Q. My daughter has given me her 8yr old Shih-tzu. He has very bad breath, as I read, appear to be Halitosis! How much is for treatment?

A. It is impossible to estimate without a full exam of his mouth and determination as to whether it is related to dental disease, whether or not extractions will be required and any pain relief or other medications which will be required. Be sure to discuss preventive care to reduce the need for future dental work, medicated chew sticks, tooth brushing and water additives can all help with long term dental health

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A. Treatment costs will vary alot depending on what needs to be done. It is likely that at that age a full dental will be required. This involves a general anaesthetic and a scale and polish. There may well be teeth that are rotten and need to be extracted. Costs usually vary depending on the length of time the procedure takes. If it is just a scale and polish this could be done within 30mins but if multiple extractions are needed it could be 2 hours or more. With the age of the dog it is possible that the vet would want to do a blood test to check the kidney & liver function before giving a general anaesthetic. Definitely shop around. Phone several clinics in your area to get an idea of costs they would charge. Here in the UK you would be expecting to pay £150-300. You vet nurse or vet tech will probably be able to do a free consult to have a look at the teeth to see how bad the problem is to give you a more accurate idea

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