For a person, it usually means we ate something
But for a dog to have bad breath, it means
something is wrong.
Sadly, as a breed, Shelties have very high maintenance
teeth. They need brushed and cleaned on a regular basis; yet
so many Sheltie owners never notice this important health issue in their
Imagine how your teeth would feel you could not brush
them. The tarter would quickly build up. Decay would
begin on one or more teeth. The gums would become inflamed and sore.
As the decay advances it eats away at your teeth and eats down to the
roots. (ouch) Long before this
point, us humans would have run to the dentist because of the
pain. But a Sheltie cannot
tell you what hurts; so it continues to go unnoticed. Soon,
the decaying tooth (or teeth) and gums will become
infected. Once the infection gets a
good hold in your Shelties mouth, THEN it starts to smell bad.
An infected mouth can smell terrible! This is the
point at which many people start to tease your dog about having "bad
breath". You don't worry too much, because everyone has bad
breath "sometimes". Right?
Simply put: If your Sheltie has
lingering bad breath, he needs to be seen by your vet. A tooth
infection is one of the leading causes of kidney failure and a host of
other medical problems in dogs.
If you have allowed your dogs teeth to get to this
point-- it is likely that your Sheltie will need a vet to professionally
clean his teeth, and extract (pull) the infected teeth ASAP.
Then, you will likely need to give your Sheltie antibiotics to knock out
the infection. Then, once your Sheltie has clean healthy
teeth.... it is YOUR job to keep them that way.
Check your Shelties teeth regularly. Brush the tarter off at
least once per week. Have your vet check your Shelties teeth
yearly. Feed dry crunchy high quality dog food. Canned, soft
food is not a good choice for maintaining healthy teeth.
Clean, healthy adult teeth and gums.
Bright red gum line, tarter build up.
Painful? You bet! Bad Breath? Probably.
This dog needs vet care ASAP.
This case could be called Animal
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