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Q: Dog breath

February 24, 2009 | By Cathy W. | 11 answers | Expired: 2030 days ago

Dog breath

my dog has terrible breath, I brush his teeth and he has a lot of hard bones to chew on and he mostly eats Iams pet food. What am I doing wrong?

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Kirby  W.
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Feb 25, 2009

What are you feeding your pet? They need a hard food to work on the plague. My mom's handler was feeding her Bichon soft food to fatten her up for the show ring, and when she came home, she had HORRIBLE breath! We switched her back to a mix food that had hard kibble mixed with some soft and it cleared up the bad breath in a few days!

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Beth K.
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Feb 25, 2009

I have the same problem with one of my dogs! He's going in for a teeth cleaning tomorrow. They say that bad breath is a sign of bad teeth. They also say that bad teeth can cause heart disease. I don't know who "they" are but I would bring your pup in for a cleaning. Good luck!!

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Kayta
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Feb 24, 2009

i highly recommend a teeth cleaning.

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Chris L.
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Feb 24, 2009

Genetics plays a large role in plaque and tartar accumulation, which is usually the cause behind bad breath. Small dog tend to have worse breath then large dogs because they tend to have worse teeth. Food also plays a role. There are diets that are made to clean teeth. you should talk to your vet about a teeth cleaning. It is a lot easier to keep clean teeth clean rather then trying to remove the tartar your self.

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Joelle  T.
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Feb 24, 2009

Good luck I have the same problem. My dogs love to eat their poop outside! They don't do it all the time, but it seems to get worse in the winter. So that doesn't help their breath. I sometimes us dental wipes, which is easier than brushing their teeth! Or I get treats that help with bad breath. Good luck!

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Jen R.
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Feb 24, 2009

You can also get a liquid that you add to his water to help. My friends us this and it really works. I dont know the name of the product, but if you go to a pet store and ask they can show you what they have.

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Wnfan2009
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Feb 24, 2009

I also recommend a dental...if he is a small dog sometimes they require more frequent professional dental care.

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Emily R.
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Feb 24, 2009

Also make sure he isn't eating his feces outside....Plus, you may want to ask the vet if what you are feeding him may have something to do with his breath.

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Ann P.
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Feb 24, 2009

If dental check-up turns out ok, greenies seem to help my dog's breath.

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Donnaboos
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Feb 24, 2009

Have you had your vet look at his teeth, he may need them cleaned, also make sure you are brushing his tongue

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