Is Your Dog's Bad Breath A Sign Of Illness?
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Chronic bad breath may indicate a bigger health problem most often, it's caused dental or gum disease, and small dogs are especially prone to plaque and tarter. However, ongoing bad breath can indicate medical problems in a pets mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract and organs.
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The Following Symptoms Can Signal Medical Problems, That Need Immediate Attention:
1) Unusually sweet or fruity breath could indicate diabetes, particularly if a dog has been drinking and urinating more frequently than usual.
2} Breath that smells like urine can be a sign of kidney disease.
3) An unusually foul odor accompanied by vomiting, lack of appetite and yellow-tinged corneas or gums could signal a liver problem.
What Causes Bad Breath In Dogs?
The most common cause of bad breath in dogs is periodontal disease, a condition suffer by over 80% of dogs over the age of three.
If a dogs breath suddenly has an unusual odor, search his mouth for any foreign objects or growths. Bad breath can sometimes be caused by a piece of food that has gotten stuck, or even a tumor. If any growths ae detected inside the dogs mouth, have them examined by a vet immediately!
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Natural Home Remedies To Cure Bad Breath
1) Brush there teeth using a designated dog toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste as it contains Xylitol, an ingredient that causes liver failure in dogs. You should also avoid baking soda, and it's not good for dogs to ingest.
2) Carrots and Apple Slices
carrots and apple slices are two healthy snacks options for dogs, especially when it comes to teeth and breath. crunching on carrots and apples can help prevent plaque build up, and keep breath fresh. They're also great treat for teething puppies! pop carrots in the freezer for a cool treat.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar
Adding roughly half a teaspoon of raw organic apple cider to your dogs water bowl can help freshen breath.
4) Coconut Oil
coconut oil is known for its immunity boosting properties and for improving skin and coat health. It can also be used to help fight bad breath. You can also add a little (start slowly to avoid stomach upset) to your dog's food, or you can use it when brushing your dog's teeth.