When I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, at the end of each chapter I included a little call-out when each of them might be an emergency. Well, I meant to. There were some chapters where I skipped it because while some of the symptoms might almost never be an emergency, under certain conditions, they could be. When I had hubby go over it, though, he pointed out that as a reader he’d want it included with every chapter.
While that was challenging, with additional though I did manage to add that section to every chapter.
I managed to include that section to the chapter on bad odor too.
Let’s start with the potential reasons behind bad breath.
The number one reason, as you’d suspect, is dental disease. Bad teeth or diseased mouth do require veterinary attention, but it’s not an emergency unless it involves an extreme amount of pain. Though don’t forget it always involves pain.
Other reasons that can cause bad breath in your dog include:
- kidney disease/kidney failure
- liver disease or other issues within the gastrointestinal tract
- diabetes/diabetic ketoacidosis
- foreign bodies
- oral tumors