Bad Breath in Cats and Dogs Bad breath in dogs and cats is caused by an accumulation of odor-producing bacteria in the gut, lungs, or mouth. If bad breath is persistent it may be dental disease or a problem with your pet's kidneys, liver, or gastrointestinal system. If tooth brushing does not work, you must not ignore the clue into the overall health of your pet, see your vet.
Your vet is going to ask questions about your pet's breath odor. Is your pet breath fruity or sweet smelling? Has the pet's thirst and urination increased ? This may indicate diabetes.
Breath that smells foul and is accompanied by reduced appetite, vomiting, or yellowish corneas, may be liver disease. Urine-smelling breath could be kidney disease.
Brushing your pet's teeth at least every other day with a toothpaste and brush designed for use on pets.
Offer safe chew toys to prevent tooth damage. Dental chews, like Greenies, naturally clean the teeth with chewing.
You might wonder what does this behavior mean:
Affection – rubbing their face on you is a sign of affection and they also like to leave their scent behind and pick up other scents.
Territory Marking – Cats like to rub their faces on objects to leave their scent behind (they call it bunting). This is done through small scent glands around the mouth, chin, face, ears, and neck. Bunting is frequently done by male cats.
Anxiety Relief – If the cat is in an unfamiliar environment, it makes the cat feel more comfortable to spread its own scent around.
These foods are actually nutritious for dogs!
Pumpkin is a fantastic source of vitamin A and beta carotene. A little canned pumpkin (no spices or sugar) might help if your dog is having digestive issues.
Apple slices can be a healthy snack. Give your dog a few slices for an extra dose of vitamin A, B and fiber. Do not give your dog seeds or apple core.
Scramble up a couple of eggs for your dog. Protein rich eggs make a highly digestible snack!
Salmon omega 3 fatty acids in the salmon are a major immune system booster and will help keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy.
Carrots are full of fiber and make a great low-cal treat! Be sure you use baby carrots or cut them up
to the size of baby carrots.
These items are so common that it might be easy to forget to keep them out of reach from dogs and cats. Be aware of:
Chewing on a battery can lead to severe ulcers in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
When you treat your lawn with fertilizer, be sure to keep your pets away until it’s safe. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer bag. Some fertilizers contain dangerous amounts of phosphorus, zinc, nitrogen, and other potentially hazardous components.
The detergents and dryer sheets, can cause ulcers in the mouth, stomach and esophagus in cats and dogs.
Pennies contain zinc, which can cause anemia, kidney failure and even heart failure. Ingestion of just one penny can be fatal in some cases.
A trip to the dog park is a fun way to release some energy and make new friends.
Rules that you need to follow at the park will make it a safe and enjoyable experience.
Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current. Some parks, even require proof of rabies vaccination to enter.
Be sure you don't take your eyes off of your dog so that you can intervene if necessary.
Basic obedience training is always a smart idea before venturing to the dog park, so that your dog will come or sit and stay when asked.
If your dog is aggressive don't take it to the park or if you are at the park and your dog becomes aggressive and it seems unsafe, leave the park immediately.
Pick up after your dog and dispose of any messes properly.
The dog park isn’t the best fit for all dogs. Dogs that are overly fearful, aggressive, ill, or elderly might do better with a different form of entertainment.
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