It is important that if your pet has bad breath that you don’t just try and cover it up, but rather try and work out what the cause is. Bad breath is usually a symptom of more serious gum diseases and dental problems, a good vet will be able to determine whether it is a serious problem or whether your pet has just been snacking from the garbage bin.
Though bad breath is usually a symptom of oral problems, it can also be a sign of more serious issues such as kidney disease, diabetes, oral tumours and loose or diseased teeth. If you notice that your pet has bad breath gently lift their lips to check their mouth for broken teeth, a build-up of tartar and inflamed gums.
If a cat has oral problems they will be more likely to drool and less likely to groom themselves or others. You may also find that your cat or dog doesn’t want to chew on toys. If and when they do decide to eat you may notice bleeding gums, eroded teeth and lethargy. Dental diseases usually progress in stages, with bad breath being the initial stage; if you catch this early you will be able to help your pet from developing any further disease and will be able to save more teeth. As soon as you notice bad breath, take your pet to a vet immediately.
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