What is cause of bad breath in cats

My cat Cody has bad breath. He is a neutered 4-6 year old male striped tabby who throws up periodically (about every 10 days or so) but doesn’t seem sick. My vet has ordered a blood workup, results not yet in. He also has gingivitis and will get a second dental cleaning and extraction this March (six months from the last one). I feed him Royal Canin sensitive digestion formula hard kibbles exclusively. He will throw up anything else. Can you enlighten me?


Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
The gingivitis/stomatitis complex in cats can definitely lead to bad breath. Periodic use of cortisone injections and oral antibiotics can help to keep this problem under control. Typically we work to control this issue as opposed to completely curing the problem. In refractory cases we use cyclosporine treatment orally in our cats



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