My Dog’s Breath Smells Like a Dead Mouse

By Julie •  Updated: 08/05/21 •  3 min read
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Doggie breath—all dogs have it, and not all pet parents appreciate it! However, normal doggie breath is an indication of a healthy dog. But sometimes, a dog’s breath can become very foul-smelling. A pet parent may even say their dog’s breath smells like something dead!

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Has your dog’s breath started to smell like a dead mouse? Are you worried this could be an indication that your dog is sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand this type of symptom can be scary in your dog.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at what could cause a dog’s breath to smell like a dead mouse and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!

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One of the most common causes of a dog’s breath smelling like a dead mouse could be something caught in his teeth. This could be a piece of dog food, meat, a stick, or other various things.

If your dog allows you, try to look in his mouth and see if you can find anything stuck in his teeth. If so, then it’s best to make an appointment with the vet. The reason is that the vet has all the tools and knowledge to safely remove the offending debris in your dog’s teeth.

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Once the debris has been safely removed, your dog’s breath should return to normal again. That is, he should have his normal doggie breath back!

Another reason your dog’s breath smells like a dead mouse could be because he did eat a dead mouse. You may want to check around the house, the yard, and in the garage to see if there’s evidence that your dog has eaten a dead mouse.

If he has, then you also need to consider if the mouse was poisoned or not. If there’s a chance the mouse was poisoned, then call the vet immediately. The poison could also make your dog sick.

Other Reasons a Dog’s Breath Smells Like a Dead Mouse

There are other reasons a dog’s breath could smell like a dead mouse. These can include the following conditions:

Dental problems: decaying teeth, gum disease, abscesses, oral tumors, and more can cause a dog’s breath to smell foul.

Kidney disease: can cause waste products to build up in a dog’s system, leading to foul breath.

Digestive tract problems: including vomiting, stomach ulcers, and more, can cause very bad breath in dogs.

How to Help Your Dog

If your dog hasn’t eaten a dead mouse (or another dead thing), then it’s best to call the vet. The vet will be able to examine your dog and do some tests to make a diagnosis.

The chances are that if there’s an underlying health issue, treating this will cure your dog’s foul breath! Your fur baby will feel better and have his normal doggie breath back again!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.
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