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?
He has a wet, cold nose and acts fine. Is eating, drinking, going to bathroom, outside.
Are you still there?
yes, I am, sorry
no increase in drinking amount?
It is most likely that this is dental related, though I do appreciate that it is hard to look in his mouth
but first the obvious--no way he could have found a dead fish and rolled in it or eaten it?
Sounds like I should take him to Vet for a visit. His teeth are white, clean no tartar.
a lot happens subgingivally-very hard to appreciate on a quick look.
definitely mouth, not ears?
Is this an acute change? o something that has been increasing for awhile?
Not ears, mouth area; that's why we thought it was in his beard and bathed him. Not beard.
do you have a cat?
No, he's not ever had especially bad breath; doggie breath
lol-- wanted to eliminate eating out of the box.
so this is a sudden change or a gradual thing?
Got it! :}
Seems to have happened suddenly or suddenly that we notice!
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
but a lurking infected dental pocket wouldbe my best guess from here
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX him to see our Vet tomorrow.
you are most welcome-- I wish you all the best. happy Holidays too! - Dr. A
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