Bad breath (or halitosis) is a dental condition that affects humans as well as dogs. Although many pet owners believe it is normal for dogs to have "doggie breath," there are instances where your dog's breath could develop an extremely strong odor. An unpleasant odor in your dog's mouth may be an indication of a serious health issue.
Several factors may contribute to your dog having bad breath. These include:
You can prevent foul-smelling breath in your dog by following these steps:
- Buildup of odor-producing bacteria in the mouth, lungs, or gut
- Dental or gum disease, such as tartar and plaque on the teeth
- Problems in organs, such as the gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys