Bad breath is no walk in the park, whether you're dealing with an overly talkative coworker after lunch or your sweet and cuddly Maltese. It's always unpleasant and always hard to ignore. Maltese dogs are indeed prone to halitosis, but often because of their susceptibility to various dental problems.
Disagreeable Breath and the Maltese
Disagreeable breath, or halitosis, is a common problem in the Maltese breed, according to the website DogChannel.com. In most cases, yucky Maltese breath stems from dental conditions. However, there are occasionally some exceptions to this. Maltese halitosis is also sometimes associated either with digestion woes or kidney troubles.
Dental concerns are a major trigger for icky Maltese breath. Maltese pooches are an example of small dogs who experience comparatively rapid tooth loss. Because of this, it is crucial to always closely monitor the state of their mouths, including their gums. A lot of pesky oral issues can arise for them, namely infection and rotting -- both of which can bring upon persistent and bothersome breath. Gum disease is often a big problem for the breed.
Chronic Ulcerative Stomatitis
Chronic ulcerative stomatitis is just one specific example of a dental condition that frequently affects Maltese dogs and also brings upon severely foul breath. This oral condition is characterized by mucous membrane inflammation. Apart from the Maltese, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Bouvier des Flandres, greyhounds, Labrador retrievers, cocker spaniels and miniature schnauzers also all frequently experience this form of stomatitis. The presence of sizable oral sores are a typical symptom of this ailment. If you notice that your Maltese has bad breath, don't ever just write it off it as standard "doggie breath." Since it often indicates the existence of a pressing dental health problem, it's essential to get veterinary attention for your little fur ball -- immediately.
Other Common Problems in the Maltese
Maltese pooches are often vulnerable to other medical conditions apart from those that are tooth-related. These furry creatures sometimes develop luxating patella, conjunctivitis, hydrocephalus, inadequate blood sugar levels, entropion and extra sets of eyelashes. If you notice any unusual behaviors or physical signs in your Maltese, get him to the veterinarian immediately for an examination.
- American Kennel Club: Maltese Page
- Animal Planet: Maltese
- DogChannel.com: Maltese Dog Breed Profile
- DogChannel.com: Maltese Health Issues
- The Merck Manual for Pet Health: Disorders of the Mouth in Dogs
- American Maltese Association: General Tips
- Hale Veterinary Clinic: Chronic Ulcerative Paradental Stomatitis AKA CUPS
- The Westminster Kennel Club: Maltese
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