My lhasa apso is 4 1/2 months old.....he's eating natural balance duck and potato because that's what my Bichon eats (suspected allergies) so with eating duck and potato, how can he have fishy breath? --He's doing great, it's just something I wonder about.
Some dogs just have Bad breath. I have 3 that did. I give them Chlorophl for humans and it took their bad breath away. You can get it at the natural food store and its not expensive.You give them 1/4 teaspoon 2 times a day.You can put it on their food or in the water.It also takes away body odor too.
Several years ago I took in a rescue beagle puppy. She was 8 days old. At about 2 months of age I had noticed that her breath was bad in a strange way. Not just typical doggy breath. It smelled like something dead. I mentioned this to the vet on 2 seperate occasions. It was basically blown off. Two more months later she didn't seem well so back to the vets. This time there was a vet filling in for one of the regular ones that went on vacation. I again mentioned the bad breath. She smelled it herself and said something about the smell and her symptoms not a good sign. A bunch of tests later showed that she was going into kidney failure and the odor to her breath WAS part of the sign. We made many many trips to the University Of Pennsylvania trying to save her life. She spent many weeks in and out of the hospital. She never made it to her first birthday. I put a total of $7000.00 on my credit card. I am still paying on that. I don't regret spending the money in an attempt to save her but if my vet had acted on my original complaint perhaps my money and my dogs life could have been saved. If you feel that the dogs breath is abnormally bad please question your vet about it being a possible side effect.
Wow, I am so sad for you. Did they ever say what the kidney failure was from? Was it genetic? Was it something that could have been treated 'better' if caught early? Was there any other signs besides the bad breath, like bathroom problems? Always interested in hearing health symptoms.
The kidney failure was brought on by Addison's Disease. The vets at the hospital I go to never checked her for AD because they said AD is not seen in puppies. Left untreated, it began a whole slew of problems. AD is caused by inadequate corticosteroids in the body. The opposite of that disorder, too much corticosteroids, is Cushing's Disease. AD can be treated simply by replacing the missing corticosteroids. By the time U of Pa. diagnosed her too much damage was done. It had brought a lot of secondary problems. One night her blood pressure went way up. We woke up in the morning to find that she could not see. Due to the high blood pressure she blew her retinas. We had to hurry back to Pa. which is 2 hours from us because her blood pressure had to be brought back down quickly in order to possibly save her sight. For some crazy reason no vet clinic around here has a blood pressure machine for dogs. I was given the impression that not many regular clinics have one. But our emergency clinic doesn't even have one. Well one of her retinas did re-attach so she did get to see us again which meant a lot to me. Her doctor at U of Pa. called my vet and discussed the whole thing with her. She got on her and told her that she hopes she learned something from this. She told my vet here that when symtoms are present of a disease even if that disease is never seen in a patient of this type, they should always be tested anyways because not everything is text book. Even the U of Pa. had never seen AD in a young dog like this. They said this case would definately have a write up done on it for the books. We tried so deperately to save her because she was so young. When the doctors there would give us the tiniest bit of hope then we would go ahead and approve whatever they wanted to do next. That's how we reached $7000.00. When I look back now I feel that I should have known better. Kidney failure is not something dogs survive when it reaches the extent it had in her. You can't just fix it. I guess I was desperate with hope. The bad breath was due to the toxins in her blood because of her kidneys not functioning well.
I guess I'm lucky in this catagory...my dog doesn't have bad breath because I give him "greenies" and "rawhides" under my supervision and he has done great with them...he has shown no signs of having any problems...I would try "greenies" it can't hurt and if it works...great
Ah, this one was bumped up but not the other. Well, after reading this I just about panicked, but decided to search the web. Lo and behold I was pointed in the direction of reading the ingredients on his food. Dick Van Pattens Natural Balance Duck and Potato has.....SALMON OIL. :) PHEW! I didn't think he was sick!
Kristen-all my dogs get fish oil and one gets a food that is just made out of fish and sweet potato.It stinks but its very healthy for them.Thats why I give Chlorophyl in my food.You can get it at the health food store and they love it.It makes their breath smell like mint.