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why does dog's breath stink so bad?

Seriously, like cat's don't have bad breath, nor does any other domesticated animal that I'm aware of. But dogs....why do they have bad breath?! It can't be what they're eating because other pet foods are just as stinky as dog food. Sorry if this question sounds silly. I'm tired and can't sleep.


Asked by SweetLoveofMine at 5:24 AM on Dec. 3, 2010 in Pets

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  • Yep, bad dog breath is a sure sign that dog needs to go to the doggie dentist. It can be really bad like an abscessed tooth, or just stinky plaque build up on the teeth.

    Answer by spottedpony at 12:14 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Cats do get bad breath just like dogs do. They can't brush their teeth and when they eat food can get stuck on the teeth. Plague forms on the teeth. Bateria can be one cause to the smell. That's why having dentals done periodically are important. I had a cat that developed a heart murmur because of the tarter on her teeth. It can happen to dogs as well. I also had a dog that deveoped an abcessed tooth talk about stinky.

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 5:33 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Yes they do I can't seem to keep my dog from smelling either I am constantly giving him a bath. I don't know other then they need to see the vet to have their teeth cleaned well bacteria forms making them have bad breath like people can I guess sorry no answer for you just the same problem.

    Answer by Moms_Angels1960 at 6:06 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Trust me, cats get bad breath. Our 13 yr old cat has HORRIBLE breath, I really do need to get her teeth cleaned. lol

    Answer by shanlaree at 7:11 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I agree with KyliesMom. I don't have experience with cats so I don't know if they get bad breath (I'm sure they do though). You should brush your dogs' teeth daily just as you brush your own. Plus, when you take your dog to the vet yearly, the vet can look at their teeth to determine whether they need to be professionally cleaned. You can also try switching them to a higher quality food. My dogs eat Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream (grain free). It is fish based so if I don't brush their teeth at least every other day, their breath can smell a little fishy but not too bad. Raw meaty bones are excellent for keeping their teeth cleaned, too. *Note: every "you/your" in my reply is a general "you/your".* :-)

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 8:36 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • if your dog has really bad breath, time for a dental check up....also, dogs lick and eat everything in their way so i think thats why their breath smells soooo badd...

    Answer by HELP767 at 12:20 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Plaque.

    Answer by SavageGrl at 1:36 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Think about it. Dogs love licking their butt, and mine eats cat poop! lol Gross, I know. But yes, dogs develop plaque and get abseces just like people. You could try brushing your dog's teeth, but if hes not used to it, you'll have a hard time. It also depends how old your dog is, especially if they never had a dental cleaning. Also, for some reason, Grey Hounds have horrid teeth!

    Answer by RubyBlue82 at 6:37 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • hmmm. Had cats all my life and have had some sleep right next to me and have never noticed stinky breath nor has dh.

    Comment by SweetLoveofMine (original poster) at 5:37 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • dogs stink in general especially when wet.

    Comment by SweetLoveofMine (original poster) at 5:38 AM on Dec. 3, 2010