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my dog breath smells like acetone, should I be concerned

Customer Question

Is this due to sone kind of desease
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Hi Calou,

How old is your dog?
Does your dog have increased thirst?
increased urination?
Any lethargy?
Discolored teeth?
Does your dog's urine have little to no odor?
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: my dog's breath smells like acetone. Can it be something serious?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Hi Calou,

Many problems can cause bad breath in a dog. The most common cause is dental problems and you can usually spot these as you can see tartar on the teeth and possibly red gums and darkened teeth. Kidney problems or diabetes can also cause bad breath as can a stomach upset or your dog licking his anal glands which are seeping due to being overfull, though you usually can smell this cause at both ends of your dog. One symptom of renal failure is a chemical odor to the breath.

First check your dog’s mouth, if it looks like it is his teeth, your vet can take care of this problem. I’d try adding some regular unflavored yogurt (not fat-free) to your dog's food for a week or so and see if that doesn't help solve the problem

If these don’t seem to be the cause, I’d consult your Vet so your dog can have additional tests.

Hope this helps.

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