my lab is having this foul fishy breath. really stinks a lot. any suggestions?
Vet visit. Bad breath in a dog can be a symptom of many things.
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Is this a chronic problem and does your lab have any other problems?
Some of the causes of bad breath in dogs can include:
- Periodontal disease - a very common cause of bad breath in dogs
- Mouth disease, often accompanied by other symptoms such as excessive drooling, "pawing" at the mouth, loss of appetite and loose teeth
- Respiratory issues, especially inflammation of the nasal passages or nose
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Infections (bacterial, viral and fungal)
In short, it's almost impossible to say what may be causing the bad breath but a visit to the vet is your best bet.
ok thanks guys. ill take him to the vet this coming saturday. but have you ever tried using breath mints for dogs?
Please don't feed breath mints to your dog. Many of them contain artificial sweeteners that can be very harmful to a dog. Brushing your dogs teeth is definitely adviseable, with doggy toothpaste ONLY, and professional cleanings as needed but never breath mints. Bad breath can definitely be a sign of many health issues, a vet visit is the best place to start.
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Since when you sniff his breathe? It should be addressed as early as possible, especially when caused by bacteria infection so no bigger problems will develop soon.
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