When It Is A Warning Sign of Disease
Common Causes of Bad Breath in Pets
1) Dental/Gum Disease–Bad breath is often caused by the accumulation of odor-producing bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Your pet’s mouth could have a surprising amount of tooth abscesses, oozing pus and tartar accumulation. Poor dental health can lead to serious, potentially fatal health conditions such as heart disease and kidney disease. Click here to learn more about Pet Dental Health.
2) Poor Digestion—Pets with bad breath typically have poor digestion. Along with the bad breath, they may have gas, loose stool, burping and serious digestive discomfort. Pets can have digestive problems due to poor quality food, food intolerances, or conditions such as IBD. K9 Digestive Enzymes and/or Lypozyme can reduce tartar accumulation by helping break down nutrients and improving digestion. In addition, pets with poor digestion need “good bacteria” found in the Power Probiotic. Power Probiotic will replenish your pet’s mouth and digestive system with beneficial bacteria that aid digestion and fight bad breath. Power Probiotic is a powerful, multi-strain bacteria that is easy to administer to cats and dogs and is very well tolerated. Helps with loose stool, vomiting, diarrhea and overall immune support. Acid stomach can also cause tartar to accumulate faster on the teeth so using these products along with Gastro ULC is helpful.
Power Probiotic Adds proper flora “good bacteria” to help reduce the toxins that can cause odors. Helps with diarrhea, indigestion, gum problems, stomatitis. Power Probiotic is safe for puppies and kittens and is recommended for all pets of any age. It is especially important to use this product for pets that have ever taken antibiotics and steroids or that have a compromised immune system. Easy to administer–Power Probiotic is a “MUST” for all pets!
3) Autoimmune Disease or Allergies–When a pet is allergic to a food, it can trigger inflammation throughout the digestive tract, causing symptoms of acid stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. Be sure to review the ingredients in your pet’s diet against our list of common food allergens. It’s important to feed your pet a hypoallergenic diet and avoid dry food, poultry, beef and grains as all of these can lead to digestive problems. Even if you are feeding your pet a raw frozen diet, if you are giving your pet poultry, a common allergen, your pet can continue to react to it. Dry food can be hard for many pets to digest as it contains a great deal of overprocessed carbohydrates—even the grain-free varieties.
Stomatitis is an autoimmune disease in cats that can cause red inflamed, gums, bad breath and loss of teeth. It is extremely painful and cats can lose weight because it is too painful to eat. Stomatitis is often fueled by triggers such as food allergies. Changing your cat’s diet and adding a few supplements early on is essential and can slow the progression of the disease. Products such as Notatum, Quentans, Colostrum and Immune Harmony can all help with stomatitis.
4) Bad Breath Can Be a Symptom of a Serious Health Condition— For example, “Ammonia” breath is a sign of kidney disease. Sweet or fruity breath could be caused by diabetes. Take your pet to the veterinarian and request a blood panel and urine analysis to rule out a more serious problem.
Ultra-Flex Collagen For Pets
Helps Cats and Dogs With Arthritis
Cats suffering from arthritis may show overall stiffness, swelling of the joints, lethargy, lameness, decreased flexibility and discomfort when you pet or handle them in certain positions. You may also notice subtle behavioral changes in your kitty, including:
- Decreased activity
- Lapsed litterbox habits (due to pain caused by getting in and out of the box)
- Hesitancy to run, jump or climb stairs
Be sure to take your cat to the veterinarian if you notice any of these signs. A veterinarian may conduct a physical exam, take XRAYs and perform other diagnostic tests to help determine the cause of the pain and inflammation in your cat’s joints.
If your cat has arthritis, here are a few things you can do to make her feel better:
- Give her a cozy blanket or cat bed.
- When she’s relaxed and at ease, give her a gentle massage.
- Groom the areas of her body that may be hard for her to reach.
- Make sure she has easy, direct access to her litterbox and food and water bowls.
- Consider acupuncture as some holistic veterinarians offer this
Ultra-Flex Collagen For Pets is a food-based supplement that is easy to administer and is made of eggshell membrane. Ultraflex is a simple formula that contains compounds beneficial for keeping joint cartilage and connective tissue healthy and shock-absorbent. This product is especially helpful for pets who need joint support but are allergic to the shellfish in glucosamine. Excellent value–one bottle will last 3 to 4 months for a kitty.
This is an excellent article that provides insight into bad breath in your pets. It may not be a simple sign of aging. Take your fur baby to the vet to make sure that there is no physiological reason for the change in his/her breath. Diseases associated with bad breath can be controlled if discovered early enough.
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