My Dog’s Breath Smells Like Bleach

By Julie •  Updated: 08/08/21 •  3 min read
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As the pet parent of a dog, you’re more than likely familiar with your dog’s breath. While regular doggie breath may not smell so great to us, it does indicate that your dog is normal and healthy! But what happens if your dog’s breath becomes foul?

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Has your dog’s breath started to smell like bleach? Are you worried this may indicate that 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 make a dog’s breath smell like bleach and how you can help your dog. Let’s get started!

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One of the most common reasons a dog’s breath may smell like bleach is a kidney problem. When the kidneys aren’t able to function correctly, they’re unable to filter waste products from your dog’s blood. This causes the waste products to build up in your dog’s bloodstream and build up in your dog’s body. This can lead to a dog’s breath smelling like bleach or chemicals.

Kidney problems that cause a dog’s breath to smell like bleach can include infections, kidney stones, kidney failure, and more. You may notice these symptoms along with your dog’s breath smelling like bleach:

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If you notice these symptoms and foul-smelling breath, then it’s time to call the vet. Your dog needs to be checked for kidney disease/infection.

Other Causes of Bleach-Smelling Breath in Dogs

Here are a couple of other health issues that may cause a dog’s breath to smell like bleach:

Liver disease: can cause a dog’s breath to smell foul or musty, similar to bleach.

Diabetes: can lead to a dog’s breath smelling sweet or like chemicals

Dental issues: such as infected teeth and gums, can also cause a dog’s breath to smell like bleach.

How to Help Your Dog

The best thing you can do for your dog is to call the vet for a checkup. The vet will be able to check your dog for various health issues and then treat the problem right away. The sooner the condition is treated, the sooner your dog will feel better.

The good news is that once the underlying health issue has been cured, your dog’s breath should go back to his normal, healthy doggie breath 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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