Thursday, September 18, 2014

1504. Blood test for an old bad-breath Jack Russell X

TP 45534

Bad breath from a distance. The owner lives with the 8-year-old male dog will not be able to smell this because his nose is sensitized to the smell.

"My friend told me I must do a dental scaling," he said to me.  The dog looked like a Norwich Terrier but he said it was a Jack Russell X.

BLOOD TEST before dental work.
Surprisingly the total white cell count was 5.6 (6-17) but the neutrophils were normal at 56.4% (60-70%) and the absolute no. of neutrophils was 3.16 (0 - 3).  Overall, the values have not changed much.

Urea 6.9 (4.2 - 6.3), creatinine 81 (89-177).

4 teeth extracted. The smell was so strong that I could smell it when placed inside the plastic bag for the owner to see.
IV BAYTRIL AND DRIP.
Usually I advised 7 days of antibiotics, but the owner wanted today (Sep 18, 2014) as he was free only once a week.  So I gave the antibiotic via the IV drip direct, to kill as much of the mouth's bacteria as possible. Dog goes home with antibiotics and painkillers oral

FOLLOW UP
On Sep 19, 14, I phoned the owner.
"No bad breath?" I asked.
"No," he said happily. "Thank you.".

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