Bad breath (called “Halitosis”) is a common problem among dogs living in our homes and is not a detail to be underestimated.
Of course, probably the breath of your friend will never smell of “roses,” but you better be careful when as a mere heavy breathing becomes “sickly” breath.
First, let’s distinguish the problem by age: puppy and adult.
Bad breath in a puppy is not a thing to worry about.
Many times it is linked to the presence of intestinal parasites that can be eliminated with the appropriate veterinary attention. And often in addition to bad breath, you may also see other symptoms such as abdominal swelling, the presence of worms in the stool, etc. (Obviously it depends on the type of parasites).
Another cause of bad breath in the puppy is the replacement of cutting: until milk teeth have not all been replaced with permanent ones you can expect some hefty breathing, but usually, there is nothing to worry about.
This is different if halitosis occurs in an adult dog.
In this case, often it means that your beagle does not enjoy good health and are necessary for further investigation.
Halitosis in adult dogs is the most frequent symptom of diseases that affect the mouth. In fact, on the surface of the teeth, each day is deposited bacterial plaque, which, as the word, is a layer of bacteria that accumulate over time.
If plaque is not removed efficiently, with the passage of time it turns into tartar, which is much harder and harder to remove. Tartar can cause gingivitis that can reach up under the gums and inflame.
There are many other more or less important diseases that can be reported of halitosis and in this case, the opinion of our vet is essential.
As said before, bad breath can be a symptom of oral diseases such as gingivitis, infections by foreign bodies, abscesses, etc.
Respiratory illnesses, digestive or metabolic, can then also be the cause bad breath (diabetes, kidney failure, etc.). Therefore, you should not be afraid to ask your vet all the appropriate inspections.
Also, bad breath can be caused by the most frequent reasons: ingestion of dead animal carcasses, feces or rotten food (on the ground the dog can find anything…) or mainly spicy foods.
So what you can do each day is oral care of your friend, getting it used to teeth cleaning.
For this, you can use a toothbrush made specially (if you are in any pet store) and special toothpaste for dogs. It is crucial not to use toothpaste for humans because it is not well tolerated by the body of the dog and can cause intestinal disorders.
There are also affixed snacks created to facilitate the removal of plaque and tartar fighting and more are found in textile fiber toys that have the same effect of our floss and are very effective to remove the residues that accumulate in the spaces between tooth and tooth.
A “gem” we found recently is the use of parsley (in moderation!) That proved to be an entirely natural remedy to combat bad breath in dogs.
In the end, a good daily hygiene is the best defense against many diseases that can affect your friend, so it is not an entirely wasted effort!