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Q: why do puppy have such bad breath?

September 17, 2008 | By mandy r. | 9 answers | Expired: 2149 days ago

mandy r.

I know puppies are cute, but to me, it smells like a skunk died in there!lol i was curious if anyone actually knew the reason.

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Helen C.
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Sep 18, 2008

I've noticed that if a puppy has worms, his breath will smell like garlic. Old garlic at that.

Is he getting crunchy food to eat? That helps clean their teeth if that's the cause of his Bad Breath In Dogs [anyone else remember that Milk Bone ad from the 70s?]

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Anonymous
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Sep 18, 2008

I've known people who like puppy breath but I've never been one of those people. I have noticed that most puppies tend to have similar breath. If you think your puppy has particularly bad breath, I would bring it up at your next doctor visit to make sure that there is nothing wrong. I wouldn't describe normal puppy breath as skunky so definitely mention it to your vet. I always thought their breath smelled like dog food.

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Skipban
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Sep 18, 2008

I'm not sure if this applies to puppies but it probably does. Probably checking with the vet is a good idea. I had a stray adult beagle that adopted me and he had horrible breath for a long time. Then I started brushing his teeth regularly. No more bad breath. It was amazing how it improved. I'm sure it's a good idea to start early with proper oral care. It gets them comfortable with it. Otherwise, it could be a long process to get them to let you brush. Just start with putting some toothpaste made for dogs(never use people toothpaste)on your finger and go over his teeth. Then progress to a small toothbrush made just for small dogs. Good luck!

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Matt H.
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Sep 18, 2008

I think puppy breath is awesome!

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Michele G.
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Sep 17, 2008

If you are talking about the normal puppy breath, the answers will vary with the people you ask. According to some vets, they think it is a result of their healthy, mild diet of mother's milk and puppy food, and the enzymes that break these things down. According to some vets it is caused by a still-developing esophagus leaking gas from the stomach. Puppis don't normally eat the same way as adult dogs do, so there breath doesn't smell the same. Just as human babies don't eat the same as adult humans do and they smell better than we do. If a puppy has bad breath, he could have a problem with his teeth (infection), worms, or he could be eating poopies. (Yuck!)

If his breath stinks, have him checked out.

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Gr13340
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Sep 17, 2008

well u can fix that by taking the puppy a shower and the bad puppy breath or adult dog breath just wash it off if u could afort it u no what im saying$$$$$$

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Diane
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Sep 17, 2008

I personally love the smell of puppy breath.

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Stephanie  C.
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Sep 17, 2008

I hope you're not referring to 'puppy breath'! Some of us love that smell! That sweet little nursing-nose puppy breath...ahhh~! -or- if it's really unpleasant, check out his teeth. There could be an abcess puppy tooth in there that needs to come out, or something stuck in between two teeth that is rotting and making the smell.

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Diane
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Sep 17, 2008

Dogs have glands around the anus that usually are emptied out when the dog has a bowel movement. These glands can fill up if the BMs are soft or loose. When they fill up they are uncomfortable so the dog will lick the area then kiss you on the face. If it smells similar to ROTTEN Fish, it is very likely the anal glands need to be expressed.
If you ask a groomer to do this they will. Your vet can do it and teach you how. It's no big deal, you just need some latex gloves and a clothespin dipped in some sweet scent ; ) for your nose. Dry food makes the stools firmer and that may help. Some breeds are notorious for getting clogged anal glands.

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