If your dog has lost his sweet puppy breath and has suddenly gained some very stinky breath, it may be caused by something he ate, or it could be a health issue. Your dog's breath is not going to smell like roses, but it definitely should not kill the roses. If your dog has this severely odorous breath, it's time to get your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Read on for more information about bad breath in your dog.

What Causes Bad Breath In Your Dog?

This bad breath could be from your dog's diet. Take a look at your dog's food ingredient list. A healthy food will include a lot of protein rather than fillers, such as corn and other carbohydrates fillers. The extra carbohydrates are going to add weight to your dog, and they won't be good for his oral health, either. Some treats may also cause bad breath. Try switching up your dog's diet and changing his food and treats to something healthier. Talk to your veterinarian about your dog's diet as well as which food or treats are best for your dog.

Another cause of bad breath may be from poor oral health. If you aren't brushing your dog's teeth, it could lead to gingivitis or tooth decay. These can both give your dog bad breath. If your dog has severe tooth decay, it could lead to an infection in the tooth or gums. The tooth may actually need to be pulled out. Some symptoms of an infected tooth could be if your dog is pawing at his muzzle, not eating (or eating slower than normal), swelling, or excessive drooling.

What Can You Do About Your Dog's Bad Breath?

If your dog's bad breath could peel wallpaper, take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Have your dog's teeth inspected by your veterinarian and given a professional cleaning to treat or prevent gingivitis. Your dog's teeth should be cleaned at least once per week with a canine toothbrush and toothpaste. Cleaning your dog's teeth can both help and prevent bad breath, and it can also prevent other oral health issues.

A dog's breath isn't going to be as sweet as it was as a puppy, as that sweet smell will go away eventually. If your dog's breath is becoming a problem, or you've spotted any type of oral health issues in your dog, get him to the veterinarian for help.