My Dog Has Bad Breath And Red Gums

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to clean a dogs teeth really good?
    Since we got my dog he has really bad breath and brownish teeth. So we boguht dog toothbrush with chicken flavored toothpaste. I lifted up to side of his mouth and brush what I could, But he didn't like it. He kept trying to push it away. Is their another way besides taking him to the dentist?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree the best (only) way to get off tartar is via a professional vet cleaning. With proper care however, you might be able to stave it off for a while doing the following.

      1. Start by getting you pup used to the toothbrush by putting yummy stuff on it like peanut butter and cheese every couple of days. Then you can move up to the cleaning toothpastes or even baking soda. Some of them of pretty gross so try a variety of flavors.

      2. Dental chews like greenies are helpful

      3. Rawhides also help keep the teeth clean.

      4. Cut down on starchy/sugary foods in diet. Also start mixing some veggies into food. You'd be surprised how many dogs really like raw and/or cooked veggies.

      Side notes: Brownish teeth are worth getting checked out with your vet. Also, look for the buildup of plaque along the gumline,red or inflamed gums, and especially loose teeth.

      Also, don't assume that his teeth are the root cause. Often, pups with sensitive tummies or acid reflux have bad breath and not great teeth.

      If your's in an older dog I wouldn't worry too much about this. If younger it's worth a visit to a vet or clinic for a once over. Plaque (just like in humans) can cause other health issues.

      I run a site called www.largedogrescue.com so deal with doggie questions a lot.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my dogs bad breath?
    He' a rescue dog and was not cared for properly and when he eats, although I feed him a certain type of dog food only, no table food, his breath will stink.

    • ANSWER:
      Does your dog have bad breath? Well, maybe you are not employing the use of proper oral hygiene. After all, us humans need to maintain a level of oral care so that we don’t have halitosis. Also, just like people, dogs and cats can get gum disease–and if a dog or cat’s gums are infected and abscessed, bacteria can enter the bloodstream, causing liver, kidney, and even heart malfunctions. So, what’s a good way to brush your best friend’s teeth?

      Here are some tips for brushing your pet’s teeth:

      #1 Start off slowly. Make sure to use a toothpaste formula that is specifically made for animals, since human toothpaste can give stomach upsets to animals. Have your pet lick the paste off of your finger, and you might need to try a few different flavors to find one that your pet likes.

      #2 Once you can get toothpaste into the animal’s mouth, use a slight amount on your finger and run it across the dog or cat’s teeth. This might even take several days to get your pet to do this agreeably. Once your pet is fine with you doing this to its teeth, use a toothbrush (made for pets) and make small circles on the gum line. Don’t brush too hard!

      #3 Be sure to cheer on your pet and express approval during this process. Afterward, you could also give your pet a treat, playtime, a walk, etc., so it will think of brushing as a positive moment.

      #4 In order to practice proper oral hygiene with your pet, try to brush your pet’s teeth every day.

      Here are some warning signs to look for in your pet’s mouth:

      -Yellow or brown tartar, especially where the teeth and gums meet
      -Red, swollen, bleeding, inflamed, tender, and/or receding gums
      -Chronic halitosis
      -Teeth that are chipped/broken
      -Tooth resorption (especially common in cats)- a very painful condition in which the tooth dissolves
      -A change in the animal’s diet, chewing habits and appetite can signify depression (along with pawing at the face/mouth).

      Also, don’t forget to try this oral rinse for dogs and cats that helps prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene with your pet, so that the both of you can have great smiles!

  3. QUESTION:
    How do vets treat a dog with rancid breath if it continues even after a dental cleaning?
    I had my dog's teeth cleaned last October and about a month afterwards, her breath was back to being rancid but her teeth are still clean. I think it is in her gums. How do vets treat this?? Please don't tell me to have her chew denal bones or greenies because THEY DON'T WORK! Thank you soooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      What do your dog's gums look like? If they're red, swollen or bleed easily when touched, it's gingivitis or if her teeth were really bad, it could even be periodontitis - gum infection. If it were bad enough, the dog would have needed to have teeth pulled. Did your vet mention your dog needing teeth pulled?

      If not, perhaps it's as simple as the food she eats. If not that, then she should go back to the vet for another check. Ask the vet exactly what's going on.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog is sick?
    Well my dog is a chihuahua and shes been laying down all day and barely running around. She's been using the bathroom like she normally does. Her stomach feels kind of hard and earlier today it wasn't that big. Is she ok or is she sick?

    • ANSWER:
      Step 1
      Observe if the dog has diarrhea and/or is vomiting. This may be an allergic reaction to food or something the dog swallowed that he wasn't supposed to, and is often nothing to worry about, however, it could be an indication of something more serious. If the vomiting lasts more than a day or if the diarrhea lasts more than a few days or contains blood, mucous or is black and tarry, a vet needs to check it.

      Step 2
      See if the urine is cloudy, dilute (no color) or contains blood. This is usually the sign of a bladder or kidney infection. Normal urine is a clear yellow. Too frequent or not frequent enough urination might also be signs of a kidney disorder.

      Step 3
      Monitor your dog's water consumption. Increased water intake may be associated with kidney disease or diabetes. Of course, the more heated up or active your dog is, the more water she will drink. That's why it's important to keep close tabs on her drinking habits.

      Step 4
      See if the dog's nose is warm and dry. This might just mean he is dehydrated and needs more water, however, it can also be a sign of illness. The nose should be cold and wet, but not runny.

      Step 5
      Check inside your dog's mouth. If the gums are red rather than pink, it's a sign of inflammation or gum disease. Bad breath and/or drooling might also be symptoms of gum disease or tooth decay. Halitosis could also indicate a metabolic disorder.

      Step 6
      Observe the dog's activity level. If she remains lethargic or listless; it could be a sign of illness. Since more sleep and less activity may also be attributed to age, it's important to be aware of how much sleep is normal for your dog. Lethargy, weakness, loss of balance or limping for no apparent reason is a good indication there may be something wrong. Conversely, increased restlessness might also be a sign of a problem.

      Step 7
      Monitor your dog's eating habits. Look for a decreased/increased appetite or weight loss. Be aware of what a normal weight is for your dog based on age, food intake and activity level. If he has a loss of appetite or increased appetite for more than a 24-hour period, there could be something wrong.

      Step 8
      Be aware if your dog has difficulty breathing or prolonged panting. This may be associated with cancer, a respiratory problem, heart disorder, or possibly heat stroke. Coughing might be a sign of an irritation or something more serious, such as cancer.

      Good Luck!

      www.carewhiz.com

  5. QUESTION:
    My puppy has really bad breath all of a sudden?
    I have a 5 month old Jack Russell Terrier, her name is Pecan. We got her in september and since about a month ago her breath started smelling reeeaaalllyyy bad.. and that started after she started losing her teeth.. does anyone know why her breath smells? Is it from losing her teeth [the blood?] i dont know.
    Thanks! =)
    P.S shes losing her puppy teeth for her other ones to grow in.

    • ANSWER:
      One major cause of bad breath in a dog is periodontal disease, or gingivitis. In a healthy dog, the gums are a coral pink color and the breath, while not necessarily pleasant, is not foul. When a dog is in the early stages of gingivitis, however, it will have brownish deposits on the back of its teeth. It might also have a thin red line running along its gums and its breath may well be foul. These symptoms are unfortunately fairly common in a two or three year old dog whose mouth has not been properly cared for.

      Also , what you feed the dog is important for his overall health.

      For more information on that go to http://www.mydogdiet.info

  6. QUESTION:
    When dogs have plaque on their teeth and their gums are swollen and red does it mean they are in pain?
    How can you determine wether or not your dog is in pain becuase of their teeth. What if their teeth are extremly bad and look like they are very painful but they show no signs? are they just hiding it?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily, but they could be and most likely are. Most of the time, the pain is not registered by the owner until they begin having a difficulty chewing dry dog kibble. What it does mean is the dog most likely has gingivitis (being the swollen and red gums) and peridontal disease. This can be fixed, though!

      Your veterinarian can perform a professional dental cleaning. With the severity of the condition you prevent, they would most likely want the dog on antibiotics before the cleaning was performed. Those antibiotics should ease the swelling of the gums. At the time of the cleaning, the dog is placed under anesthesia and cleaned, just like a dentist cleans a human's teeth. The plaque and tartar is removed, the teeth are cleaned and polished, any rotten teeth are extracted. The end product is healthier teeth and gums, better smelling breath, and a happy, healthier dog.

      The best way to prevent this is buy routinely brushing your dog's teeth.

      As a side note, peridontal disease is linked with multiple canine diseases, including heart problems. What you see in the mouth is just where the problems, not where it ends.

  7. QUESTION:
    How often should my dog have his teeth professionally cleaned?
    My concern is more about the anesthetic used versus the actual cleaning. Can having him knocked out for this cleaning once a year be harmful to him? He is 6 1/2 years old - Beagle. The Vet says I should do it once a year. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs rarely need their teeth cleaned. Smaller dogs have more of a problem with their teeth in general than bigger dogs. Also, soft foods accelerates build up on thier teeth.

      If your dog has bad breath, that is a sign that his teeth need cleaning. Lift up his upper lip and take a look. You will be able to see a goldish-brown build up near the gums. If his gums are red and inflamed, along with bad breath, that is the time to get them cleaned.

      Anytime a dog in anesthetized, there are risks.

      I have two poms and I take them in approximately every other year.

      As far as your vet is concerned, I certainly would check his teeth every 3-4 months, but he may not need yearly cleaning.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I fix my dogs gross breath? She is just a puppy so does not need a teeth cleaning.?
    She is a 5 mo pomeranian. We give her dentabones etc. but those definitely do not help. Brushing her teeth also does not help. It smells like cat food or fish or something. Gross!

    • ANSWER:
      She may be loosing her baby teeth. Sometimes when the teeth get loose the spot where the tooth was gets inflamed and and smells a bit like something rotten. I am not talking about puppy breath. See if some of her teeth are loose and if the gum is red around the area. It may go away once she has all of her adult teeth. Keep brushing though. It's great to get her started now when she is young. It's something you can do for her that has a real health benefit. I wish every one would brush there dogs teeth. I have had to do dental cleanings on some really disgusting mouths.
      It is also possible the smell could be coning from her stomach. My dog (has had her teeth cleaned) still gets bad breath sometimes if she has an upset stomach. If its really stinky you should probably have your vet take a look at her mouth.
      EDIT: If you do give your dog a breath mint as Sophia suggested be very careful some mints as well as gum have xylitol in them which is very toxic to dogs. Always check the label.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does my dogs breath stink so bad?
    I just adopted him from a shelter, hes tree 3 yrs old and hes 11lbs chihuahua. When i got him he did not have this bad breath. Its really bad. Any advice besides just taking him to the Vet and someone has experienced this?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Chihuahuas are prone to dental disease. Take a look in his mouth (especially in the back). If you see tartar build up and red gums he needs a dental cleaning performed under anesthesia by a veterinarian. Once you get rid of the tartar and deal with any diseased teeth, brushing his teeth and other types of home care can help slow its return. Keep in mind that dental disease can be very painful and lead to serious health problems throughout the body so this is not a problem you want to ignore.

  10. QUESTION:
    If you are a vet can you give me some advice on a product?
    My 13 year old lab has awful teeth. Her breath is bad and her molars have a lot of plaque on them. I heard about Leba III Dental Spray and it has very good reviews for the most part. But one review said that their vet told them the alcohol content could hurt their dog and give it pain in its mouth. There was olnly one bad review that I could find. All the other ones said it worked great. If you are a vet, would you recommend this product?

    • ANSWER:
      first no I am not a vet, and that is who you really should go talk to. From reading over the FAQ this product clearly states it is not an alternative to dental care from your vet, but can help maintain the teeth after wards by preventing tarter build up. Which your vet probably carries a similar product at a lower price than the spray. Bones also help with tarter.
      But however I do want to add, that the tarter they swallow can cause heart, kidney and liver damage, and any method that has the dog swallowing tarter is not a very good one if they have a lot of it on there teeth.
      Yes if the gums are red and bleed easily the alcohol will sting, I am not sure if you have got alcohol in an open wound before but it would be a similar feeling.

      Again I am not a vet but I did work at a vet tech and have preformed dental under the guidance of the vets I worked for.

  11. QUESTION:
    Pomeranian dog's breath stinks bad and he often having the blood in stool?
    My 7 years old Pomeranian dog's breath stinks really bad like a fish and he often having the blood in stool. Sometimes dark sometimes red. What happened to him?

    • ANSWER:
      The bad breath is due to periodontal disease. The only way to get rid of all the tarter buildup on his teeth, which is causing the bad breath, is to get a dental cleaning done at the vet. Tarter buildup doesn't just cause bad breath and look ugly, it can lead to gum and tooth infections and organ disease.

      As far as the blood in his stool, he needs to see a vet ASAP.

  12. QUESTION:
    My little maltizu has the worst breathe, any suggestions?
    I brush her teeth. I want to try something like plaque attack, but that stuff is 20.00 per ounce.

    • ANSWER:
      Most often, the bad breath comes from the teeth. Tartar builds up and becomes a hardened shell around them; also the gums become inflamed. Sometimes it isn't easy to see, until you push up the lip and look at the back teeth. Also look along the gumline for a red line. If the teeth are perfectly white and new-looking, with no inflammation at the gums, then maybe you could brush them and use a rinse to get the breath better.

      Most small dogs like yours will need their teeth professionally cleaned (under anesthesia) once a year. Once the tartar has been there for awhile, that's the only way to get it off.

      Every year during the exam at your dogs annual visit, the vet will check the teeth. It should say in your dog's records whether a dental cleaning was recommended.

      When you are smelling your dog's teeth, you are actually smelling infection. It spreads into the dog's bloodstream, causing heart disease and kidney disease.

      Once your dog's teeth have been cleaned, you can brush them at home twice a week, using doggie paste. I like the brand CET. They also make a great rinse with a crooked-neck applicator that works great. Those 2 things can help keep the teeth clean.

      Dental food, such as Science Diet t/d or Royal Canin dental formula, will help.
      Our DVM recommends something called Pulse Therapy, where you give your dog a low dose of antibiotics (clindamycin) for 5 days in a row each month to help with the teeth and bacteria in the mouth.

      Sometimes it is a tooth that needs extracting that's causing the odor. Sometimes it could be a tumor in the mouth. There are dogs that keep a messy mouth area and their fur smells. And sometimes a dog will have "kidney breath," which is an odor coming from deeper inside the pet.

      Hope this info is helpful. I know dental cleanings are sometimes costly (our hospital charges about 0) but they are necessary. Imagine if you were an adult who had never seen a dentist for cleanings. yukkie.

      I actually perform dental cleanings on pets, so I know what I'm talking about.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is teeth cleaning/extraction safe for older dogs?
    I have a 12 year old beagle that has special needs - she has had seizures in the past including when she was in surgery for her leg. Recently we noticed that she has had BAD breath and when we checked her gums, saw that they were red/inflamed. My mom is worried about her age and putting her under to get her teeth cleaned or possibly pulled - as recommended by our vet. Has anyone gone through this experience? What are your opinions on using anesthesia on older animals? Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I would speak to the vet about your options here. The age of the dog shouldn't cause any problems.

      I had my 14yo Rottweiler rescue's teeth cleaned and and 2 extractions done without any ill effects but your dog has seizures so best to go through it with the vet. There are safe anesthetics available and your vet will know which is the safest one for your girl. Best of luck with her.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you cure a dogs stinky breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs get bad breath for the same reasons people do. A dog's bad breath is a build up of plaque, tartar and bacteria, all of which lead to periodontal disease for many dogs. Regular brushing and a good dental cleaning by your vet will improve your dog's breath. If your dog's breath is really bad, he may already have periodontal disease and his gums may be infected. Aside from the bad breath, his gums may hurt a lot. If they are red and inflamed, make a dental appointment with your vet. Once the gums are infected the infection can go through his body and infect his sinuses, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and brain. I had 2 dogs that were about the same weight, same age, same diet - one never had a problem with her gums or severe bad breath, the other one ... By the time I did anything about it (age 7) he already had the periodontal disease and needed annual cleanings and extractions and his gums got infected regularly requiring antibiotic treatment. By the time he was 15 yrs old he had had 15 teeth extracted, leaving him with only 11 teeth. Certain breeds may be genetically predisposed to periodontal disease. I don't know which ones, but I know that corgis and dachshunds are 2 of those breeds. Hope that helps.
      I now have a 9 month old puppy and guess what?!? He is a dachshund/corgi mix! Needless to say, I brush his teeth a least once week. I use a doggy toothpaste and I always run his toothbrush under hot water to soften the bristles. It is not his favorite thing to do (but it is not a kid's favorite thing to do either) but he has really gotten used to it and doesn't mind a whole lot. I guess the old saying is true "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". My other dog went through so much in his later years with the extractions and infections, not to mention what my bank account went through. I don't want to sentence my puppy to those problems in his old age or sentence myself to the dental expenses. I hope this helps.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is my dogs mouth all wet ?
    I have noticed that underneath my dogs mouth that it is all wet, like she is slobbering or something.
    This is the second day in a row that this has happened. I have noticed it in the past with the dog but only about once every six months. Does anybody know what could cause this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Check there are no foreign objects stuck in your dog's tongue and gums or caught between the teeth. He/she may have Tartar or gingivitis, smell their breath, if it smells really really bad, seek vet help.

      Check your dog's gums to see if they are red or purple, bleeding gums could cause exesive drooling, and might be a tumor or just a simple injury that will heal itself. Dogs may also drool more if they have ear infections, bloating, or poisoning.

  16. QUESTION:
    Anyone have there dogs tooth removed from gingivitis?
    My dog is a 3 1/2 old maltipoo, she has had yucky breath for at least the more than a few months. (I tried brushing, dental treats...etc) Last night I brushed the bottom teeth only to discover her 2 teeth are loose and the gums are slightly red. I'm taking her in to the vet this week for further diagnosis but I'm sad, and wondering about what if she does get them removed? What should I be prepared for?

    • ANSWER:
      Gingivitis is simply the inflammation of gum tissue, it has nothing to do with the teeth themselves. However, dogs with gingivitis may be at increased risk for other periodontal issues that can cause tooth loss. Small breed dogs and mixes are notorious for having bad teeth in spite of an owner's best efforts to keep their teeth and gums healthy and many dogs of these breeds/mixes will loose teeth fairly early in life. If the teeth are loose enough for you to see movement, then they are going to have to be pulled. Loose and diseased teeth are an open invitation for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. While stinky dog breath is no fun, dental disease can cause MUCH more serious problems as bacteria entering the bloodstream through the mouth can cause systemic infection affecting the heart, kidneys, and other internal organs. If your dog does have to have teeth pulled, it's not really a huge deal. Very few dogs actually bother to chew their food in the first place, so missing a few teeth (or even all of them) doesn't affect them really. She'll have to eat soft or canned food for about a week while the sockets where the teeth were heal up and she'll have to be on antibiotics while they are healing, but after that it's back to normal for her as far as food goes.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat drool sometimes?
    My cat is about 5 years old, we rescued her from the street at about 3 or 4 weeks old. We had to teach her how to eat real food. My wife was up with her every couple of hours etc. She is now a very healthy normal cat. She loves the outdoors in the summer time and indoors in the winter. She is very independant, but loveable. About once a month or so, she has to be with us (my wife and I) she will kneed the air, or pillows, and drool everywhere. She is fixed, and has never had kittens. I don't think there is anything wrong with her, I am just curious as to the behavior. The rest of the month or however long between her affections, she only comes around to eat (like any other normal cat.) Any ideas? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there...some cats drool when they are very content and it's quite normal. However, there are some instances where the drooling could be more indicative of gum or tooth disorders.

      I've copied an article from ivillage.com about drooling and hope you will find it of interest:

      ...if your pet is normally dry, yet suddenly starts flowing like a faucet, you can bet there is something wrong. This is especially true for cats, who generally drool less than dogs.

      "As soon as I see a drooling cat, I'm thinking ulcers in the mouth or immune system disease," says Mark Riehl, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Bristol, Tennessee. Cats with feline AIDS, leukemia, or even the flu will sometimes get mouth sores that cause them to drool, he says. Kidney problems can also cause sores and drooling in cats as well as dogs.

      While dogs often drool because of mealtime anticipation, cats may salivate for sheer pleasure, which is why you may feel a few drips when your friendly feline starts nuzzling your neck. Conversely, cats will also drool when they are afraid, like when it is time for a bath.

      Some pets will drool after eating instead of before. In medium- and large-breed dogs, this is sometimes caused by a condition called bloat, in which the stomach twists and then expands, says Jim Hendrickson, V.M.D., a veterinarian in emergency private practice in Rockville, Maryland. Dogs with this condition usually appear restless and will try unsuccessfully to vomit. Bloat is an emergency that may require surgery, so you will need to see your vet right away.

      Dogs and cats with epilepsy may drool before a seizure. And many pets will drool when they have digestive problems or even car sickness.

      It is very common for pets to drool copiously when they have eaten something bitter, anything from a lemon wedge to drain cleaner. They will also drool when they have mouth pain due to dental problems, for example, or a splinter stuck in the gum.
      See Your Vet If...

      - Your pet is drooling after eating
      - She has a history of seizures
      - You suspect that she has eaten something bitter
      - Your pet is lethargic
      - Your pet can't open his mouth or is having trouble opening it
      - He can't close his mouth
      - He won't eat or has difficulty chewing or swallowing
      - His tongue, lips, or muzzle are swollen
      - There is a foreign object stuck in his mouth
      - His gums are red and swollen, or there is bleeding
      - Your pet is drooling or panting excessively
      - His tongue or gums are blue or pale
      - Your pet has ulcers on his tongue
      - He is gagging frequently
      - There is a lump anywhere on his face
      - He is pawing frequently at his mouth or face
      - There is a discharge from his mouth or nose that lasts two days or longer
      - His breath is consistently bad
      - Your pet's nose is dry, crusty, or bleeding
      - His mouth is foaming, or he's grinding his teeth
      - There is dried saliva around the mouth

  18. QUESTION:
    My dogs breath smells like crap. any help to make it smell better?
    My dog's breath is the worst smelling thing ever!!! Is there any way to make it smell better?

    • ANSWER:
      A diet thats easier to digest will limit bad breath from the stomach and good dental hygeine will help elimimate bad breath caused by dirty teeth and gums.

      A diet of raw meaty bones will help this VASTLY
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/petowners.php

      Otherwise, if you would rather stick to feeding kibble, then add fresh mint and parsley to the diet and feed a raw meaty bone (non weight bearing) once a week to deep clean the teeth, and use dog toothpaste and finger brush to clean the teeth each night. Dental chews dont impress me or my dog much.

      Id say if its very bad and its a young dog then go to the vets for a check-up and mention the problem as it could be that its related to the liver/kidneys http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Bad_Breath

      ADD; have a good look at the teeth and gums to make sure there are no red/white lumps, inflamation etc - otherwise will need vet attention.

  19. QUESTION:
    My pups mouth smells alot. What should i do?
    I have 10 months old female labrador. her mouth smells like hell even when i sit beside her. What should i do to avoid the bad breath of my pup?
    thank u!

    • ANSWER:
      A 10 month old pup should not have foul breath. (Many older dogs do have bad breath that can be cured by the vet cleaning the teeth). A young dog that has bad breath is usually a problem.

      1. Have all the baby teeth fell out? If the baby teeth do not fall out before the adult teeth come in (common problem) then food particles and hair can get stuck between the baby and adult teeth and that can cause gum infections which lead to bad breath.

      2. Are the gums pink? If the gums are red or swollen looking then that could mean there is a gum infection which could be the cause of the foul smell.

      3. Take your dog to the vet. Sometimes foul smelling breath can be caused by a throat infection.

      4. As a vet tech I have seen many times when owners assume the smell is coming from the mouth when it is actually coming from an ear infection. Make sure that you check the pup's ears. Dogs ears should be clean (no dirt), pink, and should not smell. If they are red, have bumps, look rough inside (they should be very smooth inside), are dirty, smell, or look like they have lots of wax, then you need to see your vet right away.

  20. QUESTION:
    What Makes cats Slober all the time?
    I HAVE A CAT NAMED tobie and he always slobers Like all the time and i hope that No body don't call me a dumb ass just 4 asking that Because duhhh the website is callled Yahoo Question Duhhhh So if ya got something wrong with that then deal with it OK!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lauren...some cats drool when they are very content and it's quite normal. However, there are some instances where the drooling could be more indicative of gum or tooth disorders.

      I've copied an article from ivillage.com about drooling and hope you will find it of interest:

      ...if your pet is normally dry, yet suddenly starts flowing like a faucet, you can bet there is something wrong. This is especially true for cats, who generally drool less than dogs.

      "As soon as I see a drooling cat, I'm thinking ulcers in the mouth or immune system disease," says Mark Riehl, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Bristol, Tennessee. Cats with feline AIDS, leukemia, or even the flu will sometimes get mouth sores that cause them to drool, he says. Kidney problems can also cause sores and drooling in cats as well as dogs.

      While dogs often drool because of mealtime anticipation, cats may salivate for sheer pleasure, which is why you may feel a few drips when your friendly feline starts nuzzling your neck. Conversely, cats will also drool when they are afraid, like when it is time for a bath.

      Some pets will drool after eating instead of before. In medium- and large-breed dogs, this is sometimes caused by a condition called bloat, in which the stomach twists and then expands, says Jim Hendrickson, V.M.D., a veterinarian in emergency private practice in Rockville, Maryland. Dogs with this condition usually appear restless and will try unsuccessfully to vomit. Bloat is an emergency that may require surgery, so you will need to see your vet right away.

      Dogs and cats with epilepsy may drool before a seizure. And many pets will drool when they have digestive problems or even car sickness.

      It is very common for pets to drool copiously when they have eaten something bitter, anything from a lemon wedge to drain cleaner. They will also drool when they have mouth pain due to dental problems, for example, or a splinter stuck in the gum.
      See Your Vet If...

      - Your pet is drooling after eating
      - She has a history of seizures
      - You suspect that she has eaten something bitter
      - Your pet is lethargic
      - Your pet can't open his mouth or is having trouble opening it
      - He can't close his mouth
      - He won't eat or has difficulty chewing or swallowing
      - His tongue, lips, or muzzle are swollen
      - There is a foreign object stuck in his mouth
      - His gums are red and swollen, or there is bleeding
      - Your pet is drooling or panting excessively
      - His tongue or gums are blue or pale
      - Your pet has ulcers on his tongue
      - He is gagging frequently
      - There is a lump anywhere on his face
      - He is pawing frequently at his mouth or face
      - There is a discharge from his mouth or nose that lasts two days or longer
      - His breath is consistently bad
      - Your pet's nose is dry, crusty, or bleeding
      - His mouth is foaming, or he's grinding his teeth
      - There is dried saliva around the mouth

  21. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have gum disease?
    He hasn't log any appetite, i dont notice any bleeding or anything, but the tip of his gums are kind of red. i dont know if his gums are swollen its hard to tell. one thing is he has really bad breath and when he licks you the odor seems to emanate from his saliva. Im really low on funds and i dont think i will be able to pay for a dog teeth cleaning. what should i do? and could he have some sort of gum disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog has gingivitis. It`s fixed with a vet teeth cleaning. Look around and you will find a vet that will work with you on the cost, payments, etc. Good luck.
      By the way, it`s very uncomfortable for your dog to eat, and will only get worse or infected.

  22. QUESTION:
    My dog has bad breath. She keeps her cheeks tight and makes it hard to get in to brush her teeth.?
    She has red gums and they bleed easily. Is there a product that I can put in her water or food to help her? She has no problem chewing and when I had her teeth cleaned last fall, they said there were no loose teeth.

    • ANSWER:
      Yep-go to vet for sure. Then use oxyfresh in a gel and in a liquid to add to water. It rocks -I use it on my dog regularly.

  23. QUESTION:
    i can't decide what dog to choose?
    I was just thinking of breeds of dogs when I'm older but I can't decide which I prefer..
    A Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired)
    or
    A Papillon?

    I would like it to be affectionate, not too yappy, I don't mind how long exercise is needed or how often to groom him/her. Also, what are the common health issues that are known for these breeds?

    Thanks :) x

    • ANSWER:
      Papillons are friendly, intelligent dog that is tougher than it looks, and loves outdoor exercise. A Playful, lively, amusing, animated and charming little dog. Affectionate, gentle, patient, and proud, they love to cuddle. Enjoys a good romp outdoors. They are steady, obedient and are not yappers.

      Comman Health problems:

      Neuroaxonal Dystrophy Disease( NAD ) - This is health concern just coming forward recently in Papillons. A progressive disorder where brain and spinal cord swelling occurs and deterioration continues. The puppy shows slight gradual signs the disease by 8 weeks of age and usually by 19 weeks the puppy has to be euthanized. Signs of NAD are wobbling head treamors later poor coordination, unable to use back legs, inablity to eat on its own.

      Patellar Luxation - common in all toy breeds of dogs. In the active Papillon, it can be genetic or be caused by injury from over use of the knee joint. Genetic luxation is usually found in young dogs, the average age of diagnosis is 3 months to 12 months. It is our opinion that in many cases injury luxations is usually found in a healthy Adult Pap that either bounces up and down on their back legs a great deal or works in some type of performance that uses the knee often in jumping climbing, running.

      Periodontal: Since Papillons have small mouths and their lips lay tight against the teeth and gums it is very common for Papillons to need regular dental maintenance. Maintenance includes regular brushing. Baking soda or doggy toothpaste is suggested to use along with the brush. In a pinch, we have successfully used a tiny drop of human tooth paste in place of baking soda.ooth loss of dogs over the age of 4 is very common. The warning signs of gum disease are bad breath, red and swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gum line, and pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth. Providing bones and hard kibble will assist in keeping plague build up at a minimum.

      Dachshund: Dachshunds are playful, but can be stubborn, and are known for chasing small animals, birds, and tennis balls with great determination. Many dachshunds are stubborn, making them a challenge to train. They are statistically more aggressive to both strangers and other dogs than the rottweiler. They can have a loud bark. Some bark quite a lot and may need training in order to stop, while others will not bark much. Dachshunds are known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners, though they can be standoffish towards strangers. If left alone, many dachshunds will whine until they have companionship.
      Comman Health Problems:
      IVD, is marked by herniated disks in the lower back. The disease primarily affects dogs with stunted legs. Affected dogs experience severe pain, usually in the lower back but sometimes in the neck as well. The disease can be treated medically and/or surgically, depending on the severity. Carts for dogs have been devised to assist Dachshunds with rear-quarter paralysis due to severe IVD.

      Back injuries are the most common type of Dachshund health problem. The Dachshund's funny body shape makes them particularly susceptible to CIDD — essentially a ruptured or leaking disk. When this happens, every second counts; consequently, it is important to know how to recognize a back injury as soon as possible.

      Bloat—Bloat occurs when the stomach twists on itself, cutting off the blood supply to several organs. Without immediate treatment, bloat is fatal. If your Dachshund suddenly starts pacing, salivating, and acting upset, nervous, or in pain—or it just seems like something is very wrong—call your vet immediately. The only hope is emergency surgery.

      Canine epilepsy—a seizure disorder that happens in some Dachshunds. If your Dachshund suddenly goes stiff, starts shaking, or becomes completely non-responsive or totally limp, call your vet immediately. You can't prevent epilepsy, but it is treatable with medication.

      & many moree...... I got them from this site http://www.showpaps.com/health.htm for Papillons and http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/recognizing-common-health-issues-in-dachshunds.html for dachshunds I only named a few but there are a lot listed.

  24. QUESTION:
    What Makes a cat slober for 3 years?!?
    I have actually been Want to find out what really makes a cat slober And it is really thick So Would ya please answer this

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lauren...some cats drool when they are very content and it's quite normal. However, there are some instances where the drooling could be more indicative of gum or tooth disorders.

      I've copied an article from ivillage.com about drooling and hope you will find it of interest:

      ...if your pet is normally dry, yet suddenly starts flowing like a faucet, you can bet there is something wrong. This is especially true for cats, who generally drool less than dogs.

      "As soon as I see a drooling cat, I'm thinking ulcers in the mouth or immune system disease," says Mark Riehl, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Bristol, Tennessee. Cats with feline AIDS, leukemia, or even the flu will sometimes get mouth sores that cause them to drool, he says. Kidney problems can also cause sores and drooling in cats as well as dogs.

      While dogs often drool because of mealtime anticipation, cats may salivate for sheer pleasure, which is why you may feel a few drips when your friendly feline starts nuzzling your neck. Conversely, cats will also drool when they are afraid, like when it is time for a bath.

      Some pets will drool after eating instead of before. In medium- and large-breed dogs, this is sometimes caused by a condition called bloat, in which the stomach twists and then expands, says Jim Hendrickson, V.M.D., a veterinarian in emergency private practice in Rockville, Maryland. Dogs with this condition usually appear restless and will try unsuccessfully to vomit. Bloat is an emergency that may require surgery, so you will need to see your vet right away.

      Dogs and cats with epilepsy may drool before a seizure. And many pets will drool when they have digestive problems or even car sickness.

      It is very common for pets to drool copiously when they have eaten something bitter, anything from a lemon wedge to drain cleaner. They will also drool when they have mouth pain due to dental problems, for example, or a splinter stuck in the gum.
      See Your Vet If...

      - Your pet is drooling after eating
      - She has a history of seizures
      - You suspect that she has eaten something bitter
      - Your pet is lethargic
      - Your pet can't open his mouth or is having trouble opening it
      - He can't close his mouth
      - He won't eat or has difficulty chewing or swallowing
      - His tongue, lips, or muzzle are swollen
      - There is a foreign object stuck in his mouth
      - His gums are red and swollen, or there is bleeding
      - Your pet is drooling or panting excessively
      - His tongue or gums are blue or pale
      - Your pet has ulcers on his tongue
      - He is gagging frequently
      - There is a lump anywhere on his face
      - He is pawing frequently at his mouth or face
      - There is a discharge from his mouth or nose that lasts two days or longer
      - His breath is consistently bad
      - Your pet's nose is dry, crusty, or bleeding
      - His mouth is foaming, or he's grinding his teeth
      - There is dried saliva around the mouth

  25. QUESTION:
    What Makes a cat slober for 3 years?!?What causes it ??
    I have actually been Want to find out what really makes a cat slober And it is really thick So Would ya please answer this

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lauren...some cats drool when they are very content and it's quite normal. However, there are some instances where the drooling could be more indicative of gum or tooth disorders.

      I've copied an article from ivillage.com about drooling and hope you will find it of interest:

      ...if your pet is normally dry, yet suddenly starts flowing like a faucet, you can bet there is something wrong. This is especially true for cats, who generally drool less than dogs.

      "As soon as I see a drooling cat, I'm thinking ulcers in the mouth or immune system disease," says Mark Riehl, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Bristol, Tennessee. Cats with feline AIDS, leukemia, or even the flu will sometimes get mouth sores that cause them to drool, he says. Kidney problems can also cause sores and drooling in cats as well as dogs.

      While dogs often drool because of mealtime anticipation, cats may salivate for sheer pleasure, which is why you may feel a few drips when your friendly feline starts nuzzling your neck. Conversely, cats will also drool when they are afraid, like when it is time for a bath.

      Some pets will drool after eating instead of before. In medium- and large-breed dogs, this is sometimes caused by a condition called bloat, in which the stomach twists and then expands, says Jim Hendrickson, V.M.D., a veterinarian in emergency private practice in Rockville, Maryland. Dogs with this condition usually appear restless and will try unsuccessfully to vomit. Bloat is an emergency that may require surgery, so you will need to see your vet right away.

      Dogs and cats with epilepsy may drool before a seizure. And many pets will drool when they have digestive problems or even car sickness.

      It is very common for pets to drool copiously when they have eaten something bitter, anything from a lemon wedge to drain cleaner. They will also drool when they have mouth pain due to dental problems, for example, or a splinter stuck in the gum.
      See Your Vet If...

      - Your pet is drooling after eating
      - She has a history of seizures
      - You suspect that she has eaten something bitter
      - Your pet is lethargic
      - Your pet can't open his mouth or is having trouble opening it
      - He can't close his mouth
      - He won't eat or has difficulty chewing or swallowing
      - His tongue, lips, or muzzle are swollen
      - There is a foreign object stuck in his mouth
      - His gums are red and swollen, or there is bleeding
      - Your pet is drooling or panting excessively
      - His tongue or gums are blue or pale
      - Your pet has ulcers on his tongue
      - He is gagging frequently
      - There is a lump anywhere on his face
      - He is pawing frequently at his mouth or face
      - There is a discharge from his mouth or nose that lasts two days or longer
      - His breath is consistently bad
      - Your pet's nose is dry, crusty, or bleeding
      - His mouth is foaming, or he's grinding his teeth
      - There is dried saliva around the mouth

  26. QUESTION:
    My yorkie stinks really bad what is causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you notice your dog well, when have this started?
      It won't come suddenly, as what the other have say, did you bath your dog? or maybe it the breath problem, did you brush your dog teeth twice a day to keep it prevent from tar tar and other harmful gum problem?
      If you did not brush your dog teeth, it may cause bad breath, then it sliver is stink, and when it keep on licking it body then it will make it body stink.

      OR maybe is was skin Allergies, you better check it body got any skin problem,usually your dog will scratch ,bite,and lick at it skin or rub it self on the floor or against the furniture or walls of your home.If left untreated,your dog can do damage to it coat,face,eye,feet or wherever it is feeling itchy.
      If you this continues,you will then see hair loss,moist red-dened area,scaling,and/or discol-ored skin(darkened area).
      It really important to check your dog dody everytime and see there any problem or not, and prevent any skin allergies.

      Pls take good care of your dog.

      Pls call or visit your dog Veterinarian ASAP if all those problem appear.

  27. QUESTION:
    my dog keeps licking his lips and looks tired . could it be a toothache?
    symptoms : licking lips, shivering, screams (every now and then), looks tired, restless (keeps moving around and doesn't know exactly what to do) , has red gums and bad breath.
    are these symptoms related to toothache or is it something else?? i've already taken him to the vet and she gave him antibiotics but i want some more info. PLS HELP i'm so worried =/

    • ANSWER:
      Could be any one of 50-odd things, including boredom from lack of adequate exercise..

  28. QUESTION:
    How to be a popular guy in school?

    • ANSWER:
      the right answer: be yourself
      youll have friends that you can trust and all that

      the how to: first of all, confidence. i wore a bright red speedo to a party last summer and people swarmed.

      second, body, to wear a bright red speedo you must be well groomed, and in shape. that means going to the gym. washing brushing shaving flossing etc.. twice a day at least. take pride in your appearance. if you continue to workout, you will show muscle definition and that will make you more confident, i love taking my shirt off.

      other, the clothes dont make the man, but it sure as hell helps, follow the trends, but retain your individuality, i rocked polo ralph lauren and anything volcom. i always feel more confident in my polo and khakis.

      get a respectable job and keep it. mcdonalds is always there, but try somewhere locally owned, show the owner you want to work and then follow up by busting your ass. now that your paid you can take girls out, buy the newest ipod, a car, a stereo for said car... whatever! its your hard earned money, but dont spend it all in one place.

      it's all too easy to be the stoner or the potential alcoholic. but show self-control when you go out. i respect the person sipping their 4th beer opposed to the one funneling 4 at the same time. from personal experience, don't smoke cigarettes, it's a bitch to quit and girls dont like making out with ash-trays, if its a social thing, then buy a pack of black&mild's(i prefer wine flavored). if you are drinking BYO, or throw down as soon as you get there to who ever's place your at. usually . usually. if you show up at a strangers with the alcohol in your hands, your almost guaranteed acceptance, no one likes moochers.

      respect, so important. show it and you will recieve it. a firm handshake is important no matter who your meeting. if it's more casual do that slap thing, practice, add a TINY bit of flair when you meet another guy. like you know what your doing or something like that, again confidence

      look them in the eyes, and dont break eye contact. its a primal male thing. you goal is to be alpha male. ALPHA MALE. remember that. you want to be top dog. right?

      now that you have friends and are popular, you have to deal with the girls. this is tough. if your breath might smell bad, chew gum. if offered gum, never ever turn it down. ever. on the smoking, keep it to a minumum, it really stinks, and it inhibits your physical abilities. always wear deoderant, if its bad enough, get clinical strength, its worth the extra 2 dollars.

      so you have admirable muscles, good hygiene, and hopefully some class, you can now pull a 5* girl.

      always: smell good, look good, act good, to feel good. use cologne in moderation, just like smoking, it can be overbearing when it comes to personal encounters, but it will help you be noticed.

      never be someone else's bitch. your now on the path to alpha male. if you look like you can fight, odds are you wont catch any heat, but if someone wants to fight, fight, no questions, you should be strong enough to take them down anyway. even if you lose, you will lose with dignity, and thats respectable, if you do get your ass kicked, immediately get back on your feet and keep your composure, if your offender offers an olive branch, take it. you'll problably be friends afterwards. if you win, don't gloat, you knew you would, now simply and quietly enjoy the fact that everyone now knows you can take care of buisness.

      im out of room. be healthy, work out, be confident, be respectful and respectable. walk with a purpose, and have one. keep your shoulders back and chest out, in a confident pose, but not cocky. "If you don't lie, then you don't have anyhting to remember."

  29. QUESTION:
    Are tic tacs bad for a dog?
    I gave my dog some tic tacs for its bad breath. I am wondering if they are harmful for a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Tic Tacs contain Xylitol which is highly toxic to dogs. Not sure if you're trolling or not, but just in case:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/xylitol-dog/

      http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2008/12/tic-tacs-can-kill-dogs-its-xylitol.html

      http://www.aspcapro.org/mydocuments/download.php?f=ze-vetm0207f_095-100_.pdf

      EDIT: I direct you to a USA today article written by a Vet, they mention Tic Tacs directly in this article.

      http://yourlife.usatoday.com/parenting-family/vet-views/story/2011/02/Vets-view-Xylitol-can-be-deadly-to-dogs-/43576818/1
      I know a Berner that chewed up a pack of chewing gum containing Xylitol and this Berner nearly died. He happened to be in the car when he chewed up the gum and went straight to the Vet's office.

      DON'T FEED YOUR DOG TIC TAC'S!

  30. QUESTION:
    my dog has bad breath odor and does not like dog treats recommended for breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Brush his teeth! There are special toothpastes (don't use human stuff!) for dogs, it will take him a bit to get use to it, see the directions below. Make sure there is not a more serious problem like a gum infection causing the smell! (May need a vet check) Look for red inflammation.

  31. QUESTION:
    how do i freshen my dog's breath?
    my dog has bad breath, i think it was this food we got him. is there something i can feed him to make his breath better? like tic tacs, mints or something.

    • ANSWER:
      If he has bad breath, he probably needs to have his teeth professionally cleaned.

      Take a look in his mouth. Any yellow or brown gunk on his teeth, especially up at the gumline? Any red or puffy spots on the gums? If so, he needs to have his teeth cleaned.

      Some specific types of bad breath can indicate other health problems.

  32. QUESTION:
    round pink areas in my black labs gums?
    My dog has great teeth. His gums are going a little pink. BUT, one side had more than the other. One side has a roundish pink area, while the other does not. My family says its from his teeth. I have dealt with mouth cancer 2x before. Should I be concerned..? on his last vet appmt the doctor said pink was normal. I just remember the cancer and feel worried.

    • ANSWER:
      No, I think that your pup is fine. What you seen is normal. Here are some sings that are an indication to get the dog to the vet.

      See Your Vet If...

      There are bumps on your dog's lips

      He has a lump that is hard and purplish

      Your pet has bad breath

      Your cat has bumps on the gums

      Your pet can't open his mouth or is having trouble opening it

      He can't close his mouth

      He won't eat or has difficulty chewing or swallowing

      His tongue, lips, or muzzle are swollen

      There is a foreign object stuck in his mouth

      His gums are red and swollen, or there is bleeding

      Your pet is drooling or panting excessively

      His tongue or gums are blue or pale

      Your pet has ulcers on his tongue

      He is gagging frequently

      There is a lump anywhere on his face

      He is pawing frequently at his mouth or face

      There is a discharge from his mouth or nose that lasts two days or longer

      His breath is consistently bad

      Your pet's nose is dry, crusty, or bleeding

      His mouth is foaming, or he's grinding his teeth

      There is dried saliva around the mouth

      Read more: http://home.ivillage.com/pets/symsolve/0,,ljz1,00.html#ixzz0UmarpcB7

  33. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dog?
    My dog has constant REALLY bad breath, she licks her lips (lapps) for ages which is very sickening, i give her water when she does this but she doesn't take and recently she has been showing signs of finding it hard to poo (constipation?) is there anything wrong with her?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath can be caused by 3 things.......rotting or badly crusted teeth, usually the back molars, bad diet that the dog is having trouble digesting or a serious digestive problem. Most dogs need a vet dental at least every 2 years unless they are lucky enough to have good teeth with no tartar. They need a good diet, one that doesn't contain the most common food allergy ingredients which tend to be chicken, corn, wheat, soy, and by-products.
      Licking her lips makes it sound like her teeth are in really bad shape. Check the back ones..is there alot of dark brown on them? How about where the tooth enters the gum......is there a dark red line there?.....that indicates infection in the root or roots of the teeth. this isn't something you can fix yourself, the vet needs to do a tooth scraping and possibly put the dog on an antibiotic to clear up any infection. Infected teeth can eventually cause heart problems so get her in for a check up. Constipation can be caused by many things also, but at the top of the list is the diet...either too much fiber or not enough. Check the bag label, fix the diet, check the teeth, then go for a dental with her.

  34. QUESTION:
    Question about a dog...Read on?
    Alright, i have a chihuahua that is 5 months old. Lately he has had awful breath. I know it can be because of a tooth problem and all so no need to tell me to take him to the vet for its his teeth...i know! Ok, well, I was wondering if it could be because he's going through the stage of losing his baby teeth and getting the adult ones. Could that possibly be his awful breaths cause? Again, i know he will have to go to the vet more than likely but i want an idea of what it could be if anyone knows. Serious answers only!

    thanks!! 10 pts to the most informative and helpful..(oh and no website links if possible too, unless its absolutely necessary!)
    He was wormed last time he went to the vet about a month or a little over ago to get his shots, and he has no fleas, doubt that matters just thought id mention it. He weighed 3.7 pounds last time he went in and weighs about 5 or so pounds now, not sure the exact weight. He goes in in the next few months to get neutered.

    • ANSWER:
      Teething puppies often have bad breath, but this is usually normal and passes after teething is completed. http://www.dog-supplies-advisor.com/puppy-teething-toys.html

  35. QUESTION:
    MY DOG HAD BAD BREATH?
    MY DOG HAD BAD BREATH THIS STARTED AFTER SHE CAME IN HEAT AND STARTED LICKING HERSELF CONSTANLY ... I FEED HER THE SAME FOODS WHAT COULD IT BE?

    • ANSWER:
      If this just started while she's in heat, it is probably from cleaning herself.

      Do you brush this dog's teeth? If you don't, you should be.

      If she has had bad breath outside of her heat, take a look at her teeth. If you see any yellow or brown up near the gumline, and if the gums are at all inflamed or red near the tooth, she may need a professional cleaning.

      Dogs who eat poop usually have awful breath, as well.

      Contrary to what some are saying here, dogs should not have offensive breath. Bad breath in a dog is a sign of a health problem, usually gum disease but could be other issues.

  36. QUESTION:
    bad breath?
    my cat has bad breath- he needs mouth wash- what could be wrong with him? my female cat has okay breath and their eating the same food they are both up to date with shots and are both neutered/spayed. what could be the problem and should i pay over 40 bucks to take him to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not wait, take your cat into the vet for a checkup. Reasons such a failing kidneys, viral or bacterial diseases, or periodontal disease (dental disease) may be the culprit.

      Most often halitosis (bad breath) is caused by bacteria and tarter built up on the teeth. Just like humans, cats and dogs require both at home tooth brushing and professional cleanings to keep their teeth healthy. When a cat or dog has tarter build up it calcifies allowing bacteria to invade, causing red swollen gums, yellow or brown discoloration of the teeth (esp. the molars), tooth loss, cracked teeth, bleeding gums, and septicemia (bacterial infection which gets into the blood stream) which leads to kidney, liver, and heart failure.

      Please do the right thing and take your cat into the vet. A professional cleaning will cost you money, but treating septicemia, or organ failure will be MUCH more costly and may not end well. Remember that our animals age faster than us. They are considered senior citizens at the age of 7 years. Their bodies go through the same diseases ours do but at a much faster rate and if we are not on top of their health care we can lose them. There is no price tag on a life.

      Please be responsible and take him in...or it could cost you his life...

      -RVT
      (Registered Veterinary Technician)

  37. QUESTION:
    pomeranian with bad breath ?
    MY 6 month old pomeranian has like really bad breath
    we fed her liver the other night?
    i am guessing thats why ? But i cant even hold her anymore it is so NASTY.
    how can i make it go away ?
    I heard of brushing dogs teeth ?
    what toothpaste and tooth brush would i get ?
    Any other methods than brushing teeth ?

    Thanks -

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. As a pomeranian owner I know exactly what your going through! Small breed dogs are predisposed to tooth and gum problems. The number one sign of this is bad breath. You definetely need to start brushing your dogs teeth. You can buy a doggy toothbrush (they also make finger toothbrushes) and doggy toothpaste at a pet store or at a vet's office. To help battle bad breath you can buy a liquid called Oxyfresh from your vet also. It is a colorless, odorless liquid that you add to your pet's drinking water. You just add 2 teaspoons to 2 liters of water. I use it in my Pom's water and it works wonders! You will also want to consider getting your Pom a dental sometime after she is 1 year old. A few good signs of oral disease are bad breath, yellowish-brown crusty teeth and red inflamed gums. These are all signs that your dog needs a dental. If left untreated, dental disease can eventually cause heart problems. Nothing to worry about now since your pup is only 6 months old, but just something to keep in mind for the future.

  38. QUESTION:
    why are my dogs teeth falling out second one this week she is 6years old?

    • ANSWER:
      At the age of 7 years old, most dogs are considered to be seniors. Dogs age much faster than humans do, and often experiance many health problems along with that aging process.

      One of the first things that comes to mind when i hear of an older dog loosing teeth, is a oral/dental problem, such as stomatitis, gingivitis, severe tarter build up or periodontal disease. Signs of this are red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, dark yellow or brown coloring on the teeth, bad breath, sores in the mouth, drooling, tooth loss, or chewing food on one side of the mouth.

      Just like people, animals (especially cats and dogs) need to have their teeth brushed at home as well as have professional cleanings done by a veterinarian or licensed vet tech. A 6 year old dog who has never had their teeth professionally cleaned is the equivalent of a 67 year old human who's never gone to the dentist in their life! Also, much like humans, tooth loss (and the reason behind it) can cause severe pain and exposes the blood stream to bacterial infection which can lead to septicemia causing kidney, liver, and heart disease.

      I highly recommend that you take your dog into the vet for a physical exam, including an oral examination, and make an apointment for a professional cleaning (they may need to extract more teeth if loose ones are found as well). The vet can give you a formal diagnosis as to the cause of your dog's tooth loss, professionally clean the remaining teeth to prevent further problems, give antibiotics if needed for any infections, and pain medications for the discomfort i'm sure your dog is feeling.

      Please do not hesitate to get your dog into the vet, you may save her life!

      -RVT
      (Registered Veterinary Technician)

  39. QUESTION:
    halloween? We dont celebrate halloween where I live so I need game ideas...or anything to make it interesting!
    This place is stupid they dont celebate halloween apart froma few parties so I decided to make one but am still thinking of any idea pumpkins are hard to get here and cost much sot hats kinda out...I did say best costume and best carved pumpkin wins and I made my theme dead people/ living dead... so any other suggestions for games? or something to do?
    I live in an island called Cyprus... its somewhere in the mediterranean/europe... I miss the states a lot but unfortunatley I cant be there now so I try to make the best of it... No idea where to get hay for a scarecrow but will try something...most of my friends hate horror so I'll see about thaqt oen and I have a halloween sounds of horror tape somewhere so I'll use that!

    • ANSWER:
      one of our favorite games is messy but its fun
      you will need: paper plates
      bubble gum
      reddi whip or cool whip

      everyone puts their hands behind their back and get the bubble gum from the pile of cool whip on the plate. the first one to blow a bubble wins

      another game: pass the apple or orange using only your neck and chin

      balloon relay: blow up a balloon and place it on a paper plate. have a race to see who can get to the finish line without losing your balloon. its not easy cuz the faster you go the balloon flies off.

      instead of bobbing for apples tie an apple to a string and have the person "bob" for it while someone moves the apple up and down. its funny to watch.

      you can play musical pictures just put halloween theme pictures taped to the floor. you need one for each person to play. start the scary music and just before you stop the music remove 1 picture. when the music stops everyone steps on a picture. the person that doesnt have a pic to stand on is out. repeat this til only one pic is left for 2 people.

      you can have an area that has left over body parts. blind fold the people and have them touch stuff and tell them its body parts
      hot dogs-fingers
      spagetti noodlessooked and lightly oiled-intestines
      cocktail onions or peeled grapes-eyeballs
      pdding in plastic bag-heart
      dried apricots-ears
      1 halved canned peach-liver
      ioled soft tortilla-skin
      unpopped popcorn-teeth
      parmesan cheese-bad breath
      celery-rib cage
      half poptato- knee cap
      rice-maggots

      kayo syrup and red food coloring makes real looking blood
      ooze-3/4cup cornstarch 1/2cup of water and green food coloring

      HAVE A GREAT PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. QUESTION:
    my cats breath smells bad?
    he is a 1 year old colorpoint and his breath smells like fish with armpit.So now when he licks your hand you have to take a shower.We feed him dry cat food the brand is Friskies.Just help I am tired of my cats bad breath!

    • ANSWER:
      You should take a look at his gums. are they too pale or red? That would be a bad sign. You should go to the vet anyways, it's not natural.

      You should reconsider what you're feeding. Dry food is inappropriate to feed to cats. Here's why:
      Cats evolved as desert creatures and are well adapted (still!) to survive in a dry climate, if fed their natural food. Cats are not thirst driven like dogs and are able to survive on less water than dogs. They compensate for reduced water intake by concentrating their urine. When fed a dry food diet (which has less than 10 percent moisture), unless they drink a lot of water, which most cats do not, they are in a constant state of dehydration. Moreover, although a cat consuming a dry food diet does drink more water than a cat consuming a canned food diet, in the end, when water from all sources is added together — what's in their diet plus what they drink — the cat consumes approximately HALF the amount of water compared with a cat eating canned foods.6 On a dry food diet, a cat's urine becomes overly concentrated which leads to feline lower urinary tract disease. Consumption of dry food is associated with lower urinary tract disease as is increased frequency of feeding (a.k.a "free feeding" which is how most people feed dry food), no matter what type of food is fed and obesity.

      Now Friskies is a low quality food. It contains a lot of grain and grain is high in carbs. Carbs cause diabetes and obesity in cats.

      You need to put your cat on canned only diet. The canned needs to be grain-free. That's the only way to prevent kidney disease, UTI, crystals, renal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, fatty liver disease, diabetes and obesity and many many more.

      Some good brands are Wellness, Felidae, Merrick, Nature's Variety, EVO, Blue buffalo Wilderness.

      Invest in your cats health by buying good quality food. You will save the pain and vet bills in the future.

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    Dog tooth-paste?
    What is the best dog tooth-paste available? The duh answer is to ask the vet, but the vet will also recomend scince diet, which isn't good, simply because they're paid to endorse it.

    Ive got a papillon, if that makes a difference, and because she is a toy breed, she is extra prone to dental issues.

    So, what brand is good? What should I look for? And I read somewhere that a baby toothbrush would work, is that true?

    Thanks much.
    I am very aware that people toothpaste should never be used for a dog as for people, it's abrassive,for dogs, it is enzymatic *and ingestible.* I just wanted to make that clear.

    I think in terms of brands because some people tothpaste breands are better than others, dog toothpaste won't be too different in that sense. I want the best, because paying even for something thatdoesn't work is still five bucks wasted entirely. I guess I'll just ask the vet when we go on Wednesday.

    • ANSWER:
      Always use a specially formulated dog toothpaste. Because dogs can't rinse and spit after a brushing, the dog toothpaste must be safe for pets to swallow! Some human toothpastes contain detergents which can irritate pets' stomachs, and, in addition, large quantities of ingested fluoride can harm pets.

      Oxyfresh Pet Gel

      Key Ingredients of Oxyfresh Dog Toothpaste:
      Chondrus Crispus
      Oxygene®
      Propylene Glycol
      Chamomile
      Aloe Vera

      Since Papillons have small mouths and their lips lay tight against the teeth and gums it is very common for Papillons to need regular dental maintenance. Maintenance includes regular brushing. I use a tiny infant's tooth brush. Baking soda or doggy toothpaste is suggested to use along with the brush. Purchasing of a tooth scaler to remove excess plague is a good idea and an inexpensive investment. Annual dental cleaning performed by a veterinarian is highly recommended. Tooth loss of dogs over the age of 4 is very common. The warning signs of gum disease are bad breath, red and swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gum line, and pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth. Providing bones and hard kibble will assist in keeping plague build up at a minimum. Feeding moist food is discouraged.

  42. QUESTION:
    Ok I have a Minni-Pin lately she has been acting very strange?
    She stars at the walls, when you call her name she doesn't acknowledge you unless you scream it, she licks the floor and carpet, Some times she just stands in one place dazed out. then at times she freaks out and starts jumping around and barking like in the middle of the night, can anyone tell me what is wrong with her. Also her breath is terrible!!!!! it is so bad you can smell it if she is in the floor and your standing up or laying in bed, it will wake you up from a deep sleep!. She likes to eat cat poop, I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have her checked out by a vet. How old is she? How long has she been acting weirdly?

      Her breath might be bad because she eats cat poop or because she has a lot of tartar on her teeth - are they nice and white and smooth or with yellow buildup? Are the gums red? If so she should have a dental at your vets and it will probably help the bad breath.

      With regards to you yelling her name - could she be a bit deaf?

      The behavior changes are harder to deal with. It sounds like a forebrain or systemic problem. Old dogs particularly can have tumours in the brain and "mini-seizures", and they do go senile like old people do. Alternatively there are treatable conditions like diabetes that can affect behaviour strangely. Another possibility is infection, particularly with Toxoplasma (which you can get from cat poop) or Neospora protozoa. A vet visit is your best chance of finding out.

      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    Why Do Cats eat there own cat litter ?.?

    We have had a new kitten & the older cat dont like him.
    I'ts the older cat eating it..
    The cat litter is not by there food..

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there...Here's an article found on iVillage about why cats eat their litter and what you can do to help:

      Cats are well-known for being fussy eaters, always demanding the freshest, tastiest foods. But occasionally a cat will go to the other extreme and begin snacking in the most unappetizing of places, the litter box.
      Eating litter isn't necessarily dangerous, although cats that take more than a small nibble may get obstructions in their intestinal tracts. The real problem isn't the litter lunch itself but the underlying condition that is causing them to take up the habit.
      "A cat that suddenly starts eating litter is almost always sick," says Jane Brunt, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Towson, Maryland. For example, cats with anemia, a condition in which the body doesn't have enough red blood cells, will sometimes eat litter. Vets aren't sure why they do it, but it may be nature's way of getting more iron into their systems. Cats with kidney disease or feline leukemia will also eat litter on occasion, she says.
      "Cats with poor diets, especially those given vegetarian diets, may crave nutrients," adds Carol A. Tice, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Cary, North Carolina. The clay used to make litter is rich in minerals and may act as a natural supplement. Cats that keep eating litter, however, may actually lose nutrients because the clay will leach out more minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium than it puts back in.

      t doesn't happen often, but sometimes cats will develop unusual compulsions, in which a normal habit, such as licking litter off their fur after using the litter box, becomes an uncontrollable urge, says Elizabeth Shull, D.V.M., a veterinary behaviorist and neurologist at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. This type of compulsion is thought to be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, she explains.
      Next page: See Your Vet If...

      See Your Vet If...
      Your cat is on a vegetarian diet.
      Your pet has pale or white gums.
      Your pet has eaten antifreeze, houseplants, or other harmful substances.
      She has missing or broken teeth.
      Her teeth are gray or black.
      She has been vomiting for more than a day or is vomiting blood.
      She has had diarrhea or constipation for a day or more.
      You have noticed weight gain or weight loss.
      Your pet hasn't eaten for more than 24 hours.
      She is eating, drinking, or urinating much more than usual.
      Her abdomen is bloated or feels tight.
      She is drooling more than usual.
      There is a bulge in her throat.
      Your pet seems unusually tired and lethargic.
      She has sores on her gums or tongue.
      She seems to be having trouble chewing or swallowing.

      A few common causes of appetite and eating problems are dental disease, cushing's disease, diabetes, cancer, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and kidney disease. Learn more about these common conditions now.
      Dental Disease
      Sometimes eating can literally be a pain. If your pet is chewing in a funny way (gingerly or on one side of her mouth), has bad breath, or has gums that are inflamed or bleeding, chances are that she has dental problems.
      Unlike humans, dogs and cats don't get cavities. But they do get other tooth and gum problems that can take away their appetites. Dental problems are quite common, affecting more than 80 percent of dogs and cats after the age of three. The most common dental problem is periodontal disease, in which bacteria-laden plaque on the teeth erodes gum tissue and possibly causes the teeth to loosen.
      To prevent periodontal disease, vets recommend brushing your pet's teeth every day. It is also a good idea to give her dry food and crunchy snacks since these will help scour the teeth clean. In addition, some vets recommend giving the teeth a professional cleaning once a year to prevent plaque from accumulating.

      Cushing's Disease
      This is a condition in which the pituitary gland produces excessive amounts of the hormone ACTH, causing the body to produce high levels of cortisol and other steroids. When cortisol levels rise, so does your pet's interest in eating and drinking. Cushing's disease, which is often caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland, affects mainly middle-aged, purebred dogs. One of the main symptoms is an increase in appetite. It can also cause your pet's coat to get dry and thin. The usual treatment for Cushing's disease is to give medications (usually for life) that decrease the body's ability to make cortisol.

      Diabetes
      Diabetes is a condition in which either the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or the body is unable to take full advantage of the insulin that is produced. Insulin is a hormone needed to transport glucose (blood sugar) and fats into the body's cells. When glucose and fats don't get inside cells, they stay in the bloodstream, damaging tissues throughout the body. Pets with diabetes will often drink enormous amounts of water -- the body's attempt to dilute the sugar- and fat-rich blood before it does harm.

      "There is all this sugar in the blood, but the cells are starving," adds Dean Gebroe, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Los Angeles. Pets with diabetes eat and drink with all their might, but without insulin, the cells are unable to take in the energy-giving glucose.
      Some pets with diabetes will require daily shots of insulin to lower blood sugar levels. In many cases, however, this condition can be controlled or even eliminated by simple lifestyle changes -- by helping overweight pets lose weight, for example, or by making changes in exercise and eating habits.
      Cancer
      As with any disease that affects the whole body, cancer will often stifle a dog's or cat's interest in eating. This is particularly true when the cancer affects the stomach, intestine, or any other part of the digestive tract.
      "A common scenario with an older dog or cat that suddenly stops eating is an invasive cancer somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract, usually in the intestine," says Karen L. Overall, V.M.D., Ph.D., head of the behavior clinic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia.

      s with cancer in humans, there are many treatments available, from chemotherapy to radiation to surgery. And since it is essential for pets with cancer to eat properly in order to keep up their strength and keep the immune system working well, it is important to call your vet immediately if your pet's appetite seems to be dropping.

      Hyperthyroidism
      Pets with overactive (hyper) thyroid glands are hungry all the time, yet thin as a rail. They drink a lot, sleep less than they used to, and tend to be agitated and fidgety. "The thyroid is kind of like the gas pedal of the body," explains Sandra Sawchuk, D.V.M., clinical instructor of small animal medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. "It regulates metabolism. If it's producing too much hormone, it's like revving the engine constantly."
      In cats, hyperthyroidism can be treated with medications that slow the metabolism to normal levels. Vets may also recommend treatments with radioactive iodine, which destroys abnormal thyroid tissue while keeping the gland intact. Radioactive iodine is usually the preferred option, says Dr. Gebroe, but also the most expensive. In dogs, surgery is usually needed to remove the overactive gland because it could contain a malignant cancer. "Because more than half of thyroid tumors in dogs are malignant, surgery will probably be required to help prevent the spread of the cancer to other organs," says Craig N. Carter, D.V.M., Ph.D., head of epidemiology at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at Texas A&M University in College Station. "The malignant form of thyroid cancer is much less common in cats, but it can occur and may also require surgery."

      Hypothyroidism
      Pets with underactive (hypo) thyroid glands don't produce enough of this important hormone to keep their metabolism running at healthy levels. As a result, their appetite drops, yet they gain weight. They may be sluggish and tired as well.
      While hypothyroidism is very rare in cats, it is one of the most common hormonal conditions in dogs. In most cases, it is easily treated by giving pets thyroid hormone supplements, which replenish the body's natural supply.
      Intestinal obstruction. When your pet develops a taste for inedible items, like pocket watches or rings, replacing your possessions may be the least of your concerns. Swallowing objects can cause an intestinal obstruction, resulting in a loss of appetite, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain, or vomiting. Intestinal obstructions can be life-threatening, so it is essential to see your vet immediately if you even suspect this is the problem.
      Your vet can identify intestinal obstructions with an x-ray. In most cases, however, surgery is the only way to remove swallowed objects and relieve the blockage.

      Kidney Disease
      In older pets particularly, kidney disease is a common cause of lost appetite. "If the kidney is not functioning properly, it can't filter all the toxins out of the blood," says Dr. Gebroe. "Toxins will accumulate, and your pet will lose her appetite."

      n addition to lost appetite, symptoms of kidney problems include drinking a lot, weight loss, and possibly vomiting.
      Kidney disease is serious, and your pet will probably need intravenous fluids to help flush the blood and keep her healthy. In addition, she will probably be given a special diet, along with medications, to help the kidneys work properly again.

  44. QUESTION:
    Dog Teeth Infection.?
    I wanted to know if someone can be arrested or fined for not cleaning a dog's teeth and then seeing really bad to sever teeth infection. Because, i have a friend that has a dog and the dogs teeth look really bad. Like sever infection, red gums, and the dogs teeth look really lose. He takes care of the dog very well, food, baths, takes him outside. But he never cleans his dogs teeth. He thought the dog food would be able to clean his teeth some how, he tried everything to make his dogs breath stop smelling really bad but nothing worked. And now he wants to take it to the vet but he scared that he might get arrested or fined for like animal cruelty or something like that.

    Help Please, And Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      More than likely your friend will not get any jail time for this... or even a fine. =) He should definitely get the dog to a vet. Oral disease is the #1 diagnosed health problem in pets? And just like in humans, oral disease can often lead to problems with other vital organs as well. Once your friend gets the vet out of the way, and probably gets the dog a good teeth cleaning, try Greenies. They are clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar build up. And unlike dog food, bones, and chew toys that only clean the surface of the teeth Greenies actually clean below the gum line. They are one of the only dental treats recognized by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Also they are highly soluble for safe digestion. They come in 5 different sizes and it is very important to get the correct size based on your dog’s weight otherwise the product will not be doing what it is meant to, which is get IN BETWEEN the teeth and break up that tartar and plaque. Also, I don’t know how old your dog is, but I wouldn’t try Greenies until a dog was over 6 months old.

  45. QUESTION:
    Dog had teeth knocked loose, should we ask the vet?
    My dog is having a dental cleaning done. And we have an exam and blood work scheduled for Monday. Anyways, his teeth are bad. Completely covered in tartar, bright red gums, horrible breath, etc. I would guess he is at a stage 3 or 4 for dental disease. But it isn't causing him any pain or troubles, etc, but obviously needs done ASAP.

    About a year and a half ago, one of our other, bigger dogs attacked him (over food) and the fight only lasted a few seconds but it knocked his teeth loose right in front on the top. And I know it was caused by this because it wasn't loose before and he doesn't have any other loose teeth other than this. And he started acting weird with his mouth afterwards. Anyways, there was a huge gap, but the teeth eventually tightened again (in about a week.) . But a couple teeth on top now are loose, if you push on them they move a little bit. But this was actually caused by a fight and not, his teeth are so bad that they are falling out thing.

    I was wondering if I should mention this to the vet at the exam?
    It doesn't cause him any pain and he does eat dry food.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    My dog - licking lips, bad breath, and vomiting?
    My German Shepherd has been licking her lips for the last 3 days. last night, she got a bad breath. Today morning (7 am), start licking her lips excessively and then vomiting.

    I'll make an appointment with the vet. But before, can anyone tell me what these symptoms for?
    She is 4.5 month old.
    2 times.
    7 weeks old:
    Distemper-Hepatits + Canine Parvovirus + Parainfluenza.

    4 month old:
    Distemper-Hepatits + Canine Parvovirus + Parainfluenza + Rabies.

    And another one should be these days.

    Last night, she lost her puppy tooth (guess it's the reason for bad breath and maybe the licking)
    Also, I always give her a chicken thigh at night, and she eats it in the grass (which I guess the reason for vomiting, because she eating with other things, such as mod, and grass).

    btw, she looks healthy, playful, eating and drinking very well (like normal).
    I live in a small town, and my vet out of the town for 9 days. Can I delay her last shot for a week?

    what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a dog that licks her lips right before she throws up. Just like us, the saliva gets a bit weird right before. This may be an infection in the mouth....maybe her teeth. Pull the lips back and look at the teeth and gums. Might be a tooth broke off or is absessed. Gums should be a bubble gum pink. If not and pale this is a sign of anemia or a problem with the blood. Look for broken teeth or swollen red gums as this is a sign of dental disease.

      Good to know you are getting her to the vet.

      add : No way is this dental disease at just 4.5 months old. This young pup should see the vet asap. They can become dehydrated quickly! So...get her to the vet TODAY. She did get ehr parvo shots ...right????

  47. QUESTION:
    Cat drooling and wet dog breath?
    My almost three year old cat has been drooling like a maniac for awhile now and he always smells like wet dog. Today I realized that smell is coming from his mouth when normally I assumed it was just because he plays outside all day regardless of the weather. I looked in his mouth and didn't find and yellow stains or black spots. Actually his teeth are pretty white and all of his gums are light pink. There is a tiny bit of blood coming from one of the small teeth between his bottom fangs. He still cleans himself and eats normally. The only weird thing about his eating habits is that he doesn't chew he basically scarfs it down. The vet told me not to worry about that. I have an appointment to take him in next week.but I was hoping someone has seen this before, the drooling and bad breath, and can give me some ideas of what it is. I'm thinking he might be getting gingivitis since he doesn't chew his food. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      That little bit of blood coming from one tooth could be a clue. If the gums look red and swollen around that tooth, there could be an infection. Cats (and people for that matter) tend to salivate more when they have tooth problems. An infection can also be causing the bad breath. Ask the vet when you go in next week if that could be the problem.

  48. QUESTION:
    My pomeranian has a really bad breath!!!!!!! It doesnt go away no matter what i give her. Help!?
    I got this pomeranian off another owner. She is now 5years old. Ever since she has come, she has a constant bad breath. Once you smell it, you choke its that bad! I have noticed that mostly all her teeth are a very dark grey colour. Her gums are also a very bad colour. They are blood red! Im taking her to the vets tomorrow but i think she may have to get her teeth out. May cost a bit too! :( Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      She needs her teeth cleaned by the vet. Dogs are prone to gingivitis and tooth problems just like people if you don't take care of their teeth and small dogs seem to be worse. Bad teeth and gum disease can also lead to heart problems and liver problems. I would have her teeth cleaned right away.

  49. QUESTION:
    What causes dogs gums to bleed? ?
    Could it be contagious among Dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common cause is peridontal disease, especially after 2 years of age. This is basically the build up of plaque on the teeth which leads to the gums becoming swollen and inflamed (gingivitas). Bad breath and bleeding red gums are the most common signs of this although sometimes your dog might drop food and rub its mouth as well. If you don't attend to this then the problem will get worse and eventually may cause irreversible damage to the dogs teeth and jaw. It is not contagious.

      In rare cases, bleeding gums may also be caused by immune deficiency diseases like cancer.

      The best idea is to take your dog to the vets for a check up. It is likely that it will need to have its teeth professionally cleaned.

      Bleeding gums can also be caused by chewing hard abrasive objects like sticks or bones. But this bleeding usually stops within about 5 minutes.

      Good luck. See the link below for more info.

  50. QUESTION:
    my dogs breath smells bad wat could it be from?

    • ANSWER:
      Most people immediately think of bad teeth or dog eating poop, however there are other things that can make the breath smell bad, sinus infections (yes, dogs get them too), bad tonsils (more common than you may think), bad diet (digestive problems......very common cause of bad breath) are just a few. Try adding a little yogurt, non-fat, to the diet once a day and see if this helps.
      Check your dogs teeth, if you see alot of brown deposits near the gum line, particularly on the back teeth, and a red ring where the tooth meets the gum, it's the beginning of peridonal disease and to prevent it from progressing, the vet will have to do a dental. Tooth infections can have drastic consequences, just like in people, and heart disease is one of them.

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