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Bad dog and cat breath, help!
Kristi1223 posted:
We have three cats and one dog. Two of the cats are fine. My smallest cat has HORRIBLE breath. They all eat Purina indoor food and I figure if it was the food the other two would be horrible also. Our dog eats Pedigree dog food and her breath smells like rotting fish constantly. I am sensitive to smells and it not only makes me queasy it just makes me mad. What can I do besides brushing their teeth which we already do and it doesn't seem to help! We even give her the dental cleaning bones. Thanks in advance.
rohvannyn responded:
Could it be a problem with their teeth or gums? Especially with the cat, that can cause bad smells.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
The most common reason a cat (or a dog, or a person for that matter) has bad breath is lack of dental care. If your pets haven't had their teeth cleaned in the last year, that's likely the problem. Your veterinarian can tell you for sure.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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