My Dog’s Breath Smells Like an Outhouse

By Kim •  Updated: 08/06/21 •  3 min read
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Let’s face it, a dog’s breath never will smell like a bed of roses. Normal dog breath doesn’t smell too good to us, but it is an indication that a dog is healthy. What happens if a dog’s breath suddenly becomes foul?

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

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

First Check This!

This may sound very gross, but has your dog been eating poop recently? Many dogs eat poop from other animals they find outside. In fact, this condition has a name—it’s called coprophagia. Eating poop is a habit some dogs have, no matter what you do to curb it. If your canine companion has recently been munching down on some poop, then his breath could smell like an outhouse!

If this doesn’t seem to be the case, then it could be your dog has an underlying health issue that’s causing his breath to smell so bad.

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Other Causes of Outhouse Breath in Dogs

Here are some other common causes of outhouse breath in dogs:

Dental problems: this is one of the most common causes of foul breath in dogs. It may be caused by broken teeth that have started to decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and more. Even a foreign object or food caught in the teeth can cause very foul-smelling breath.

Respiratory tract disease: any part of the dog’s respiratory tract can become infected, including the sinuses and lungs. A dog that develops nasal tumors or pneumonia may also have foul-smelling breath.

Liver & kidney disease: can also cause a dog’s breath to smell like an outhouse.

How to Help Your Dog

If there’s no obvious cause of your dog’s breath smelling like an outhouse, then it’s best to see the vet. The vet can examine your dog and run tests to see what’s causing your fur baby’s foul breath.

In most cases, the vet can treat the underlying health issue. This can then lead to your canine companion’s breath going back to normal again! So, not only will he feel better, but his breath will improve, too!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.
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