My little guy is 6 months old and in the last 4 or 5 days his breath has gone beyond the usual puppy breath to down right nasty? His teeth look white (he is in the process of losing them). He has been wormed and has had all his vacinations. What could be causing this? Should I call the Vet?
The stupid freaking hound dog my boyfriend brought home obsessivly eats every bit of poo she can get her muzzle around and beucase of it she smells like poo, its pretty disgusting although I'm finally getting somewhere curbing the habit.
Try adding a table spoon of yogurt to his food once a day.
He eats 1/4 cup Nutro Ultra can in the morning and Nutro puppy dry the rest of the day. He has eaten his own poop in the past, not much anymore as I try to be right there to clean it up. The other two dogs eat the same food, out of the same bowl, they aren't smelling like him. I try to brush his teeth every couple days but he chews on the brush and makes it difficult. The vet said that just getting the tooth paste in his mouth will help. Is there an illness that could cause this? He seems fine otherwise. Thanks, Nancy
I didn't realize that some dog foods promoted poop eating. I had this problem with the other two when they were young...same food. Thanks for the web sites, I am scared and will be calling the vet Monday morning if this is still going on. Oscar was the runt, and although the vet has done blood work, the kidney or liver disease scares me. Thanks to all who replied. Nancy
i have heard people say this all the time around the time that their pups start losing their baby teeth. i wonder if it may have something to do with that ? what exactly i have no clue but it seems to be quite a common complaint.
Well, I'll be honest, my vet chuckled at me when I told him I'd switched his food because he was eating poop, but when I looked on the web for ways to stop it, it seemed an awful lot of people that had the problem were feeding Nutro (Not ALL mind you) maybe some dogs arent digesting EVERYTHING in the food and are reeating it, I dont know, I just know it seemed to me that it could be an easy way to break it, so I switched and, within a few days ...he stopped.
***Edited By: kristen on 4/22/2006 9:20:24 AM*** Reason: correction
Many times bad breath can be coming from the digestive track and undigested food. I have a puff who has had rotten breath since he was a puppy, and he also suffers from IBS. I can always tell when his tummy is bothering him because his breath gets absolutely disgusting. The best thing I've found (besides good quality food) is to add a spoonful of yogurt & a pre/probiotic to his food daily. Works wonders. I use one called Petzyme, but there is a fairly inexpensive one out there called Prozyme that you could try and if it didn't work then you're not out much $$.
I guess this puzzles me be cause he has been eating Nutro since we got him and he ate alot more poop before than now because I didn't watch him as close before as I do now. His horrible bad breath started just about 5-6 days ago. We did have him in to be neutered 11 days ago, could that have anything to do with it? I also noticed he likes to eat grass and then comes in and barfs it up. I have been giving him a greenie twice a day to see if that would help and it doesn't. The not digested food is interesting because I read somewhere that some foods don't digest as well as others and the dogs detect that in the poop and thats why they eat it. The stomach thing is interesting, this is what I think I will persue. Thanks, Nancy
I am thinking maybe the bad breath has something to do with losing puppy teeth/getting adult teeth. If you remember losing teeth when you were younger, there was always blood to go with it. And when puppies lose teeth, I know their gums bleed as well. Blood and open wounds do have a fowl smell to them, this would cause bad breath. Check to see if there is bleeding.