Bad Breath in Frenchies

Bad Breath in Frenchies

We all love kissing our French Bulldog however if your dog has bad breath kissing your dog would be the last thing on your agenda. Foul odor can indicate a health issue in your Frenchie so it is best to do your research, be well informed, treat the cause and prevent it from happening in the future.

Causes of Bad Dog Breath:

  • Oral Hygiene -The most common reason of awful breath in mutts is due to oral cleanliness. Just as human beings, the development of plaque and tartar can prompt bad breath. A lot of plaque and tartar can push the gums from the teeth, uncovering new microscopic organisms. This arouses the canine's gums, and can prompt gum disease, and discharge. Obviously, it will come with incredibly, terrible breath.

  • Dietary Habits - where has your dog been? Dogs once in a while will get into things they shouldn't have such as: drink from a toilet, get into trash and even eat their own feces.  Some pooches eat the feces of other canines, a condition called coprophagia. In addition to the fact that this is foul, it is incredibly unhygienic. The above will cause awful breath in dogs  and every so often even make them sick.
  • Diabetes -If your Frenchie's awful breath has a sweet or fruity smell to it, you should see your veterinarian. Sweet, fruity breath is an indication of diabetes.
  • Kidney Disease -If your Frenchie's awful breath has a has a pee scent to it, you should see your vet. This can be an indication of kidney disease.
  • Liver Disease -If your French Bulldog's gums have a yellow tinge it may indicate of liver issues and you need to see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Infected or blocked anal sac gland -can produce a foul smell. 
  • Fish Oil -can have a fishy smell linger around your Frenchie's mouth.
  • Facial Folds -can produce a bad smell if not cleaned daily.
  • Ear Infections -like any other infection can produce a bad odor and needs immediate medical attention.
  • Paw licking -can cause odors especially is the paw is injured.

Treating your French Bulldog's Bad Breath

As critical as it is to apprehend the underlying issues of your Frenchie's breath, what we really need to understand is why it is happening and how we can prevent it.

Curing awful dog breath relies upon the cause. If plaque, tartar, and periodontal disorder are the cause of your canine’s awful breath, then you may need an appointment with your veterinarian to check if your French Bulldog is a candidate for a dental cleansing.

Your veterinarian may run blood work and other tests to be certain your Frenchiecan endure anesthesia. Your vet will also rule out other potential reasons such as diabetes, kidney, and liver sickness that may contribute to your dog’s terrible breath.

Once the underlying problem is identified your dog’s bad breath should be resolved.

Prevent bad breath in puppies

The most effective manner to prevent bad breath in your Frenchie puppy is to brush the dog's teeth on a regular basis. Tooth brushing reduces plaque and promotes higher oral hygiene.

With a bit of training most puppies learn to adjust to having their teeth brushed. Offering your canine with plenty of chew toys can also be helpful.  Chewing prevents plaque and tartar construct-up and relieves boredom, maintaining your dog healthy and happy.

Smaller dogs may require extra dental care than large dog breeds as they are more prone to periodontal disease, according to the akc health foundation.

Smaller breeds have a tendency to have teeth that are closer together, which promotes plaque and tartar build-up, so make certain you provide them with lots of bite toys from a younger age and brush their enamel frequently.

Feeding your Frenchie a well balanced diet and providing plenty of exercise will prevent health issues like diabetes.

There are different oral health products apart from dog toothpaste in the marketplace. Talk in your veterinarian about the options and what is best for your French Bulldog.

Homemade Dog Treats for Bad Breath Recipe

Why does my canine smell like fish?

When was your dog's anal sac gland checked? It is possible your Frenchie has an infected or blocked anal sac gland. If the anal sac(s) are not operating properly, the fluid builds up inside those glands and might result in a foul smell. 

What are anal sacs glands?

Despite the fact they are usually known as anal glands, they're technically not glandular in structure. Anal sacs are small sacs located on both aspect of the anus between the inner and outside anal sphincter muscular tissues. (we are able to spare you a image, but you can google it)

Anal sacs will certainly empty on their own during a bowel movement. There are instances, however, that they may not function the way they were supposed to and turn into bags of fluid.

If your dog has been experiencing watery stools or diarrhea chances are that no sufficient strain is being applied and the sac can possibly get full.

A tell tell sign your Frenchie's anal glands are full:

A fishy smell may not be the most effective and only sigh that your French Bulldog has a full anal sac(s). Another sign that you could watch out for is your canine dragging his or her bum throughout the floor.

We've all seen it before and even though this may seem funny to some, it is probably a sign that your dog is stricken by a blocked anal sac and is experiencing pain.

Other signs your French Bulldog's anal sac glands might be blocked

  • A foul odor.
  • Butt scooting or sitting awkward and uncomfortably.
  • Red accompanied by swelling around the anus.
  • Dog scratching or nipping at the rear.

Are blocked anal gland sacs in French Bulldogs dangerous?

A full anal sac(s) can inflict bodily pain on your Frenchie making him or her act out of the ordinary.  If a full anal sac is a reoccurring occasion and left untreated it may cause an infection on your dog. If you notice blood or puss mixed in along with your canine’s fecal, please discuss with your veterinarian.

What can be done to relief a dog's blocked anal gland?

Proper diet and regular exercise is key.  As referred to above, a healthy bowel movement is greatly affected by your Frenchies' diet. If your canine’s stool is continuously watery it will prevent the draining of the anal gland correctly.

You can try increasing your dog's fiber intake if the stool is not firm enough. Raw food diet may help your dog to have a ordinary bowel movement.


Treating your French Bulldog allergies to prevent anal gland infections.

If your French Bulldog gets sufficient amount of exercise and has healthy bowel movements, but still experiencing blocked anal glands, you might want to consider allergies.

Your likely wondering, how do allergic reactions causes my Frenchie to have a blocked anal gland? Allergies are a reaction of the immune system when it releases histamines that cause swelling and infection.

The swelling and infection precipitated from hypersensitive reactions and can cause your dogs anal glands to become blocked and inflamed.

If your dog suffers from a blocked anal gland,we recommend seeing your vet. There are natural remedies you can try but we suggest you first see a vet to rule our other causes.

Visit your vet

Your veterinarian can manually empty your dog's glands. Although this method will work in emptying the gland, it does not solve the issue of why the gland didn't empty on its own in the first place.

Your vet will help you identify the core issue until it is resolved. In some cases with  chronic anal gland blockage, you may choose to surgically remove the gland.

Why does my French Bulldog's breath smell like fish?

It is possible that a blocked anal gland can cause a fishy smell in your Frenchie's mouth indirectly. A natural response of your Frenchie dog would be to bite and lick their rear ends in an attempt to relieve the discomfort due to a blocked gland.

As gross as it may sound some fluid in the anal sac can release onto your Frenchie's tongue or mouth which can ultimately affect their breath.

How can I treat my French Bulldog's Fish Breath?

Treating the source will fix the bad breath in your Frenchie.  If the source is stemming from a blocked anal gland you need to treat the condition in order to see improvement.

Are you giving your Frenchie fish oil supplements?

Fish oil can have great health benefits for your French Bulldog however giving it to your dog does come with a fish breath price. Your Frenchie dog or puppy just like humans do and with that may come the foul linger fish smell.

Good Frenchie oral hygiene may be helpful in preventing fish breath.

Brushing your French Bulldogs teeth on a daily basis will prevent plaque and tartar and prevent any bad odors coming out of your dog's mouth.


Your Frenchie's diet can play a role in fish breath

What do you feed your French Bulldog? You should check your dog food ingredients to see if it contains fish products. If you see omega-3 or omega-6 then there is a good possibility that it contains fish product.

Other ingredients to look for that might cause fish smell in dogs:

  • Fish oil
  • Fishmeal
  • Docosahexaenoic acid
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid.

Things to consider before you change your Frenchie's food:

You should do your research before switching your French Bulldog's diet. Please keep in mind that although fish products may cause your Frenchie's bad breath, food that contains fish ingredients supports healthy cell growth.

In addition, some French Bulldogs suffer from various food allergies and a fish base protein diet may be the best option for them.

Kidney and liver failure in a Frenchie can cause fishy smell

If you have done your research and have not been able to get to the bottom of your French Bulldog's fishy breath, then we suggest getting your pup checked by a vet to rule out kidney and liver failures.

Do French Bulldog’s Smell More Than Other Breeds?

A Frenchie's delicate stomach and breathing/snorting and scarfing food can be a recipie for gas and bad odors. On top of that the Frenchie's facial folds can have a bad odor if not cleaned daily.

Easy DIY dog treats that will give your pup fresh breath

Why Does My French Bulldog Smell?

Here are the most common reasons your French Bulldog might smell bad:

  • Facial folds - should be the first thing you check. Moisture is trapped in the French Bulldog's skin folds and needs daily cleaning. If cleaning is neglected a yeast infection can easily develop. Your vet might recommend medical wipes.
  • Ear infections - an ear infection, like any infection can be smelly. Check your dog's ears for any discharge or redness and visit your vet if you see anything abnormal.
  • Paws - irritated or injured paws can get a little smelly. Check their paws carefully to see if that’s the source of any bad smell. It is a natural response for your Frenchie to lick his or her paw after injuring it and causing a bad breath.

How often should I wash my French Bulldog?

You do not need to give your Frenchie a bath two times a week. In fact washing your Frenchie so often might wash their natural protective layer off. Your dog's natural oils keep them clean and free of infections.

Say bye to your French Bulldog's smelly breath by setting up an appointment with your vet to discuss the causes and treatment options. Prevention is the best course of action so be persistent and mindful of your dog's oral hygiene.

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