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He is 19 yrs old and has bad teeth. He is on antibiotics for…

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He is 19 yrs...

He is 19 yrs old and has bad teeth. He is on antibiotics for it but it's not getting better. Had a 7 day shot plus meds every 12 hrs. What else can I do to help him heal?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?

Petey

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Petey?

He knows what's going on but said Petey is too old for teeth extraction.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I understand the worry with anesthesia and dental extractions, but that would be my first suggestion. Age is not a disease, so as long as the kidneys and liver can handle anesthesia, I have no problem anesthetizing an older animal.

If there are rotten teeth, those are chronic sources of pain and infection. He is stressed daily from those teeth. I would rather have the stressor of 1-2 hours of anesthesia vs daily stress from pain and infection. Then, the issue is resolved and you don't have to keep giving pain meds and antibiotics.

That is my thought. I would get a second opinion with another vet that does a lot of geriatric dental procedures.

Otherwise, it's pulse therapy with antibiotics, brushing the teeth daily and pain meds as needed to control these guys.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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