Yorkie with very bad breath

Asked by Member 829341 on Apr 23rd 2009 in Other Health & Wellness
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I would start with a vet visit for a check up and teeth cleaning. If you aren't feeding a dry food, try it. if a dog chews dry food, it helps keep the teeth clean and improves the breath.

It may take some discipline and even improving the dogs body condition to get it to eat a dry chow. Evaluate the dog as illustrated in this link, You may want the vet to confirm your judgment. Adjust the dogs food and exercise as needed to reach its ideal body condition. As long as you are feeding a concentrated, meat based chow, the best thing is to accept it.

The worst thing you can do is to bribe a dog with rich foods into eating more than it needs. Instead, Put down the dish with what the dog should eat, and give it 15 minutes to eat. Then take it up. Do not give it anything to eat until its next scheduled meal. In a few days, it should be eating what it needs. Continue to check its ribs and adjust the food as needed.

Aster answered on 4/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


To the vet! Small dogs get bad teeth very easily and not only does it smell bad they can get very sick if there are bad teeth in the mouth.

Learn to brush the teeth. Even wrapping gauze around your finger and rubbing the teeth will help clean them. Using dog toothpaste is even better. There are drops you can put in water and rub on the teeth to help knock the plaque off. Don't try to brush the teeth until you have seen the vet. Putting fingers into a sore mouth would put your dog off tooth brushing for a very long time!

Dry food doesn't help a dirty mouth. My old dog's mouth is cleaner now she gets wet home made food than when she ate kibble. Her breath is much fresher as well. Consider changing foods, a high quality canned food might help.

Chewing does help. There are a number of rubber toys with ridges you can put gooey stuff in and the dog chews to exercise and scrape the teeth and gums. There is even a dog toothbrush they can chew on by themselves for a couple minutes.

Sassy answered on 4/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


A change in his food really works also to let him or her chew on dog specky had very very very bad breath and good food and good treats and bones really helped.his food that he use to eat was pro plan lamd and rice but now he is switched to a better diet with solid gold barking at the moon and mixed with solid gold wolf king and that is his favorite food.and has helped his breath 100% better so it doesnt stink anymore well it still a little stinks like 3% bad but has the best dog breath he has ever had!!!!!!!!!! also he chews on alot of merrick bones to help his teeth and breath and also we feed him good treats like hemp,solid gold and dragonette dog that is what he eats that is making his breath smell beautiful!!!!!!!

Member 824516 answered on 4/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

I must strongly disagree with Aster on the "dry dog food cleans teeth" argument. It never did with my dogs (they had filthy teeth while on dry kibble), nor have I heard or read of any actual accounts of it doing so.
I do agree with taking her to the vet though.
If the problem turns out to be lack of dental care, you can purchase a brush and dog toothpaste to brush your dog's teeth with. Don't use human toothpaste, it has too much chloride and can hurt the dog.
(On a side note, you can also feed your Yorkie raw chicken bones once a week. Raw bones are perfectly okay to feed, and they are excellent for cleaning teeth. They would help with breath too, as filthy teeth cause part of the bad breath. Just supervise, and try to make sure that the bone has meat on it, as meat acts as a cushion of sorts.)

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 4/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Miss Priss

Hello Yorkie with bad breath....
Yes, a vet visit will let you know if there are any bad teeth .... rotting teeth have an awful odor.
Also, here is a liquid supplement that helps - you just add it to the water bowl.
See here:
This also works great on breath and general odor:

•Helps promote the natural blood-cleansing functions of the body.
•Promotes strong immune response.
•Strengthens cells.
•Deodorizes the body, including the bowel.

Or - stop by and learn more :
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Miss Priss answered on 4/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer