Plight of the Dog’s Bad Breath

In the United States, millions of Americans awake each day to find the family dog has another case of canine halitosis. Known as bad breath, halitosis can destroy the bonding relationship between dog and dog owner. Learning to control canine halitosis, by preventing the chronic development of bad breath, will work to ensure this culprit is the not basis for a destruction of the relationship with the family pet.
Halitosis is frightfully common among dogs of all breeds. Caused by a proliferant development of oral bacteria, many dog owners find the dog’s bad breath to be of such a disturbance that any remedy is better than none. As a result, some dog owners will resort to brushing the dog’s teeth three times per day, and even attempt to floss the dog’s teeth only to find the dog’s bad breath is not remedied.

Treating your dog’s halitosis is found in the variety of solutions although there is no medical evidence to support one treatment provides better results than another. For some dogs, aggressive treatment involves a detailed analysis of the bacteria lying within the throat and oral cavity to determine what, specific, bacteria are present. Once outlined, the odor-causing bacteria are classified and a treatment plan is created, by the veterinarian, for the dog’s unique halitosis condition. Considered a costly option, most dog owners opt to avoid this saliva analysis. However, in some cases, the dog’s bad breath may be attributed to a periodontal disease which can lead to early death in your family dog, when untreated.

Instead of costly microanalysis, and when not a case of canine periodontal disease, some dog owners are turning to a more natural approach and sticking to the tooth brushing method. In addition to brushing, some pet supply stores offer a dog-friendly mouthwash which may prevent tartar build-up to control halitosis. Using a high-quality dog food will also ensure your dog is obtaining the vital gastrointestinal nutrients.

What is important to understand is that not all dogs suffering from bad breath can attribute the condition to a bacterial accumulation in the oral cavity or to periodontal disease. For some dogs, the culprit lies in the development of a comorbid condition such as abnormal sugar levels, hormonal changes in female dogs, and even sinus or respiratory infection. In these cases, the anaerobic activity of the bacteria associated with these health conditions results in a release of odor through the mouth upon respiration. In these cases, treating the halitosis will not be successful until the underlying health condition is treated by a veterinarian.

As with any oral condition, involving the teeth or tongue, visiting the veterinarian regularly is crucial to the health of your family dog. As canine halitosis is usually a condition associated with an over-accumulation of oral bacteria, veterinarian associated dental services, including professional teeth and gum cleaning, will also provide for optimal outcomes and go a long way in preventing the development of doggie bad breath and potentially save your relationship with the family pet.

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