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my dog has bad breath and licks his mouth/lips constantly,

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my dog has bad breath and licks his mouth/lips constantly, is this a yeast infection or acid reflux?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.

Thank you for your post!

Although I would suppose acid reflux can cause this - my top differential would be dental disease (tooth disease)

Having your veterinarian evaluate the teeth and if this is the problem - considering a dental cleaning as well as antibiotics would likely be the recommendation.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
His teeth are regularly brushed and he has had occasional vomitting (only bile)and his gums have a brownish discoloration.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
In general I would say that the most common causes for bad breath typically include:

- Dental disease which has led to bad breath

- Systemic disease such as kidney disease and build up of toxins

- Endocrine disease - such as diabetes which can also change the odor of the mouth.

Going back to topic 1 - dental disease - even if the teeth look good - just like us when we wake up in the morning - it is not that the teeth look terrible - but the buildup of bacteria in the mouth lead to the odor and bad breath...which is why we are advised to brush our teeth as often as we do.

This is why for me - I would first recommend seeing your veterinarian to examine the mouth.

I hope this information helps!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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