The most wonderful dog in the world, Wrigley, is acting out of sorts today, and has bad breath for the first time ever. How urgent is this?
is a 1 1/2 year old hound mix (mostly Beagle) that we rescued last October. She's healthy, happy, and active most days, but today she's been sluggish and just a little off her normal bouncy puppy personality. She will wag her tail and play a little, but wasn't as excited to see us come home as usual. She'll sort of beg for a treat, but not in her cute hyper jumpy way like normal.
And her breath STINKS. This is a new development. More than once, we've gotten compliments on her pretty white teeth and lack of dog breath (most recently from the person whose lap she rode on for 45 minutes in the car). She is a nice smelling dog, on the whole. She's got stinky breath today, out of nowhere, and continues to lick her chops. She'll also open & close her mouth and keeps licking my hands and feet (more than usual). She's a little extra drooly, but still eating and drinking like normal.
Is this emergency vet territory or call the vet tomorrow territory? I can't find much on google that's helpful. A few sites suggest that sudden bad breath is a GO DIRECTLY TO THE ANIMAL HOSPITAL, DO NOT PASS GO situation, but I don't know how reliable that advice is. Plus, the last time we had an emergency situation (pup was vomiting blood) we made the right call and took her in, but also spent $500 and nothing was actually wrong with her. The money's not an object if she actually needs treatment tonight, but, you know, we'd rather not spend it if they can't help her.
So how sick is too sick to wait until tomorrow? What things should we be on the lookout for? Anyone have any advice?