The presence of bad breath in your dog or cat is known in the veterinary field as "halitosis". Periodontal disease is the most common cause of halitosis. American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. Mike Topper recommends dental exams to not only assess your pet's oral health but this can also hep prevent more serious health conditions. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys, which can be potentially life threatening.
AVMA recommends, "While regular dental checkups are essential to help maintain your pet's dental health, there are a number of signs that dental disease has already started. If you notice any of the symptoms below, take your pet in to your veterinarian immediately":