Dachshund Has Really Bad Breath

Do you get concerned about Dachshund back problems, when you see a large or small Dachshund that is out for a walk, pulling on their leash, choking and hacking as they go?

I shudder to think how bad this is for a Dachshund's health, especially their back and spine. Your Dachshund is really hurting themselves when they get away with acting like this.

Check your leash, it could be the problem for this bad behavior. Almost all dogs pull and strain when a leash attached to the collar is being used.

You can determine the damage that can be caused to your dog, by doing a simple test on yourself. Put a towel around your neck and have someone hold it while you try to move in the opposite direction. If you did this 2 or 3 times a day, you can see how much damage you could do.

My Dachshund injured her back when she was allowed to be unrestrained in the back seat of my car. Even though I thought it was a break, she got away with only a sprain in her neck. It was 6 horrible weeks before she could leave her crate and walk without pain.

Walking was a big part of her life and she wanted to start again as she improved. I knew because of her delicate neck, that there was no way she could go out with a collar leash again.

I had seen many dogs that were on a harness leash and they didn't seem to pull as much or put as much strain on their necks and backs. After doing some research I had settled on a harness leash.

The harness I purchased, slips over her head then under each leg, with a fabric square that rested on her chest. The pressure is spread out over her chest area and under her legs. My Nellie walked with no pulling like a crazy thing, no hacking and no pain. I feel comfortable now taking Nellie for her walks and she seems to enjoy the fact that she now has a harness leash.

Please don't risk the potential for giving your Dachshund back or neck problems because of a bad type of leash. Windpipe damage is just one of the problems a collar leash can cause. Dachshunds are unique because of their short legs and very long back. A collar leash can create upward pressure that will injure the neck area. Your dog can have great walks if you are utilizing the correct leash, a harness leash.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog have very bad breath?
    I have a 1 in a half year old dachshund. Sheba's had bad breath for a pretty long time now. We even brushed her teeth with some special dog toothpaste. Her breath has not improved at all. We have no idea what to do about it now. I also have a 12 year old lab and he just got bad breath. But that is due to old age. But that's why I am so confused about my dachshund.

    • ANSWER:
      Small dogs like dachshunds are especially susceptible to periodontal disease which can cause bad breath, gingivitis and heart disease. It is the number one diagnosed disease by Vets and up to 80% of dogs will have some form of it by the age of 3.

      Small dog's have small mouths which makes it tough to get the back teeth. You can brush the teeth but I strongly recommend you also feed Greenies once a day. Greenies are an oral health care product in treat form, so you keep your dog's teeth clean while making him happy. As the dog chews the Greenie, the back of the brush works on the back chewing teeth where a lot of plaque builds up. The bone is soft which allows the teeth the penetrate into the bone and the coarse texture scrapes the plaque off.

      Greenies are the number one dental treat recommended by vets, and are also recognized by independent Veterinary Oral Health Council. The VOHC independently conducts a bunch of tests on the Greenie and only certifies products that actually work. Greenies are very effective at removing plaque which will help improve your dogs breath and contain chlorophyl to freshen the breath naturally. It also contains lots of healthy ingredients such as tomato, apple and cranberry so you can feel good about feeding your dog something healthy.

      Hope that helps :)

      Olivia
      Pet Nutrition Specialist
      Nutro

  2. QUESTION:
    who would know about bad breath on a Dog?
    I have a little Dachshund who has very bad breath. I just had the vet clean his teeth but it didn't help. He already gets food without wheat and corn. Help please

    • ANSWER:
      I also have a dog with bad breath (cocker spaniel) I was told that other than giving him things like Greenies (to clean his teeth) actually brushing his teeth would help. I have had the vet do cleaning and they last all of one day. so i recommend bones that help clean teeth and regular brushing (I know it is a pain, but it can be done)

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I give my basset hound better breath?
    I just got a two year old hound dog, and he has bad breath. I have tried nothing and I'm all out of ideas. Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Our dachshund has the same problem. Every so often we have to take her to the vet to get her teeth cleaned. This makes a huge difference! Problem is, we have to do it again about every 3-4 months. Call the vet and ask what they think.

  4. QUESTION:
    At home remedies for dachshund bad breath?
    I have a year old miniature dachshund who has awful breath. He is completely healthy, I brush his teeth with doggy toothpaste once a week-ish, I also have doggy breath spray for him, these only seem to work for a day or two and then the horrid breath is back. I took him to the vet and they gave him dental chews which did absolutely nothing. Is there anything I can do that will help? Thanks.
    His vet said not to brush his teeth more than once a week, but they don't seem to know what they are talking about most of the time, hence the question.

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to consider switching to a low carbohydrate food. Carbohydrates are what bacteria feed on, so feeding a food with less carbohydrates is going to reduce the amount of bacteria in your dog's system. Carbohydrates are also not very digestible and that can contribute to bad breath. You can also add some digestive enzymes to help digestion as well.

  5. QUESTION:
    will the vet clean your dogs teeth??? because my dog has bad breath and I have tried everything! Help?
    I've tried everything to get my dachshunds breath to smell good but nothing works. Does the vet clean dogs teeth and if so will it help any?
    she is 1 and a 1/2 years old
    if its not her teeth that is causing the bad odor then what is???

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, teeth cleaning is part of a veterinary practice...no doubt your dog has plaque built up and that's what you are smelling. Either that or periodontal disease.

      Your dogs teeth need cleaning and it's not something that you can do at home...it's just like going to your dentist for a yearly checkup and they clean your teeth as part of the process. They have special instruments they use to scrape that plaque off.

      Do not allow your vet to do this without the use of anesthesia.

      The only other thing that may cause bad breath is an upset stomach.

  6. QUESTION:
    What Dog Food Is Healthy, Inexpensive, And Good For Small Dogs?
    I have a 1 year old Pomeranian and a 4 year old Chihuahua Dachshund mix. They are eating a cheapy dog food right now that gives them bad breath and I wanted to switch. I want a good healthy dog food brand that is not to expensive. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Bella+Edward, that's great that you're taking the time to find a better quality dog food for your pups.

      Check out http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/dog-food-comparison.html

      They have a huge comparison chart of all the brands on the market, along with their dog food ratings.

      Also read their article on Deciphering Dog Food Labels, so you'll be able to tell for yourself a good food from the junky cheapies. Very eye-opening article.

      If you can't afford some of the premium brands, I'd say probably Chicken Soup gives the best bang for your buck. If you have to go supermarket, Harmony Farms looks the best pick.

      Hope this helps!

  7. QUESTION:
    we have a mini dachshund at our house and it has REALLY bad breath what do i do?!?and what is chlorophyll?

    thanks for ur answers but see the problem is she is a stray dog and we r trying to find her a home, but we barely have enough money for our cats we cant afford to take her to a doc. any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      If there's a problem with your dog's teeth, the first sign is often bad breath. Brush his teeth regularly, preferably every day. Be sure to use special toothpaste made for dogs; never use human toothpaste.

      It's important to have your vet examine his teeth and gums at least once a year. This is the best way to catch problems before they become too serious.

      Check this link for more info.
      http://dogtime.com/dental-care.html

  8. QUESTION:
    what human toothpaste can i use on my dachshund?
    she is a 2 year old dog, and her breath STINKS. people have said there are certain types of human toothpaste i can use on her-which ones are these?

    • ANSWER:
      None, you need to get a dog toothpaste at a pet store or online.

      By the way, your dachshund probably desperately needs a dental - schedule one at your vet's.
      That is the reason her breath is bad, her teeth have tartar or, worse, are infected.
      This is very common in dachsies because of the shape of their jaws.

      Get her some CET chews too, after the dental, they have an enzyme that keeps tartar from building up so much. I assume she is on a good dry kibble like Canidae - wet food causes tartar buildup and tooth decay.

      Please get that dental for her, I have seen dachsies teeth rotted so badly that the infection spreads to their jaws and literally eats holes through it, horrible, and makes the dogs sicker and sicker.

  9. QUESTION:
    Bad Dog Breath, Our Chihuahua Dachshund Mix has really stinky breath, has had it for years! Eats good, happy ?
    We also have a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix. She is 7 years old and has had REALLY bad breath for a long time. She used to eat badly (table scraps) but now eats nothing but good dog food. Her breath is BAD and has been bad. Is there something wrong with her internally perhaps? What is best to do, brush her teeth (that could be hard to do) ?

    • ANSWER:
      You are of the wrong impression that dog bad breath is primarily caused by what your dog eats and it is her stomach that causes bad breath. Dog bad breath is primarily caused by bacteria that grow on the top of the tongue, just like in humans. So, to cure your dog's bad breath this bacteria needs to be cleaned off, just like in humans. I have witnessed a Vet cleaning a dog's tongue with OraBrush tongue cleaner with excellent success. To cure your bad breath you should brush your teeth and then clean your tongue. To cure your dog's bad breath you should brush her teeth and then clean her tongue. I have used OraBrush for over 6 months with great success. OraBrush was developed for humans but it can also be used on dogs. Their website is below.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to give my dog honey and cinnamon?
    I have recently learned that honey and cinnamon can cure almost anything. This made me wonder if giving my 9 year old dachshund, who has terrible breath, some would help her or not? I wouldn't think that honey nor cinnamon would be poisonous, but I just wanted reassurance. Thank you so much (:

    • ANSWER:
      "honey and cinnamon can cure almost anything"

      No, they cannot. They MAY have antibacterial properties, but they will not cure "everything" - not even most things.

      And it's hard to cure something when you do not know the cause. Take your dog to the vet to find out the cause of the bad breath - THEN explore your treatment options.

  11. QUESTION:
    Our miniature dachshund barks a lot when people come over, is there anything we can do to curb this?
    He is not aggressive with our guest, he just barks. We have scolded him and hushed him but it doesn't seem to work. If he does quiet down after we scold him, sometimes he will do little quiet barks under his breath like a bratty child!

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of scolding him, discipline him like a boss dog would discipline him, with a sharp bark (command from you). Some people succeed with a sharp loud hiss. Don't talk to your bad dog like it is a bad human. Dogs are different than humans.

      I have a barker also. I use a sharp "NO". And I start before my guest enters. I get inbetween my guest and dog and control my dog, maybe giving him a little nudge with my foot to keep him in position. Sometimes I will roll him over onto his back (submission position), forcing him to submit to my guest's presents. I ask my guest to ignor my dog until he (my dog) behaves.

      I like the TV program "The Dog Whisperer". It is both entertaining and educational. The host shows us how we should lead and how to get the dog to follow our lead so that both of us are happy.

  12. QUESTION:
    What could I do so my dog won't have bad breathe?
    I've had my dog for about 5 years. She has really bad breathe that makes her smell also. I brush her teeth every Saturday nd I see the back teeth rotten( black or grayish). Is it cuz of her teeth? But also one of her rotten tooth is cracked and wiggly like if I could break it off myself. Wat should I do so she won't have bad breathe. I would take her to the vet but my parents wouldn't pay cuz its to expensive.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, her bad breath stems from decaying teeth.

      You have to treat her rotten teeth before her breath will start smelling better, and the only way to do that is to get her to a vet. She'll have to have dental surgery to remove those teeth, stitch up the gums, and clean the tartar off the remaining teeth. It's typically an expensive procedure. I just paid 50 for my rescue dachshund's dental surgery that involved removing six teeth.

      If you're too young to pay for that and your parents are refusing to take her to the vet, please consider rehoming her. There are probably rescues in your area that will find a foster home for her, or even an animal shelter that will take her rotten teeth into account before finding her a new family.

      Please don't concentrate on how bad her breath smells. Think about how much pain she's in. I've had toothaches from very small cavities before, and it hurt... bad. I took painkillers to make them feel better. Trying to imagine a rotten tooth in my mouth that's so decayed that it can be pulled from my gums is difficult to imagine, let alone experience. :( Her gums are sore, it's extremely painful for her to chew anything, and the problem is only going to get worse.

      I'm sorry. I really wish there was an easier answer I could give you or something more affordable to suggest, but dental disease in canines is very serious. Consider the pain she's in, look down the road at how much worse her teeth are going to get (and how much more expensive they'll be to treat), and put some deep thought into what's best for your dog.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feed their dog Herring and Sweet potato dry dog food from California Natural?
    It's a little more expensive than what I usually buy, and don't know if my dog would like it. Let me know if anyone has any experience with this flavor. Thanks!
    He also had really bad allergies, and I think he needs a non-grain diet. Is rice grain?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the only food (and flavor) that I feed my dogs. My wirehaired dachshund has mild allergies and gets rashes on his skin - this food keeps his skin perfectly clear and healthy. My shih tzu has extreme food intolerances and will have very bad diarrhea if she eats anything other than fish and sweet potato based foods. This food keeps her stomach happy and stools firm. It has also made their coats extremely soft and shiny, and eyes bright. My vet recommended this formula and uses it herself.
      Yes, the food does smell fishy. However, I, personally, haven't had a problem with my dogs' breath smelling bad because of it. I also haven't had a problem with my dogs having gas. The main purpose of this formula is to be gentle on the digestive tracts so it shouldn't cause too much gas. However, if your dog eats it very fast, that in itself could cause gas from excess air consumption.
      Both of my dogs LOVE the flavor of this formula... however, all dogs are different. It's definitely worth trying out for a month or so to see how your dog adapts...

  14. QUESTION:
    Is Congestive Heart Failure In Dogs Painfull?
    My 11 yr old dachshund has had it for about 4 months...he sometimes has trouble breathing but he is on medication for this to keep him comfortable. He seems to be feeling worse today very lethargic :( Is it very painful for them?

    • ANSWER:
      Not painful but distressful struggling to breath.I would talk to your vet about the lethargy,it could be a sign of electrolyte imbalance,renal insufficiency or an elevated dig level(if he's on it)

  15. QUESTION:
    My dog has stanky breath.What should i use to make it go away>?
    She is a dachshund and she is the only dog out of 7 that I own that has a breath problem.
    its getting absolutly out of hand.I cant stand it anymore!!!!!!!

    what do you think would work best?Anyone have this problem in the past and if you did then what did you use.
    thanks im going to go out and and but a doggie tooth brush and some doggie tooth paste:)

    • ANSWER:
      Well I use dental chews/rusks/, use beef toothpaste from the petshop and if it comes back I'll take him to the vet but he's teething and mostly smelt of blood when baby ones fell out.
      I also find dental dog biscuits with a natural cleaner in the centre helps and try and find the ones she likes best.

      If she is young (- 6 months) she could be teething so make sure she drinks to get rid of the blood.

      Or go to a vet if it's really bad.

  16. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to see the effects on a dog on raw?
    I need to know. Cleaner teeth in 3 days? Shinier coat in 4 days? etc.

    • ANSWER:
      I noticed effects pretty rapidly with my dogs. With my Dachshund, he was chronically itchy, to the point that it caused staph infections he scratched so much. After about 3 days on raw, his skin was already substantially less red and inflamed-looking, and his scratching had probably diminished in frequency by half. That was months ago, and his skin is normal and he rarely scratches, or at least now scratches "normally".

      I'm also caring for another dog right now who had been kibble fed for his entire life and is only 2 years old. He had rancid, nasty breath and these big black spots of gunk on the backs of all his carnassial teeth. Not to mention just an overall build-up of plaque. I've been keeping a photo log of his dental improvement. After the second day, most of the black gunk in the back and the bad breath was gone, and after two weeks his teeth were noticeably whiter. Fast forward a few weeks to now, and almost all the plaque is gone.

      It's hard to tell with the coats, but I'd say within a few weeks it should be noticeable. The big thing with me was how the "doggy" odor disappeared. I'd say that happened within days.

      Here's some good links on raw feeding if you're interested and haven't already seen them:

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/diet/exp-diet-guide.pdf
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

  17. QUESTION:
    Would a dog whistle work to stop a barking dog next door?
    The dog has always barked at us when we go out to the car or into the yard, which I hate because it is a boxer and is loud, but it also scares my grandson who lives with me. Now it is much worse because the new homeowners put up a privacy fence and the dog goes more berserk as it can only see a sliver of us through the fence slats. I am tired of it and they have heard us tell the dog to shut up and they do nothing.
    Their dachsund used to pick up trash that had blown into our yard and they would then throw it into our fenced back yard like we had thrown the trash in theirs, so they are not going to be cooperative -- please don't tell me I should talk to them.
    I want to know if a dog whistle blast every time that dog barks at us would possibly work?

    • ANSWER:
      sorry to hear your issue! that's a real bummer. Speaking from experience the dog whistle does NOT work! I actually have a dachshund and they along with other small breads tend to bark alot. when using the dog whistle it made him bark more. you might give it a try - though dont hold your breath ! ! ! As far as your neighbors rudeness, you might want to call your local humane society and tell them you issue. They might have a good idea or maybe even talk with them...? wow....what a major inconvenience!!!! GOOD LUCK ! ! !

  18. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of that doggy breath? Feedback please?
    i have tried just about everythink my dog is very aggresive when it comes to her teeth i think she might have sensitive gums but i have tried brushing them and getting them cleaned pleause give me feed back

    • ANSWER:
      one of my dogs is a dachshund "BAD BREATH" the best thing i found (and my vet told me this) is to use pedigree eucalyptus dog bones.
      http://www.petco.com/product/9733/Pedigree-Breath-Buster-Snack-Food-for-Dogs.aspx

  19. QUESTION:
    My mother's dog has terrible breath. Is there something that can b e done?
    My mother has two miniature dachshund dogs. She brushes their teeth every night, but the one dog has terrible breath every day. They only eat hard dog food as well.

    Is there a home remedy for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Besides the breath freshening treats and checking for periodontal disease, your Mom can try changing her dog's food. Often times kibble, especially the corn laden lower-end brands which can be bought in grocery stores, can cause bad breath.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you cure a dogs stinky breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs get bad breath for the same reasons people do. A dog's bad breath is a build up of plaque, tartar and bacteria, all of which lead to periodontal disease for many dogs. Regular brushing and a good dental cleaning by your vet will improve your dog's breath. If your dog's breath is really bad, he may already have periodontal disease and his gums may be infected. Aside from the bad breath, his gums may hurt a lot. If they are red and inflamed, make a dental appointment with your vet. Once the gums are infected the infection can go through his body and infect his sinuses, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and brain. I had 2 dogs that were about the same weight, same age, same diet - one never had a problem with her gums or severe bad breath, the other one ... By the time I did anything about it (age 7) he already had the periodontal disease and needed annual cleanings and extractions and his gums got infected regularly requiring antibiotic treatment. By the time he was 15 yrs old he had had 15 teeth extracted, leaving him with only 11 teeth. Certain breeds may be genetically predisposed to periodontal disease. I don't know which ones, but I know that corgis and dachshunds are 2 of those breeds. Hope that helps.
      I now have a 9 month old puppy and guess what?!? He is a dachshund/corgi mix! Needless to say, I brush his teeth a least once week. I use a doggy toothpaste and I always run his toothbrush under hot water to soften the bristles. It is not his favorite thing to do (but it is not a kid's favorite thing to do either) but he has really gotten used to it and doesn't mind a whole lot. I guess the old saying is true "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". My other dog went through so much in his later years with the extractions and infections, not to mention what my bank account went through. I don't want to sentence my puppy to those problems in his old age or sentence myself to the dental expenses. I hope this helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    My 8 week old Bernese Mountain dog play bites alot, what is the best way to discourage this?

    • ANSWER:
      Play biting? She's teething! She may be playful about it, but those gums of hers are probably a bit uncomfortable. I have a seven week old miniature dachshund, and she's teething too. Some, but not all, of her baby teeth have broken through yet. She was chewing on my fingers, hands, and clothing, but I quickly stopped this. First off, the best way to teach a puppy is not to discourage, but to reward it. Go to the store and buy some chew toys, or, if you prefer, you can give her some household items to chew on, like an old teddy bear, etc. When she goes to chew or bite you, quickly replace your hand/finger/whatever with a chew toy. Be sure to always have one on hand. Let her chew on it and when she chews on it reward her with love and attention and small treats (I use Old Mother Hubbard's Mini P-Nutty Treats, they're super small so you can give your puppy some every time it's good without over feeding it). Be sure to tell her what a good puppy she is! I did this for about two days, and her chewing on/biting me has almost stopped. Whenever she bites or chews, ignore the behavior. Don't punish it! Punishing can often be misconstrued as another way to get attention, just like when children act up to get attention (they're smart!). Ignore the behavior completely, ans simply replace the bad behavior with a positive one and reward her. I used this same reward method in her potty training, and at seven weeks old she is 100% potty trained. And I've spoken to the couple who now have her sister, and they are having a terrible time training you, and they are using the punishment method. Another tip, purchase a rope chew toy. Soak it in chicken or beef broth (low sodium) for a few hours. Then bake in the oven on a low heat until its dry again. Let your puppy chew on it to help break those last few baby teeth through its gums. Not only does it make the puppy's teeth feel better, but it also improves her dental hygiene and makes her puppy breath smell a lot better (which is notoriously gross!) Good luck with training your puppy!!!

  22. QUESTION:
    why does my dachshund's breath stink so bad? Is it all dachshunds or just my dog?
    His breath is awful. A co-worker says the same about his dachshund. I have 2 dogs, and the other dog's breath doesn't smell that bad. Any help is great.

    • ANSWER:
      I breed dachs and have three of my own.....bad breath in a dog usually stems from the buildup in their gum areas....try to keep that area clean either by brushing or special types of dog treats

  23. QUESTION:
    We have a miniature 3 year old wire-haired dachshund.?
    He is extremely healthy but suffers from very bad breath. What causes it and what can we do?

    • ANSWER:
      well you should brush his teeth daily and this might help http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3060827

  24. QUESTION:
    My 8 year old dachshund's breath is horrible! Her teeth were cleaned by the vet in May.....?
    and her breath smelled better, but only for a short time. Within a couple of months it was back to stinking again. She won't let me brush her teeth and she eats hard dog food. She does not like Milkbone or any other hard treats.. I saw an ad at the vet's office for some kind of pill to give your dog (can't remember the name of it) but it seems it was some kind of antibiotic to give your dog to prevent bad breath. Has anyone heard of this?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a 7 year old dachshund with horrible breath as well! She won't eat Milkbone OR those Greenies. (Very picky eater!) I brush her teeth and she only eats dry food (with the occasional people food...) The vet gave me something that you put in their water called "Breath-a-lizer". I used it for awhile, but my dog finally figured it out and wouldn't drink her water. It's not expensive, so maybe it's worth a shot - depends on how fussy your doxie is!

  25. QUESTION:
    3 year old, 15 pound Miniature Dachshund, types of food we should be feeding her?
    She has been eating Purina One up until about a week ago when we decided to change to Purina Pro Plan for Small Breed Dogs and ever since then she has had really bad breath! we are really wondering if it was the food. we want to try another brand of food that will be healthy for her and keep her at her current weight and something with the most natural ingredients in it that isn't too pricey.

    • ANSWER:
      I`m assuming the bad breath is from the food. I`m sure there`s a lot of grain or corn in the food.

      Good for you for looking for a more natural diet for her. But personally I don`t think price is an issue when you take on the responsibility to care for a dog.

      Although eating healthy is not that much more expensive than eating purina.

  26. QUESTION:
    Bad Breath Dachshund!?
    My Dachshund has BAD breath! Just when im sitting on the couch and shes laying on the floor and has her mouth open i can smell it! Her teeth are fine, just her breath! I know dogs have bad breath but hers is TERRIBLE! I have brushed her teeth with just baking soda and stuff but it doesnt make her breath SMELL better! What can I do? Please ALOT of answers! (No harsh/rude comments!) Thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is caused by either infected gums, bad digestion, or several serious illnesses. Before worrying unnecessarily, check her back teeth......way in the back. If you see tartar on them then look at the gum line. If you see a red line right above the teeth it generally means infection, and that can cause serious bad breath as well as a health problem with the heart.
      If the bad teeth are clear of tartar, then look into the ingredients in the food you are feeding. A dog can develop allergies at any age, and your dog could be reacting to something in the food such as corn,wheat,soy,chicken, or by-products. Most dogs do just fine but occasionally one will react poorly to one or more of these ingredients resulting in an excessive amount of gas and/or bad breath.
      If all is clear, then I suggest getting a blood chem done to rule out anything connected to liver or pancreas.

  27. QUESTION:
    Mini-teckel (dachshund) lethargic, bad breath, & shivers?
    I have a 4-year-old female mini-teckel that has shivered and seemed lethargic since birth, except first thing in the morning. I know that her normal temperature is 102 degrees, so it could be the house temperature. It could also be that she has an infection or her teeth need cleaning. I cannot afford the 5 to get her teeth cleaned yet, but that it the first thing I will have done. I am going to have her kidneys and liver checked at that time. I have put her on acidophilus for digestion, because she belches alot and has halitosis (severe bad breath). I have changed her food severla times over the years, because it seems like she is just not digesting it properly. When I can afford to do so, I am going to have her checked for anemia, hypothyroidism, lupus, and calcium deficiency. What are your ideas? Aside: she constantly licks her behind (vulva) area. Maybe it could be worms or a vaginal infection. Anybody with insite into this please let me know what you think. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Wow Sorry to hear this. You do need to get her to a vet but I do know that $$ is always a huge issue. I have 4 dogs including a Dachshund. My doxie shivers all the time even in the summer so this maybe normal. Her behavior does concern me since my mother-in-laws dog had the same symptoms. It sounds like an infection to me. Have you ever had her checked? In the meantime, try Bill-Jac food in the freezer cases. It is more exp. but she is a small dog. This really seemded to help mu MIL's dog with his digestion. I would try to clean her teeth as well as getting her some Greenies and Busy Bones to help as well. My vet recommended this for my dog with teeth problems. Good Luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    A Name for our new Dog?
    We just got a new dog yesterday. We adpoted her from a shelter where she came in as a stray. She is a miniature dachshund, she weighs 7.5 lbs and she is 13 years old. She is very hyper for her age, she waddles like a penguin, has bad breath & is the cutest thing ever. They called her Gretchen at the shelter, she doesn't respond to that name, and we are not sure that we like it that much. We have 3 names that we really like-- Charlie, Daisy, & Midge. We also have two other dogs named Lexis & Cheyenne. Please tell me which of the three names you like (if any), or we are open for other suggestions too!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Choose something you have rarely or never heard for a dog. I have a puppy named Larry and everyone smiles when i mention him, plus he is like one of the family so it is nice. Try Kendal or like Aubry....something out there but states that your pet is a memeber of the family....

  29. QUESTION:
    Dachshund has a heart murmur?
    I took my 5 year old dachshund to the vets a few days ago to get his teeth check out,he had some brown stuff on his teeth and had bad breath.The vet said he has an infection in his mouth and also has a heart murmur from the infection.He didn't say what level it was or something like that.I was going to get his heart checked out but i couldn't afford it right now.Is there anything i could do to help him?

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has Heart murmur the only person that can tell you what grade heart murmur is ,is your vet

  30. QUESTION:
    my dachshund not only has bad breath she gets the hicups a lot. Any ideas on why?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely cause of bad breath is gum or tooth problems. You absolutely need to get your dog to the vet to be checked out - may need a dental.
      We get so many dogs into our rescue with infections in the mouth that it is obvious most people don't feel dogs need dental care - they do, an infection of the gums or a tooth can poison the dog's whole system.

      I suspect you will find your dog smells sweet once you get her mouth attended to.

      Good luck, take her to the vet to see if she needs a dental.

      The hiccups can be from drinking too fast - ask your vet, usually not a problem however, one of my dachshunds gets hiccups from time to time.

  31. QUESTION:
    Dogs got smelly breath?
    My 8 month old Dachshund has just developed bad breath... coudl it be the toy he constantly has in his mouth? Its a stuffed toy that is always sopped with slobber. He carries it everywhere and chews on the exact same spot. Could throwing out the stuffed toys and trading them with regular rubber toys help? He's too young to have old dog breath!
    I feed him Science Diet Lamb and Rice. And his treats are regular Milk Bones.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs with healthy gums and teeth, being fed a good quality dog food don't have bad breath.. Either it's the food, bad tooth, or maybe he is teething and you are smelling blood..

  32. QUESTION:
    i can't decide what dog to choose?
    I was just thinking of breeds of dogs when I'm older but I can't decide which I prefer..
    A Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired)
    or
    A Papillon?

    I would like it to be affectionate, not too yappy, I don't mind how long exercise is needed or how often to groom him/her. Also, what are the common health issues that are known for these breeds?

    Thanks :) x

    • ANSWER:
      Papillons are friendly, intelligent dog that is tougher than it looks, and loves outdoor exercise. A Playful, lively, amusing, animated and charming little dog. Affectionate, gentle, patient, and proud, they love to cuddle. Enjoys a good romp outdoors. They are steady, obedient and are not yappers.

      Comman Health problems:

      Neuroaxonal Dystrophy Disease( NAD ) - This is health concern just coming forward recently in Papillons. A progressive disorder where brain and spinal cord swelling occurs and deterioration continues. The puppy shows slight gradual signs the disease by 8 weeks of age and usually by 19 weeks the puppy has to be euthanized. Signs of NAD are wobbling head treamors later poor coordination, unable to use back legs, inablity to eat on its own.

      Patellar Luxation - common in all toy breeds of dogs. In the active Papillon, it can be genetic or be caused by injury from over use of the knee joint. Genetic luxation is usually found in young dogs, the average age of diagnosis is 3 months to 12 months. It is our opinion that in many cases injury luxations is usually found in a healthy Adult Pap that either bounces up and down on their back legs a great deal or works in some type of performance that uses the knee often in jumping climbing, running.

      Periodontal: Since Papillons have small mouths and their lips lay tight against the teeth and gums it is very common for Papillons to need regular dental maintenance. Maintenance includes regular brushing. Baking soda or doggy toothpaste is suggested to use along with the brush. In a pinch, we have successfully used a tiny drop of human tooth paste in place of baking soda.ooth loss of dogs over the age of 4 is very common. The warning signs of gum disease are bad breath, red and swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gum line, and pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth. Providing bones and hard kibble will assist in keeping plague build up at a minimum.

      Dachshund: Dachshunds are playful, but can be stubborn, and are known for chasing small animals, birds, and tennis balls with great determination. Many dachshunds are stubborn, making them a challenge to train. They are statistically more aggressive to both strangers and other dogs than the rottweiler. They can have a loud bark. Some bark quite a lot and may need training in order to stop, while others will not bark much. Dachshunds are known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners, though they can be standoffish towards strangers. If left alone, many dachshunds will whine until they have companionship.
      Comman Health Problems:
      IVD, is marked by herniated disks in the lower back. The disease primarily affects dogs with stunted legs. Affected dogs experience severe pain, usually in the lower back but sometimes in the neck as well. The disease can be treated medically and/or surgically, depending on the severity. Carts for dogs have been devised to assist Dachshunds with rear-quarter paralysis due to severe IVD.

      Back injuries are the most common type of Dachshund health problem. The Dachshund's funny body shape makes them particularly susceptible to CIDD — essentially a ruptured or leaking disk. When this happens, every second counts; consequently, it is important to know how to recognize a back injury as soon as possible.

      Bloat—Bloat occurs when the stomach twists on itself, cutting off the blood supply to several organs. Without immediate treatment, bloat is fatal. If your Dachshund suddenly starts pacing, salivating, and acting upset, nervous, or in pain—or it just seems like something is very wrong—call your vet immediately. The only hope is emergency surgery.

      Canine epilepsy—a seizure disorder that happens in some Dachshunds. If your Dachshund suddenly goes stiff, starts shaking, or becomes completely non-responsive or totally limp, call your vet immediately. You can't prevent epilepsy, but it is treatable with medication.

      & many moree...... I got them from this site http://www.showpaps.com/health.htm for Papillons and http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/recognizing-common-health-issues-in-dachshunds.html for dachshunds I only named a few but there are a lot listed.

  33. QUESTION:
    Bad Breath...On a dog?
    I have a Dachshund. And This is going to sound weird but... He has bad breath. I've tried everything to get rid of it bud nothing works, My other four dogs smell nothing like this. And I've already Asked the Vet about it when I took him in for a check up. He said Try the breath freshening Bones (But they don't work) He also Said he does not have a disease so that's a relieif... But what do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Similar to human, bad breath is the cause from what you eat and it is same with your dog. What your dog eats has everything got to do with a bad breath. Surly they don’t brush teeth twice a day and maintain good oral health like we humans do. But you can start thinking of brushing your dog’s teeth at least once day which is enough. There can be several reasons when you dog’s breath starts to smell. Generally it is not serious problem but one should always take vet’s examination into consideration which in fact, it gives your dog a better health and a better food than before.

  34. QUESTION:
    12 year old chihuahua with bad breath - please help!!!?
    I have a 12 year old chihuahua who's teeth need cleaning, the problem is that I dot want him to be put to sleep for the cleaning as his age could cause complications and it is difficult for the vet to do so while he is awake. He has very bad breath, what can I do, I have tried everything else for eg, brushing his teeth, creams, breath freshener tablets for dogs etc.....

    He has hardly any teeth left in his mouth as many were removed because of decay and is only able to eat on one side.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have his teeth cleaned.I had my 15 -year-old dachshund mix' teeth done in September and I'm so glad I did,because he had four abscessed teeth in the back that could have killed him had I not had them done! He did fine with the anesthesia.My neighbor,who has a 15 -year-old poodle,decided to have his teeth done as well,because my dog did so well.He ended up having to have NINE teeth pulled and had to be on antibiotics as he had a nasty infection.It's really for the best that you have it done.Yes,there are very small risks with anesthesia,but they are minimal compared to the risks of badly infected teeth,which can cause damage to the heart and other organs.Also,you'll have a dog with sweet,clean breath that's a pleasure to be around,and you can start a regular tooth brushing routine to avoid further problems.Your dog's lifespan will likely be extended as well.So go for it! Get those teeth cleaned!

  35. QUESTION:
    Does plaque blast spray really work?
    my dog has really yellow teeth and bad breath and DOESNT chew on chew toys for whiter teeth!! the vet says for him to get his teeth cleaned that costs 0!! i saw plaque blast on tv... and i need to know if it works.. any opinions??

    • ANSWER:
      I just saw the commercial again and thought this time I would order it. But first, I checked online for reviews. AsSeenOnTv has many reviews - none good. The product turns out to be , but you don't know it until they charge your card. Several that say their dogs teeth fell out, and one where the lady actually lost her little yorkie due to the infection that resulted.

      I have my dachshund's teeth cleaned every year, and have had many vets over the last 8 years due to moves. I've never paid more than 0 per cleaning, and that includes the anesthesia. 0 is outrageous, and your vet may be giving that price because they don't like to do cleanings. Why not call around and see what others are charging?

      My other dachshund quit eating cheweys when she got old, and I was really glad she still enjoyed Milk Bones. They kept her teeth looking good between cleanings, and when she passed at 18, she still had all her teeth.

  36. QUESTION:
    Outgoing cat breeds with good teeth?
    Had three dachshunds with terrible tartar (and breath!). Found out this breed can be prone to this. Now that I'm going to get a kitten, I want to select a breed NOT "prone" to this. (And, yes, I cleaned them often.)

    Anyone know what breeds of cats, if any, to avoid?

    • ANSWER:
      There's no particular breed of cat with bad teeth. Tartar buildup on dogs happens when you don't give them bones to chew on and don't have a vet scrape the tartar when it needs to be removed.

      Go adopt a cat from a shelter - of any breed or of no particular breed. You're far better off picking an adult cat over a kitten. With kittens you can never know what the personality will be like while with adult cats the personality is right there before you.

      Pedigreed cats are also far more expensive than dogs. They START at about 0 for pet quality and into the thousands for show quality. There's also few of them compared to "domestics" - cats of no particular breed. Domestics make up over 97% of all cats on this entire planet.

  37. QUESTION:
    What Dachshund should I get?
    I don't know if I want long-haired or short-haired or what size. Are the miniatures really tiny? Are there teacup dachshunds? Do the long-haired ones get mats? Do they shed? Can you just tell me about dachshunds since I really want one but I don't know anything about them!

    • ANSWER:
      I own a mini short-hair Dachshund. And I agree with the user before me: while they are a great breed for me, they ARE NOT a great breed for everyone, esp. first time dog owners. People assume because they are small, cute and playful, they are easy to handle and get along with everyone. NOT TRUE. These little dogs pack a big punch, i.e. they will start a fight with a big dog and you will have to scoop up your little dog and run like he** before the big dog has your little dog for a snack. Temperament wise.....well they won't get along with everyone who walks through your front door. Most dachshunds don't like strangers. They are dogs that become really attached to their owners and esp. one owner in particular, usually the person who spoils them the most and doesn't discipline them (a perfect example would be me; I really don't discipline my dog, I let her other owners do the dirty work, hence she likes me the most :D ). Since they don't like strangers, esp. ones they have never met before or really aren't acquainted with well, they will continue to bark at them and be shy around them. Because they were also bred for hunting badgers, they have an extremely high prey instinct and yes, they will occasionally chase small animals and children. There are many adoption agencies out there that will not adopt dachshunds to families with small children because of their high prey instinct and also because the child could either hurt the dog, esp. their back which is extremely delicate and fragile, and if the dog is injured, the dog could unfortunately turn around and snap/injure a small child who doesn't know better. Hence, the rule of thumb is dachshunds and children just don't mix (and that's why I always supervise my nephews/nieces/little cousins when they are playing with my dog and forbid them to ever pick her up less they hurt her accidentally). On that note about their backs, dachshunds can also develop several medical issues including obesity, dental issues, skin issues, and back issues, all of which are very expensive to treat and deal with, so another reason why not everyone should get a dachshund. You're bound to pay a lot in vet bills over a dachshund's lifetime and they can live up to 16 years. Probably the worst thing about a dachshund, though, is their EXTREME stubbornness. You just don't know stubborn till you've owned a dachshund (or until you finally realize one day that they actually own you). Hence, they will not be the hardest dog to train because they are extremely smart, but you really never will be able to get a dachshund to do what you want when you want it done (at times I find myself taking deep breaths wondering why on earth I ever got a dachshund in the first place and then I just look down at the cute face staring up at me pretending like they either did not hear me or they did nothing wrong or both and I remember why I got a dachshund in the first place). In the end, this is a love/hate breed of a dog. You swear you'll never own one again one minute and the next you're praying the next dachshund doesn't come out like one you own now....because you realize in the end you just can't live without them....

  38. QUESTION:
    Dog's bad breath...?
    My dachshund puppy has horrible breath, I've tried biscuits and chew toys and brushing his teeth but nothing works! Any advice? He's really young and shouldn't have this bad breath in my opinion, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Puppies should definitely not have bad breath! Have a vet check his teeth and give you advice on a proper diet. Sometimes puppy teeth come in crooked and can get infected.

  39. QUESTION:
    My dog died last night. How can I get over it?
    My dachshund died last night at the vet's. A car hit her a few days ago and she had to have a leg surgery. Unfortunately she had heart problems and couldn't take it and passed away last night. I feel so bad that it's hard for me to breath and have been crying all day. The thought that she's no longer a part of my family is killing me.
    She was almost 15 years old.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog whimpering?
    I have a one year old mini dachshund, and all of a sudden she started shaking real bad, whimpering sort of (mostly an irregular breathing pattern), and her stomach feels pretty bloated and tight. I have no idea what to do, she was pretty normal all day.
    pleassee help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Bloat is a very serious, life threatening concern. If her stomach feels very tight and she is feeling short of breath and nervous, I strongly advise you to place a call to the nearest vet or emergency vet clinic to discuss your dog's condition. They will ask you some questions to help you determine if your dog is possibly bloating or something less urgent. Usually bloat is accompanied by some vomiting. But this is a better safe than sorry situation. Call up a vet and based on his/her assessment, get your dog in for an exam.

      Add: Bloat is most often associated with large breeds, however dachshunds have been known to get it due to their deep chests. Here's a helpful link. I really hope you don't need it but it's good to know what to look for.
      http://www.dachworld.com/sickdogs.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    my dog is a winnie dog and his an inside dog but his breath is really bad what can i do to fix this problem?
    could it be the can food or should i start giving him dry dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean a "weenie" dog -- i.e. a dachshund?

      Dachsunds are prone to dental disease, as are most small dogs. Have your veterinarian take a look at his mouth and they can come up with an appropriate care plan, which will help his breath.

  42. QUESTION:
    What smells the worst: Wet dog, dog poop, dog breath, or dog farts?
    just curious =p

    • ANSWER:
      lol I'd go with dog farts. Especially my in-law's dachshund's farts. They are the worst smell ever. And he always does it, when he sits right next to somebody on the couch, lol

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the best method of dealing with bad breath in dogs.?
    I have a healthy one year old miniature Long haired Dachshund. What is the best method you dog owners use to control bad breath in your dogs?? Here are a few more details.

    She is a finicky eater except when it comes to eating things she is not supposed to like chocolate. I have learned that any chocolate has to be kept where an intelligent dog will not figure out a way to get it.

    She is in good health.

    She gets lots of exercise except for this winter when she stayed inside a lot because she hates the cold.

    On diet we feed her Blue Buffalo dog food here is their website http://www.bluebuff.com/?gclid=CPSk36615KACFQ8UswodbAxNEg

    It's supposed to be good stuff.

    Normally bad breath in a dog does not bother me but sometimes at night I will wake up to find her standing with her front paws on my head while licking my face at the same time. I think it is funny and I do not want to stop her. She is always clowning around.

    • ANSWER:
      that's so cute! i've had the same problem with my dog, she puts her head on my pillow so our noses are almost touching, very cute but dogs breath in your face is a bit gross at 3am!
      brushing her teeth is a stupid human idea though. do dogs in the wild brush their teeth with a brush? no, so why should trained dogs!

      the way dogs in the wild brush their teeth is by chewing on bones. chewing on a bone gets rid of tar tar build up and basically does for a dog what a tooth brush does for us. plus they love the taste and it's great for their diet. you just go to your local butcher or super market and buy some, they're really cheap too.

      this will make your dogs breath not smell gross, but it will still smell a bit meaty like a bone. so if you hate the meat smell too give her raw hide bones! they're a bit more expensive than real bones, they're basically the pressed skin of pigs, so they're still good for dogs but her breath won't really smell at all.

      personally i use both, my dog has a real bone outside that she eats and burries and digs up and keeps her entertained all day, then at night when she's inside she has her raw hide bone or pigs ear to chew on. These are seriously so much better than brushing your dogs teeth with a tooth brush, it keeps them entertained, mentally stimulates them, they're an excellent treat and your dog will love them.

  44. QUESTION:
    my dogs breath smells horrible, what should i do?
    he is a dachshund and his breath just started to smell very bad, and i watched a video on brushing dog teeth and the guy said that it could be a bad sign.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog probably has a tooth infection. You should take him to the vet asap. My parent's dog had awful breath and they took him to the vet... He had to have 3 teeth pulled! Take him to the vet because he will be in a lot of pain.

  45. QUESTION:
    ARE DACHSHUNDS PRONE TO BAD BREATH?
    i've checked her gums,they look ok to me although i'm no vet.should i have her checked out just to be sure?

    • ANSWER:
      My dachshund has awfully bad breath, so maybe.

  46. QUESTION:
    Miniature Dachshund with HORRIBLE breath, help!?
    I have a male Miniature Dachshund that has horrible breath. We have tried the dog breath mints, but that doesn't help at all. We've thought about trying to brush his teeth, but we tried a few years ago and he didn't like it too well and tried to bite! Any suggestions before we spend the money to take him to the Vet?

    • ANSWER:
      sorry no, any time your dog's breath is that bad then there is something wrong. He either has tooth and gum problems (such as abscesses) or he has digestive problems. Take the dog to the vet, if it is tooth problems then they need to be taken care of right away, not only is the dog in pain but infections in the mouth can weaken their heart and immune system and can cause heart attacks and systemic illness. If it is digestive problems then the vet will need to find out if it is some kind of malabsorption or even something simple like a change in diet is needed

  47. QUESTION:
    Question about my dogs food?
    Okay, i had my dachshund on Natuaral choice, he has bad breath, so we switched him to science diet for dachshunds. he had bowl movements once a day, once every 2 days, and ever scence he used science diet he has pooped 3+ times a day every day. he is eating his food slower, and now we mixed some old natuarel choice back in and he puts a bunch of food in his mouth, run over to the carpet in the living room, spit it out, eat the natuarl choice first, then eat the other stuff. I just would like to know why my dog is acting picky about his food. Info: dog didnt gain and/or lose weight during food transitions, Riley is acctually lazier, he eats slower when on science diet,he is a mini Dachshund that weighs 11.1-11.8 lbs. :3 tysm
    I got his teeth checked up and Riley has a dead tooth. we want to give him a dental, but we learned from a highly trained Dachshund breeder Doxies naturally have bad breath.

    • ANSWER:
      If the Natural Choice is what he wants, I would put him back on it. It is a wonderful food. And if Dachshunds naturally have bad breath I would just try some kind of dental treat. Nutro makes a few different treats for teeth. I feed my little girl their Crunchy Treats and she loves them... especially the berry ones. And they do help with her breath. I also give her Greenies once a day. Greenies are clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar build up. They are one of the only dental treats recognized by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Also they are highly soluble for safe digestion. They come in 5 different sizes and it is very important to get the correct size based on your dog’s weight otherwise the product will not be doing what it is meant to, which is get IN BETWEEN the teeth and break up that tartar and plaque.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it necessary to brush your dog's teeth? If it is, how? Are there any doggie toothpastes and brushes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are toothpastes specifically made for dogs. CET brand is what I use. I brush my dog's teeth everyday to keep their breath smelling better and to keep plaque from building up. Bad dental hygiene can lead to a whole host of other health problems you'd never even guess were caused by bad teeth. There are toothbrushes made just for dogs but I prefer a soft, small-head human tooth brush. I use NutriCal paste as a treat after brushing their teeth to make the whole process go smoother. They're a lot more cooperative if they know they get a bit of the NutriCal afterwards. I just make them sit, pull the lips away with one hand and gently brush with the other (make sure to wet the toothbrush). At first they resist, but the CET tastes OK to them, and they soon learn to sit still for it. I only had to hold onto my Dachshund puppy 3 times before she would sit and not try to run off.
      Relying on raw bones is the lazy way. It isnt near as effective. Would you forego brushing you own teeth and instead just chew on something hard?

  49. QUESTION:
    bad breath?
    my dachshund has the nastiest breath ever. How can I make it smell better?

    • ANSWER:
      Chewing on things cleans their teeth, which is a common cause of bad breath in dogs. Our dog really likes retriever rolls, but they have these dental chews now which specifically treat bad breath. Good luck with your stinky problem!

  50. QUESTION:
    What els is there in these "bad dog foods" besides corn, soy, wheat and a toxin called ethoxyquin?
    how does it effect your dogs?

    i know there is a difference, i switched my dachshunds food from walmart brands to Canidae and noticed a HUGE difference in his energy levels, his teeth were better, his coat was so much more shinier, he's not graying anymore or shedding as much. He doesnt have dandruff anymore and he doesnt have such bad breath either. He is 9 yrs od age and he looks like he is 4 now it was amazing. Even my relatives that only see him a couple times a year noticed a big difference. His eyes are brighter and he doesnt need to eat as much to feel full. So what is it about "bad dog foods" such as dog chow, kibbles and bits. ol roy, iams, science diet, purina etc. that hurts our dogs specificly?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs are carnivores.
      They eat meat, not corn, soy or wheat.
      Obviously a meat based food is going to be better for him.
      Their systems don't have to work as hard to break down something they're not used to.
      Think about it, when a dog wants to puke, what's he do? Eat grass.

dachshund has really bad breath

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