… And then there’s sick puppy breath, meaning the puppy has something wrong creating an abnormal odor from the mouth.
Very young puppies have a distinct smell to their breath, lovingly called puppy breath. It’s usually described as a sweetish smell that many people like.
If you adopted your puppy at a very young age, like 6 weeks old, you are probably aware of this specific breath odor.
Puppy breath begins to wane by 8–10 weeks of age. Although I associate the strong puppy breath smell as something that is hard to smell after 12 weeks, some people think it can linger until 6 months.
Skunk breath is caused by digestive enzymes that are only present in very young puppies. It is a normal thing for puppies to have but will fade when the enzymes develop into more permanent digestive strands.
Why I’m Not a Big Fan of Puppy Breath
Whether or not normal puppy breath is pleasant is controversial. Humans have a genetic predisposition to how their noses interpret the specific smells like puppy breath.
I, for one, don’t particularly care for it. My nose smells a heavy, sweet-sour, skunk odor that is not at all pleasant when adorable little pups try to lick my face.
Many other people experience a sweet, pleasant odor and are sad when the puppy grows out of the puppy breath stage.
In fact, if you do a search for “puppy breath” online, you’ll find lots of unscientific opinions that say puppy breath exists to make people fall in love with puppies and not abuse them. If only that were true.
The scientific explanation is also a bit unscientific.
While we don’t completely understand puppy breath, most veterinary dentists and experts conclude that a number of factors are responsible for puppy breath:
Why does my 5 month old puppy breath smell like fish?
Dogs have two anal glands bordering their anus—one at five and one at seven o’clock. When these glands ‘are expressed’ they empty out a very pungent fishy odor. As your dog proceeds to clean himself with his tongue, this odor transfers to their mouth. The scent is like a Twitter update for dogs.
How long do puppies have skunk breath?
If you adopted your puppy at a very young age, like 6 weeks old, you are probably aware of this specific breath odor. Puppy breath begins to wane by 8–10 weeks of age. Although I associate the strong puppy breath smell as something that is hard to smell after 12 weeks, some people think it can linger until 6 months.
Why do puppies breath smell like skunks?
Why does my puppys breath stink?
Why does my dog’s breath smell like chemicals?
How do you get rid of stinky puppy breath?
- Brush Your Puppy’s Teeth. This is still the best way to keep plaque and tartar from building up. …
- Use A Quality Water Additive. …
- Try Dental Treats and Chew Toys. …
- Give Them a Proper Diet. …
- Visit the Vet Regularly.