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Bad Breath!

So, Millie is five months old today and is definitely teething. The last two weeks she has lost at least eight teeth that I have noticed.Her breath is so bad now. Is this from the teething? Is there anything I can do? It is so bad that her toys are starting to smell and I don't like her licking me because it leaves a smell also.
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What kind of food do you feed Millie? I ask because dogs fed kibble often have bad breath. -Jeanne-
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She does eat kibble. She never had bad breath until a few weeks ago and we have been feeding her the same food the whole time.
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I didn't have this problem with Kodi, but I have read MANY posts on the forum about puppies who have had HORRIBLE breath while teething that has cleared up once the teething was over.

I would try, in the mean time, to clean her teeth and gums with canine toothpaste on a small piece of terry cloth wrapped around your finger. At Petsmart, you can actually get little terry cloth fiber covers made just for this purpose. But a piece of old wash cloth wound around your finger works too.

I suspect the bad smell is from blood and bacteria, so the cleaner you can keep her mouth, the less smell you might have!


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I didn't have this problem with Kodi, but I have read MANY posts on the forum about puppies who have had HORRIBLE breath while teething that has cleared up once the teething was over.

I would try, in the mean time, to clean her teeth and gums with canine toothpaste on a small piece of terry cloth wrapped around your finger. At Petsmart, you can actually get little terry cloth fiber covers made just for this purpose. But a piece of old wash cloth wound around your finger works too.

I suspect the bad smell is from blood and bacteria, so the cleaner you can keep her mouth, the less smell you might have!
Does the cloth work better than a toothbrush? I brush her teeth regularly. I don't use a dog toothpaste though. I just use water. Would toothpaste help or is the toothpaste just so the dog tolerates the teeth brushing?
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Does the cloth work better than a toothbrush? I brush her teeth regularly. I don't use a dog toothpaste though. I just use water. Would toothpaste help or is the toothpaste just so the dog tolerates the teeth brushing?
If she'll accept a tooth brush, that's great. I just thought maybe her gums were too tender right now.

And yes, you should DEFINITELY be using canine enzymatic tooth paste. The tooth past is very important for breaking down tartar. The vet has told me that even if all you can do is get the toothpaste into their mouths it helps, although brushing with it is, of course, much better!


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Leo's breath was stinky during teething. Once he lost his last baby teeth his breath was perfectly fine again.


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If she'll accept a tooth brush, that's great. I just thought maybe her gums were too tender right now.

And yes, you should DEFINITELY be using canine enzymatic tooth paste. The tooth past is very important for breaking down tartar. The vet has told me that even if all you can do is get the toothpaste into their mouths it helps, although brushing with it is, of course, much better!
Ok thanks! I'll pick up some enzymatic toothpaste as soon as possible!
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Leo's breath was stinky during teething. Once he lost his last baby teeth his breath was perfectly fine again.
I'm glad to hear that it could be because of teething. I was hoping that this wasn't her new smell. I have a really sensitive nose and I like getting close to her face.
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She'll be fine again once her baby teeth have come out. It is however really important to began a dental routine. She may not accept a toothbrush now because it is likely that her gums are tender. Use a piece of gauze with a bit of enzymatic dog toothpaste until all of her adult teeth come in then start introducing the toothbrush.


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