My Dog’s Breath Smells Like Cheese

By Kim •  Updated: 08/15/21 •  3 min read
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Have you ever paid attention to your dog’s breath? You may know what his normal breath smells like; we usually call that “doggie” breath! While that may not be an odor you love, it is a good indication that your fur baby is healthy! But what happens if your dog’s breath starts to smell really bad?

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Has your dog’s breath started to smell like cheese? 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 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 cheese and how you can help your dog. Let’s get started!

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One of the first things to consider is whether or not your dog has been eating cheese recently. Different types of cheese can make our breath, or a dog’s breath, smell pretty bad. In fact, there are cheeses that smell like garbage yet taste great!

So, try to see if your dog’s been eating cheese. If so, this could be the reason for his cheesy-smelling breath. If not, read on to learn other causes of cheese-smelling breath in dogs.

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Other Causes of Cheesy Smelling Breath in Dogs

Here, you’ll find some of the most common reasons a dog’s breath may smell like cheese:

Toxic plants: dogs are famous for eating just about anything that attracts their attention, which can include plants in the house or in the garden. Dogs are not discerning when it comes to eating plants. They sometimes choose to eat plants that are toxic to them. Some plants may cause a dog’s breath to smell rancid, cheesy, or yeasty.

Yeast infection: can cause a dog’s breath to smell cheesy or rancid. The yeast may be in your dog’s mouth or system or even on his skin. As with other infections, a yeast infection can become serious if left untreated.

Allergic reaction: dogs that are having an allergic reaction may also have breath that smells like cheese or yeast. The allergies can be environmental or seasonal, and even food-related. Just like an infection, an underlying allergy needs to be treated, or it can become worse.

How to Help Your Dog

As you can see, there are numerous conditions that can cause a dog’s breath to smell like cheese. Unless your dog has recently eaten cheese, then it’s best to make an appointment with the vet. Your dog may have an underlying health issue that requires treatment. The vet is the only person who can examine your dog and make a definite diagnosis.

The good news is that once the underlying condition has been treated, your dog’s breath should return to his normal doggie breath once again!

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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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