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 Post Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 9:31 am 
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OK Betty, I bet you have an answer for me, so even though this isn't a serious problem, I thought I'd ask...

Sadie eats raw. Usually chicken quarters with some liver thrown in and deer or hog meat when it's available. Her teeth are perfectly white, her gums are in fantastic shape, she really has the best canine dental hygiene I've ever seen.

But every so often she gets really foul breath. It sorta smells fishy, maybe like rotten meat, I'm not sure exactly. I suppose it could be because she found deer poop out back or something, but for some reason the timing doesn't seem right for me. It doesn't seem related to changes in her diet either, which are pretty minimal. I wish I had a bunch of great game to feed, but after Brutus farted in my car and almost killed us all, I'm staying away from Steve's javelina.

Can you think of dietary reason for this? Or some natural solution, like a fresh herb or something, that would pep up her breath when it starts getting intense?

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 Post Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 4:41 pm 
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I`m not Betty but herb wise you might try fresh lemon grass ...

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 Post Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 5:54 pm 
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Parsley?

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 Post Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 1:44 pm 
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Parsley might help with gas issues.
I had a peppermint plant once that the dogs ate..their breath smelled yummy then :))

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 Post Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 9:56 pm 
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Julie,

One thing that I can think of that might be causing the stinky breath would be her chewing on bones with hair still on them, bones with old meat still on them, etc. Some how I cant see her having access to stuff like that. Of course, there is always the problem of dogs eating various types of poop. That will really mess up the breath, but you would know if she was doing that, I would think. The only other thing that I can think of is if she is not digesting something that she is eating like she should. Undigested food will result in bad breath.

So, my suggestion is- get some food enzymes and give her one when she has stinky breath. If they make the odor go away, presto! you have it. If the enzymes dont help, then the only thing that I can say is to try mint. Mint is also like parsley, it helps digestion and freshens the breath. Mint will also help with gas.

You can get food enzymes at most grocery stores along with vitamins and such. I would look for one that has lipase as it is what helps digest fats. Dont get one that is just papaya.

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Don't know if this will add to the knowledge base or not, but from what I've seen... er I mean smelled... with Cannon, bad breath from eating something smelly (like food he buried for two days) is very short-lived. His breath may be bad for 30 minutes or so. Given the great state of her mouth, if Sadie's breath is staying bad then I would suspect some sort of digestion issue. And of course Betty has already pointed you in the right direction for that.

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 Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 1:04 pm 
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I meant to add this the other day, but alas, I forgot.

The enzymes should also have protease in it for digesting proteins.

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