My Dog’s Breath Smells Like Cat Poop

By Julie •  Updated: 08/20/21 •  3 min read
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A dog’s breath may not smell good to you on a normal day! That’s OK! But normal doggie breath usually indicates that your dog is healthy! However, what happens if a dog’s breath suddenly becomes foul?

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Has your dog’s breath started to smell like cat poop? 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 cause a dog’s breath to smell like cat poop and how you can help your dog. Let’s get started!

First Check This!

The first thing you should check is whether or not your dog could be sneaking kitty poop snacks from the litterbox! Yes, this is really gross. We understand how you feel. However, if there’s a cat in the house and your dog can access the litterbox, it’s entirely possible he’s snacking on kitty poop!

Many dogs love to eat the poop of other animals. This habit even has a name – it’s called coprophagia. That fancy name just means “poop eating.” Dogs may eat poop for many reasons. They may have nutritional deficiencies, have underlying medical conditions, and more. However, some dogs simply like the smell and taste of cat poop!

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So, if there’s a chance your dog has access to a litter box, then it’s possible he’s snarfing down on kitty poop. If this isn’t the problem, then read on to learn what could be causing your dog’s breath to smell like cat poop!

Other Causes of Dog’s Breath Smelling Like Cat Poop

Here are some of the most common reasons a dog’s breath may smell like cat poop:

Dental disease: is the most common cause of bad breath in dogs. Just like us, dogs can suffer from a wide variety of dental issues, including tooth decay, abscesses, oral tumors, gum disease, and much more. The smell is caused by plaque and bacteria in your dog’s mouth.

Respiratory problems: including infections in the sinuses and lungs, can cause a dog’s breath to smell extremely bad.

Liver disease: can cause a dog’s breath to smell like cat poop. Liver disease can even include hepatitis in dogs.

Digestive tract problems: stomach ulcers, gastritis, and more can cause a dog’s breath to smell like poop.

How to Help Your Dog

If your dog isn’t eating treats out of the litter box, then it’s a good idea to call the vet. There are many different types of health issues that can cause a dog’s breath to smell like poop. Some of these are very serious. The vet is the only one who can make a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan for your fur baby.

In most cases, once the underlying health issue has been treated, your dog will feel much better, and his breath will return to normal doggie breath once 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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