Cause and remedy for rotten dog breath?

My dog's breath is extremely repulsive. It smells like a combination of poop and rotting meat. I have tried dog mints, brushing his teeth, bathing...




My dog's breath is extremely repulsive. It smells like a combination of poop and rotting meat. I have tried dog mints, brushing his teeth, bathing him, giving him a nylabone, it is all temporary. It is so disgusting and has gotten worse in the past week or so; no one can even stand to pet him anymore without gagging. He has been sick this week with vomiting and diarrhea. It smells like a medical issue I'm not sure, but the vet doesn't seem to notice like maybe it’s normal. I have had dogs all of my life and this can't be normal. My sis' dog doesn't smell this bad. What causes this halitosis in dogs and is there a remedy for it?
I feed my dog Nutro Natural Choice. This was recommended because he has a sensitive stomach and vomits a lot. An ultrasound was given and his stomach is fine, he just is sensitive. He eats once a day and gets plenty of filtered water with ice. I take excellent care of him DP; he is a house pet also. Don't be rude it is not necessary.
I agree that I should find another vet. This vet is OVERPRICED and not that good. I live in a small town and have few options and this is the only vet in my town that will even see a pit bull. I will probaby take him to our old vet.

Take him back to the vet for a dental exam. Bad breath in dogs usually means some level of gum disease. Most likely you will have to have his teeth cleaned at the very least. He will have to be anethetized for this procedure. While he is out, the vet can also evaluate the teeth for serious problem that might need restoration.

After the cleaning, you cen help them stay that way by daily brushing, feeding crunchy (dry) dog food, and giving him chloryphyll tablets.

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15 Responses to “Cause and remedy for rotten dog breath?”

  1. DP says:

    Feeding crappy dog food, Rotted teeth, something wrong with the stomach..cancer… Might want to get a new vet.. yours doesn't seem to swift.

    Edit : ALL dogs do NOT have bad breath.. Dogs fed good quality food, plenty of clean fresh water, are well taken care of and healthy.. Do NOT have bad breath. If your dog has horribly bad breath all the time.. Your dog isn't being taken care of well…
    And don't use human toothpaste on your dog.. It's poison..
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  2. WRF says:

    All dogs have really bad breath and the smell is different for all people. We but these dog treats for dogs that are dog toothbrushes. You can get them at a pet store or even at wal-mart. You can even brush your dogs teeth but you will be the one going through heck for practically no results.
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  3. sunnyday_17 says:

    Anytime there is bad breath it usually means a dental problem. A trip to the vet for a dental might not be a bad idea. I have 2 toy breeds that I have to take to the vet for dentals atleast once a year.
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  4. Nicole says:

    He needs a change in diet. Many of the typical pet foods like Purina and Pedigree can cause problems like this. Check out this article for help picking a healthier food:
    http://www.api4animals.com/facts.php?p=359&more=1
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  5. Skyangel says:

    Take him back to the vet for a dental exam. Bad breath in dogs usually means some level of gum disease. Most likely you will have to have his teeth cleaned at the very least. He will have to be anethetized for this procedure. While he is out, the vet can also evaluate the teeth for serious problem that might need restoration.

    After the cleaning, you cen help them stay that way by daily brushing, feeding crunchy (dry) dog food, and giving him chloryphyll tablets.
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  6. Josh J says:

    i found that putting toothpaste on your finger and letting your dog lick it off helps temporarily but if he has stomach problems he might just vomit it back up
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  7. H.O.T. Dog says:

    Sounds like a trip to the vet for him.

    In the meantime for the breath alone try putting some OXY FRESH in his drinking water… helps with the odor that may be coming due to stomach problems or gum problems.

    This will also promote healthy teeth and gums.

    I use to purchase it at the Vets office for my Maltese Boy some years back.

    H.O.T. Dog
    Handler Owner Trainer of GSD's
    Member U.S.A & A.W.D.F
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  8. alnaturalangel says:

    Take him to another vet. Could be infection.
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  9. Wuuzle says:

    Have you had your dog's teeth cleaned by a vet– where they give him a general anaesthetic (i.e. put to sleep– **not killed!!**)? He might have a build up of plaque.

    It also might be dietary, or if he is a puppy it might be related to teething.

    But I second the other person who said you might want to try another vet!!
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  10. maxmom says:

    Something is wrong with him. Take him back to the vet to address these particular problems.

    It is probably his teeth or his food.
    Have his teeth and guns checked.

    It is not normal for dogs breath to be so bad you want to gag.
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  11. bigdogmom says:

    Your dog's terrible breath is probably linked to his gastric/intestinal upset he's had this week. You need to fix the vomiting/diarrhea issue first. After that has settled down you may notice that the breath is better. Another cause is dental disease. If your Vet isn't addressing these issues you should find yourself another Vet.
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  12. RobbieG says:

    Not all vets are really schooled in pet dental practices, sounds like your dog might have dental problems. With the vomiting and diarrhea it does seem like there's some kind of problem, I'd suggest maybe trying a different vet. Other over the counter options, Greenies seem to help quite a bit, but you need to be careful becuase I've heard problems with dogs not fully chewing them and vomiting them back up and there's also a mouthwash type product that you add to their water that helps.
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  13. iluvtorofl says:

    I would guess it was a tooth issue or else possibly that he eats things he shouldn't? Cancers can make the breath smell bad too, but usually you would see weightloss and lethargy before that. Kidney failure also gives off a horrible ketone odor as does DM. But you would probably see weightloss as a symptom too.
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  14. Cole T says:

    The only thing that cleans a dog's teeth is chewing chunks of raw meat. "kibble cleans teeth" is a myth (and really, think about it, would eating cereal every day clean YOUR teeth?) http://www.littlebigcat.com/?action=library&act=show&item=doesdryfoodcleantheteeth

    Sounds like your dog might have a higher level of bacteria in his mouth (can be genetic) or a dental disease. I'd find a vet who can really help you solve the problem (likely get teeth cleaned, among other things.) You can manage the problem by feeding a raw diet (raw meat, bones and organs) but it may never go away completely. Many of the dental issues dog's have are genetic and other than feeding raw and brushing (baring some other medical problem, many have been suggested here) not a whole lot to be done.
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  15. Bath Screens says:

    when you get older, you would be more prone to dental problems and stuff like that ~;:

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