Dog’s Breath is Awful
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Kerri Gillie
Posted on: May 03, 2007

I’d like to know if there is any kind of herb that I could mix with my 2 dogs food for bad breath, and upset stomachs. I feed dry dog kibble from Pettime, Maintenance. I just had the one dog, Mandy, a Bichon teeth cleaned, and Magnum, a Cockapoo teeth are fine. No tartar build-up, but both still have bad breath. Mandy is nowhere near as bad as before the cleaning but is could use some help. I expect going out to my yard and eating horse manure might be part of the problem. I do however clean the manure up once a day.

Actually, there are several postings on the Richters website ( that address these very issues. Please see "Dog and Bad Breath", "Jack Russell and Bad Breath", "Labrador Puppy Eats Stool" and "Smelly Dog with Dandruff". Ultimately, if a dog’s teeth and gums are in good health then a "bad breath" problem may be due to poor digestion. Bottom line is a good diet. The above postings should give you some ideas and resources on this subject. As for eating manure, although it is a distasteful practice from a human point of view, the manure of a herbivore (horse) is full of digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals and beneficial bacteria. It may be that your dogs are using the manure as a supplement to provide them with the nutrition not available from their commercial food.

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