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Bailey is 22 weeks old and recently in the last month or so, developed horrible breath. It is a metallic type smell and I assumed it was blood from teething. My daughter says it smells like poop, which it isn't, as he is not a poop eater. She said his poop smells better than his breath!

There are several thought I had that might be causing the odor and I don't know if any or all are the cause. The bad breath began around the time he was losing some of his larger teeth. It made sense that the odor was blood in his mouth, so I didn't really think much of it. I had the vet check when we were there last week and she said it could very well be from teething as the gums stay inflamed for awhile while the baby tooth is lost and then the adult tooth pushes it way up. She didn't look real hard, so I can't say he didn't have a problem in his mouth, but I have looked and haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. As best I know, he now has all his teeth unless there are some molars left to come in; there are no baby teeth left.

We switch foods, from California Natural Lamb Meal and Rice Puppy to Acana Pacifica, which is fish based about the same time. The smell is not fishy, but I guess it could still be the food.

Bailey found Piper's toy box and fell in love with the deer and elk antlers Piper has. He can chew on one for over an hour at a sitting. I have never noticed a smell to Piper's breath while chewing the antlers and the antlers themselves do not have an odor. Bailey does get way inside the antlers, but again there is no odor to the antlers.

One thing the vet mentioned which I thought was odd was to have Bailey checked for Cat Scratch Fever if the odor continued. I didn't have her explain why this over something else as I was dumbfounded when she said that. I believe she said he could have been bitten by a flea or tick that was infected.

Someone else mentioned trying a digestive enzyme. My concern with the enzymes is whether it is really needed. If the odor is due to the food, we could just switch food; I really don't want to have to do that again, but the smell is really bad. His breath smells all the time, not just after eating or chewing the antler. He gives morning breath a whole new meaning!!

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Hope I can be of help

Hope I can be of some help.

I would push your vet to investigate the cause of the bad breath
and if they won't I would go to another vet.

Also, Google the metallic smell on the internet and see if anything comes up.
I think Bailey might be TOO YOUNG to be chewing on antlers.
 

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Oh, believe me, I will be back at the vet shortly if this doesn't clear up! I also use the more senior vet in the group and will see him the next time. I like my vet, but lately she has been acting weird towards me. We have had a great relationship with my older dogs, but since the puppy tried to snap at her when she was removing stitches, she has been odd. I understand the puppy should not have snapped, but the stitch was very tight and I think the vet grabbed a bit of skin.

Why do you say too young for the antlers? He also chews on nylabones, but likes the antlers the best. He can not crack them, so they are great chewing for him.
 

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Have you started brushing his teeth yet? It's a good idea to get them used to the toothbrush once their adult teeth come in. You can get different flavored toothpastes for dogs, like poultry, beef, etc. It's best to brush their teeth at least a few times a week to prevent tartar and plaque buildup and it can also really help with the bad breath.

It is normal for them to not have the greatest smelling breath during the teething phase.

I also agree with Karen that he's still a little too young for antlers. I would hold off on those for now.
 

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Out of curiosity, do you have cats? Riley gets in the litter boxes if I don't have them gated off. I can always tell by her breath if she's been in them.
 

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I have not brushed his teeth yet, but they have been brushed when he was bathed a couple of weeks ago. Because he has all new teeth, I do not think plaque is the issue right now. I understand we should begin brushing his teeth, but that is not going to solve the problem we are having.
 

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I think you do need to discuss with a vet. Being young enough you could have a bad tooth or something. My dogs do poop eat (YUCK!!!!) so anything is possible.

A "simple" help we discovered, my Maxine was getting older and had tarter build up issues. That does make their breath bad, we bought "charcoal" dog cookies. We did not feed them 'a lot' only when we leave the house. We call the "troll tolls" so we are allowed to leave, it made a HUGE difference in the smell. The cookies are black we got them from our feed store. Our dogs LOVE them. They help keep the tarter at bay (crunchy) and the charcoal does neutralize the odor a bit.

Hope you get relief.
 

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When dogs are teething they can have really nasty breath. Antlers are ok for them to chew on, they are really hard but since he is teething it might hurt alittle right now. Try using a frozen carrots and a wet frozen washcloth to let him chew on. Make sure to put down a towel to keep the mess in one place.
 
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