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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our dog is a pitbull terrier. She is fifteen years old and

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Our dog is a pitbull terrier. She is fifteen years old and has been indoors all of her life. In the past month, she has become lethargic and has stopped eating. She continues to drink water. For about two weeks now, she has been emitting a foul smell. She is getting thin and has difficulty moving around. Could she have an infection?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Yes, Victor, but such a 15 year old is more likely to be suffering from an age-related degenerative disease or malignancy. Chronic renal, hepatic, and cardiac failures need to be considered. The most common of those foul smells is the uremic odor of renal failure. Carmen's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know if Carmen can be helped within 24 hours of having her attended to.

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