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.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area