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11-25-2012 07:47 PM
GatorBytes
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Thank you for the responses. He had the previous sickness months ago and finished the antibiotics months ago. So, im not really thinking it has anything to do with the antibiotics wearing off. But, im concerned that maybe what he had before if it was something serious is starting to come back. I am worried that its a kidney issue. When he was sick the vet said he showed low kidney function on his blood results. I didn't know if it was an issue or just something caused by the infection he had. He seems very chipper today, way more energy but still stinky breath. And I learned recently that licking of the chops means pain, and he does lick his chops while urinating. Im thinking I need to get him in for a checkup and definitely get a urine sample done. Could he just have a kidney infection? Or is it more likely he could have kidney failure? I know you guys can't diagnose, but maybe you've got some more knowledge than I do you can share with me. Thanks so much.
Fishy breath IS an early warning sign - sweet or ammonia smelling would already mean diabetes.

Now this has been indicated in blood panel prior so yes - get him checked out - it could just be an infection re: peeing and licking chops.
It may have been a result of infection or treatment (re: blood work ref.)
Good luck, hope your doggie is well
11-25-2012 07:46 PM
Jax08
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When he was sick the vet said he showed low kidney function on his blood results. I didn't know if it was an issue or just something caused by the infection he had.
When at the vet, ask about CREA and BUN levels. Did they do phosphorus and calcium levels? I'm really surprised the vet did not follow up with this.

It could have been caused by the infection if he had a UTI. But it can also be caused by infection that is systematic in the body. Which is one reason the vets are pushing dental cleanings. We have a Boxer with CRF (chronic renal failure) from bad teeth because the kidney have to work so hard to process the poison in the body.
11-25-2012 07:36 PM
msvette2u Only the vet can answer that...hopefully you can get him in tomorrow?
11-25-2012 07:34 PM
Cstout Thank you for the responses. He had the previous sickness months ago and finished the antibiotics months ago. So, im not really thinking it has anything to do with the antibiotics wearing off. But, im concerned that maybe what he had before if it was something serious is starting to come back. I am worried that its a kidney issue. When he was sick the vet said he showed low kidney function on his blood results. I didn't know if it was an issue or just something caused by the infection he had. He seems very chipper today, way more energy but still stinky breath. And I learned recently that licking of the chops means pain, and he does lick his chops while urinating. Im thinking I need to get him in for a checkup and definitely get a urine sample done. Could he just have a kidney infection? Or is it more likely he could have kidney failure? I know you guys can't diagnose, but maybe you've got some more knowledge than I do you can share with me. Thanks so much.
11-25-2012 07:19 PM
msvette2u The dog needs to see a vet...but kidney's wouldn't make the breath smell like fish.

There's a possibility the dog is licking anal glands, too, which could make the breath smell "fishy".
Either way, sort it out @ the vet.
11-25-2012 06:31 PM
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Couldn't bad breath be a kidney issue?


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Yeah, that was the original direction both Jax and I were questioning
11-25-2012 06:04 PM
Capone22 Couldn't bad breath be a kidney issue?


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11-25-2012 05:55 PM
Jax08 Cstout - I know the discussion has turned to whether their teeth should be brushed or not and is about to be badly sidetracked but I would still be concerned about the combination of bad breath and lethargy. Bad breath can be a sign of many things gone wrong internally. For instance, my daughter's was caused by acid reflux caused by gall stones. It's the lethargy that I'm concerned about and would definitely get a vet visit. The vet might spot something in his mouth that is causing it that we, as lay people, may miss.
11-25-2012 05:54 PM
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And if the day ever comes that your dog can't chew bones?? Will you brush the teeth then??? Just asking. I don't think that giving them bones is bad at all and it does help.
! Bite your tongue - LOL...me guess I be sticking my fingers in his mouth.

Side note: and not suggesting as I am not sure that this is what helped, he did have the browning on his canines and although I had him on raw for a year + (was on kibble for 1st 4yrs - he's 8 now)...I started putting a dropper full of colloidal silver in his water - not for this reason either, just to kill bacteria in his water - a month or so later there was only a tiny speck. I had since stopped the CS and the specks are gone too
11-25-2012 05:51 PM
kelina
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I would not advise anyone checking a dogs mouth while they are asleep..especially a deep sleep. To attempt this one is looking to get bit. What would a person do if they were sleeping and someone opened their mouth..I'm guessing punch them right in the face, since they are now half up and don't know whats going on. As far as brushing the teeth, that is something that should be done and done on a regular basis. It doesn't matter if its hard to do at first, the dog will learn. I haven't been to a vet that doesn't ask if I brush their teeth. When you(not you, but a general you) have to pay and put your dog under for a dental, it will be costly and dangerous...since it does require anesthesia. Bones are good, but brushing should be a part of it too.
Okay, but I did it before and my dog never bit me ? but ok.. every dog is diff.
I know a lot of people who dont brush their dogs teeth.. my vet never asked if I did either.

its really not necessary... If I clean my dogs teeth every year or so then why complain?

I had a boxer, that NEVER got her teeth cleaned and her teeth were white as crap. very clean...

If I feel as if my dogs/pups REALLLLYY need their teeth cleaned then i will do so... its not a big deal, god.
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