When Halitosis is an Emergency
Teeny, a 12 year old Chihuahua who we have previously seen for neurological disease was presented early in the morning for severe halitosis. The owner reported that Teeny consumed cat feces in the yard before she could be stopped the evening before admission. Teeny woke up the owner burping a foul odor that caused the owner to be nauseated and extremely upset. On examination, the foul odor was not detected by either myself or my technician (who has a good nose). Apparently the feces had moved on. Teeny was admitted for the day for observation (olfactory) and no recurrence of the problem was detected. The owners were instructed to keep cat feces out of Teeny’s diet.