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Remedy for a Dog's Bad Breath?

I have a Jack Russell Terrier dog and she has bad breath. We haven't tried to take to her to vet for a checkup, we just brush her teeth sometimes, but it does not help either. Do you have any other ways to eliminate bad mouth odor? She also lost a tooth already, I am really worried, but we have not enough financial capacity right now since vets and other dog medications are pretty expensive. Please help.

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November 30, 20190 found this helpful
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Poor pup! Bad breath is (in my experience 98 percent of the time) caused by infections which results in tooth loss.

Since the pup has already lost a tooth, I am guessing there is infection happening. It can be fatal (they can go septic very quickly) if that is what you have.

I got a lecture from the vet when I first became a dachshund mom many years ago because they are very prone to these problems and she warned me to never to ignore bad breath. We are fortunate that they will work with us on costs.

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I followed her advise and every time it was infection. Sometimes it could be controlled by antibiotics (cheap from the grocery store pharmacy), but sometimes they have had to have extractions. My doxie that had the worst issues had very few teeth left when she died at 17 1/2, but she ate fine and had an amazing quantity of life! When the bad teeth were gone, so was the bad breath.

Talk to your vet and ask if they will work with you on the price. Some do sliding scales. Maybe they can refer you to a good vet that will work with you if they can't. Some shelters have doctors who work at reduced rates. There are also some mobile clinics that work at reduced rates. ASK!! Please!

If you have a vet school in your town, some will do it a very reduced fee since they are using student labor.

If nothing else, take the pup to the vet and have infection ruled out or see if it is treatable with an antibiotic. I do agree with some dogs that it could be a diet issue, but if this is a new issue and the same food they have been eating, the likelihood of infection is high.

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If she has lost a tooth already infection is likely your problem. Infected teeth can make your dog not feel well at best and can become a systemic infection at worst. Once that process begins it rarely stops until the majority of the teeth are gone. You need to talk to your local humane society and local rescue groups to find someone who will do the dental work at a reduced rate. Have a garage sale. Clean someones house for Christmas. Borrow from a kind hearted relative. Find a way to help your buddy. If all else fails you can surrender her to the humane society and the work will get done. Good luck.

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November 29, 20190 found this helpful

Take your dog to the SPCA. There is some kind of infection going on that needs to be taken care of.

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November 30, 20190 found this helpful

It actually may be due to her diet. I have the same problem and when I bought more expensive food for her it helped

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I have found out that if you put some apple cider vinegar in their food or water dish this one helps a lot. There are some dogs that have bad breath that is just normal and others it is because of a bad tooth.

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You might want to take the dog to the vet to have his teeth checked out.

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