Bad dog breath is not normal! ‘Dog breath’ is usually due to infection in the mouth. Plaque bacteria produce foul smelling compounds including hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas). As the infection progresses, pockets of pus and dead tissue accumulate around the teeth. Trapped food or foreign material can also contribute to the smell. Cats of course can have mouths just as smelly.
Less commonly bad breath can be a result of metabolic illnesses including diabetes and kidney failure, so your vet may recommend blood or urine tests if they are concerned. The bottom line is that If your pet has bad breath, it’s time to get it checked out.
If your dog’s bad breath is getting under your nose let us know – we love to hear from you.