Last Modified on Jan 29, 2013
What greater joy exists than a pet that is so happy to see you that they bowl you over licking you to death? Unfortunately the experience becomes somewhat less joyous when the pet is stricken with a horrible case of halitosis or bad breath, as it is more commonly known. A dog or cat with bad breath can cause any pet owner to turn the other way in an attempt to avoid those loving licks. And even though we all love to wake up to a nice, slobbery, facial wash, sometimes that breath is just too much to take first thing in the morning.
There may be a specific reason for the bad breath, and again there may not be. Particular issues like periodontal disease can often cause halitosis. Look for symptoms such as swollen or tender gums, plaque build up and yellow or brownish stains on the teeth. Though we can give you some tips on how to manage your pet's bad breath, issues such as the ones mentioned should not be ignored.
To suppress that stinky breath try giving your pet Garlic and Fenugreek Tablets that you can pick up at an herbal or health food store. The tablets contain 16mg of powdered fenugreek and .22 mg of essential garlic oil. A daily maintenance plan of approximately 1 tablet per 10 kg animal (to a maximum of 4 tablets daily for giant breeds) should help to combat the problem.
A bean-like plant, fenugreek comes from its native India and Southern Europe and is made up essentially of the small seeds from within the pod of the plant.
[YEA] For cat bad breath. I took my 14 year old cat in to vet - he was doing poorly. Losing weight, poor appetite, really bad breath. Did blood tests - but none of the usual ailments present. The vet told me that with bad teeth - they have bacteria in their mouth that is picked up by the blood and carried around their body.
As nothing conclusive came up in bloodwork, I decided to work on his teeth. I started to brush his teeth daily with a small amount of baking soda. I put a little bit on a child's toothbrush and just brush gently but firmly.
He doesn't particularily like it. He also doesn't rush to get the taste out of his mouth either. I think the time that the baking soda is in his mouth it is killing bacteria.
After doing this for a couple of days, his appetite returned. He seemed to have more energy and his fur seems nicer. His breath isn't terrible.
I should note I might have tried something added to his water, but he will only drink out of the tap.
I have owned dogs and cats for years and the way I keep them well (having fresh breath, non-smelly stools and clean teeth--indicators of good health) is to feed them a no-grain diet, both wet and dry, supplemented by raw meats, occasional fresh fruits/veggies. I am not a nutritionist, so I always purchase a good quality manufactured pet food as the basic food source (not any of the popular brands found in supermarkets, even those touted as healthy or natural or "top of the line" --rather, purchase from select pet stores--likely not any of the box pet stores--which stock foods having only healthy ingredients.
My pets "brush" their teeth by eating raw, not cooked, beef/chicken/rabbit/etc., meats on the bone. Chewing raw--not cooked--bones is nature's natural toothbrush.
As a result of good eating and food habits, your pet's breath should be fresh, they should pass no gas, and their stools will not be horrendous smelling.