My Dog’s Breath Smells Like a Dead Animal

By Julie •  Updated: 11/22/21 •  3 min read
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Minty fresh breath is one of the last things you may expect in your dog! And there’s a good reason for that! Most dogs are not known for having the best breath around. That’s because they have what we call “doggie breath.” Normal doggie breath doesn’t smell too good to us. However, there are some times when a dog’s breath can become foul.

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Has your dog’s breath started smelling like a dead animal? Are you worried this may mean 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 a dead animal and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!

First Check This!

Some dogs may have breath that smells like a dead animal, which may be caused by dead animals! Is it possible your dog has somehow found something dead and eaten it? This is a very common problem in dogs!

This is one of the first things you can check. If you don’t find any obvious signs that this is the problem, then it’s time to call the vet.

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Other Common Causes of Dead Animal Breath in Dogs

There are other reasons your dog’s breath could smell like a dead animal, including:

Kidney disease: any type of kidney issue can cause a dog’s breath to smell like a dead animal. When the kidneys aren’t functioning correctly, waste products normally removed from your dog’s bloodstream stay in his body. This can lead to foul-smelling urine and breath.

Urinary tract infections: also called UTIs, can cause a dog’s breath to smell very bad. The smell can be like a dead animal, rotting fish, or very sour. Not only that, but you may also notice your dog’s urine has a foul smell too. UTIs are caused by an overgrowth of fungi or bacteria anywhere in the dog’s urinary tract.

Oral problems: a dead animal smell coming from your dog’s mouth may also be caused by a number of oral problems. These include tooth decay, abscesses, plaque, gum problems, and more. Even oral tumors can cause a dog’s breath to smell very bad.

How to Help Your Dog

The best way to help your dog is by making an appointment with the vet. Your vet will examine your dog and conduct lab work to help determine what’s causing your dog’s sewer breath.

The good news is that treatment of any underlying medical condition can help improve your dog’s breath! He may not have that minty-fresh breath we humans appreciate. However, his normal doggie breath will assure you he’s healthy and happy!

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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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