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Post by rebecca » Mon April 9th, 2012, 2:48 am

Though I will be phoning my vet tomorrow morning and hope to get Barney in there ASAP....The problem I have is that his breath smells like vomit, I mean it is really stinky and yet there is NO vomit. I don't understand why he stinks so badly of it and yet he is eating healthy, he is playing as normal, his eyes are bright and mischevious...He is not looking sick :confused: I find this a real puzzle :confused: .

It is so bad that whatever room he is in ends up smelling of vomit :eek: it is awful!

He is a labrador and I feed him on the vets own brand of dog biscuits and his fur is very shiny and healthy.

Has anyone had this problem with their dog? I have had dogs my entire life and never faced this terrible stench....I hope it is not something serious :( .

Thanks in advance.

Bec :)

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon April 9th, 2012, 3:19 am

Hop down to the pet supply and get him some probiotics. These are live bacteria of the kinds that are beneficial to the gut, formulated especially for each species. This will solve the problem if the stench is a matter of gut flora, and they won't hurt if it's something else.

Have you looked around to see if he actually IS vomiting someplace hidden? Vomiting is a much more common reflex in all canine species than it is in ours, because that's how foxes and wolves carry the meat back to their young and pre-digest it for puppy stomachs.

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Post by rebecca » Mon April 9th, 2012, 7:21 am

[quote=""MLE""]Hop down to the pet supply and get him some probiotics. These are live bacteria of the kinds that are beneficial to the gut, formulated especially for each species. This will solve the problem if the stench is a matter of gut flora, and they won't hurt if it's something else.

Have you looked around to see if he actually IS vomiting someplace hidden? Vomiting is a much more common reflex in all canine species than it is in ours, because that's how foxes and wolves carry the meat back to their young and pre-digest it for puppy stomachs.[/quote]

Thanks MLE for your quick response...I know the time difference has now changed around the world....I did find a small frothy vomit of water on the veranda and cleaned it up. I have looked around the house, but there is nothing, but I mopped the floor anyway. When I speak with the vet I will ask about the probiotics...I never thought of that. Once again many thanks.

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Post by Madeleine » Mon April 9th, 2012, 11:36 am

It's possible he might have eaten something vile - I know labradors often do! - and brought it up somewhere else, and it's sort of working it's way through his system.

Hope he's OK and you get him sorted.
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Post by Brenna » Mon April 9th, 2012, 4:31 pm

I agree with MLE and Madeleine-Barney probably ate something disgusting (could have been vomit of some sort) and got sick or like Madeleine said, it's working it's way through his system.

When Padfoot throws up white foaming stuff, it usually means he ate something acidic so I give him some Pepcid AC (10mg or less is safe for dogs-Padfoot was on it for almost a year because of stomach issues). Dogs eat very gross things, things they know will make them sick later, but I guess they think it's worth it.

I hope Barney is fine!
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Post by rebecca » Tue April 10th, 2012, 1:06 am

Thanks everyone :)

he has been smelling this way the whole easter weekend :rolleyes: and I have been mopping and re-mopping the floors hoping the smell would go away.....Barney is booked into his vet tomorrow morning...I think a dose of that probiotics may do the trick :D

He is happy though and went for his morning walk...He likes to growl at the ducks :eek: mainly because he thinks their feathered hooligans :eek: :D ...He thinks anyone who is not us is a hooligan :D

Bec :)

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Post by Madeleine » Tue April 10th, 2012, 8:58 am

We were looking after a little dog this week who was having tummy problems, so we took her to the vet and he said it was a mild infection. She was fine in all other ways, so it sounds like Barney may have something similar - hope he's OK!
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Post by parthianbow » Tue April 10th, 2012, 7:18 pm

As a veterinarian, I wouldn't worry if he seems fine in every way. As MLE suggested, it's a good idea to establish if he has actually been sick somewhere that you haven't seen. (It sounds as if you've already done that.) It would also be a very good idea to check his faeces, to see if they are normal. As well as a quick check up at the vet's, it might be no harm (if there's evidence of vomiting or diarrhoea) to fast him for at least 12 hours and then stick him on a WMD diet for 48 hours (that's White Meat Diet - cooked, boneless chicken and rice, small portions 4-6 times a day). Monitor him for vomiting and diarrhoea throughout this time, but that, along with probiotics sometimes, sorts out about 90% of dietary upsets in dogs.
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Post by rebecca » Wed April 11th, 2012, 2:10 am

Thanks again Everyone :)

I just came back from the vets and his glands were blocked and I mentioned the pro-biotics and I now have to sprinkle one teaspoon over his bickies once a day. They did a thorough check and the vet says he is fine....But that if things havent cleared up in a week or so to bring him back.

One thing made me chuckle was when a lady brought in her HUGE Great Dane and I saw the book on Barney's face :eek: :eek: it was like OMG it's a DINOSAUR :eek: :eek: He then tried to jump in my lap :p Barney braveheart he is not! :D :p

So Barney should be fine in a few days.....Once again many thanks to everyone, your advice is appreciated.

Bec :)

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Post by Madeleine » Wed April 11th, 2012, 8:50 am

Oh that's sweet about the Great Dane, we had to take our guest dog to the vet last week for a similar problem to Barney, and there were loads of dogs and cats - and a hamster - in the waiting room, she was petrified and sat there shaking. She was also prescribed the chicken diet, plus scrambled eggs for breakfast, but got some tablets as she did have a slight temperature. She loved her new diet.

Glad Barney is OK.
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