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15 yr old dog, needs to have teeth cleaned.The teeth are in much need of having a lot of tartar and plaque removed. Have always gone to same vet with good results. Haven't done it for two years and if the dog were younder he would need it every year.. How good is holistic,no enesthetic. I'm concerned about what is happening to all the stuff and blood just being swallowed and going ito his system. On the other hand am very concerned about a general anesthesia.Would it be better and safer?

Dog is in good health except for a tendency to form bladder stones and he takes meds for that and Ursodiol for a build up in his gallbladder.
 What breed of dog is this?

DR.V

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vamvakias's Post: He's a terrier mix. He weighs 18 pounds and has always maintained that weight.

 This is a hard decision. The bacteria in the mouth and the gingival disease cause a chronic source of both pain and infection for older dogs.  If this was a large draining abscess on the outside of the body...would you take the anesthesia risk and have it fixed?


It is a hard decision...at this age anesthesia is a large risk, as is the complications of hypovolemia, hypothermia, etc. with sedation. 


The benefits are great with the dental and antibiotics...but the risk..you need to meet face to face with your vet and discuss his plan..such as IV support, to give your dog the best chances of a safe sedation.

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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vamvakias's Post: Thanks so much. My vet has all of the best things for
monitoring my dog. we do the ekg thing while he is out
and all those blood tests. So I'm firm now in my
decision.

 Thank you and good luck!


Dr.V

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
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