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    Question Senior Dog.... Bad Breath or Something Else?

    Hello All!
    I'm new to this site. I've had pets all my life but have never encountered this unusual problem until now ~ my 13 year old Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix has a smell... like something died in her mouth! I've been using canine toothpaste and breath freshener treats for several months and the problem continues to worsen. She had her teeth cleaned by the dentist a year ago and I was told that she wouldn't need it again for at least two more years, yet the odor is horrifiic. When she gets excited and breathes heavily the odor becomes so overwhelming that I have to let her outside, turn on fans, and spray air freshner. Her teeth look really good, so I'm not convinced it's a dental problem, but I'm at a loss as to what might be causing it. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Senior Dog.... Bad Breath or Something Else?

    If her teeth are good then I woud have a full blood work-up done on her. Givin her age I would have blood work done on her anways. Often organ deterioration or failure can give dogs a foul odor, blood work will tell you things a vet exam can't.

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    Re: Senior Dog.... Bad Breath or Something Else?

    I second the organ theory. Also if it smells like urine it could be a kidney issue. Has she vomited or lost appetite recently? What color are her gums and eyes?
    If the eyes and gums are pale yellow that means a liver problem.

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    Re: Senior Dog.... Bad Breath or Something Else?

    I would sugget to bring your pet to the vet to make sure he has no stomach or kidney or any internal organ problem. or maybe the kind of food you gave him that has some gastric reaction or something that smells something a dead rat inside. whew!

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    Re: Senior Dog.... Bad Breath or Something Else?

    Thank You All!! She has an appt. with her vet!!

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