Whether your furry friend is a dog or a cat your main concern for them is their health. If your pet had an injury, possibly limping or maybe they had stopped eating, you would take them to the vet. It seems obvious that if something is wrong with your pet you want to help it, but what if you couldn’t see it?
This is where the dangers of foul pet breath lie. Unlike a limp signalling an injured paw, internal issues are not always easy to see which is why relying on other symptoms is key to getting your pet the care they need. To fully understand the dental situation lets take it back to some basics. Severely foul breath in pets is from halitosis. This is essentially a build up of bacteria that can cause bad smells in your pets’ mouth. The bacterium latches onto the teeth and gums creating a breeding ground for more bacteria. It could be the result of gum disease or diet issues but the smell is a signal that something is wrong with your pet.
Bad pet breath can mean that your furry friend is suffering from diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or some tummy issues. Whatever it is that is causing your pet to produce this stinky breath needs attention.
It could be a simple fix such as a change in diet or adding dental brushing but if it is severe enough your pet might need surgery. Dental hygiene is often the last thing we think about for our pets since they do not brush each day like we do but it is very important to keep on top of. Along with the the internal issues that are signaled with bad breath you might find that your pet will lose their teeth, maybe even suffer from an appetite change.
It never hurts to come in and get a check up for your pet’s dental needs. Come in during the dental awareness months and get a free dental check. If your pet needs a cleaning or surgery we can accommodate and get them feeling and smelling their best in no time!