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Bad breath

Post by lasgal » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:07 pm

Does anyone's Tamaskan have bad breath? Tallulah's breath is just foul! I don't know if it is from the teething or possible health issue.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by Ryphen » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:39 pm

Roundworms can give them a characteristic, stinky breath. Kumho's breath was terrible for the first couple of months until he finished his dewormer series.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by lasgal » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:18 pm

Is that something they can just get? She was dewormed before we brought her home and when the vet tested her at 10 weeks she was negative.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by Rahne » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:52 pm

What do you feed her?

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Re: Bad breath

Post by lasgal » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:18 pm

Blue Buffalo Wilderness dry food. She gets marrow bones and chicken gizzards & hearts too, just not everyday.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by Ryphen » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:30 pm

They can just pick them up if they enjoy eating the poop of infected animals. But if she's only been dewormed once in her entire life so far, chances are she still has them from when she was born. The eggs aren't always being shed in the feces, so it's common to check a fecal sample for them and have it be negative even though the dog has the roundworms. Typically a puppy will get treated three times in a row, at about two weeks apart, to make sure they're all dead. Then the monthly heartworm pill should keep them away.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by Nino » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:06 pm

When Sølve's breath turns bad I normally give her raw meaty bones an that has taken care of it so far
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Re: Bad breath

Post by lasgal » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:30 pm

She does get a heartworm pill. I'll bring a sample to vet just to double check, can't hurt!

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Re: Bad breath

Post by Tatzel » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:47 pm

Monobi has pretty bad breath, too :/
He's not a Tam, but anyway. His breath was especially terrible when he still had that puppy canine tooth stuck behind his adult canine tooth, after it got pulled, the smelled pretty neutral.

Now he's back to that rotten smell, and idk where it comes from. He gets barfs, so I don't think it's the food? Could be that he has worms, he licks his butt rather often (but he never buttslides and his poop seems normal, no slime or anything like that).
I guess I'll get him some deworming pill and see if it gets better :/
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Re: Bad breath

Post by Hawthorne » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:49 pm

We have toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouth rinse for our dogs. It's specific for dogs--found at most pet stores. It's a good idea to brush your dog's teeth--I've read that dogs can live three years longer if you brush their teeth.
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Re: Bad breath

Post by Tiantai » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:19 pm

I believe brushing can reduce it but deworming will always be a necessity

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Re: Bad breath

Post by lasgal » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:23 pm

I believe I just found the reason behind her bad breath. I caught her eating poop. Apparently she thinks the frozen turds are Popsicles! I clean up when I see the piles, but as snow comes and goes it can be tough to keep up. And on top of that she is going in random spots all over the yard, that is unless it is night and cold then she just goes on the deck.

I did some reading up on poop eating but am wondering if anyone else has had this problem with their dog? She was getting bored with her food and not eating as much as usual. The puppy food only comes in one flavor so I picked up a small bag of adult food to mix in for a change in flavor and she seems to like that. I tried mixing in wet food, but that gave her the runs. For treats she gets chicken hearts and gizzards, and marrow bones.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by akaye531 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:13 pm

Mowgli likes to pick up deer poop. I hardly notice when he does it on walks - the little sneak! He still gobbles down his food though.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by TerriHolt » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:11 pm

Sam like horse poop... and he too ate his own until about 6 month old if i didn't watch him.
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Re: Bad breath

Post by Ryphen » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:04 am

Seems to be pretty common when they are younger. Once he got older, Kumho stopped trying to eat his own poop and doesn't usually go after that of other dogs. However, if he comes across something that belongs to a wild animal, it gets gobbled up if we aren't watching. I think he's sampled rabbit, deer and bear that I know of. He also can't resist rolling in it a lot of the time.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by lasgal » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:44 am

The more I read on this forum the more I see she is a normal Tam :D It is so funny they all seem to have these quirks! She is such a good dog!!!!

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Re: Bad breath

Post by TerriHolt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:21 am

With sam having SA, he sometimes 'goes' in the house and since he stopped eating it, he's started shredding paper and, pretty accurately for a dog, placing it on the top, one by one to covet it up...

He also tried to cover poop and pee outside, guess it's better than eating lol
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Re: Bad breath

Post by Ryphen » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:46 pm

At least he's trying to help clean up!

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Re: Bad breath

Post by AZDehlin » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:05 am

Zephyr liked to play with his frozen poop his first winter... It was gross and I could never seem to find it all with the snow and me not being the sole person to always let him out.

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Re: Bad breath

Post by lasgal » Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:08 pm

TerriHolt wrote:With sam having SA, he sometimes 'goes' in the house and since he stopped eating it, he's started shredding paper and, pretty accurately for a dog, placing it on the top, one by one to covet it up...

He also tried to cover poop and pee outside, guess it's better than eating lol

That is so funny!!!

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Re: Bad breath

Post by Hawthorne » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:42 pm

Freyja, too, ate poop as a puppy. She didn't do it beyond her first year, though.
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