Q. My dog is restless. He's drinking and urinating more than normal. He has a pea sized red swelling just above a tooth. He's a 10 year old beagle mix.
A. Have him seen by your vet to rule out medical causes. To rule out UTI, submit a clean urine sample or have your vet collect a sterile sample for urinalysis and culture. Blood work (CBC, chemistry panel, thyroid panel) may be able to diagnose kidney disease or diabetes as well as other conditions common in older pets. The gingival swelling may be a brewing infection, or a mass. Your vet can examine it and submit a biopsy if indicated. A simple needle aspirate biopsy submitted for pathology can frequently determine the makeup of most lumps.