What Causes Breath To Smell Like Feces

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What's some tasty dressing to put on a salad?
    I usually would use Ranch, but I recently found out that I have a milk allergy. The milk was causing me to have really bad breath, it smelled like feces, so I was told by my doctor to stay away from milk for a month and my bad breath went away. I don't like Italian, so any more suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Honey mustard is good if you like sweet dressing. Use lemon juice if you don't like it so sweet.
      Thousand Island is my favorite, and you can easily make your own at home so it is fresh:

      mayonnaise
      ketchup
      sweet pickle relish

  2. QUESTION:
    What would cause a person to smell like feces?
    i've known a guy since first grade and everyone knows he has always smelled like feces. his parents are not poor and i think he had fair hygene and he certainly knew about it because people made fun of him. years later to this day, he still smells like that. is there an underlying condition that he can't get rid of or something?

    • ANSWER:
      http://askwaltstollmd.com/archives/antiper.html

      "There is one other cause of body odor that has nothing to do with any of the above. If you have Leaky Gut Syndrome , your colon will leak fecal material back into your bloodstream and you will have a fecal odor in your breath and on your skin. There are only 4 ways the body has to excrete toxins: dead skin (including sweat), urine, stool and breath. If colon stuff gets back into your blood, those other sites will have that odor."
      Read more at http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=30402&ktrack=kcplink

  3. QUESTION:
    Why do people who smoke have breath that smells like poop?
    I've noticed this with my mother, and some of my class mates at college. They smoke and their breath REAKS like feces. Why is that? Smoke doesn't smell like feces. Does the smoke cause like an infection that makes the smell? Do they just quit brushing their teeth?

    It makes me want to vomit

    • ANSWER:
      me too

  4. QUESTION:
    Why does my dogs breath smell like fish?
    It smells really gross. This just started 2 days ago. He is a 5 month old puppy. We brush his teeth and give him greenies dental chews. Do you think its the food he eats? We switched it about 2 weeks ago its excellent food (great life buffalo) but my other dog eats it as well and her breath doesn't stink. Any ideas what could be causing this? What caj I do to cure this?

    • ANSWER:
      He likes to secretly eat the bitches out! Haha. I know bad joke. But seriously...fishy bad breath is quite normal in puppies caused by them teething. Check her teeth for where adult teeth may be coming in or for redness and swelling of gum. If all looks okay and he is eating okay you are probably fine. If you have a hard time checking or arent sure have your vet look. Puppies usually stop teething around 6-8 months. Make sure you also check that he isnt eating feces. Even just cleaning his hind quarters can cause bad breath especially if he has some kind of intestinal parasite. If he hasnt been vaccinated against worms Id suggest you check to make sure he doesnt have any. Chances are if his poop looks normal he doesnt but ask a vet to be sure and get him vaccinated. My personal opinion, its just thenormal bad puppy breath from teething and you just need to wait until he grows out of it. Give him ice to chew, it will help him teeth faster by loosening his puppy teeth and allowing his adult teeth to grow, as well as sooth his gums. If he doesnt want to chew it try adding something good to it like meat shavings. OR other trick is to take and old rag or tshirt and soak it in water adn freeze that and give him that to chew on. Good luck with your pup.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do my feet smell bad after exercising?
    This has just started to happen. I exercise 3-4 times a week and I've been doing this same routine for 4 years now. What is causing this and how can I fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Human sweat is very close to the makeup of urine. That's right, we basically sweat pee, although there is some difference and urine is sterile. The combination of warmth and perspiration is a perfect environment for bacteria to grow, particularly in your shoes. What you are smelling is not your sweat. The odor is caused by the feces left by the bacteria that lives and breeds in your sweat. The smell is germ poop. The bacteria feeds on your sweat and dead skin cells. Then it takes a crap in your socks and you smell the result.

      The same goes for the odor of bad breath. It is the leftover feces of the bacteria growing in the mouth. I know it's gross but true.

      Wash your feet thoroughly. Scrub them with soap and hot water. Don't just stand in the shower and let the water run on them. Use a foot powder or anti fungal spray before putting on your socks. They are available at any drug store.

      .

  6. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad breath?
    I'm 21 and been a sufferer for years. I brush my teeth '7 tongue at least once a ay nd floss most days. I also use mouth wash and have regular checj up's and cleanings. I think the smell is on my tongue but I'm not sure. It smells really bad like feces or something. It's really embarrassing. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      paying close attention to good oral hygiene such as proper brushing and flossing can help eradicate bad breath. but take into account, bad breath treatments will also depend on the cause of it.

      dry mouth, cavity, gum disease, medications, poor oral hygiene, smoking and stomach related illness are the major factors that can cause bad breath.

      whatever the cause is, it is best that you consult a dentist to help you figure out the cause and to get the right treatment. good oral hygiene is always important to keep the mouth healthy, clean and fresh like proper brushing and flossing.

      visit http://www.oramd.com for more bad breath banishing tips.

  7. QUESTION:
    how do you tell someone that their breath stinks without hurting their feelings?
    you know when someone is talking to you,and you have to take a deep breath and hold it cause it smells like animal feces?? you dont wonna hurt their feelings cause you care about them?? i have a friend with some killer breath. i want to tell her cause i dont think she knows,but how do i go about doing it?? any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      if you care for her, its better to be frank & tell her before she gets insulted by some one else who does not care. Ash her to get it checked by a dentist.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why is my kitten such a stinker?
    Okay, this is a kind of silly question, but I've noticed that my kitten has TERRIBLE breath! When I hold her she's just so smelly! I have another cat, who ate the same kitten food as the baby, and she never smelled bad. The kitten's poop also smells heinous as well. Now I know poop never smells good, but this is the kind that clears the room, well, half the house out to be honest!

    Have any ideas about why my kitty is such a stinker?
    She was dewormed (never tested for them, but vet reccommended anyway) 2 times this past month.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there...generally, when a cat exhibits bad breath it could be a result of either periodontal, kidney, respiratory or liver disease to diabetes, skin disease (involving tissue around the lips) or oral trauma, such as electric cord injury, which could contribute the foul smelling faeces as well. All which will require a veterinarian's evaluation to treat respectively.

      More about feline bad breath causes by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for Feline Health:
      http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/news/badBreath.htm

  9. QUESTION:
    How can i get my dog to be smellin less nasty?
    I know i know dogs are like always smelly
    But i always bathe her every wednesday but when i take her out i want her to be smellin good and right now she smells bad how can i make her smell less bad but without bathing her becuz dog skin gets super rough soooo

    • ANSWER:
      Find out why she tends to smell unpleasant so quickly. It could be her breath: She "cleans" herself and makes her coat stink. This could be easily fixed OTC. Older dogs tend to have a problem with this.
      Some breeds are smelly. My ex-wife briefly owned a cocker spaniel. That dog was foul. It is my understanding that some dogs have glands that can cause unpleasant odors. Check with you vet.
      If your dog is always inside, this could be a hygiene issue. Do you suspect it is from urine or feces? Once again, this could be a problem with an older dog.
      I have two mixed breeds (Chief is St. Bernard and Collie and Biscuit is a classic mutt). They are bigger dogs and roam free around my home. The biggest problem I have is they tend to roll in scat. Since my wife keeps horses, this can be a problem if the dung isn't cleaned up quickly. I bathe the dogs about every 10 days. As long as I keep the horse poop out of our yard, my dogs stay pretty clean (... save for when they happen to kill a possum or rabbit... horrible breath!).
      I wish you and your dog the best! I hope you find a reasonable solution. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    When a dog goes in for an operation?
    What is that smell they have about them when they come out. It only lasts for the night.

    Is it the anaesthetic?
    Is it coming from their breath or there skin.
    Why?
    I hate the smell it makes me feel ill but I am curious to know what it is?
    Edit : I am not sure where exactly it comes from as like I said it makes me feel sick. You can smell it when the dog is in the car not reallly at home because there is more fresh air I suppose.

    I smelt the same thing when she was spayed and when she had a lump removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Dot,

      When a dog undergoes anesthsia, the anesthetic gets into all of their body systems. There are actually 2 components to anesthesia- 1 acts as a paralyzer. It paralyzes the muscles to that you can't move. It's also to keep the muscles from spasming during the surgery. The second component is the actually medication that causes you to go to sleep. These medications are easily absorbed by the body, and do hang out a while.

      I don't know the specifics, but the smell is your dog's body's way of excreting the medication. Everything that goes in the body comes out somehow, somewhere. Some comes out in your urine, some in feces, some in your breath, some in sweat. But, it all must come out somewhere.

      Hope your baby is doing well!

  11. QUESTION:
    Another gross animal question - why does my dog suddenly have really bad breath?
    Okay. I went to work. When I left, my dog did not have bad breath.

    Our dog walker didn't show up today, so my dog was unattended all day :(

    When I got home, his breath was rank. Awful. Never smelled worse.

    What could cause this? Should I be concerned?

    Could he have thrown up and then eaten it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs will eat some pretty disgusting things without a second thought, including vomit and feces. If the bad breath continues, consult a vet as it could be a sign of liver problems. Your sudden onset, however, is more likely due to something the dog ate.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else have this problem? Is it normal or should I see a doctor?
    I've been told by a friend that sometimes my breath has the same scent as my vagina. Has anyone ever heard of this? Should I be worried and see a doctor or is that pretty normal?
    Yah close friend...now could u answer the question, please?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello....

      This is not normal........ that should be your first red flag...

      Breath odor is the scent of the air you breathe out of your mouth. Unpleasant, distinctive, or offensive breath odor is commonly called bad breath, also called Halitosis.

      Sometimes a good teeth cleaning can take care of bad breath... teeth cleaning is the cheapest way out... if after dental cleaning the problem still persists... then it is likely there is an underlying cause that could be medicaly related........ at your teeth cleaning you may want to discuss this issue with your dental hygenist...... she may also have some suggestions for you...............
      I would definetly set up an appointment for a cleaning ASAP.....

      Some info for you............
      A fruity odor to the breath occurs as the body attempts to get rid of excess acetone through the breathing. This is a sign of ketoacidosis, which may occur in diabetes. It is a potentially life-threatening condition.

      Breath that smells like feces can occur with prolonged vomiting, especially when there is a bowel obstruction. It may also occur temporarily if a person has a tube placed through the nose or mouth to the stomach to drain the stomach contents (nasogastric tube) in place.

      The breath may have an ammonia-like odor (also described as urine-like or "fishy") in people with chronic kidney failure.

      If previously normal breath turns into halitosis, causes could include:
      Abscessed tooth
      Alcoholism
      Cavities
      Dentures
      Drugs
      Food or beverages consumed (such as cabbage, garlic, raw onions, or coffee)
      Foreign body in the nose (usually in children)
      Often (but not always) there is a white, yellowish, or bloody discharge from one nostril
      Gum disease (gingivitis, gingivostomatitis)
      Impacted tooth
      Lung infection
      Poor dental hygiene
      Sinusitis
      Throat infection
      Tobacco smoking
      Vitamin supplements (especially in large doses)
      Diseases that may be associated with breath odor (not presented in order of likelihood -- some are extremely unlikely):
      Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
      Acute necrotizing ulcerative mucositis
      Acute renal failure
      Bowel obstruction (can cause breath to smell like feces)
      Bronchiectasis
      Chronic renal failure (can cause breath to smell like ammonia)
      Diabetes (fruity or sweet chemical smell with ketoacidosis)
      Esophageal cancer
      Gastric carcinoma
      Gastrojejunocolic fistula (fruity-smelling breath)
      Hepatic encephalopathy
      Diabetic ketoacidosis
      Lung abscess
      Ozena, or atrophic rhinitis
      Periodontal disease
      Pharyngitis
      Zenker's diverticulum

      You should contact your doctor if....
      Breath odor persists and there is not an obvious cause (such as smoking or eating odor-causing foods).
      You have breath odor and signs of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or face pain with discharge from the nose...

      you can read more at................
      http://www.livestrong.com/symptom/101-breath-odor/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_Symptoms

      Thanks for answering my question......

      Good Luck.......... :)

  13. QUESTION:
    how to stop my beagle to stop eating his poop?
    When I let my dog out at night he likes to eat his poop weather its dry or wet. Then when he comes in his breath really smells bad

    • ANSWER:
      There are a wide variety of ways to do this, although they can be
      very frustrating, since every piece of something that your dog
      shouldn’t eat needs to be covered with it. However, if no other
      dog potty training methods work, try placing some bitter orange,
      super hot sauce or Tabasco on every ‘piece’ to deter consumption.

      From another website:
      1. Consult a veterinarian specializing in animal behavior about this complex problem, called coprophagia. Although veterinarians and animal behaviorists are unsure what causes the disorder, it can often be controlled with behavioral modification or drug therapy when it's properly diagnosed.

      2. Buy a food additive - such as Deter or Forbid - or dry kibble that makes feces unappetizing to dogs, and add it to your dog's food if he's into eating his own. These products contain a chemical, monosodium glutamate, that is made bitter tasting during the digestive process.

      3. Train your dog to defecate on demand, so that you're present and can pick up the feces immediately. If your dog defecates when you're not present, pick up the feces as soon as you can.

      4. Take your dog out on a leash. Jerk the leash when he heads toward feces, and reward him when he doesn't approach it. Use this method until your dog learns not to approach feces.

      5. Be sure to hide the litter box, or deny access to your dog when visiting a home with a cat.

      Tips:
      The best way to stop this behavior is to keep your dog away from feces. This may require extra diligence on your part.

      Hope i helped good luck! (:

  14. QUESTION:
    What makes puppy breath smell the way it does?

    • ANSWER:
      Puppy breath is like that new car smell. It doesn't last very long.

      Puppy breath is caused by a mild diet of milk, puppy food, and digestive enzymes. As dogs age and develop bacteria in their mouths, this smell changes to dog breath (like a stinky car).

      Bad puppy breath can be caused by worms, eating feces, and gum disease. It doesn't smell fresh - it smells nasty.

      I love puppy breath - it's sweet, like puppies.

      Did you ever notice that their feet smell like Fritos corn chips?

  15. QUESTION:
    How to get a puppy's breath smell good?
    Without brushing teeth
    Any home products?

    • ANSWER:
      The green dentabones give dogs bearable breath. Make sure the dog isn't eating feces either, because that will cause bad breath.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a coated tongue?
    I always have a thick light brownish coating on my tongue. I have a disgusting taste in my mouth and I'm sure my breath smells. When I have scraped it off it smells revolting, like feces. I went to the doctor and she said buy a tongue scraper which I didn't think was helpful. I want to cure it by finding out what causes this. Can anyone shed any light as to what's wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem, it's probably candida/yeast infection. It can also be worsened if your mouth & gums are dry, like if you sleep with your mouth wide open at night etc. You can get a capsule to rid your body of candida (over the counter) at the chemist, and see if it helps. I brush my tongue hard with a toothbrush and lots of tooth paste, gargle, use chewing gum. It helps my breath but it comes back within hours.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does colon hydrotherapy help with body odor?
    I shower daily, put on deodorant, but I still smell. I do not have any sweat under my arms but I still stink. I do not know what to do. It is ruining my life. I have went to the doctor and did have blood tests done, but everything was normal.
    I do use deodorant/antiperspirant. I have tried every single brand on the of the earth. I do not have any medical conditions. I am only 20 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have the genetic condition called Trimethylaminuria, or "TMAU" for short. There is a lot of information online about this disease - just enter "TMAU" or "trimethylaminuria" into an Internet search engine. TMAU can cause bad body odors (and bad breath) in persons who have this disease. The only symptom of TMAU is the odor, and people with TMAU are otherwise healthy. The body odor is not caused by a lack of personal hygiene. In fact, a person with TMAU can smell horribly 10 minutes after they shower. The odor can resemble that of rotting fish, urine, feces, or garbage. People affected by TMAU can also have a musty smell.

      The strength of the odor caused by TMAU varies from person to person, and may also vary over time. Some people with TMAU may only have a faint odor, while others with TMAU may have a very strong odor. A person with TMAU may smell strongly on some days, and not as strongly on other days. Sometimes the odor can be so strong that it can permeate an entire room in a matter of minutes. For women, the odor typically gets worse around their periods. Stress can cause an increase in the odor.

      As I said, the odor is not affected by personal hygiene. The TMAU odor is caused because the person's liver does not produce an enzyme that is necessary to break down a nutrient - the nutrient choline - that is found in almost all foods. The liver of a person with TMAU can only break down choline into a very smelly state; people without TMAU can break down choline all the way, so it doesn't smell anymore.

      There is currently no cure for TMAU. People with TMAU may not be able to smell themselves, because they have been living with the odor their entire life.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone suffer from faecal body odour?
    I suffer from faecal body odour, in that a smell of faeces is constantly emitting from me. I shower every day so its not a personal hygiene problem as such. I've said this to my doctor but he just dismissed the problem. I'm wondering if anyone suffers from this condition or IBS what treatment have you used and what do you recommend? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This type of odor is caused by certain amino acids such as tryptophan and tyrosine that are constituents of sweat. Bacteria that live on the skin (normal bacteria that you can't entirely get rid of) convert the amino acids into substances such as indole, skatole, and p-cresol, or other chemicals that give poop its odor. Most of the time, people do not secrete enough amino acids to create a noticeable fecal odor from sweating. Sometimes, people lack one or more enzymes needed to completely break down certain food constituents, and excess metabolic products are excreted through the sweat, breath, or urine. One metabolic problem that can cause fecal odor is a pyridoxine deficiency - vitamin B-6 is used to treat pyridoxine deficiency, but generally, the underlying cause for fecal body odor is unknown. Its possible that a thorough blood analysis by an endocrinologist or internal medicine specialist might reveal an obvious cause and a possible solution. You could also experiment with diet to see if it the smell changes when eating certain types of foods. For example, you could try eating mostly proteins for several days, then try nothing but vegetable for a few days, and try another span with nothing but carbohydrates. None of these dietary changes would be a solution, thy might only help a doc identify what type of metabolic pathway is involved so a treatment might be devised.

      It may also be possible to change the bacterial species that live on your skin by trying different hygeine approaches. One way to do this is to stop using soap for a week or two, avoid soaking in tubs and any other thing that may dry out your skin or remove skin oils, use a very small amount of a mild cleanser such Nutrogena body clear. Wash you towels, wash clothes, and bedding and Try several other mild cleansers if Nutrogena doesn't work. It might also be possible that a broad-spectrum antibiotic given for 10-14 days might change the bacterial composition on the skin. You could ask your doc about this.

  19. QUESTION:
    What would cause someone's burp's to smell like feces?
    Lot's of belching and air in the stomach. And it stinks like a sewer line has busted.

    • ANSWER:
      A fecal odor on the breath can mean some sort of problem with the intestines, such as an obstruction, a fistula, or diverticulitis. Belching and gas correlate with this as well. It's best to have a doctor look into it.

  20. QUESTION:
    My friends breath smells like booty should I tell him or just give him a mint?
    Lol I'm serious it's really bad like I can't even stand to be by him what should I do ?? :'(

    • ANSWER:
      You: "Ello my good mate, your breath smells somewhat like feces, so please take this Tic-Tac, and shove it down your foul smelling throat!"

      *this may cause you to lose your friend forever :/
      *IN MY WORLD EVERYONE IS BRITISH!!

  21. QUESTION:
    I'm still wondering about the relationship between breathe stinkiness and risk of contagion?
    Let me make two examples: the heat of fire is a natural warning about risk of burn so as the smell of faeces is a natural warning about risk of infection: now I wonder: can stinking breath be such a danger "signal"? And then, most answerers told breathe stinkiness to be due to mouth bacteria: so, I ask, why wouldn't a dirty and bacteria-filled mouth be related to increased infection risk? I don't understand...

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is not contagious. It is caused by common body bacteria breaking down proteins in the mouth for metabolism. You cannot cough on someone and give them bad breath. However, it is certainly possible to transfer bacteria to another person by kissing them. But these bacteria would need to be transferred to a receptive bad breath environment. In other words, quite possibly you already have bad breath and did not realise it. Bacteria passed to a non receptive mouth (one that did not have an environment for anaerobic bacteria) would not enable the bacteria to colonise. In other words if you do not have a bad breath problem, you are unlikely to catch one by kissing a person with bad breath

  22. QUESTION:
    I'm still wondering about the relationship between breathe stinkiness and risk of contagion?
    Let me make two examples: the heat of fire is a natural warning about risk of burn so as the smell of faeces is a natural warning about risk of infection: now I wonder: can stinking breath be such a danger "signal"? And then, most answerers told breathe stinkiness to be due to mouth bacteria: so, I ask, why wouldn't a dirty and bacteria-filled mouth be related to increased infection risk? I don't understand...

    • ANSWER:
      Your analogy is incorrect. All bacteria is not created equal. All are not contagious.

      Often bad breath comes from gum disease or bacteria on tongue. But more often, it is caused by bacteria in the stomach or is often H. Pylori which is not contagious & is treated with antibiotics.

      Feces is the garbage of the body & can have blood in it.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is a cats mouth cleaner than a dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there...neither are cleaner than other because both lick themselves "everywhere". Some say dogs can be at times dirtier because some will eat their own feces--most sniff it when they go outside and step in old excrement then lick/wash their feet off. Outdoor cats are then no different whereas the indoor cats may be a little cleaner avoiding the outdoor issues.

      Excerpt from UC Davis Microbiology:
      http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/2000-01/947443283.Mi.r.html

      ...
      Because most people don't have the means to work with microorganisms as I do, they judge mouth cleanliness by whiteness of teeth, and breath that doesn't smell bad. Dog and cat breath is seldom as nice as the breath of people who have just brushed their teeth, even though some owners do brush their dogs' and cats' teeth. Breath smells have something to do with what dogs, cats, and people eat — other than foods like garlic and onions, people's food probably causes less bad breath than raw meat, which is what dogs and cats evolved to eat. Of course, most of what owned (that is, not stray) dogs and cats eat these days is not raw meat, but my cat of many years ago really wasn't interested in anything else. Dogs and cats probably don't find people's breath pleasant, either. All the same, if your friend tells you that you have "dog breath," you know this is not meant as a compliment.

      So, what about bacteria and other microorganisms? Saliva, and whatever other juices may be in the mouth, can contain and transmit bacteria, viruses, and parasites, in about that order of probability. However, the majority of bacteria that live in the mouth are harmless, except that some of them cause tooth decay. A few kinds of bacteria that are sometimes there can cause illness and may be transmitted by licking, kissing, etc. Even when we are sick (maybe with strep throat, which is really serious), these bacteria probably don't outnumber the harmless mouth bacteria, but it doesn't take a lot of them to infect someone else and transmit the disease. So, the concern is not about total numbers of bacteria, but whether any of them are harmful; the answer to this often changes from day to day.

      Viruses and parasites tend to be especially species-specific. For example, most viruses that infect people won't infect dogs or cats, and most of their viruses won't infect people. There are a very few parasites of dogs, and especially cats, that can infect people, but these are generally not in the animal's mouth. Even many bacteria have strong preferences for host species. If your dog kisses you when you have strep throat, it is not likely to get strep, but your mom might get it from you by a kiss on the mouth.

      So you see, the only way to look at the cleanliness question is, "What is the likelihood of passing a disease from a dog, cat, or another human to me?" Two hours after I've eaten, my mouth may be really loaded with bacteria; but these bacteria are just enjoying my dessert and can't harm anyone, including a dog or cat. On the other hand, if my cat had been out on patrol 2 hours earlier and had maybe sampled a sick bird or mouse that it caught, it might have Salmonella or something else dangerous that I could catch. Cats don't lick and kiss people as much as dogs do, and dogs are generally less interested in small, sick animals than cats are. Dogs and cats that don't get outdoors are less of a threat in this way, but they don't have as much fun, either. Finally, dogs and cats generally don't greet each other mouth-to-mouth as people often do, but I'm not sure their style is really any cleaner than ours.

  24. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of my dog's strong oddor?
    we bath him as often as possible ,but even right after bath he still smells dirty

    • ANSWER:
      The first question a vet will have is this -- what is causing the odor? There are a multitude of shampoos out there, but if it isn't a skin or coat problem, shampoo won't help.

      The first thing to consider is the obvious -- did your dog roll in something (decaying matter, feces) or get sprayed by a skunk? Usually either one of these scenarios is fairly easy to diagnose, and your vet can offer advice on what shampoo would be the best for either situation.

      Dog didn't roll in anything/get sprayed?
      Here are just a few possible smell-producing medical problems:

      Breath - some diseases, like kidney failure and Diabetes, can cause a change in breath.
      Diseased teeth and gums - dental disease and infected gums can produce a very foul odor. Additionally, a sore mouth may cause increased drooling. The malodorous saliva can coat the fur, furniture, etc., and you may not recognize that this is originating in the mouth.
      Infected ears - bacterially infected ears are often extremely smelling. A vet can usually smell these ones while they are still in the waiting room. Your dog will usually be scratching or shaking the head, but not always. A bath may make ears worse if water is trapped in the ear canal.
      Flatulence - is the odor on your dog, or from your dog? Flatulence, or "gas" may indicate a dietary or intestinal problem. Some flatulence is normal, but if this is regularly occurring, please see your veterinarian.
      Anal glands/sacs - this is perhaps the most common cause of doggie odor that won't go away. Anal sacs are two small scent-sacs in the area of the anus. These are a type of "marking" glands. When a dog has a bowel movement, these sacs are normally squeeze, and a very smelly, oily secretion is released with the feces.
      If these sacs become infected or impacted (thicker secretion than normal, can't empty properly), problems result. This can be a very painful situation when they become infected! If a dog (or cat) is scared or overly excited, these glands can secrete the smelly, oily substance on the surrounding fur, causing bad odor.

  25. QUESTION:
    what causes someones breath to literally smell like feces?

    • ANSWER:
      Decay... bacteria colonies are feeding off of the bits of food stuck between that person's rotting teeth - the odor is not unlike excrement.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has your dog had anal glands removed?
    I'm gonna take my dog to the vet to see if she has some sort of problem but if nothing is found I want to have them removed. How much did it cost you? DO NOT answer unless your dog has had anal glands removed. Also DO NOT answer and tell me I shouldn't do it. You don't live with my dog 24/7 and that awful smell.

    • ANSWER:
      Anal gland is one bad smell. I once sat in the car with my dog (and that smell) for 7 hrs. We had the windows down in 40 degree weather to try to make it better. gah...

      I was having problems with her anal glands so I started feeding her a diet high in fiber. This causes the feces to be more firm. The key to the dog expressing them normally is having firm enough stool to do it as they poo. I would deffinately take her to the vet and have them checked out. They can get infected and cause a more horrible smell than normal (believe it or not). They may need antibiotics placed in them. They can be removed - I have assisted with this surgery before (I was an assistant). There were no complications with that one - I have only seen one done. I am now in vet school and have studied the procedure. There is a chance of having nerve damage during the procedure (that would cause problems for her defecating). So my advice is to exhaust all non-surgical options first. If you must get it done I would try to find a vet that has experience doing it.

      p.s I bet once you get the anals under control her breath will smell better too. That's the first indication that my dog was having issues - you could smell it on her breath.

      Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    What would make a dog's breath smell like crap? (literally)?
    My friend has a dachshund that's pretty old, at least 10. When she gives kisses, her breath frequently smells like crap, as if she'd been eating it, but she hasn't. We always watch her when she's out and she never eats it. When my dachshund is around her for very long, MY dachshund's breath will start to smell like crap. Neither of them are eating crap. What gives?

    • ANSWER:
      The dog needs to see the vet for an assessment on the mouth and teeth. Severe Gingivitis can smell like feces. If the gums become infected, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause serious cardiac problems.
      If a thorough dental cleaning doesn't remedy the problem, the dog may have ulcers or some other digestive problem. Only a vet can say for sure.

  28. QUESTION:
    when somepeople are sick why does there breath really smell. i noticed it when i talked to someone sick?
    they just had a cold though but why do they smell like that

    • ANSWER:
      Bad Breath Smells are the waste products from thousands of anaerobic (non-oxygen) bacteria living in our mouths. Anaerobic bacteria aid in digestion and help to break down proteins to amino acids (building blocks of life). However proteins that contain cystein or methionene can break down directly to smelly sulphur compounds. Some of these proteins are dairy products, nasal mucous, gingival fluid, and egg yolks.

      Anaerobic bacteria that thrive on Nitrogen will break down to nitrogen based compounds such as Skatole (the smell from Skunks) and Putrescine. These bad breath compounds are far more rare and only account for under 10% of all bad breath smells.

      But anaerobic bacteria are not the bad guys. They are a very hardy type of bacteria and thus can dominate the mouth if given the correct mouth environment. But this hardiness the bacteria exhibit also is used by the body to keep Candida infections at bay. So removal of all anaerobic bacteria can easily lead to a Candida overgrowth. The correct aim is to have mouth harmony. By that I mean the correct amount of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria living together. This is achieved by using a dominant probiotic bacteria such as KForce K12 to police the mouth environment.

      Bad Breath Smells...What are They?
      To be specific, bad breath smells are mainly caused by the the bacteria Treponema denticola, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Tannerella forsythensis, Porphyromonas endodontalis and Eubacterium Species. These particular bacteria digest proteins and make amino acids. the amino acids are then broken down to many compounds, however two of the main compounds are Hydrogen Sulphide and Methyl Mercaptan. These are the two main compounds that cause the smells and tastes of bad breath. Below is a table that shows the different smells made by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria can not be eliminated as they serve an important purpose in our body. Rather we aim to control their excessive growth and achieve good bacterial balance, so that these bacteria can function normally.

      Mouth Compound The Smell Made
      Methyl Mercaptan (CH3SH) faeces
      Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) rotten eggs
      Dimethyl Sulphide (CH3SCH3) cabbage, sulphur, gasoline
      Skatole(3-methyl-1H-indole) mothball, faeces
      Cadaverine C5H14N2 corpses, urine
      Putrescine(NH2(CHH2)4NH2) decaying flesh
      Isovaleric acid sweat, rancid-cheese, off-milk

      Can these smells come from other parts of the body?
      A lot of bacteria are not unique to the mouth alone. Therefore similar bacteria in other parts of the body can make similar smells. Please do not confuse this by thinking that smells such as faeces odour mean the bad breath is coming from the bowel etc. Bad breath is a problem of the mouth, throat and nasal areas. It is not a problem of the liver, bowel or other organs.

      Symptoms of Bad Breath
      Bad Breath Smell is the most obvious symptom. Bad breath is a unique problem, as having it, does not mean that you have sickness or problem, but it can also be a symptom of a sickness or problem such as liver failure, uncontrolled diabetes, throid problems, and TMAU (fish odour syndrome).

      But in general, bad breath is due to the breakdown of proteins to amino acids and then onto smelly sulphur compounds. Bad breath is prevelant in both healthy people as well as sick people. Really bad breath will depend on the amount of protein able to be broken down, and the levels of bad breath bacteria that live in the mouth and throat.

      Different bacteria will make different volatile sulphur compounds and therefore different smells. If these volatile sulphur compounds are situated on the tongue or in the throat, then your bad breath will be noticeable when you talk or exhale, or sigh. If the volatile sulphur compounds are located in the nasal tract, then the smell will be obvious when you breath out through your nose with your mouth closed. An interesting point is that you cannot smell your own bad breath when you exhale, however you can smell it when exhaling through the nose.

      Bad taste or taste changes. Changes of taste in the mouth may happen for a number of reasons. Basically if you have a bad taste or a sour taste, then most likely you are tasting sulphur compounds that are collecting in your gums and tongue. However if you have a taste change or a metallic taste then this is an indicator of dry mouth. These changes are caused by the lack of saliva. Also remember that overuse of mouthwash, drinking too much water, over use of gum with artificial sweetener and even overuse of chlorine dioxide, can all lead to a metallic or taste change in the mouth.

      Coating on your tongue. Just as you get a coating on your teeth called plaque, everyone gets some coating also on their tongue. This coating is generally a mixture of sulphur compounds mixed with mucous and sometimes food particles or coffee or tea and probably bacteria. If this coating is not cleaned away every 24 hours then it will mature and allow bad breath bacteria to live and grow within. It is bacteria in this coating that people smell when you exhale whilst talking. Another way to check your tongue is to rub a clean handkerchief over the tongue surface. Have a look at what the handkerchief removes and also smell the handkerchief.

      Tonsil stones (tonsiloliths). Patients that have post nasal problems often report coughing up small condensed stones that smell awful. These tonsil stones are made from compressed sulphur compounds, mucous, and bacteria. They are an excellent indicator of nasal problems causing bad breath. If you produce enough mucous to form tonsil stones then quite likely you also have mucous lining your nasal passages. This mucous can be thick enough to support bad breath bacteria. One test is to see if you can smell bad breath when you are breathing out through your nose.

      The "lick wrist" test. Allow the licked area to dry for 10 seconds, and then smell that area. This way you are smelling the crystals deposited on the back of the hand. If it has an odour, then you have bad breath. This is not a great test, but it is good for when you are out and about and you need a quick breath check.

      Breath Clinic Analysis. Australian Breath Clinic has invested in the latest hi tech equipment to be able to accurately diagnose and treat bad breath. We use both Gasd Chromography and Halimeters to break down your mouth gas into the actual smell compounds. By doing this Australian Breath Clinic is able to see where is the source of your problem. Once we know the source we can tailor a program suitable for you. Unfortunately the Clinic is only available to our Australian Customers, but for our extensive database of customers outside Australia, we offer an Internet Quiz by email with Dr Speiser. This is a free service. Obviously it will not be as accurate as if you actually attended our clinic, but it still will allow us to narrow the source of your problem.

      Hints from other people. This is probably the most unreliable test, as it plays on each person's individual personality. Hints can be: someone rubbing their nose while you talk, someone moving away while you talk to them, or an offer of mints or gum. This should not be accepted as a sign of a breath problem, unless you can verify the problem with at least one other test described above.

  29. QUESTION:
    Foul smelling tooth and it aches?
    Today I started feeling a bit of pain on one of my teeth and its starting to throb even more. The really weird thing is when I touch it with my finger the smell is disgusting, which I can only describe to you as dog faeces. My breath smells normal its just this one particular tooth at the back of mouth and it aches quite a bit.

    Is it an infected tooth? What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      By the way you described it, this is most definetely a cavity, or tooth decay. If this is causing you pain, this usually means that the cavity (if it is one) has reached the next layer of your tooth down from the enamel, the pulpa. About the smell, a sign of decay is a bad taste or bad breath. If you inspect the tooth, try to see if there is any kind of dark spot of maybe even a line. Get to a dentist though.....now!!!!!

  30. QUESTION:
    i need a help with my bad breath any cures?
    I haven't brushed my teeth in a long time mainly because i never have enough time. Its been a few years i know that's really bad but is there a cure besides a dentist it also smells like feces

    • ANSWER:
      The cure is to brush and floss for at least 2 weeks to get your mouth back to normal.
      I had that same problem.
      Try mouthwash also afterwards to kill bad breath causing germs
      good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    Why does my girlfriend's belly button and breath smell like feces? What could cause that stench in a human?
    I think I might break up over this.
    Who is Edward Cullen?
    I just looked up 'Belly Button Butter', and I gotta say, I may have whipped up a batch of that every now and then.

    • ANSWER:
      LMAO!

      You're awesome.

  32. QUESTION:
    What makes dogs have that 'dog smell?'?
    My dogs have NEVER had that smell, and I've had dogs all my life, but I have met dogs that have that god awful smell, I cant even explain it. Any reason behind it?

    • ANSWER:
      Environmental Factors
      Often the unpleasant smells radiating from your dog can be associated with something it rolled in. Although it may smell horrid to humans, the smells of dead animal carcasses and animal feces do not seem to bother dogs. According to the School for Champions website, this is a natural instinct based on the relationship of domesticated canines to wolves. Wild dogs would roll in these things to mask their own scents so they could hunt undetected. It can also be done to inform other dogs in the pack of something interesting they may have found. The best way to treat this smell is by bathing your pet and allowing it to fully dry before going back outside.

      Skin Diseases
      Skin diseases can be to blame for much of a dog's body odor. If bathing your pet has not stopped the issue, it is probably time to visit your vet. The Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic website states that "Pyoderma, a bacterial skin infection, yeast infection and seborrhea, or excessively oily skin, may also cause a foul smell." These problems should be treated by a veterinarian and by regularly bathing your dog in a prescription shampoo.

      Dental Disease
      Bad breath, which can be associated with dental, or periodontal, disease, causes odor to emit from a dog. The smells are from bacteria in the mouth. According to the Pet Health 101 website, "by 3 years of age, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have oral disease. Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease of pets." The best way to prevent dental disease is by regularly brushing your dog's teeth and taking it to annual veterinary checkups

  33. QUESTION:
    How do you tell your friend that people are saying she smells , and she kinda does ?
    in a nice way !

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend may have the genetic condition called Trimethylaminuria, or "TMAU" for short. There is a lot of information online about this disease - just enter "TMAU" or "trimethylaminuria" into an Internet search engine. TMAU can cause horrible body odors (and horrible bad breath) in persons who have this disease. The only symptom of TMAU is the odor, and people with TMAU are otherwise healthy. The body odor is not caused by a lack of personal hygiene. In fact, a person with TMAU can smell horribly 10 minutes after they shower. The odor can resemble that of rotting fish, urine, feces, or garbage. People affected by TMAU can also have a musty smell.

      The strength of the odor caused by TMAU varies from person to person, and may also vary over time. Some people with TMAU may only have a faint odor, while others with TMAU may have a very strong odor. A person with TMAU may smell strongly on some days, and not as strongly on other days. Sometimes the odor can be so strong that it can premeate an entire room in a matter of minutes. For women, the odor typically gets worse around their periods. Stress can cause an increase in the odor.

      As I said, the odor is not affected by personal hygiene. The TMAU odor is caused because the person's liver does not produce an enzyme that is necessary to break down a nutrient - the nutrient choline - that is found in almost all foods. The liver of a person with TMAU can only break down choline into a very smelly state; people without TMAU can break down choline all the way, so it doesn't smell anymore.

      There is currently no cure for TMAU. A person with TMAU may not be able to smell him or herself, because she has been living with the odor her entire life.

      Good luck dealing with this difficult situation and please remember that this your friend's odor may not be her fault.

  34. QUESTION:
    is there anything i can buy to get rid of my dog's bad smell?
    for example lotion, perfume, or spray. i keep him inside the house. i bath him every 3 weeks. and after a week he stars to smell. i use this shampoo " Hydrosurge oatmeal apple shampoo".

    • ANSWER:
      the smell could come from something that is medically wrong with him rather then just being dirty. you might want to have him checked by the vet for some problems you can't see.

      Here are just a few possible smell-producing medical problems:

      •Breath - some diseases, like kidney failure and Diabetes, can cause a change in breath.
      •Diseased teeth and gums - dental disease and infected gums can produce a very foul odor. Additionally, a sore mouth may cause increased drooling. The malodorous saliva can coat the fur, furniture, etc., and you may not recognize that this is originating in the mouth.
      •Infected ears - bacterially infected ears are often extremely smelling. A vet can usually smell these ones while they are still in the waiting room. Your dog will usually be scratching or shaking the head, but not always. A bath may make ears worse if water is trapped in the ear canal.
      •Flatulence - is the odor on your dog, or from your dog? Flatulence, or "gas" may indicate a dietary or intestinal problem. Some flatulence is normal, but if this is regularly occurring, please see your veterinarian.
      •Anal glands/sacs - this is perhaps the most common cause of doggie odor that won't go away. Anal sacs are two small scent-sacs in the area of the anus. These are a type of "marking" glands. When a dog has a bowel movement, these sacs are normally squeeze, and a very smelly, oily secretion is released with the feces.

  35. QUESTION:
    Very strong body odour caused by Sinus trouble?
    I work in a school, and a boy has come to my attention who has an extremely overpowering strong odour that causes children to be very unkind to him, making him very isolated. I have called his mum, whos english is her second language, it is a condition he has had since birth relating to his sinus's. A spray and a cream was given by his doctor along time ago but this didnt help. His life is being made a misery and both parents have given consent for my help and guidance. Please could you advise as to what we can do to help this child and the diagnosis whilst we wait for an examination by our school nurse, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Sinus problems cannot cause body odor, chronic Sinusitis may cause "bad breath" because of increased infections. The bacteria in the breath smells bad, Gram + bacteria can smell like BO, and Gram - bacteria can smell like feces. I would recommend anti-biotic treatment, decongestants, and a steroid nasal spray such as fluticasone to treat the chronic sinusitis. If it's not a breath problem, but a body odor I would recommend the child get a second opinion because the child could have a more serious problem such as kidney disease, or diabetes. Many things can cause abnormally foul body odor, diet being the most common, but sinus problem will not cause this type of odor.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is my dogs bad breath a sign of anything more serious?
    I've only noticed it recently. thx

    • ANSWER:
      IA dog's bad breath can be a sign of poor hygiene or something more serious. Follow these steps to treat your pet's bad breath.
      .Brush your dog's teeth. This might not get rid of the bad breath completely but it can greatly reduce it. This also prevents plaque build up which can make the bad breath worse.

      2
      Take your dog to the veterinarian for a professional dental cleaning. The vet can also determine if gingivitis, periodontal disease or plaque build up are causing the bad breath.

      3
      Examine your dog's food. If he is eating raw meat, he will have bad breath. Some canned foods also produce foul smelling breath. Try switching him to dry food and see if it improves.

      4
      Notice if your dog is eating garbage or feces. Eliminate this from his diet by either immediately picking up his feces or preventing access to the garbage can.

      5
      Visit the veterinarian if his bad breath persists; this could be a symptom of a liver or kidney disorder. It may also be the result of decaying teeth or gum problems that the veterinarian must take care of immediately
      .

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some helpful bacteria?
    Besides the ones in yogurt. I'm really looking for some of the decomposing variety, but digestion wouldn't be unwelcome! Thanks a zillion!
    Ok, NO yogurt things, or E. Coli. can you just maybe think up some that just decompose? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There are numerous bacteria found normally in and on the body that occupy many anatomic areas for most of our lives. They are called the normal bacterial flora and are generally as important to our good health as all the "beneficial" bacteria that usually get all the limelight. Beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium deserve lots of credit for their role in keeping us healthy but so do the many skin bacteria such as Staphylococcus epidermidis and Propionibacterium species, mouth bacteria such as the numerous streptococcal types, Neisseria and many unrecognized obligately anaerobic bacteria, dozens of intestinal bacterial genera that outnumber the humble E.coli. Some perform obvious tasks, others just seem to take up space that a dangerous bacteria might otherwise occupy. Without a normal flora, we'd not be normal flora for this Earth.

      Remember too, that better digestion is not only related to the microbes in our gut, but to what, when and how much we feed those microbes. Remember also that every time you take an antibiotic, some of those critters are killed and that leaves a void that another microbe will replace. Over the long term, the best adapted microbe will prevail ... if you remain alive long enough to allow this. Usually, your new normal flora will become very similar to your former mormal flora because it was and is the best adapted for each anatomic region.

      If you are asking about decomposing inside the body, Bacteroides breaks down bile and enables recycling of bile salts so they are not completely lost to feces. The large intestine is almost completely filled with water, bacteria, yeasts and a slurry of food. The bacteria help break the food into smaller molecules and other nutrients that your body can absorb. Bad breath is largely due to bacteria decomposing food in your mouth, tongue, teeth and stomach. Tooth decay is due to bacteria growing on the surface of your teeth, causing rotting ... and a foul smell. If there is tissue damage such as during an abortion, Clostridium can cause significant decomposition to the muscle and vagina.

      If you are asking about decomposing outside the body, from the moment your body dies, all the bacteria that reside there begin decomposing you from the inside out. The bacteria grow unimpeded by your defense and you decay. Decompostion of plants and other organic matter is often started by fungi, animals and insects with microbes of all sorts playing roles at various stages of decomposition. For more, I'd take a microbiology course.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why Does My Dog Breath Smell Alot?
    I Saved My Little Chihuahua From This Horrible Witch PS;She Would Abuse My Dog;[
    Anyways So I Had Her Like Maybe 1/2yr And The More Older She Gets The More Her Breath Smells How Can I Fix That?

    • ANSWER:
      Toy dogs are notorious for having dental issues. Your dog could have a bad tooth. Ask the vet. You need to brush her teeth with an enzymatic dog toothpaste.

      Other things can cause bad breath: eating feces, licking the anal glands, kidney disease, etc. Dog breath mints won't find the cause. Please don't be tempted to give your dog human breath mints. Some sugar free mints contain a sweetener called Xylitol that is deadly to dogs.

  39. QUESTION:
    My cat dribbles and the dribble smells like poo?
    it rele is very nice as she dribbles quite alot.
    it isnt rele nice

    • ANSWER:
      Is it unusual for the cat to drool? If it is, then that could be a cause for concern. It DEFINITELY concerns me that the drool smells bad. I know from experience that if a cat or dog has foul smelling breath or saliva, that could be a sign of infection or even organ failure. Is the cat old? Is there a chance it's eating it's own feces? If the cat is very old, even if it's not, I would take it to the vet, just in case. Try to pay attention to it's eating habits and it's bathroom habits, because the vet might ask you about them.

  40. QUESTION:
    Regurgitating something that smells like feces...?
    Every so often I cough up a very tiny particle that smells like feces. It doesn't make my breath smell like feces, but it stinks really bad. It's a cream color and its solid. Lately, I've had this occur more often, even coughing up 3 and 4 of these little balls at a time. Anyone have any idea of what it could be. I've never sought medical attention because until recently, it happened so infrequently...I decided to search the internet but I have come up empty handed.

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillitis or tonsil stone are made up of sulfur compounds, bacteria and the mucous from post nasal drip. They form in the tonsil crevices and pockets in the back of the throat in the tonsils. Everyone has them, some have more than others. They aren't’t pieces of food, they are a mixture of sulfur compounds, bacteria and mucous and they really do stink. Your throat may start Itching, you have an urge to Cough and up comes this … thing. You can gargle with salt water, mouth wash or lavage your tonsils with a large syringe (no needle) to flush the Tonsillitis out, don’t pick at them, you can cause an infection or you can push it deep into the tonsil crevice causing an abscess. If it really bothers you, get your Eustachian (inner ear) tubes checked out and your sinuses checked for infection by your physician. Cut down on foods that make mucous in your mouth like milk products and gargle well after eating. They don't cause cancer or any real harm to your throat but they can cause bad breath.

  41. QUESTION:
    Does a smoker's feces smell worse than a non-smoker's?
    Considering how stinky smokers are; such as their clothing, breath, hands, etc.. It would seem that their urine and feces would be substantially more odorous than a non-smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have been a smoker and a non smoker and I also have a pretty good sense of smell... even when I was a smoker. I can tell you that smoker poo and urine is no more smelly than non smoker pee and poo. Since the tobacco isn't chewed and swallowed it isn't going to wind up in the excrement in mass amounts. ( enough to cause a scent change) Much of the chemicals are sweat out of the body which is why some smokers have a distinct odor even when they have a clean shirt on. Nicotine is excreted in the urine which is why they tell smokers to drink a lot of fluid in the first three days but nicotine isn't what causes the smell. (otherwise nicotine patches would stink horribly and they don't)

  42. QUESTION:
    what causes back breath?
    my boyfriend has horrible breath.. it smells like feces.. how can we fix this?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath doesn't come from your mouth it cames from what you eat. Change the diet and practice better dental hygeine. Use mouth washes and mints and gums. also go to a dentist and get to the root of the problem

  43. QUESTION:
    I have always kept a good dental hygiene..?
    but recently I am so concious about my breath...I started taking these detox pills and sometimes when I floss it smells like feces. I have asked my dentist and they suggest I talk to my doctor.
    Is this a dental hygiene problem or liver/kidney problem? I assume since the floss smells my breath smells like feces too. Ugh help

    • ANSWER:
      What you can smell is caused by bacteria living under your gums. When you floss, do you get the floss right under the gum edges of each tooth? If not, then you are missing some areas, and allowing plaque bacteria to build up.

      I suggest you get a good quality dental TAPE ie. from Oral B, and floss very slowly around each and every tooth, gently sliding the floss right up under the gum as far as it will go without it hurting. If it hurts, you've pushed too hard! Take 5 to 6 minutes to do this, and do it every morning and every night.

      Don't bother with any mouthwashes and suchlike - they don't get under the gum edge, where the problem bacteria can hide. The only other thing you need is a decent sonic toothbrush, like the Oral B Pulsonic.

      Richard from dental-health-advice.com

  44. QUESTION:
    Dog's breath acutely worsened?
    We have two yorkies who have never had overly terrible breath, but after spending a couple of weeks with my parents' two yorkies who have had bad breath, our yorkies' breath now smell like feces. Any thoughts as to what could be causing this and how to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      If they were being fed other types of food, that could do it. As well as if the back yard/house/front yard was not properly cleaned from feces, they could be eating eachother's feces.

      My suggestions:
      1.) Go to Petco, Pet Food Express, etc. and get a toothbrush kit for dogs. (I know it sounds ridiculous, but it works!)
      2.) Visit your veterinarian and get a tooth cleaning or check-up for them.

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog ate kitten poop, threw up, is he alright?
    This happened when he was a puppy, but he got better on his on. But that was from a house kitten. Now, he's full grown and we have stray cats outside and he ate their dodo...he threw up three times in the past two days...will he be ok?

    Also, he smells of dodo, but I have given him three baths but that stinky smell won't go away..any ideas?

    Thanks!

    I would like to add that my dog has had all his shots.

    • ANSWER:
      Stray cats tend to have worms, which I'm assuming he's throwing up. When you say he's up to date with shots, I hope that includes a worm medication. If not, take him a vet to get checked out. You can also watch for the worms in his feces.

      I would take him to the vet just to sure. There's no harm in that.

      And while at it, drop him off at a groomer when you're done. They tend to have stronger shampoos that could get the smell away. And maybe think about brushing his teeth. If you can't brush his teeth, then get a bone (I believe Greenies makes it) that's shaped like a tooth brush and have him chew on it. It should make his breath smell better, which might be the cause of the stinkiness.

  46. QUESTION:
    Awful Bad Breath - Please Help?
    So it is very embarrassing and I can't speak about it in person with anyone for obvious reasons, but my breath smells like feces...it is so awful that I feel like everyone talks about me if I am near them. My question is, what can stop it? I brush my teeth at least twice a day, with mouthwash and floss...

    I have been brushing and flossing and using mouthwash for the last year and it just will not go away. What makes it worse is because someone told me to brush my teeth because they smelled it, yet I do. It's an awful feeling and I feel like I am a good person at heart so why is this happening to me. But is this just some strange and rare occurrence or does this happen to many people?

    I have tried the Orabrush and that doesn't work. I have tried mouthwash that my dentist recommending to get rid of the smell and it doesn' work. I have bought different tooth brushes and used ones that my dentist recommended. Yes I know about Halitosis. I don't know what else to do other than have breath mints handy, but I don't want to spend the rest of my life worrying about if I have breath mints or not. And I REALLY would hate to not be able to be intimate with someone because of it. Is there anything you guys can tell me that will help?

    • ANSWER:
      you should definitely visit your dentist

      it is a warning sign of something ..you sure its not a cavity? it sounds like a cavity...

      you can be brushing to hard -scraping away the enamel -once that thats gone its gone and its easier to get a cavity..

      also do you brush your tongue? it help alot i think most of the germs that causes bad breath (if im not mistaken) is on the tongue...

  47. QUESTION:
    My sister has a tooth/gum?That tastes like faeces when she chews on that side.What could be wrong???
    For a while now, whenever my sister chews on the right side of her mouth, her top tooth and/or gum tastes like faeces.
    It doesn't hurt her at all.

    She is so paranoid that if she can taste it then people can smell it as well.
    Sometimes her breath does smell like faeces (she is going to kill me for this). But so do lot's of other people as well.

    She is currently waiting for a Dental appointment but I am asking this before then so I can give her an idea what it may be.
    She is so scared her tooth has rotten and that it will be pulled because that maybe causing the smell.
    She is terrified of Dentists and would run super fast if he had to remove it.

    So does anybody have any idea of what it might be?

    She would rather have some massive gum disease than a tooth pulled.

    If it is gum disease? How do they treat it?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably a bad infection. I had a funny taste coming from a tooth before. Not as bad as your sis tho. Had an infection in the roots and would "seep" out thru the gum when using that tooth. They will probably put her on an antibiotic before they do anything if it's infected. The novacain won't be effective w an infection. That's what I was told. Anyways, I ended up needing root canal. It wasn't as bad as everyone made it sound. Better than having a funky tooth and poo breath!!

  48. QUESTION:
    My sister has a tooth/gum?That tastes like faeces when she chews on that side.What could be wrong???
    For a while now, whenever my sister chews on the right side of her mouth, her top tooth and/or gum tastes like faeces.
    It doesn't hurt her at all.

    She is so paranoid that if she can taste it then people can smell it as well.
    Sometimes her breath does smell like faeces (she is going to kill me for this). But so do lot's of other people as well.

    She is currently waiting for a Dental appointment but I am asking this before then so I can give her an idea what it may be.
    She is so scared her tooth has rotten and that it will be pulled because that maybe causing the smell.
    She is terrified of Dentists and would run super fast if he had to remove it.

    So does anybody have any idea of what it might be?

    She would rather have some massive gum disease than a tooth pulled.

    If it is gum disease? How do they treat it?

    Thanks in advance.
    LYCANTHROPE
    It's funny you should mention the sinus infection.She has been to the Dentist befor e about this and he could find nothing wrong, so went to Dr.He said she had a massive sinus infection,put her on heavy anti-biotics and within a week the taste was gone!Only to come back a few months later.
    She is seeing the Dr today again.
    She is waiting for her Dental appointment as there is a 3 month wait to see any Dentist here unless you have an emergency. It's just stupid.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, that's really strange. Sounds like it could be tooth decay, gum disease, or any number of other things, so I'd recommend that she sees a dentist to figure out exactly what it is. Interestingly enough, it may not even be a problem with anything in her mouth; I once read about a guy who had similar problems, and it turned out to be a minor sinus infection that went unnoticed for a long time that was causing the smell/taste.

  49. QUESTION:
    Please Help! Cat has weird symptoms and causing itchy scalp for me?
    So I got a kitten, and ever since the first day he was 6 weeks old and his breath smelled like feces. He is now 6 months old and its still unbearable, if he opens his mouth it all smells like poo. He has been to 2 vets and they all say hes fine and aren't sure whats causing the bad breath, since teeth are fine, and everything seems good in his mouth. He also has blocked tear ducts, both of them.. and his tears leak really badly whenever he eats or plays so I whipe them like 500 times a day.
    I moved in with my mom and she has 2 cats. Now one of theirs eyes leaks more than usual, and both of them have diarhea from everything now. She's blaming him...and this is really odd, he doesn't have diarhea (but he could be a carrier of something), they've had diarhea for 2 months now since meeting him.

    Now the worst part about all this is my head. I have long hair that was perfect until the day i got him. It first got tangled, and then the scalp developed a weird blister/pimple, and then got itchy. It's been itching for the entire 6 months ive had him. There have been new painful blisters/pimples and bumps popping up all over my scalp (for the first time in my life), and its itching with hair loss. I am completely freaking out. Now my mom says her head also itches, and just showed me a blister/pimple on her scalp that looks just like mine. WHAT IS GOING ON?? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS CAT? i dont understand at all!!! is this even possible? ive been googling for months now and i just cant find anything! I told the vets all this and they just keep saying he seems fine.

    ...finally I can't give him away or get rid of him, because he is used to me now, and it seems like a huge sin.. but i really want to give him away :( i wish i was more careful when buying him, the person didnt even have his mom or dad in the house. & he already had the leaky eyes.. im an idiot. but now im attached.. and im suffering.. please help me :(

    • ANSWER:
      1. the diarrhea of the other cats could definitely be from him, if he is carrying a parasite called coccidia, he could pass it to them from using the same box even if he doesn't have diarrhea.

      2. his bad breath, if he is a carrier of coccidia could also explain that regardless of what your vet says, I know because I went through the same thing with a litter of foster kittens I had. treatment is easy, and it is a parasite that can be easily mixed on a stool check.

      3.As far as her cats eyes leaking, it could be that he is also carrying a mild conjunctivitis ( he would be at higher risk because of his tear duct issues) a quick visit to your vet for your moms cat could confirm if her cat caught something from him. treatment is simple just a antibiotic eye ointment, once treated is shouldn't come back since her body will build up a resistance.

      4. Your itchy head kinda sounds like a possible mite infection or maybe ring worm, there are some mites that can be transmitted to people, You should see your family doctor for treatment ASAP

      5. All of his problems are treatable you just need to find a vet who actually listens to your concerns and is willing to try different treatments even if they may not be able to see what your telling them, alot of vets don't look past the exam and actually hear what your telling them what happens at home when they're not at the vets!!!!!!!

      You are not an idiot for loving the little guy it just sounds like he has some issues, I hope I have helped you, if you have any more questions, I can tell you exactly what to say to the vet to make them listen and not blow you off.

      I've been a vet tech for 10 years but I left the field as it became harder and harder to bend my ethics to suit the bottom line $$$$$$

      Feel free to e-mail me @ wobblescat@yahoo.com

      good luck

  50. QUESTION:
    Please Help! Cat has weird symptoms and causing itchy scalp for me?
    So I got a kitten, and ever since the first day he was 6 weeks old and his breath smelled like feces. He is now 6 months old and its still unbearable, if he opens his mouth it all smells like poo. He has been to 2 vets and they all say hes fine and aren't sure whats causing the bad breath, since teeth are fine, and everything seems good in his mouth. He also has blocked tear ducts, both of them.. and his tears leak really badly whenever he eats or plays so I whipe them like 500 times a day.
    I moved in with my mom and she has 2 cats. Now one of theirs eyes leaks more than usual, and both of them have diarhea from everything now. She's blaming him...and this is really odd, he doesn't have diarhea (but he could be a carrier of something), they've had diarhea for 2 months now since meeting him.

    Now the worst part about all this is my head. I have long hair that was perfect until the day i got him. It first got tangled, and then the scalp developed a weird blister/pimple, and then got itchy. It's been itching for the entire 6 months ive had him. There have been new painful blisters/pimples and bumps popping up all over my scalp (for the first time in my life), and its itching with hair loss. I am completely freaking out. Now my mom says her head also itches, and just showed me a blister/pimple on her scalp that looks just like mine. WHAT IS GOING ON?? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS CAT? i dont understand at all!!! is this even possible? ive been googling for months now and i just cant find anything! I told the vets all this and they just keep saying he seems fine.

    ...finally I can't give him away or get rid of him, because he is used to me now, and it seems like a huge sin.. but i really want to give him away :( i wish i was more careful when buying him, the person didnt even have his mom or dad in the house. & he already had the leaky eyes.. im an idiot. but now im attached.. and im suffering.. please help me :(

    • ANSWER:
      Blocked tear ducts means bad breath. Nothing is moving in the tear ducts and the blockage causes pus in the ducts. That's what you are smelling. Keep the cat AWAY from everyone. I know it's hard but you have to do this--get the poor cat to a vet that will help with what it has -- see below web site. After the cat is well and comes home, keep everything CLEAN-- and don't let the cat near your head. Make sure he/she sleeps in its own bed.

      Check this out;

      Eye problems in cats

      alexadry.hubpages.com › ... › Pets and Animals › Cats and Cat Breeds

      Just as in humans, cats get foreign matter in their eyes. ... Common foreign matter consists of dust, grass, seeds, hair and dirt. ... The cortisone found in some of these products may cause blindness. ... Should a cat's tear ducts result blocked it may require your veterinarian to flush ... cat: What to do if your cat is dehydrated ...

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