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Have you found yourself wishing you could give your furry friend a breath mint and wondering what could possibly be causing such a pungent odor? Dental disease could be to blame. 

Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

You are not the only one asking this question. About 80% of pet owners ask their vet the same question yearly. 

The leading cause of smelly breath in pets is dental disease. Over the years, if left “un-brushed,” your pet’s mouth can start to see a build-up of bacteria, plaque, and even small pieces of their favorite food in and around their teeth and gums. This build-up causes inflammation on your pet’s gums which can be painful. If untreated, dental disease can become severe, resulting in the decay and loss of your furry friends’ pearly whites. 

Is there anything I can do?

There are a few ways to help eliminate the possibility of severe dental disease in your pets. Of course, the most effective method is good brushing. While this may seem daunting, you and your favorite companion will become pros with the right amount of belly rubs, plaque-fighting treats, and a consistent routine.

When should we visit the vet?

Like people, your pet should come in for a thorough cleaning and dental examination every six months. If you notice bad breath or your pet shows signs of discomfort in their mouth, come in right away. Setting up routine visits will ensure that any disease is caught early before severe damage can occur in your pet’s gums and teeth. 

Give us a call and make your appointment today. Your pet will thank you!

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