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Dogs breath is bad and now I see this inside his mouth

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Dogs breath is bad and now I see this inside his mouth

So my dogs breathe has been bad for about a month.
He still eats fine.
I notice the top of his mouth has a red spot, not sure if it's an infection or something more serious like cancer.

Thoughts?
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did he eat hot food recently? past two weeks?
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No hot or spicy food.

What does it look like?

Have a vet appointment this evening. Hoping it nothing serious and my wallet won't be too drained.
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Should be nothing

My dog has it too. His bump a little red cause of hot food burnt his mouth. Sorry for the awful pic but looks the same. incisive papilla

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Side note: his breath smells cause his teeth needs a clean. It’s at a Grade 1/2 on the side teeth which is causing the smell (plaque). Probably get a cleaning in September. Should cost about $550-$650 for the clean
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So the vet thinks it's an infection from tartar/periodontal.
He prescribed 10 days of antibiotics (amoxicillin)

He suggest tooth cleaning and 2 extractions at a cost of $1200.
If the bump doesn't improve from antibiotics, then he recommends blood work and also biopsy.

What are your thoughts? My dog is 11 years old. (Border collie and American Eskimo mix)
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h3nry8888 wrote: So the vet thinks it's an infection from tartar/periodontal.
He prescribed 10 days of antibiotics (amoxicillin)

He suggest tooth cleaning and 2 extractions at a cost of $1200.
If the bump doesn't improve from antibiotics, then he recommends blood work and also biopsy.

What are your thoughts? My dog is 11 years old. (Border collie and American Eskimo mix)
Since your pup is an 11 year old Eskie Mix, I have to comment. We had an Eskie (not a mix) who died during the worst of the pandemic at almost age 17) - note he was a small standard - weighing 25 lbs. I can't comment on the Border Collie part of the mix since we have never had one.

Eskies generally have very strong teeth but many due to face shape have to have dental cleanings - tartar develops more quickly in some Eskies just as it does in some people and it did in our Eskie - he was a bear type. Our Eskie did not need any extractions but he did have a few cleanings and some periodontal work.

Definitely I would give your pup the amoxicillin for the 10 days and then immediately follow-up with the the vet and also would definitely do the cleaning and extractions (the dangers of other health issues are too high not to). But I would have the blood work done (pre surgery blood work and extra if required due to the bump in his mouth) and if the bump in his mouth does not improve I would have the biopsy done and as soon as possible before the dental surgery just in case more has to be done.

Is this your pup's first dental cleaning? If so, you are one of the lucky ones. I used to go on an Eskie board when it existed (there are a few on Facebook boards but I do not subscribe to Facebook) and I would say 80% of the Eskies needed teeth cleaning and more than once.

Since your pup is 11 start to watch out for issues common to the 2 breeds. Ours at age 12.5 developed hypothyroidism - no issues, he took his pills as prescribed. He also developed arthritis at around 12 years of age and had Cartrophen shots, with Gabapentin eventually being added to the mix during his last 1.5 years of life.

He looked like a puppy to the end - people thought we were on our second Eskie. Hopefully yours will as well.

We also live in Toronto. $1,200 is a good price for the dental as far as Toronto prices go. Does that include the pre-surgery blood work? If it doesn't I really would suggest it. It will add to the cost but better safe than sorry.

I have never seen an Eskie/Border Collie mix, but have seen an Eskie/Pap mix - cute as all get out. The person was surprised that I knew that her dog had Eskie in him - well his Eskie side prevailed along with the black markings that his best friend, a Pap, has. So it sure wasn't hard!

I wish you and your pup the best.

It is hard I know these days under Covid-19 to take your pup to the vet. Hopefully, the antibiotics will work and you won't end up having to see a specialist.

Please update as to how your pup does.

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