So, do you happen to live with a canine stricken with halitosis? If you do, you know that this is so not fun. All too often, when a senior dog yawns, his people wish they could give him a very strong breath mint. Yet despite the well-known term “dog-breath”, you can help out your foul smelling mouthed mutt or pure-bred with his or her bad smelling breath. The people around him do not need to suffer in silence, and the pooch need not suffer, either.
Bad breath could mean that your dog is suffering. It could also be a sign of something more serious. Check your canines gums, are they red and or does he have yellow teeth? Odds are, he probably has periodontal disease. This all-too-common canine problem, particularly in senior dogs, results when bacteria, also called plaque, deposits build up on the teeth in hours after eating. In only a few days, the plaque hardens. The gum begins to separate from the teeth and most likely result in tooth loss. Meanwhile, your dog’s teeth and gums may well hurt so much that it is hard for your pet to eat.
Tooth loss is not always the only result of canine periodontal disease. This disease is an infection, and this infection may be very serious, it can spread to other parts of the body, including the dog’s vital organs, that include the heart and lungs. Infections in any of these organs are especially serious and can prove to be fatal.
There are other conditions that may cause your canine to have smelly breath as well. This includes simply eating foul smelling foods or it could be caused by something more serious such as diabetes or kidney disease, if your dog has an ammonia-like or a urine-like smell to his or her breath, this could indicate a very serious kidney disease that demands treatment immediately. Other causes might include sinus problems and autoimmune diseases. That is why it is best to have a veterinarian take a look at your dog to make the appropriate diagnosis so accurate treatment can begin.
Another warning sign as far as dog hygiene goes, is smelly ears, canines with highly fragrant ears probably are pretty uncomfortable. Odds are they have an ear infection, and can certainly be very painful. If an ear infection is left untreated, the infection could cause your dog to lose his or her hearing.
The most common type of ear odor smells similar to baking bread. This odor is a direct result of a yeast infection. Other symptoms include frequent head shaking and a brown, goopy discharge originating from the ears.
Something to keep in mind is that an ear infection may be a sign of an underlying problem, such as allergies, hypothyroidism, disorders of the immune system, or tumors. A veterinarian will need to examine your dog to establish the root of the problem as well as the organism that is triggering the infection. You then have a fair chance of eliminating the infection with treatment.
If your dog’s unpleasant aroma does not originate from the mouth or ears, he might still have a problem. Canine body odor isn’t necessarily normal. If you know that your senior pooch has not rolled in something stinky and disgusting, his embarrassing aroma may reveal one of various conditions you ought to be aware of.
A frequent cause of canine odor is a condition known as seborrhea, this condition can cause hair loss, flaking and greasy skin. Certain metabolic diseases may also cause your four-legged friend to smell foul. If a foul smelling odor occurs from a wound, suspect infection. Body odor is also symptomatic of cancer.
In any case, a pooch with body odor should be examined by a veterinarian, not just for his / her well-being, but also for his people that have to live with him.