iStockPhotoSimple chronic halitosis. Whether we're talking humans or pets, bad breath is a big deal. It's a stinky problem, but take heart. In most cases there's a lot you can do to keep bad breath at bay.
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There are a variety of causes for bad breath in pets, these include:
1. Periodontal disease. It's by far the most common cause of bad breath in pets. Studies show that after the age of 3 years, 80 percent of dogs and cats will have signs of periodontal disease. The cause of the offensive odor in these cases is the bacteria that coalesce as plaque and cause irritating gingivitis. As plaque matures and periodontal disease progresses, more destructive bacteria come into play. Periodontal disease is a painful condition that can lead to tooth loss and damage to organs like the heart and kidneys.
2. Teething. Kittens and puppies often have ick breath when they are teething. Kittens, especially, seem prone to the problem, which typicallyRead More »from How to Get Rid of Bad Breath in Your Dog