Halitosis in dogs and cats can reveal a worse disease


Cats can suffer bad breath and this can be due to various causes. Know them to what they can and how to fight it.

The bad breath of cats, may be caused by various causes, including health problems, is that this problem appears in seven out of ten cats, as estimated by a study conducted by the American Veterinary Society. Also other reasons why our cat may suffer from bad breath may be due to dental problems, or for food, in addition, other issues that can also cause our cat to suffer from bad breath may be related to liver or stomach diseases and even Kidneys that are also detected when our cat begins to vomit.

The bad breath of our cat may be caused by dental plaque and the veterinarian should be responsible for removing tartar, if after eliminating this, the problems continue to persist the problem may be more serious, since it can be about diseases which we have talked about before, so it is important to always be aware of the breath of our cat.

Also other causes of our cat's bad breath may be because our pet has diabetes, which is that in this case the breath is sweeter or fruity, therefore it is recommended that if your cat presents this symptom, take it to the veterinarian so that he can treat exactly what happens to him and thus make a more precise diagnosis.

It is important that we do not ignore the problem of our cat's bad breath, since if we ignore it may eventually cause oral infections and it can also happen that our cat eventually loses its teeth. And what to do in this case? Well, it is best to go to the veterinarian to tell us exactly what happens to our cat.

That is why we are going to teach you simple solutions so you know what to do when your cat has bad breath, since halitosis It may be caused by different reasons, we show you some remedies that you can use to eliminate bad breath bacteria in our cat's mouth.

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The dog and cat breath You can report the existence of a disease as a plus sign. It may be more or less pleasant, following an individual and subjective scale of the perceiver, but sometimes, they are encouragements that do not go unnoticed to almost no "nose" however sensitive it may be.

To talk about this "smelly" issue we had our veterinarian Javier Álvarez de la Villa. This assures us that a case is halitosis secondary to tartar or dental plaque. Deposited in the gingivodental unions, tartar gathers millions of bacteria that, active, they ferment without respite part of the nutrients in the diet. In this activity they produce bad smells that sometimes reach difficult levels.

Further, tartar calcifies, hardening as dental plaque hardly removable. In contact with the gum, inflammation and retraction of it occurs. When the process progresses, it penetrates into its own alveolar bed, weakening the union of the tooth that will appear “lazy.” But not everything ends at the local level, bacteria can pass to the bloodstream and be deposited in distant places of turbulent flow, such as heart valves or small capillaries of delicate organs such as the uvea of ​​the eyes or renal glomerules (each of the tiny balls of capillaries located in the kidney where the blood is filtered and make urine) Consequences are, therefore, organic damage such as heart failure, kidney failure, Uveitis (internal ocular inflammation) and others.

Let us not forget, then, that the smell is not only noteworthy because it has a more or less pleasant character, but that it would be a true talisman and preventive ally. A solution will pass for preventing tartar deposit. There are simple strategies: cleaning with enzymatic pastes that inhibit bacterial function, gels, use of specially designed bones to increase chewing, and so on. Your veterinarian can explain in detail. "When the dental plaque is abundant and firmly implanted, it will be necessary to eliminate it by using ultrasound under gentle sedation," says the doctor of the Víctor de la Serna Veterinary Center.

A frequent and serious case arises in cats, with intense, painful and bleeding gingival disorder. It forms the chapter of feline chronic gingivostomatitis. Here, the smell is an obvious but minor sign, compared to more worrying ones such as signs of pain and rejection of food, apathy and deep weight loss. Many of these cases could be derived from viruses such as caliciviruses of the neonatal and juvenile era, which are cantonned in these sensitive gingival tissues. The therapeutic challenge is enormous and aims to restore gingival health, comfort and vital dignity to our feline afflicted.

Another smell that betrays pathological state is the uremic smell. This type of halitosis that affects our small animals can be easily recognized by owners and, of course, veterinarians. Nor will it occur alone, and unfortunately it could be accompanied by weight loss, anorexia, polydipsia (excess water consumption), polyuria (excessive urination), depression, apathy and other signs of the dreaded kidney failure. Recognized early, the treatment is aimed at restoring as far as possible, the affected renal function. Given the mentioned signs, a blood test will have great value for the vital possibilities of our pet.

Puppies and foreign objects

We continue with halitosis and another curious case occurs in puppies, with its peculiar infant smell that so much "tenderness" unleashes, but sometimes, this varies towards "garlic" smells. The owner can feel the consequent rejection. These odors may indicate parasitosis by nematodes, that is, the well-known earthworms. They may also present these canine and feline puppies, more or less marked weight loss, diarrhea and other signs including their occasional appearance in feces.

Let's talk now about foreign bodies. Dogs often come with sticks broken between the molars later. They find themselves desperate, and with the "hands," they make continuous and fruitless attempts to eliminate the stuck intruder. Other times, the fragment could have been nailed by injuring the oral mucosa. Bones can be seen, equally, involved. The smell after 24-48 hours may evolve from putrid to necrotic. A veterinary examination many times under sedation will be essential for the solution, which will go through the necessary extraction of bone, wood, plastics and others.

But not only foreign bodies generate necrosis, infection and halitosis, or better yet, putrid or necrotic smell. Tumors of the oral cavity, which have grown inadvertently, become ulcerated, producing this type of smell. In addition, these tumors can cause bleeding, pain and inability to eat properly. Tumors such as carninomas, melanomas, fibrosarcomas. They are not rare in the oral cavity after 7 years of age. Our advice is to go to the veterinarian for a bad smell, because an examination in search of the true cause will be essential in order to achieve good results for the affected pet.

Within metabolic odors, the fruity and smells of acetone, They indicate different stages of Mellitus diabetes. In this disease, the blood sugar level becomes so exaggerated that it produces a noticeable smell and, in addition, other courtship symptoms such as polyphagia (voracity), polydipsia (greatly increased thirst) and polyuria (clear and large urination quantities). Let us see, then, the smell as an ally that "something is wrong." A diagnosis of its cause will offer the possibility of curative treatment in many cases. Necrotic, fruity, putrid odors, "garlic", urea. all of them faithful indicators to consider for the human being, in favor of the health of our faithful friends, the small companion animals.


Does your cat give off an unpleasant smell from the mouth? Does every time you yawn smell like dead? Why does my cat smell my mouth? This bad breath is halitosis. A very common condition in cats and that can be caused by different causes.

We don't want your cat to smell the breath of fresh mint and wild flowers, but if we show you how prevent bad breath and what are the causes that generate it.

Why does my cat have bad breath?

It is not the same as the mouth smells like food, it smells foul. This second situation is often due to the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. This may be the result of a dental or gum disease.

Cats are very prone to plaque and tartar. And tartar is usually the main enemy of your teeth.

Next we are going to show you the different causes of bad breath which usually happen more frequently:

  • Bad oral hygiene.
  • Excess tartar on your teeth.
  • Oral infection
  • Bad nutrition.
  • Diseases such as diabetes.
  • Liver problems
  • Gastric problems
  • Other diseases.

How can you see, the reason for halitosis It can be very varied. From Mismininos we recommend that always consult a veterinarian to examine the origin of the problem and treat the health of your cat. Especially if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Tartar brown In your cat's teeth Especially if it is accompanied by drooling, difficulty eating and red and inflamed gums. It could indicate an infection or dental disease.
  • Yes scrub the paw with the mouth continuously.
  • Bad breath accompanied by vomiting and lack of appetite.
  • Other symptoms that accompany the bad smell of mouth.

1. Take care of your diet

It is important that our cat carries a balanced diet and that he can eat dry feed that forces him to chew. Friction with feed pellets allows eliminate bacteria that have been stuck in their teeth, and thus keep a mouth clean and tartar free.

2. Abundant water

The cat does not usually drink a lot of water, so it is important that you change it daily to keep it clean and fresh and invite your cat to drink. Water increases the saliva secretion, responsible for eliminating the bacteria that cause the bad smell and helps improve the oral health of your pussy.

But what to do to make your cat drink more water? A good option is to provide wet food weekly to increase your fluid intake. In addition, it is recommended that they can access different bowls of fresh and clean water scattered throughout the house, to be able to be large.

Also exist water sources for felines that encourage the cat to drink, by having moving water.

In Mismininos we use a water source for Gordi -The Director- Y Petit -The Assistant- And they love it!

3. Catnip

The Catnip It is a plant very similar to the peppermint or mint. Cats are especially attracted to her and often rub, chew or eat her. It is a good option to keep your cat's mouth with a more menthol air (No, we haven't got the smell of wild flowers, but something is something).

4. Tooth brushing

The tooth brushing It is not always easy. In general, the cat does not let it touch its mouth and less open when it pleases you. Thus, It is an operation that takes time and it must be done with the maximum possible tranquility so that your cat gives in to brushing.

There are special toothbrushes and brushes for our cats. eye! We should never use our own toothpaste, which can be highly toxic to our pussycat.

It is important that your cat be checked annually by the veterinarian, depending on the amount of tartar you may have, it will guide you to do a more thorough oral cleaning, eliminating it with ultrasound and leaving the clean dental surface.

What happens if I don't help eliminate my cat's tartar?

If tartar increases, it can be very harmful to your health. In advanced cases, they may stop eating because they have pain in their teeth and gums or drool continuously. This can lead to malnutrition.

It can also lead to oral infection and tooth loss.

Therefore, good oral prevention is important for your health. If you have any medical condition or discomfort, check with your veterinarian To analyze another possible cause of your bad breath, which can be caused by different diseases.

And you, what do you do to help eliminate your cat's tartar?

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