My Dog’s Breath Smells Like Period or Menstrual Blood

By Kyoko •  Updated: 08/12/21 •  3 min read
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Dogs are not known for having the freshest breath around, especially if they’ve been eating something they shouldn’t! However, regular doggie breath means a dog is healthy. But what if a dog’s breath starts to smell foul all of a sudden?

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Has your dog’s breath started to smell like period or menstrual blood? Are you worried this could be an indication that your dog is sick? If so, 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 period or menstrual blood and how you can help your dog. Let’s get started!

First Check This!

This is going to be a little gross, but it’s important that we discuss this right now. Some dogs love to chew on and eat all types of things. This can include just about anything from shoes, pillows, dead things, and more. For some reason, there are dogs who love to raid the wastebasket and chew/eat used feminine products such as pads or tampons.

Knowing your dog does this can be distressing. We understand! However, if your dog does chew/eat up used feminine products, it’s possible your dog’s breath could smell like menstrual or period blood.

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If you notice your dog’s breath smells like this, then check to see if he’s been at the wastebasket. This could be the cause of his breath smelling so bad.

Another common cause of a dog’s breath smelling like menstrual or period blood is if he’s been chewing on something hard. If your dog chews on rawhides, hard dog toys, sticks, or other hard things, these things could cut his mouth and/or gums. This could lead to his breath smelling like period blood.

Other Causes of a Dog’s Breath Smelling Like Period or Menstrual Blood

Here are some other reasons a dog’s breath may smell like period or menstrual blood:

Kidney disease: can include infections, stones, and more. A dog may develop bad breath if he has kidney disease because the kidneys are not able to function correctly. When this happens, waste products build up in the dog’s body, which can lead to bad breath.

Dental issues: such as tooth decay, abscesses, gum disease, oral tumors, and more can cause bad breath in dogs. These conditions can even cause bleeding in the mouth, causing a dog’s breath to smell like period blood.

How to Help Your Dog

If the cause of your dog’s breath smelling like period or menstrual blood isn’t obvious, then it’s best to call the vet. Don’t let the problem drag on because, in most cases, it will only get worse.

The vet will be able to examine your dog and run tests to determine the cause of his breath smelling so bad. The good news is that once the underlying issue has been treated, your dog’s breath should go back to smelling like doggie breath again!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!
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