My Dog’s Breath Smells Like Cat Litter

By Julie •  Updated: 08/14/21 •  3 min read
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On a normal day, a dog’s breath probably doesn’t smell too good to your nose. And that’s OK! But it’s good to know that normal “doggie” breath is completely normal. This is an indication that a dog is healthy and probably happy! But what if a dog’s breath starts to smell bad all of a sudden?

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Has your dog’s breath started smelling like cat litter? Are you worried this could be an indication that your dog is sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when a dog develops this type of symptom.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at what can make a dog’s breath smell like cat litter and how you can help your dog. Let’s get started!

First Check This!

One of the first things to check, if your dog’s breath smells like cat litter, is whether or not he could be sneaking “snacks” out of the cat’s litter box! Dogs are known to do this when they have access to a cat’s litter box. No one knows for sure what makes a dog eat cat poop; however, it is sometimes caused by an underlying health issue. But even healthy dogs may snack on kitty poop on occasion.

If you don’t have a cat in the house and/or your dog isn’t able to access a little box, then read on for other issues that can cause foul breath in dogs.

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Other Causes of Cat Litter Breath in Dogs

Here are some other issues that can cause a dog’s breath to smell like cat litter:

Dental issues: this can include everything from oral tumors and tooth decay to foreign objects caught in the teeth or gum disease. Dental problems are one of the most common reasons for a dog’s breath to smell bad.

Kidney disease: this is another health issue that can cause a dog’s breath to smell like feces. When the kidneys are not able to function correctly, they’re not able to remove waste products from the dog’s bloodstream. Instead, the waste products build up in the dog’s system and can cause his breath to smell foul.

These are only some of the most common issues that can make a dog’s breath smell bad.

How to Help Your Dog

If you’re not able to determine the cause of your dog’s breath smelling like cat litter, then it’s best to call the vet. Your dog’s bad breath is a sign that he probably has an underlying health condition that requires treatment. The vet is the only one who can make a definitive diagnosis and provide the right treatment for your dog.

The good news is that when the health issue has been treated, your dog’s breath should go back to smelling like normal doggie breath again!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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