Bad Breath In Pets An indication of serious health problems.

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Bad breath is irritating, but it can also be a sign of serious health problems in pets. If your dog or cat isn't feeling well, take them to the vet right away.

Do your cat's or dog's chew toys stink badly, and licks feel like kissing a sewage tank? Bad breath, no matter the cause, can be an indicator of other problems. If your pet is missing teeth or has dental disease, she may not be able to chew her food properly and, as a result, may not get sufficient nutrition. 

Additionally, if some of her teeth are broken or infected, she may experience pain when eating or drinking. This can make her uncomfortable and unhappy, leading to more serious health issues in the future.

Infections In The Mouth Or Lungs 

Infections in the mouth or lungs can cause bad breath. Other animals or people usually transmit bacteria from the mouth and lungs, but they can also be transmitted through a bite or scratch. And if your pet licks his wounds, he could spread the infection to his tongue as well as anything he licks (including you).

Foreign Object Lodged In Its GI Tract

You may be surprised to learn that many oral problems can lead to bad breath. If your pet has a foreign object lodged in its GI tract, it could have a blockage. Signs of this include drooling and blood in the stool. It’s always wise to check your pet's mouth and teeth frequently for signs of injury or decay. If you notice any bleeding from their gums, or if they are vomiting or drooling excessively (or not at all), then you should take them to the vet immediately; they might need emergency surgery or pet medication for removal of the foreign object.

Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Or Liver Disease

The smell of bad breath in your pet is often an indicator of a more serious problem. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), pets suffering from kidney disease have a distinct odor to their breath; it's usually described as "foul-smelling" and similar to ammonia. Pets with diabetes may exhibit signs like increased thirstiness, frequent urination, and weight loss. Liver disease can also cause a strong ammonia-like odor on your furry companion's breath. All three conditions can be fatal if left untreated, which can be treated with antibiotics for dogs.

Bad Breath Is Also A Sign Of Cancer

Bad breath is also a sign of cancer. Cancer is a disease that affects the body's cells and causes them to grow, divide and spread uncontrollably. The abnormal cells can invade nearby tissues and organs, like the mouth lining, tongue, or throat. Cancer does not always cause bad breath, but if there are changes in your pet's breath for no apparent reason, it could indicate that something is wrong with his or her teeth or gums.

You should take your pet to the veterinarian if you notice any changes in your pet's oral health or smell that seems unusual for him/her. A thorough examination by your veterinarian will determine whether she has oral cancer or just an infection of his/her teeth and gums. If it turns out he/she does have oral cancer, then you may choose surgery as a treatment option along with chemotherapy pet meds like Cisplatin and Prednisolone for dogs.

Take Them To The Vet For A Checkup

If your pet's breath is funky, it could be a sign that something serious is going on. It could be a dental disease, an infection in the GI tract, or even (maybe) a foreign object lodged in the esophagus.

To get to the bottom of it, take them to their vet for a checkup! Your vet will examine them and run some tests to find out if there's another cause for bad breath: dental disease (which can be treated), an infection (which can also be treated), or even just a foreign object lodged in their esophagus (like hairballs) and find the right pet medicine for the problem.

Conclusion

If your pet's breath smells funky, take them to the vet for a checkup! The more you know about what to look out for and what could be causing it, the better. If nothing seems to work after using these remedies, get in touch with your veterinarian immediately.

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