When Halitosis (bad breath) raises its head, it’s time to take action.

getty photo - dog licking faceHalitosis may result from tartar buildup on the teeth. This marks the start of odour-producing bacteria. After eating, small particles of food can be left behind in your pet’s mouth. When these particles break down an environment where oral bacteria flourishes is created.

What does it mean if my cat or dog has bad breath?

Bad breath may typically indicate of some form of dental or gum disease.

Certain pets, e.g. small dogs like poodles or dachshunds, are more susceptible to plaque and tartar build-up. Plaque sticks to the base of teeth, causing the gums to become inflamed and recede.

If bad breath is persistent without the presence of plaque or gum inflammation (gingivitis), it may indicate other health problems. It is important to determine if there’s an underlying cause.

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Your veterinarian will help with a physical and dental examination along with some lab work.

Consideration what your pet eats, his oral hygiene, exercise routine and overall behaviour to be ready to answer your veterinarian’s questions.

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting almost 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3.

Early prevention measures will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life.

Professional checks are vital because they include a thorough examination of your pet’s teeth and gums, evaluating the entire tooth and checking for bone loss or abscesses.

Be sure to read our up on PlaqueOff Animal for what you can do at home to keep oral hygiene to a maximum.


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