What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs and Cats and What Can Be Done to Prevent It?

Just like humans, our furry canine and feline friends are prone to bad breath as well. This is caused by a buildup of odor-producing bacteria below the tongue. If your pet consistently has bad breath, this could be a sign of other issues such as periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is the leading disease in cats and dogs. If plaque is not removed from the teeth on a regular basis, it can form tartar which adheres to the teeth. This tartar irritates the gums and causes gingivitis, and if gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontal disease. This type of disease usually affects older animals.

A couple of the things you can do to help prevent bad breath in dogs and cats is to brush their teeth on a regular basis and feed them hard food once in awhile. The crunchy nature of hard food produces more oxygenating saliva in their mouth, plus it is good for tartar control and prevention.

For more information about bad breath in dogs and cats, we recommend reading “The Pet Bad Breath Bible”. Click here to request this FREE ebook. While you’re there, make sure to request a free sample bottle of Dr. Katz’s Therabreath Pet Clinical Formulas (Offer available in the U.S. only.). All you have to do is add 2 capfuls of solution to your pet’s drinking water and it will help stop your pet’s bad breath! You can also put the solution into a squeeze or spray bottle and apply directly to teeth, gums, and tongue.

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