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Ask Bondi Vet - My Labrador has smelly breath

In every episode of Ask Bondi Vet, Pete Lazer is joined by one of our Bondi Vets, to discuss the answers to your pet questions.

Pete Lazer - Hello and welcome to Ask Bondi Vet, proudly brought to you by Bondi Vet pet insurance, my name's Pete Laser, we are joined by one of our Bondi vet’s, Dr. Danni. Danni thanks for joining us. This is the place you come to, to answer all of your pet questions and today we've got a question from Wes, who asks:

My 5 year old labrador has smelly breath. How can I make that smell go away?” -Wes on

Sounds like a very specific problem to his 5 year old labrador, but no doubt one many people have engaged before.

Dr Danni Dusek - Yes nobody loves smelly breath and unfortunately I don’t have any miracle answer for this today. Certainly need to head down to the vet to get him examined, cause there’s lots of causes for smelly breath. So it could be dental disease, it could be an infection in the mouth, issues in the throat, potentially gut diseases and there’s also metabolic diseases like diabetes and kidney disease as well that can change their breath. So there’s certainly many, many things it could be at this stage so heading down to your vet you’ll be able to get some answers and some good guidance on how to manage whatever it is.

Pete Lazer - Have you ever met a dog with good breath though? Cause I don’t know the difference between good breath and bad breath in a 5 year old labrador.

Dr Danni Dusek - I guess there’s some certain levels of bad isn’t there. I guess the freshest breath isn’t so fresh still. But..

Pete Lazer - But it’s one of those times where if you have a noticeable difference that’s when you need to take action.

Dr Danni Dusek: Absolutely, if you are actively noticing that your dog has really bad breath, then there’s definitely something there that we need to look into for sure. So you shouldn’t be noticing their breath. That’s one thing i would say.

Pete: Ok thanks Danni. Of course always ask you vet if you do have any specific questions Otherwise leave your questions at our Facebook page, or get onto