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Why does my dog have strong fishy breath

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Why does my dog have strong fishy breath?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  VetCares replied 3 years ago.

VetCares :

Hello and thanks for posting. I'm Dr. A and I'll try to help. Is this a sudden change for Schmidty? How is he acting otherwise?

Customer :

He has a wet, cold nose and acts fine. Is eating, drinking, going to bathroom, outside.

Customer :

Are you still there?

VetCares :

yes, I am, sorry

VetCares :

no increase in drinking amount?

Customer :

No, normal

VetCares :

It is most likely that this is dental related, though I do appreciate that it is hard to look in his mouth

VetCares :

but first the obvious--no way he could have found a dead fish and rolled in it or eaten it?

Customer :

Sounds like I should take him to Vet for a visit. His teeth are white, clean no tartar.

VetCares :

a lot happens subgingivally-very hard to appreciate on a quick look.

VetCares :

definitely mouth, not ears?

VetCares :

not skin?

VetCares :

Is this an acute change? o something that has been increasing for awhile?

Customer :

Not ears, mouth area; that's why we thought it was in his beard and bathed him. Not beard.

VetCares :

do you have a cat?

Customer :

No, he's not ever had especially bad breath; doggie breath

Customer :

No cats!

VetCares :

lol-- wanted to eliminate eating out of the box.

VetCares :

so this is a sudden change or a gradual thing?

Customer :

Got it! :}

Customer :

Seems to have happened suddenly or suddenly that we notice!

VetCares :

ok. I do think it is worth getting him in to have your vet evaluate him. the big question that I have is whether this is more in his mouth vs. breath. Sometimes changes in breath are suggestive of metabolic disease. Schnauzers are a bit over-represented for diabetes and they can get a ketone smell to their breath. i don't appreciate the smell as fishy, though. This too is all lower on my list given taht he otherwise seems pretty happy

VetCares :

but a lurking infected dental pocket wouldbe my best guess from here

Customer :

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX him to see our Vet tomorrow.

VetCares :

you are most welcome-- I wish you all the best. happy Holidays too! - Dr. A

Customer :

Merry Christmas!

VetCares :

please do click on accept as it is the only way the site credits me--thanks!

VetCares :

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Experience: 10+ yrs DVM in small animal practice, including work with rabbits and pocket pets
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