Halitosis (Doggy Breath) by Dr. Jon Forbes

Most people think that “doggy breath” is a normal part of being a pet.  However, “doggy breath” or halitosis is usually a symptom of a potentially serious disease called periodontal disease.

According to The American Animal Hospital Association: “over 85% of dogs over 4 years of age have periodontal disease”

If teeth are not properly cleaned after eating, food particles and bacteria form plaque.  If plaque is not brushed away, it leads to calcification of the plaque and formation of tartar. This tartar travels under the gums and leads to gingivitis resulting in bleeding, swelling and malodour.

The next stage in dental disease is periodontitis, in which the supporting tooth structures including the bone begin to be destroyed.  Periodontitis will inevitably lead to problems such as halitosis, pain, loss of teeth, broken jaws, and problems with swallowing.  Even more concerning, infection can enter the blood stream and lead to bacterial endocarditis, meningitis, osteomyelitis, liver disease and kidney disease, just to name a few.

There are 3 key things you can do to prevent periodontal disease and the resulting disease processes:

  1.  Brush your pets teeth daily (According to the American Veterinary Dental Association, there is little or no benefit from brushing teeth less frequently than every other day)
  2. Tartar control Food (results in a significant reduction in plaque formation, particularly for molars which can be more difficult to brush)
  3. Professional Dental Cleaning by  your veterinarian (similar to human dental cleaning by a dental hygienist, however dogs and cats require a general anesthetic for the procedure)

Following these guidelines will significantly improve your pet’s quality of life and longevity.  If you have concerns or questions regarding your pet’s dental health, please book a complimentary appointment with one of our technicians.


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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community we are limiting the amount of clients permitted inside of our building. We have initiated a semi- open door policy to allow one person inside the hospital while your pet is here for a scheduled exam. One person is also permitted inside the hospital for surgical drop offs. Our emergency services remain closed door to clients as our building does not allow for proper social distancing while waiting for the veterinarian. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment, surgical drop off or emergency service to gain further direction from one of our team members. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.