Question by  disciple136 (17)

Could bad breath in dogs be an indication of digestive system issues?

My dogs have really bad breath and I am concerned that it could mean they are having a hard time digesting their food and may have a disease.


Answer by  sheperd (73)

In general, almost all bad doggy breath is due to poor oral care. However, in some extreme rare cases bad breath could be also be caused by diseases in organs like the liver, kidneys, lungs and digestive issues. Most vets will recommend a strict oral hygene regiment, remember that clean teeth mean clean breath. try brushing and doggy breath mints.


Answer by  SashaDarkCloud (5764)

Bad breath can be caused by many things. Their teeth might be rotting out, or they ate something that was vile. Or it could even be organ failure. For the sake of your dog, please take it to a vet and have your pet's doctor check to make sure it is not something serious.


Answer by  FarmCat (29)

The most likely cause is gum disease, which is very common in dogs. A veterinarian can clean your dog's teeth for you.


Answer by  aeturnus (474)

There is evidence to support the notion that canine bad breath is an indication of digestive system issues, though that is not always the case.

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