Puppy Breath Smells Like Skunk?
Just like how bad bacteria can accumulate in your mouth after a night of no brushing, dogs are similarly vulnerable to the dreaded morning breath. To put it simply, bad breath is the result of an odor-producing bacteria build up in your dog's gut, mouth, or even lungs.
Your dog's breath is an aromatic language that can tell you many things about his health. Long term bad breath in dogs is nothing to woof at, as it can be a symptom of serious plaque, tartar, a lung issue, kidney infection, or a bacterial imbalance in your pup's gut. Halitosis in older dogs can be more common and may be its body's way of presenting an issue described above.
As these hungry hounds eat their - cutlery included - meals, they are slathering sugars onto their gums, teeth, and hard to lick places. Dog bad breath is caused by the mouth's natural bacteria that thrive off of the sugars in food consumed. The bacteria then turns these sugars into acids shields on the teeth.
The combination of bacteria, plaque and saliva needs to be cleaned often, or else it will lead to bad breath. Your furry friend does his best to keep his snout area clean, but tongues can only do so much.
While many believe that the source of bad breath is in the mouth, it is important to remember that good gut health can be just as important. Some of those funky smells could be wafting up from a less than balanced digestive tract. Probiotics have been a part of healthy diet for dogs for a long time and they have been found to support good health by aiding in digestion, strengthening the immune system and fighting infections in the body. As these good bacteria move to the intestine, they thrive in the acidic atmosphere and can multiply. This proliferation of good bacteria help in healthy digestion of food and resetting of pH balance in the body.
Here you are again, Saturday morning, your waddling pug named Pickles jumps onto the bed and, before you know it, unleashes a cascade of smelly kisses that gives more gags than it does giggles.
What can you do?!
Before you shake your head and get the rest of your Saturday in a tizzy, remember this:
Bad breath in dogs is largely treatable, your sweet companion animal is only a few steps away from a healthy mouth!
One of our most popular products, the takes all of our bad breath knowledge into account, and shores up your doggie's bacterial gut balance, cuts through plaque and tartar, and helps to reset the bacterial balance (or the flora) in the mouth.
Our Good Guts Daily Probiotic formula contains stabilized strains of healthy bacteria.
Natural probiotic supplements are a great remedy for bad dog breath, especially the probiotics with a range of 30 to 60 million CFUs per dosage. Ours, on the other hand, has 3 billion CFUs. A (fried chicken) leg up on many other products on the market.
With the various probiotic brands available in the market, choose a product that has a NASC label (showing they are a member of the National Animal Supplement Council), packaging shows a CFU count, preferably in the billions, and contain natural ingredients. If you take one thing from this, remember that your dog's breath is an aromatic language that can tell you many things about his health. Keep a nose out and bring your pup to a vet if his bad breath issues are prolonged and untreatable.
If you follow our Probiotic Pro-Tips, then your dog will be sure to be breathing a fresher than ever with a healthy and happy mouth!