My Dog’s Breath Smells Like Cat Pee

By Kyoko •  Updated: 08/16/21 •  3 min read
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A dog’s breath may not smell as good as a bed of lavender; however, it shouldn’t smell like anything foul. Doggie breath may not smell good, but it’s a good indication that a dog’s healthy. And just the opposite is also true. If a dog’s breath starts to smell foul, there could be an underlying health issue that’s the cause.

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Has your dog’s breath started smelling like cat pee? 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 your 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 pee and how you can help your dog. Let’s get started!

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The first thing to consider is whether your dog has been eating snacks out of the cat’s litter box! If so, then his breath could definitely smell like cat pee. Some dogs love nothing better than digging around in the cat’s litter box. Your cat probably isn’t happy with this, but your dog could be intent on a snack rather than the cat’s indignation!

If you don’t have a cat and/or your dog isn’t able to get into the litter box, then it’s time to consider other things that could cause his breath to smell like cat pee.

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Underlying Health Issues That Can Make a Dog’s Breath Smell Like Cat Pee

Here are some health issues that could cause a dog’s breath to smell bad:

Kidney problems: when a dog develops kidney problems, his breath may smell very similar to cat pee.  This is because the kidneys are not working properly. They’re unable to filter the waste products from the dog’s blood. As the waste products increase in the dog’s system, his breath can begin to smell very bad.

Dental problems: one of the most common causes of foul breath in dogs is dental problems. This is because plaque builds up on teeth, which bacteria love. This can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. It can also be caused by rotting teeth, abscesses, ulcers, tumors, and more.

How to Help Your Dog

If your dog’s not getting snacks out of the cat litter box, then it’s best to make an appointment with the veterinarian. A health issue that causes foul breath needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Your dog may be feeling badly in other ways besides having bad breath. So, the vet is key to your dog feeling better and having better breath.

The good news is that dogs who have cheesy breath can go on to make a full recovery! Your fur baby will feel better, and his breath will smell better, too!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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