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Halitosis (Doggy Breath): What it is and What it Could Mean for Your Pet

Halitosis (aka “Bad Breath”) is defined as an offensive odor emanating from the oral cavity.

Common Causes:

  1. Bacteria in the mouth, forming plaque on teeth within hours of brushing; leading to . . .
  2. Tartar causing gingivitis, which leads to periodontitis (tooth support loss); leading to . . .
  3. Pockets become infected with “bad” bacteria, forming  smelly sulfur (“rotten-egg”) compounds
  4. Decomposing food that got stuck in the periodontal pockets

 

Small and flat-faced breeds are more prone to bad breath due to cramped teeth, longer life, and eating soft food.

Less Common Causes:

  1. Eating smelly food (ie: coprophagia = eating poop) or having just vomited
  2. Diabetes
  3. Kidney disease
  4. Nose, sinus, throat, tonsil infections or cancers
  5. Lip fold infections
  6. Foreign bodies (ie: branches or bone slivers causing infection)
  7. Dehydration causing “dry-mouth”
  8. Open fractures (breaks) of individual teeth or jaw bone
  9. Some autoimmune diseases
  10. Eosinophilic granuloma complex (causing mouth, lip and chin ulcers in cats)

 

Most of us are fully capable of diagnosis our pets with “Bad Breath”.  However, a thorough veterinary exam is necessary to find the cause.  If the cause cannot be found within the mouth, then blood tests may be needed to check of internal causes of halitosis.

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Last updated: May 4, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Mountain Road Animal Hospital