PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Unfortunately, like us, our best friends are not immune to suffering from bad breath or halitosis. Both canines and felines may be susceptible to this condition. Although unpleasant, halitosis may first appear to be harmless. But unfortunately, it may be symptomatic of various things such as a simple diet change or possibly an indication of a more serious health problem.

Certain commercial dog foods that contain fillers and by-products and contain corn soy, wheat, etc…may cause stomach upset in many dogs and can lead to bad breath. A healthy high-quality nutritious diet is beneficial for the overall health of both dogs and cats.

Halitosis could also indicate the obvious: dental problems, such as tooth decay, bacteria or gum disease. But it could also point to other types of illnesses that may be unexpected, such as an infection or abscess, kidney or liver disease, gastrointestinal problems, an oral tumor or even certain cancers.

It’s always best to check out your pet’s overall health with a thorough visit to your vet to find out the exact source of this condition.

Reported By Nan Talleno, KYW Newsradio

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