Bad breath in pets is a sign of pet dental disease. Most pet owners are familiar with “doggie breath” or “kitty breath,” but did you know that bad breath in pets can actually be an indication of an underlying health issue? At Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates, we want to help you clear up your pet’s bad breath, while also improving their wellness and longevity!

A Stinky Situation

According to the American Veterinary Dental Association, over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by the age of three. Bad breath is one of the first signs that something is amiss.

Besides foul breath, other symptoms of dental disease in pets include:

  • Excessive drooling (especially in cats)
  • Loose or discolored teeth
  • Red, inflamed, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding
  • Obvious tartar buildup
  • Loss of appetite/difficulty chewing
  • Loss of interest in chew toys
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Swollen muzzle

Preventing Bad Breath in Pets  

Your pet relies on you for all their health and wellness needs, and this includes oral hygiene. Treating and preventing bad breath in pets means taking an active role in their dental care, which should involve the following:

  • Daily brushing– Brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis is the single most effective way to improve their oral health. Always use a pet toothbrush, finger brush, or piece of soft gauze, and purchase a pet-safe toothpaste (NEVER use human products). Ask us for recommendations!
  • Weekly checks– Once a week, lift your pet’s lips and inspect the inside of their mouth for signs of dental disease or other abnormalities.
  • Professional care– Make sure your pet attends regularly scheduled wellness exams, and follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding dental cleanings and examinations.
  • Safe chewing– Provide safe chew toys for your pet that help remove tartar and protect teeth. Never allow your pet to chew on anything that’s harder than their teeth, such as bones, antlers, or hooves, as this could result in tooth breakage or jaw injury.

At Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates we offer state-of-the-art dental services, including complete oral examinations, digital x-rays, and gentle teeth cleaning both above and below the gum line. Please contact us for more information.