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Crusty scabs around dog's mouth and head. No vomiting. He'll eat small meals and will take a treat from the hand but has the attitude of "no, not food."
Linda, Thanks for the quick response. Does one of these things apply to our situation?
First, he is having bad breath. He smells like he just ate a big fish and a big chunk of meat. It smells and he walks all over the place.
Second, the scabs are around his mouth and his head. It's like the little scabs are eating up what he does eat. So it looks like more like a food issue than a health issue.
Also, we do work with both his ears twice a day and he has no issues with that.
One last thing, if you look at that site and follow along, it says that our dog smells, and it's a food related thing.
I am afrd that he may be sick with a tumor somewhere. I don't want to tell his vet but I also don't want him to have a bad day on the day that I take him to the vet and that bad day turns out to be a tumor. We don't live nearby a vet.
Any advice would be helpful. I don't want to make a bad day for him just because he is having a bad day. I don't think he's having pn. It seems more like a tumor with his mouth.
He does seem really uncomfortable about being out in the cold and cold drafts.
There are no symptoms of tumors. If there are, it will be seen on lab work, but if you have the opportunity to go to a vet and talk about it, I recommend you do. Sometimes a vet won't take it as a tumor if it is a scab, but you can bring him back, or if the vet doesn't take it, bring it to another vet who will.
Thanks for all of the help. I guess I'm going to take him to the vet this week sometime. I just have to figure out when it's best for him to go.
I've been trying to keep an eye on things, but the only thing that has been different with him is he seems to have a lot of ear infections. He's not running around all day and jumping on people, but he's always a little behind, so he doesn't catch up, like, until he's in pn. It's very bad for him. He gets to the point of being so tired that he just falls to the ground. We have to pick him up and carry him. I know there has to be a solution, but I'm not sure what it is. He's going to get a second opinion, I'm sure. If it turns out to be the problem with his teeth and mouth, I'm afrd that I won't be able to give him the meds that I've been taking for him to have an easy time with eating.
He's not getting any better, though, so if it's the teeth and mouth problem, I'm still hoping that I can save him.
I think that my vet is the one that suggested taking him to a specialist. But I'm wondering, now that I think about it, if there's anything else I should be doing for him.
Sorry you're going through all of this. I know how difficult it is and when I heard what had happened, I got so very upset for him. And it was really hard to do, but he's almost 14, and I feel like I could handle anything. At least, I hope that I can. I've been a very good owner and I think that's why he's still with me, because I think of all people I would have the best care for him.
Yes, I agree with Dr. Smith. Try to keep him away from the hard chews and hard materials. He doesn't need those right now. Just try to be more responsible and watch where he's placing his mouth. Keep your other pets away and try to keep him calm.
There's a lot of good news here, I'm glad to hear that you are aware of the need to watch his mouth more carefully. I'd still like to find out exactly what the problem is. I'm hopeful that he will get the help he needs. Please keep us posted.
Coco was also diagnosed with HCM at about this age. He also required surgery to correct the problem and he will require frequent checkups for the rest of his life. He now has a ventricular assist device in his heart and you can read all about that at this link.
Sorry for your loss. I hope that your sweet boy finds that great vet who will help him in his recovery.
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Coco. I have a dog who is about your age that has the same issue and I know that he is fighting a lot at this point. I just wanted to give you a bit of hope and say I will let you know how he does. Take care!
I am so sorry for your loss. Our lab puppy also had HCM. It went very fast and he was gone before we even knew what was happening. He was only 2 months when it happened. Unfortunately, if the heart isn't doing what it's supposed to, the liver and kidneys don't have a chance to clean up the toxins before the heart starts to fl.
Our new puppy, however, is not HCM. She has an enlarged heart, but it is not as bad as Coco's.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Coco. This is a heartbreaking time for you. Please let us know how he is doing as his condition gets better.
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