Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

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Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

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Though many things may cause bad breath in your pet, by far and away, the most common cause is heavy tartar.  Dental cleanings are a daily procedure in our practice.  These procedures are properly handled under sedation so that a thorough exploration of the mouth can be done.  All 42 teeth of an adult dog (32 in a cat) are examined, cleaned and polished.  All too often, additional problems such as loose teeth, gum loss, or cavities are found.  It is important to note that foul breath means oral infection which can affect the whole body. Your first step is to have your pet’s teeth looked at so the appropriate plan can be made.  Dental care is a very important part of your pet’s overall health and longevity.

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Dr. Bob