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How To Maintain Your Dog's Bad Breath

Health Concerns & Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs

If your pet canine has bad breath, consider that it could be more than just a mere annoyance. Bad breath in dogs frequently indicates an on-going health issue that may become severe over time if not treated. Here are some signs of what to look for and what to do to curb your dog's foul-smelling breath.

maintain your dog's bad breath

Periodontal Disease

Many pet dogs by the age of three will develop periodontal disease or gingivitis. When bacteria in the mouth becomes plaque and tartar, it may become painful over time for your pet. Your canine may have troubles chewing and may even suffer from tooth and bone loss without treatment.

Oral Problems

Sometimes the cause of bad breath is from oral issues, including tumors or oral cancer developing in your dog's mouth. Gingival Hyperplasia, an overgrowth of the gums, is another condition that could be inflicting your pet. If you discover an oral growth or abnormalities in your dog's mouth, call your veterinarian to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


In puppies, the cause of bad breath may be due to their adult teeth growing in. Routinely brushing your puppy's teeth will help to combat bacteria developing on the gumline and reduce stinky breath.

Gastrointestinal & Metabolic Diseases

If your dog is suffering from a gastrointestinal or metabolic disease, this may have an impact on bad breath as well. These diseases affect the esophagus, stomach, intestines and the digestive system. Bad breath can even be an indicator of a serious health issue like kidney failure or liver disease.

Other Causes

Food lodging in the back of your dog's mouth inbetween the teeth and tartar buildup may be a less life-threatening cause but nevertheless an ever present issue for your pet. To prevent plaque from developing, give your canine Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews® or other similar dental treats. These treats are designed specifically to access hard-to-reach areas of your dog's mouth while brushing.

If you ever notice a change in your dog's breath or why he or she has such bad breath in general, it is a good idea to take your furry companion to the vet. Even though you may regularly care for your dog's teeth, be sure to routinely schedule dental checkups and cleanings. Much like humans, dogs will need to have one to two checkups a year. Discuss with your veterinarian any concerns you have about your dog's oral health and how many dental appointments will be necessary.

Rapport Pet Portal

We are excited to announce a new pet portal, Rapport, available to you through our website,, starting November 1st, 2016. Pet portals are a web based system that allows you to access your pet’s medical history and communicate with the CountrySide veterinary team.

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The current portal on the website will no longer be available after the launch. Please prepare by saving any information/pictures from the current VetStreet portal before November 1, 2016.

Rapport, our new pet portal, will give you many new and improved options to manage your pet’s health care needs. You will have more options available to schedule appointments, refill medications, and review veterinary medical information. There will also be an app available for your phone to enhance your opportunity to utilize all of the options available through Rapport.

Communication is essential to maintain a healthy relationship with CountrySide Veterinary Service. With Rapport, you will be in control of the method by which you choose to communicate. You can receive reminders of upcoming appointments by email, text or phone. Importantly, you can set preferences through the new pet portal to ensure timely communication without excessive messages.

In the upcoming months, our receptionists will be asking you to update this information in order to make the necessary communications efficient and timely. Rest assured, the CountrySide hospitality staff will continue to be available to you as before. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


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Prevent These 7 Common Dog Choking Hazards

Dogs love chewing on things: tennis balls, sticks, bones, etc. However, many of these items your dog plays with and chews on can be a potential choking hazard to them.

Tennis Balls

Tennis Ball Choking Hazard

In the case of tennis balls, your dog may crush it so that it wedges in his throat, causing him to choke. After playing fetch with your pet, be sure to put any tennis balls away and don't let them be used as a chewing toy. In addition, tennis balls are also harsh on your dog's teeth.


Sticks, if swallowed, can cause splinters to get caught in the roof of your dog's mouth and may need to be surgically removed.


Although bones may be a favorite chewing toy, your dog may eagerly swallow a bone whole or large, sharp pieces of the bone, potentially forming cuts in his or her mouth, esophagus, or digestive system.

Rawhide Bones

When selecting rawhide bones, choose larger ones that don't have small pieces. Supervise your pet as he or she chews on the rawhide bone, and once it gets smaller and they start ripping off small pieces, remove it to avoid any choking.

Dental Treats

Dental treats such as dental chews and dental sticks can also be a hazard. Choose dental treats that your dog can easily digest in case he or she happens to swallow them.

Dog Toys

Even certain dog toys can be a risk, especially small ones, or ones with small parts that can be easily ripped off. Only allow your dog to play with these kinds of toys if you are able to watch them while they play.

Kids' Toys

Finally, kids' toys and other household items can be a choking hazard for your dog, particularly anything that is not intended for dogs that is chewable or small enough to be wedged in your dog's esophagus or trachea.

As a pet owner, there are preventative measures you can take to protect your dog from choking. Learn more about what to do when you need to take something away from your dog's mouth in this video and the value of the "drop-it" command--which could save your dog's life if they happen to start choking.

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Appleton, WI 54913