Have you ever wondered why your puppy’s breath is fresh and wonderful? If so, you should know this does not last forever. The breath will change drastically when you puppy reaches four to six months. The smell has more to it than clean teeth and mother’s milk.
Puppy Breath 101
There are a lot of things involved in breath. Examples include gastrointestinal tract, bacteria in your digestive system, or the mouth. When it comes to puppies, their breath is associated with weaning and teething. During the first six months of their lives, puppies’ mouth undergoes a lot of changes.
Some people believe the type of puppy food they use has an impact on their breath. This may be due to the fact that many young puppies you come across may have the same breath.
It may be true, but it is not exactly a fact. Some people believe it has to do with the milk they feed on. This may be true, but then it may not. Some dogs are known to have good breath even after starting to consume adult dog food.
One theory suggests it may be due to teething. Puppies are known to explore their world by using smell and teeth. Puppies enjoy chewing, because they have too much energy and they are teething.
This chewing may also be the cause of fresh breath. It is understood that by consistent chewing, some of the bad breath-causing bacteria is eliminated. Additionally, the growing of teeth may cause hormonal changes in the body. These changes may cause the body to react. A reaction may end up causing the puppy to have good breath.
You may at one point notice the sweet breath is no longer in existence. This should not be cause for alarm. Just like a baby, the puppy will have to be taken care of and needs medical attention at one point or another. Bad smells from the puppy’s mouth may be temporary.
It may be something the dog ate or a reaction to something in the environment. For example, it may have eaten poop by accident, hence the bad breath.
Sometimes as the pup is teething, it could have bad breath. It may come from the normal, but unpleasant metallic smell of blood associated with losing teeth.
Additionally, pieces of scraps such as sticks may be caught in the dog’s mouth. These usually cause a problem that may lead to bad breath. If you notice bad breath that does not dissipate within a few days, it may be time to call you veterinary.
For a puppy, the healing process should be quick. For older dogs, it may take some time before their breath is back to normal. Experts say that dogs who are more than three years old have a higher risk of periodontal disease.
The same dogs are at a higher risk of experiencing serious mouth issues. Symptoms to be taken seriously will vary depending on the dog breed and their age.
If you want to be on the safe side, visit a veterinary within 24 hours of noticing persistent bad breath on your dog.