Bad Breath in Dog and Cat

Bad Breath in Dog and Cat


Often we begin to ignore and walk away from our pets because they are very stinky mouth. The stench is due to bacterial infection in the teeth and gums.

This problem happens a lot in dogs with the passage of age and is much earlier the smaller the animal. For example, toy poodle, Yorkshire Pinscher is not brush their teeth each morning may have periodontal disease (tooth tartar) from 18 months of age.

Cocker, schnauzer, lhasa apso, shitzu and other slightly larger start to present the problem to 3 years of age and most dogs have the disease from 6 years of age.

Cats also have the problem and are likely to stop eating because of pain because of resorptive lesions. Are much more sensitive to the problem than dogs.

There are several stages of the disease, as shown in
photos below.

Animals that have tartar, or periodontal disease need to be treated as means bad breath problem: infection.

The treatment has to be done under general anesthesia as it is the only way the service is well done. the total removal of bacterial plaques, extracting severely compromised and polishing teeth is made.

To do this the animal procedure has to go through a prior consultation and be evaluated physically, to cardiac and blood tests.

All this to have complete safety of the procedure.

In PetCare do these procedures basically every day with no problem.

The long life of our animals depend on how we take care of them. Periodontal disease can cause other serious problems in the heart, kidneys and liver.

The only way to  prevent periodontal disease is by  daily brushing with toothbrush and toothpaste suitable for animals.

Didactically, we can divide the disease into three different categories:

Stage 1 – bit calculation buildup (tartar) and mild gingivitis


Stage 2 – moderate accumulation of calculus (tartar), moderate gingivitis, bleeding gums, receding gums

Stage 3 – large accumulation of calculus, severe gingivitis, dental mobility.

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