My 12-year-old Doberman bitch was diagnosed early last year with fairly widespread cancer that is affecting her liver. Despite our vet being stunned that she is still with us, she is not currently on any medication because no one has told her that she is ill and she is still behaving like a young dog! She is on a veterinary diet to help support her liver and is enjoying a good quality if life.
In the last few months, she has developed ulcers in her mouth which I have read can be caused by the disease in her liver. They have always been very smelly but recently the odour from her mouth has become even worse, (her teeth are not the cause). Could this rancid smell be due to the build up of toxins in her liver because of its diminished function? I know that kidney failure can cause bad breath from experience with an elderly Springer Spaniel I took on many years ago, but is the same true of liver failure?
Any hints, tips or general advice regarding liver disease and/or mouth ulcers would also be greatly appreciated!
Becky Holt, by email
NB. Please note, only a qualified vet can provide veterinary advice, but anecdotes and personal stories from fellow dog owners can help