Q. He had really bad breath as if he had eaten a skunk and for 2 days now has just laid is strange places and will just stand for long periods of time and hasn't eaten

Tue, Jul 11, 2023

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There are a few potential causes for your dog's bad breath, lethargy, and loss of appetite. However, please note that I'm unable to diagnose your dog without conducting a physical examination.

The bad breath your dog is experiencing could be due to a dental issue, such as periodontal disease. This occurs when bacteria build up in the mouth, leading to inflammation, infection, and a foul odor. It's essential to maintain good oral hygiene for your dog, including regular brushing of their teeth and providing appropriate dental chews or toys. If the bad breath persists despite your efforts, a dental examination and professional cleaning may be necessary.

The lethargy and loss of appetite could be caused by various underlying conditions. One possibility is gastrointestinal distress, which could result from dietary indiscretion or an underlying gastrointestinal disease. To address this at home, you can try feeding your dog a bland diet consisting of boiled chicken and rice. This can help soothe their stomach and encourage them to eat. However, if your dog's symptoms worsen or persist for more than a day or two, it's crucial to seek veterinary attention.

Additionally, certain systemic illnesses, such as liver or kidney disease, can also cause lethargy, loss of appetite, and bad breath. These conditions require proper diagnosis and treatment by a veterinarian. Other potential causes could include infections, hormonal imbalances, or even pain from an underlying condition.

Considering your dog's symptoms have been ongoing for two days and he hasn't shown improvement, it's advisable to take him to a veterinary hospital for a thorough examination.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.