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Checked her temperature & it is right at 100F The teeth are badley decayed and the gums very inflamed I suspect an oral infection brewing and also her ears are very dirty but not red. I have started the ear cleaning process already. As far as the teeth are concerned, I'm not sure what can be done other than good brushing which I try to do. This is not my pet, but belongs to my 89 yr old alzheimers lady which I care for 24/7. Last yr at check up vet said needed deepcleaning badly but cost is $500.00. Family said no. Poor Peaches, wish I could do more. Is aspirin, like 81mg ok to give dogs? Anyway thanks for your assist.
I requested owner's daughter to take Peaches to the vet to be examined and got a flat refusal, but was given some supplies she had obtained for her own pet for oral care. I have stepped up on the brushing as I immediatley found numerous decaying teeth that were abcessed and drained profusley as soon as I touched the gum, which has left open pockets on the gumline now that the abcesses have drained. I am using a dental gel with baking soda that adheres to teeth to prevent further tartar. Almost every tooth in this dogs mouth is severely decayed and covered in thick grey tartar. The teeth need to be extracted but family will not spend the money to do it. After I brought the abcesses to her attention on 4th of July and let her see the condition of the dogs mouth, she has agreed to take her to the vet hopefully to get antibiotics to get the infection under control. She has instructed me to groom and bathe before vet visit or won 't take her, so that's what I am doing today. She loves to be groomed so she is acting as if she feels a little better and is perkier but still far from well. I am just a nurse caregiver for her 89 yr old mom with alzheimers and she keeps me very busy. I didn,t know I was going to be a vet tech/groomer also. I am amazed though that the poor little thing does not seem to be in pain. Only when I cut one nail too close today during grooming did she let out a cry! Anyway, I am trying and thanks for your concern. Karen