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Dog’s Breath is Awful
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Kerri Gillie
Posted on: May 03, 2007

I’d like to know if there is any kind of herb that I could mix with my 2 dogs food for bad breath, and upset stomachs. I feed dry dog kibble from Pettime, Maintenance. I just had the one dog, Mandy, a Bichon teeth cleaned, and Magnum, a Cockapoo teeth are fine. No tartar build-up, but both still have bad breath. Mandy is nowhere near as bad as before the cleaning but is could use some help. I expect going out to my yard and eating horse manure might be part of the problem. I do however clean the manure up once a day.

Actually, there are several postings on the Richters website (www.richters.com) that address these very issues. Please see "Dog and Bad Breath", "Jack Russell and Bad Breath", "Labrador Puppy Eats Stool" and "Smelly Dog with Dandruff". Ultimately, if a dog’s teeth and gums are in good health then a "bad breath" problem may be due to poor digestion. Bottom line is a good diet. The above postings should give you some ideas and resources on this subject. As for eating manure, although it is a distasteful practice from a human point of view, the manure of a herbivore (horse) is full of digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals and beneficial bacteria. It may be that your dogs are using the manure as a supplement to provide them with the nutrition not available from their commercial food.

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