My best friend rescued two adult poodles. They both have terrible breath. One has bad breath because three of her front teeth are rotten. The other one has clean teeth, but her breath is awful. We are getting the rotten teeth cleaned by a vet, but we don't know what to do about the other one. Her teeth had a bit of tarter, but we brushed her teeth and the tarter dissapered, but the odor didn't. She has had them for two weeks now. The one with unidentified odor was so skinny, we think she was starved. At first we thought her breath was from malnutritin. She has been fed well for 2 1/2 weeks now, the breath hasn't gotton any better. Does anyone have a suggeston on how to improve her breath?
sometimes it takes time for the bad nutrition to get out of their system. If you're feeding canned food or giving dogs a lot of treats that won't help matters either. I'd suggest greenies personally, they're a good start.
she is VERY picky,my friend can't get her to eat just kibble, and she is so skinny, she is trying to fatten her up. she only weighs four pounds and she is avout 9 inches tall. Hamburger is what gets her to eat.
Get both dogs teeth checked out by the Vet. They both may need a cleaning. Then daily brushing and Greenie treats. Try to get them to eat dry food it is much better for their teeth. If you can find it Fromm makes a Duck and Sweet Potato food that some picky dogs will eat.
Bad breath is caused by internal digestive problems, as well. In toy and mini poodles, my first suspicion would be to look at the teeth, as well... those little mouths are awful to keep clean. Cavities can arise internally- so you won't always see a rotting tooth. The vet should be able to advise you on her dental care.
But digestive issues will take more time. Hamburger meat is a fine protein source- you could be doing much worse. But I'd suggest substituting boiled chicken breast for awhile- and seeing if that doesn't make a difference. Beef is not one of the more easily digested meats for a dog.
Supplementing a kibble diet is actually great- if you're doing it well. Both the kibble and wet food should be high quality (that doesn't have to mean expensive). Dogs with poor teeth have a hard time with crunchy kibble- softening it up with warm water sometimes does the trick (the water also makes kibble more palatable in many cases).
The first step needs to be the vet. Once the teeth have been taken care of, if bad breath persists- it's time to look more closely at their diet- making eliminations and substitutions until something works.