Tam the Golden Retriever
Tam, a 12 year old Golden Retriever, presented to us having been acting a little strangely for a few days. He was looking a little confused, disorientated and possibly drinking more than normal. He also had particularly bad breath with a smell that some might associate with a dogís rear end but his teeth looked very good! It was thought that Tam might have developed chronic kidney disease given his age and blood was taken to rule this out. The blood results showed his kidneys and liver were functioning well but his blood cell count indicated inflammation, infection or possibly a tumour somewhere. Tam came in for an abdominal ultrasound scan which was all ok but his breath was really bad (especially for the nurse stroking his head during the scan!). On closer inspection a piece of stick was seen to be embedded in his palate, lodged between his molars. The photos show Tamís mouth once the stick had been removed. In hindsight Tamís relieved owners think that the stick had been present for around 10 days and Tam had not once pawed at his mouth or had problems eating! Tam had a short anaesthetic to remove the offending stick, flush the infected hole in his palate and some strong antibiotics. He should now make a full recovery and his owners tell us his breath smells a lot more pleasantÖ.