Our dog is a saluki , he had previously been on antibiotics for what the vet thought was a gum infection after chewing at a wooden gate which we immediate y removed.
He isn't a chewer these days but we realised that he was trying to get to his friend ( another dog / his soul mate who didn't have very long to live .her back legs had gone the mettacam was not working any longer. So we had separated her from the other 3 dogs so she could have quiet. Two of the other dogs still liked to play .
We eventually had to have her put to sleep , our salukii didn't take it well and pine d .this is when we noticed his breath was smelling a bit off.this is why he was on antibiotics .
When we took him yesterday he was very stressed while waiting ,his temperature was up a bit from last time.and his heart beat was loud.
When we have taken him before we have usually gone straight in.
This breed of dog is very sensitive and not for a rough and tumble house hold ( this we were told by the same vet so he put it down to the breed of dog he is.)
The infection has cleared up and was due to him chewing the gate.
Since losing his soul mate he has been by our side , very clingy like a child which is understandable . When he loses sight of us he whispers so he is with us most of the time .Animals grieve too.
At the moment even if we had to have his teath cleaned we would wait.I just feel it would stress him out far too much.the vet said the blood test was needed to Dee if he would be alright under anesthetic.
Would welcome the vets view.
Thanks for all your opinions so far on this thread. Gran