Your dog has bad breath
Fayzulin Serg/Shutterstock Dog breath is never minty fresh, but sometimes that stink is a signal for a life-threatening problem. Bad dog breath is caused by the bacteria that form plaque on your pet’s teeth. But those bacteria can travel into the nasal passages and sinuses, leading to respiratory problems. If they make it into the blood stream, they could wreak havoc in the liver, kidneys, or heart. Brush your dog’s teeth daily and give him treats or toys made especially for dental hygiene. Read these 53 mistakes every dog owner makes.
Your dog’s ears droop
VGstockstudio/Shutterstock A dog’s ears may droop if he feels sad—or has an ear infection. Dogs can develop three types of ear infections: outer, middle, and inner. Symptoms of outer ear problems—drooping ears, redness, discharge, and a bad odor—require a trip to the vet. If not treated, outer infections can turn into middle and inner ear infections, which may cause hearing loss. Here are some unbelievable facts you never knew about your pooch.