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Hi all,

I have had a 4 yo spayed, female boxer rescue for 1 year.  Former show dog - very anxiety ridden.  Possibly crated a lot early on and missed out on socialization???  Anyway, our main problem with her is her odor - not her ears, coat or feet, and really, not even her mouth.  It seems to be deeper than that - like it's coming from her stomach.  It seems as though something is rotting away inside her and when she gets upset (which means when I leave her side to go in a grocery store or leave her at home) her stink is much more pronounced.  When she chews on a toy the room smells up enough to strip paint even!  My vet, who was recommended to me by a boxer rescue group in town, doesn't know what to do.  I was wondering about Dinovite myself as her homeopathic dog food she came with made matters worse than the plain old Iams she is on now.  We've tried other dog food brands as well but seem to find the best fit for her has been the Iams.  She also has issues with Demodectic mange and anxiety related incontinence.  She is my 3rd boxer so I am aware of how unbelievably sensitive they are as a breed and wonder if her issues aren't related to something I'm doing.  Lastly, I contacted a homeopathic vet who wanted $110 for the initial consultation - so before I go out and start spending that kind of money just to talk to someone, I thought I'd better do some research and ask other boxer owners what they've run into.   :?:
 

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Did your vet clean/check her anal glands?

Also many more sever things then food trapped in the gums, or an inflamation of the mouth can cause the bad breath.
 

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Sorry I haven't heard anything like that and don't remember anyone else posting a topic with that problem.  Some others on the forum may have some ideas.  We would love to see some pictures and welcome to the forum.
 

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Get rid of the toys.  They can be very toxic.  Just had a wonderful article in Whole Dog Journal about them.  I had a female that loved her toys, balls etc and had absolutely horrid breath.  My holistic vet said get rid of the toys.  Welcome and I would recommend getting the WDJ subscription.  You can view it on line and they will sell you the current issue for a small fee.  I love my homeopathic vet by the way.....I use a combination of eastern & western medicine in my dogs.  Sorry you're having problems.  They are a sensitive breed (but wonderful) in my experience.

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I'm taking Mimi in next week to see the vet.  It doesn't seem like an anal gland issue as that's the wrong side of the dog the stink is coming from.  Her teeth look great and her mouth, tongue and gums are all very healthy and pink but the smell is similar to what you'd smell if your dog had come in just after finding something dead and rotting and ate it.  The poor thing!  She acts like she feels fine but my gut tells me that there is something seriously going on with her.  I lost one boxer to cancer and the other to asphyxiation so I'm a little on the paranoid side I guess...I'll let you know what I find out.  Thank you all for welcoming me on.  I'm new to this whole thing so I appreciate the warmness!!!  Then again, boxer lovers are the best people on earth in my opinion!!!
 

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Can you get referred to internist?  So you go right to a specialist instead of your regular vet.

Bless you for taking on that poor girl.

Nano
 
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