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I know that allergies can cause bad breath, but was wondering if raw and dehydrated raw would also cause it. Midgie's breath is rancid and her teeth are clean. I brush them and she had a dental about 6 months ago. I know that bad breath can be an indication of something wrong on the inside, but I don't want to jump to conclusions. Any help from experience would be greatly appreciated.
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When we got the girls they had disgusting breath, but less than a week on raw and it was odourless. So in my experience a raw diet is the best thing for a dogs breath, none of ours have doggy breath, the raw weaned puppies didn't even have puppy breath. (Which I was sad about lol)
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I know when Lulu ate only ZP her breath got bad, when I changed her food a while back it solved the problem. The vet also looked at her teeth when a couple of months ago, and he said they were fine. That let me know it was the ZP. I think Midgie eats other food as well though, so I'm not sure what it could be.


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I know when Lulu ate only ZP her breath got bad, when I changed her food a while back it solved the problem. The vet also looked at her teeth when a couple of months ago, and he said they were fine. That let me know it was the ZP. I think Midgie eats other food as well though, so I'm not sure what it could be.


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I think it's the ZP. Her stomach just started making some gurgles and she had some S&C Rabbit with ZP. I'm stopping the ZP. Gonna see if that solves the breath and stomach problems. I think the ZP is too hard for her to digest.
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It is my experience that raw really helps bad breath- but that is with fresh whole food raw. I don't think that pre-made raw has the same properties of breath cleaning. I think it is the chewing on big chunks, the lack of sugar and carbs and the fact that raw is often tolerated better by dogs tummies so there is less throwing up (that is specific to only certain dogs though). With pre mades you have more veggie content, the stuff is processed (even if it is minimal it is still processing) and you don't get the whole chunks to gnaw on. If you are feeding mostly pre-mades it could easily be one of those causing the bad breath.
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It is my experience that raw really helps bad breath- but that is with fresh whole food raw. I don't think that pre-made raw has the same properties of breath cleaning. I think it is the chewing on big chunks, the lack of sugar and carbs and the fact that raw is often tolerated better by dogs tummies so there is less throwing up (that is specific to only certain dogs though). With pre mades you have more veggie content, the stuff is processed (even if it is minimal it is still processing) and you don't get the whole chunks to gnaw on. If you are feeding mostly pre-mades it could easily be one of those causing the bad breath.
The fresh raw is cut up into small chunks so not much chewing going on. I think you're right about the premades being the possible cause for the bad breath. I think the main culprit is the ZP. I feed the fresh raw one meal every day and the second meal is always a premade. I'll stop the ZP and feed the S&C Rabbit alternating with Primal Duck and see if there's any change in breath.
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Check her mouth and teeth very carefully. Make sure there isn't a string of meat or a shred caught between her teeth that is rotting. Had a friend whose dog had that and MAN - his breath was HORRIBLE! Removed the piece that was stuck between his teeth and problem was solved.

Sometimes a bad smell is not coming from the mouth but from the stomach and digestive tract. Have you tried probiotics? If you are hearing gurgling, that isn't good. Let us know if stopping the ZP helps.
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Check her mouth and teeth very carefully. Make sure there isn't a string of meat or a shred caught between her teeth that is rotting. Had a friend whose dog had that and MAN - his breath was HORRIBLE! Removed the piece that was stuck between his teeth and problem was solved.

Sometimes a bad smell is not coming from the mouth but from the stomach and digestive tract. Have you tried probiotics? If you are hearing gurgling, that isn't good. Let us know if stopping the ZP helps.
I was really hoping to hear from you Tracy!! I have looked and I brush. Her breath has been a problem for a while now and I just kept brushing it off to allergies. I give her a dollop of organic Greek plain yogurt. It seems to help. The gurgling is a gurgle hear and there, not much lately. I heard it once tonight. A few months ago, I was hearing it a lot. I don't really think it's gastro. I hoping it's not. I just had her stool checked and nothing was said about parasites. Is there a better probiotic or do you think the yogurt I'm using is ok?
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