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My dog has bad breath. He has no tarter or plaque. What can

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My dog has bad breath. He has no tarter or plaque. What can I do to correct his bad breath.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
Now bad breath can be caused by a few issues. Poor dental health is the most common reason but sounds less likely for Tucker. As well, if he is otherwise well, we'd be less concerned about lung based odors like those we see in dogs with pneumonia.
Therefore, we would be most suspicious of his oral odor arising from his gastrointestinal tract. This is not uncommon for dogs (as well as people) and we can see gas accumulation within the gut lead to odorous gas from either end of the dog. If severe, we sometimes need to make a diet change (sometimes soy levels or fiber levels can disagree with the GI bacteria). But if mild, we can combat this by treating with charcoal (to bind those odors). With this, there are preparations to add to food (ie BCK granules) or charcoal biscuits to use as treats. Further to this, it can help to add OTC dog specific probiotics (ie Fortiflora, Protexin Enterogenic) to help encourage normal gut bacteria that are less odorous.
I hope this information is helpful.
If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!
All the best,
Dr. B.
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