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Old 08-01-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Senior dog in pain

My dog is 13 years old and has recently shown pain when eating food. I noticed a couple months ago he was sensitive when chewing his dry food and it looked like he could only chew on one side, so I started wetting his food so it wouldn’t be so hard for him to eat. Wetting the food seemed to work well so I continued this for a while, maybe a month or two.
This worked ok until recently when he randomly would kind of yelp then run away when eating food and when just moving his mouth. He still seems interested in food, I was trying to feed him a dog pain pill today and I normally wrap it in bread, I did this and he tried to eat it, but quickly dropped the bread and kind of looked confused and scared because he clearly was in pain. After being in pain he wouldn’t touch the bread and he acted as if I hurt him and stayed away from me. About 5-10 minutes later I wetted his food again, basically swamping the food in water and he scarfed it down no problem.
This might sound bad, but the only thing that has changed in the last month was that I allowed him to chew on his choke chain because he seemed to really enjoy it and basically is the only thing he enjoyed to do besides take walks (which he has a hard time doing). He doesn’t ever play with toys or chew on any bones, so I allowed him to chew on something that he liked, but I fear that this might have fractured a tooth or just made his teeth worse.
I am extremely concerned with my dog’s health and if his teeth are infected for it to spread to the rest of his body. My dog is my life and clearly he needs to be taken to the vet. This is my family’s dog, I have had him since I was about 5, but my parents failed to properly take care of him, he basically has not been to the vet for his entire life. He is the type of dog to be loyal and comfortable with one person, which would be me. Any other person he is very defensive and not very nice too, especially to people outside of my family. He has bitten people in the past and will snap at a stranger. I am afraid that it is going to be hard to bring him to the vet because of this reason. I have heard of people putting a muzzle on their dogs before bringing them to the vet, but since the problem is in his mouth and I don’t own a muzzle I am not sure what to do. PLEASE help by giving suggestions on a plan to help my poor dog who is in pain. I hate seeing him in pain.
Additionally, to all the above concerns I have. I am very scared about putting an old dog under anesthetic, I do not want anything to happen to him, but I also do not want him to suffer.
Please help me decide what to do.

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Old 08-01-2015, 06:21 PM   #2
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I do think your dog should see a vet asap but there are things you can do to make it easier for your dog. Call the vet ahead of time and explain your dog's current sensitivity with his mouth and that you feel that he may need to be muzzled for the exam. Nearly all vets have muzzles in several sizes on hand and will choose one that is most comfortable for your dog. As well, there are different types of anesthesia, should he require it. I have had several dogs 11+ years who had to have anesthesia for various procedures and did fine - all my worrying aside. It may be that he does not need anesthesia or he may be able to have just sedation. Tell your vet of your concerns, s/he is there to help you and will be grateful for you input and concern for your dog. I hope to hear that he is feeling better soon.
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:17 PM   #3
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Good advice from JGLI. You can also try feeding him things like eggs,(raw or cooked), oatmeal, gravy, etc. Toothaches are no fun for dogs or people.
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:10 AM   #4
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When my dogs have had dentals, I soak their dry kibble for a good long time and then using my blender to puree it with some canned food. They can then lap it up and don't have to chew at all. Oh I did not see what kind of dog you have.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:01 AM   #5
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Hi and welcome abord to Df It's clear he is in pain, and I would personaly refrain from him chewing on his choke chain just because he likes it doesn't mean it's ok and it can do serious harm to his teeth and gums I am sorry that your parents don't look after him very well so sad. Any way don't self medicate and i am afraid he should go the vets A.S.A.P As for the anasethetic yes there is a small risk for both dogs and us too!! Try not to worry and don't forget the muzzle good luck and let
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Get your dog to the vet ASAP!!!!!

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Welcome to the forum. JGLI gave you good advice. Hope you will follow her suggestions.
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My dog Frodo is a one person dog, and I'm that person , so I know a little bit about what you're going through. My vet prescribes a calming medicine I give to my dog before he goes to the vet. He does require a muzzle for vet visits, and we have trained him to accept the muzzle, positively associating it with treats. I take him to the vet every year and he is especially bothered by having blood taken for the heartworm test. It is no easy feat, but we have to do it anyway.
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Thank you all for the suggestions and replies, I have decided to take him to the vet and will be communicating to my vet my concerns. He is doing better lately and is still eating. Like some of you mentioned, I soak his food in water and it seems to be working well. I will be asking the vet about a muzzle and maybe some sort of calming drug to help him during the visit. I honestly think I will be more worried then my dog will be, but I have to put my fears aside because I want him to be comfortable and happy. My dog is a German shepherd/golden retriever mix for those of you who wondered. German shepherd contributing to most of his temperament.

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Actually I was going to mention about meds one of the best is Rescue Remedy it helps with fear and stress it's meant for us but works effectively on horses and dogs too so I would recommend this 30 mins before a vets appointment you can put 4 or 5 drops on the tounge or for better potency same number of drops in the water bowl it doesn't
make the dog sleepy but merely switches off the part of the brain that deals with fearful or stressful situations. I have found it a useful tool
with my dog when dealing with fireworks and thunder etc it does work!
is completely herbal and '0' side effects apart from in very small breeds acting a bit tipsy but this wears off Good luck let us know how you get on
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