albuquerque pet dentalDo you love puppy breath but hate dog breath? Most of us do. There are many reasons why your dog may have bad breath that can be something simple like their diet all the way up to a serious health issue. So their bad breath is nothing to overlook.

Most bad breath is caused by dental issues or gum disease. The build-up of plaque and tartar on their teeth will cause bad breath that seems to never go away. Did you know that smaller dogs are typically more prone to plaque and tartar? Ever meet a Chi Hua Hua that could knock over an elephant with his breath? I have and it is terrible!  But sometimes bad breath is being caused by gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems, or other diseases.

If you brush your dog (How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth) or cat’s teeth (How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth) and she still has breath that would knock out an army, it is time to visit your Albuquerque Vetco Vet and get their dental health, and overall health, evaluated. The vet will ask you about their diet, exercise, and overall health. They might smell their breath because the way their breath smells can indicate if it is just a dental issue or a larger health issue.

Sweet or Fruity Breath – can indicate diabetes.

Urine or ammonia smell – can indicate kidney disease.

Foul Odor – when accompanied by vomiting, yellow-tinged corneas and/or gums, and a lack of appetite, can indicate liver problems.


Many dental issues can be fixed with an annual professional dental cleaning. The cleaning will remove all plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. During the cleaning, if there are any teeth that need to be removed due to cavities and rot, will be removed.  After the procedure, most animals tend to smell and feel much better. It is not uncommon to see an increase in appetite and energy because bad dental health, even if it is not causing huge health issues, can still lead to your pet feeling run down or having a sensitive mouth.

Depending on the reason for your pet’s bad breath, the Vetco veterinarian will recommend a cleaning, diet change, or will need to perform further tests to determine if there is a larger health issue present.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

The best way to prevent bad breath in your cat or dog is to be proactive in preventing it.

  • Brush their teeth regularly- You should do this at least weekly, if not more frequently.
  • Feed them high-quality pet food – low quality food is hard to digest and can lead to bad breath as well as gastrointestinal issues.
  • Hard chew toys – give you pet hard nubbly chew toys that are designed to help remove plaque. The toys help clean their teeth and massage their gums which can prevent gum disease.
  • Good treats – There are treats that are designed to help with their gastrointestinal health and with their breath.
  • Annual Dental Cleaning – Just like you, your pet needs an annual dental cleaning. This will prevent tartar buildup and gum disease.

For Dental Health Month, Vetco is offering a special discount on our dental cleaning. Go to our Promotions page to claim your discount and get your pet’s teeth cleaned!