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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years. I would like to assist you.
I tend to agree with your Vet on having the tooth out. Bacteria from a decayed tooth can send bacteria throughout the body. It can also abscess below the gumline which can cause pain and swelling if not addressed.The longer a decayed tooth is left in the mouth the more chances of complications.
This link explains how a decaying tooth can affect the dog's body:
I hope this helps with your decision you make for Susie.
Checking in to see what you decided on the tooth issue. Please let me know whether you are going to do the surgery.