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Unread 02-16-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default 14 year arthritic dog with dental issues

We have a shep lab cross that's about 14 years old (rescued back in 2003), he has arthritis in his hips and has been on metacam for the past two to three years. There has been three episodes over the past 8 months when he thought we were going to loose him. Laboured breathing, refusing to stand/walk and stopped eating, after hand feeding and assisting to the outside. He has bounced back. He still has a great appetite and lies in the kitchen when cooking hoping for a little extra. He doesn't go down stairs any more and there are times when his back leg gives way down the one step to the back yard. The issue is dental. His breathe is foul and I noticed white and black spot on his gums, looks like infection. With his age and his lack of mobility, we are afraid what they vet may suggest. Any suggestions

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Welcome Kath71, great to have you join us :-) Have you thought about taking your dog to a veterinary dental specialist instead of a general vet? I would not be afraid of what he might suggest, usually specialists are used to dealing with many of the more sensitive cases.
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Kath71, welcome to the Forum! JGLI offered some excellent advise. Maybe your vet can suggest a dental specialist in your area. I'm sure your regular vet may want to see him first, to confirm that he needs some dental work done. If nothing else, if he does have an infection, he could at least get some antibotics to get rid of the infection. Please keep us updated.
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If it is an infection the vet will likely try antibiotics... Which won't really effect your dog negatively. As long as the dog is of happy mind and medication is working I doubt your vet will suggest anything bad at all.

However the dog may not be strong enough for surgery, but if the dog isn't in pain then its just to let things has it course until whatever happens will happen. Which is a very sad thought, I know by own experience.. <3

Can we get a few pictures of the little greynose?
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Well, I'm not sure what the spot is. I had a long-term arthritic and diabetic dog (a lab/terrier mix ironically named Candy), though, and I'll say the pain medication can be very tough on their liver. Once the medication we were giving Candy (Rimadyl) sent her liver into severe failure and she couldn't walk or anything. Our vet recommended giving her Milk Thistle and Sam-E (Sam-E is great for joints, too), and she bounced back amazingly, nay, miraculously well. I'd wonder if your dog wasn't experiencing some liver issues. A strained liver can cause bad breath as well. Milk Thistle is pretty cheap and you can get it as drops, tea or pills, whichever you think your dog would prefer (probably not the tea). We just put a few drops on a piece of cheese and gave it to ours.

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Please note that this thread is nearly a year old. The OP has not posted since so we can assume she has obtained the information she sought. Thank you for your input.
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