Bad breath is never enjoyable, especially when it’s coming from your pet that’s dying to kiss you when you get home! If you’ve noticed that your pet’s breath has gotten extra bad lately, it might be time to take a deeper look at what’s going on in their mouth. While examining your dog, cat or horses mouth is not likely to be at the top of your “favorite thing’s to do” list, it is something that’s incredibly important. Taking a look into your pet’s mouth will give you a better idea of what their oral health is looking like. The team of professionals at Countryside Animal Hospital is going to dive a little deeper at what you should be looking for when you examine your pet’s mouth.
In a previous blog, we mentioned the importance of maintaining your pet’s teeth, and how they should be brushed weekly. Pets are susceptible to the same mouth diseases and infections that humans are, so not taking care of your pet’s teeth is likely what’s creating the bad breath you smell. The smell comes from a buildup of plaque and tartar. That common dog breath smell is actually all of the germs and bacteria building up. If it’s been longer than 6 months since you last had your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned, that smell could be coming from a rotting tooth or from infected gums. If you lift your pet’s upper lip up, you can examine the gumline. If you see any red or inflamed gums, take your pet to the Countryside Animal Hospital and have see what type of infection has developed in your pet’s mouth.
If you notice any of the above when you examine your pet’s mouth or don’t notice an improvement in the smell of their breath, contact Countryside Animal Hospital in Fort Collins and schedule an appointment with Dr. Speights. Our vet clinic aims to provide you and your pets with the highest quality of service and we are eager to give your pet a clean bill of health. Call today!