Why Does My Dog’s Breath Smell?

0 Comments Posted by tcahvet in Dentistry on Monday, August 26th, 2013.

Just like with people, oral care is important to our pets overall health. Dogs and Cats can have just as many dental issues as we do, from gum disease to loose or cracked teeth and even infection. If your pet has an oral infection, the bacteria can cause damage to the kidneys, heart and other organs. It is not always easy to know when your pet is having dental issues, so it is important to have your pet’s teeth examined regularly.

A client brought their Chihuahua in complaining of bad breath. The dog was anesthetized and oral x-rays were taken. The x-rays showed the crown of the tooth had broken from the roots. Bacteria under the crown was causing the bad odor. All the teeth were cleaned and the broken tooth was extracted . Now the pet has a healthy smile.

 

In this image you can see the irritated gum line around the affected tooth

In this image you can see the irritated gum line around the affected tooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This X-ray shows where the bacteria affected the tooth and caused it to break

This X-ray shows where the bacteria affected the tooth and caused it to break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are 10 steps from ASPCA for your dog’s dental health:  ASPCA

 

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