I have a year and a half old miniature doxie. She is over weight and on a special diet. She seems very happy with the food and has been using it for about a month and a half and has lost a fair amount of weight. Lately though, within the last week or so, she has developed bad breath, but it is odd. It smells metallic to me. She doesn't act strangely, she eats normally and drinks water about the same as before. We give her a "greenies" dog treat every two or three days and they are supposed to freshen breath. She is mostly an inside dog but does play outside in our fenced yard. We can find nothing she may have gotten into either around the house or the yard. Is the metallic breath a known symptom of anything?
It could be from dental disease, which would be unusual for a young dog, unless she has retained deciduous canine teeth (baby teeth that never fell out), and there is a bit of blood around the base of these teeth. A traumatic injury to the mouth that has caused some bleeding could cause this also.
Bad breath can also come from further down in the digestive system: the stomach, intestines. etc. If there is no problem with her mouth try giving your dog some probiotics in the form of Activia yogurt, and over the counter digestive enzymes, such as papaya enzyme.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.