactly why you should always ask the vet for advice in case of doubt if you notice a persistent, strong bad breath in your dog. Whether fishy, putrid or metallic, bad breath in dogs can arise for many reasons and sometimes the type of bad breath provides information about the direction in which further causal research could be carried out. The most common causes of bad breath in dogs include:
Dental problems, changing teeth
Foreign bodies or food residues in the mouth
Bacteria or fungus
Liver or kidney disease
Feeding problems, e.g. certain ingredients
Wet food / offal
Thick air with dental problems of the dog
Bad breath in dogs can be caused by dental problems or changing teeth. Sometimes an ulcerated tooth or a rotten tooth is the culprit. So checking the health of your teeth is important. Often a look into the dog's mouth (holding his own nose!) Helps to find the culprit. Sometimes foreign bodies have also lodged between the dog's teeth, which, when decomposed, create thick air or cause inflammation.
Even if the teeth are affected by tartar (plaque), it can cause bad breath in dogs. Initially, plaque forms on the necks of the teeth and the dog's teeth become discolored. Inflammation can develop over time. The bacteria not only cause bad breath, but can also cause tooth necks to fester. Toothache in dogs is the result. If the so-called periodontal disease remains untreated, even internal organs can be attacked. That's why the motto here is: check your dog's teeth and act early to avoid permanent damage to health!
Tips against plaque in dogs
Regularly brush your teeth with dog toothpaste or finger cot
Give chew toys
Integrate dry food for tooth abrasion into the menu
Let chew sticks or buffalo skin bones nibble
Have your teeth cleaned by the vet
Bad breath in puppies - the change of teeth is often the cause
The puppy still has deciduous teeth until around the third month of life. Then the tooth change begins. 42 new teeth are created in the four-legged friend's mouth, the baby teeth fall out. A strong performance that the dog's body brings! "Wherever there is planing, there are chips falling", and so small problems can arise within the hard work for the organism, the change of teeth.
Inflammation, for example, when food residues get stuck on loose teeth or in gaps between teeth. Not a pleasant thing, but usually does not last: Once the new bit has been built, the bad breath in the young dog also goes away!
Muffle alarm from dog food
Your dog's diet can also sometimes lead to a bad atmosphere. Canned or wet food can form a layer on the dog's teeth or collect in gaps between the teeth. This shift begins to rot at some point - and that then causes a disgusting alarm! In this case, changing the food can solve the problem: If you switch to high-quality dry food, the bad breath disappears and tooth abrasion is promoted. Speaking of food changes: intolerances can also cause the fur nose to smell out of the mouth. In such cases, you can try to see if the odor disappears if you change the dog's diet and, for example, to hypoallergenic dog food or to grain-free dog food.
However, you should always have intolerance or allergies clarified by a veterinarian so that the feed can then be adjusted accordingly.
By the way, there is also poor quality dog food whose ingredients can cause bad breath (sugar, for example, can lead to tooth decay and thus bad breath!) Or dog food that has rumen or fish added. Anyone who has ever prepared rumen knows what that means for the poor human nose ...
Diseases as a cause of bad breath in dogs
While sometimes more harmless reasons, such as a foreign body (e.g. bark) in the mouth or the change of teeth, are behind the bad breath, the bad odor can also be a serious sign of diseases in dogs. Therefore, you should definitely get to the bottom of the matter! Sometimes even the type of smell says something about the underlying disease. The smell of urine from the dog's snout can, for example, indicate kidney diseases, with diabetes sometimes a fruity-sweet halitosis occurs and a bitter-fermented odor is often associated with gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). If the bad breath is strong and does not dissolve into (fresher) air after a few days, you should therefore always consult a veterinarian to rule out organic causes and diseases in the dog.
Sometimes the master or mistress literally has a good nose if something is out of balance in the beloved four-legged friend. So when your nose sounds the alarm, it's always time to act!
What home remedies help with bad breath?
The tastes are known to be different - some dogs eat feces or like to nibble on the foul-smelling remains of horn that fall off when horses are trimmed. Phew! If you can rule out illnesses in your four-legged friend and the bad breath is only a short-term odor nuisance, there are also home remedies that can improve the air. The chlorophyll contained in plants, for example, can help against bad breath in dogs. Parsley and peppermint have proven particularly useful. Nibbling on a carrot or a piece of apple are also tips that provide a temporary kick of freshness. However, you should be careful with home remedies, because not all of them are tolerated by the dog. If your four-legged friend has eaten something bad-smelling, the nose and the window open could be the best and safest home remedy for bad breath in dogs.