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I Need Your Help . . . Anesthesia to Clean My Dog's Teeth?

I Need Your Help . . . Anesthesia to Clean My Dog's Teeth?

Dirty teeth and stinky breath . . . no thanks! North lets me brush his chompers (since I got him used to it when he was just a pup) so he's never gone in for a professional cleaning. But one furry family needs our help with this matter – I'm calling on you to share experiences with getting your pets' teeth cleaned by a doctor using anesthesia.TeamSugar member, moco is concerned about having her eight-year-old Cocker Spaniel rescue "go under" for this procedure as recommended by the vet. While she understands the necessity of this treatment, her boyfriend is against it because he's worried about their beloved, Lola simply not waking up.

What do you think about this? Please share any advice and thoughts in the comments below.


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ZaBeth ZaBeth 6 years
Hi, I'm brand new to this board. I'm glad I found it though. I recently (July 18th, 2011) lost my beloved Beagle, Buddy, when I took him in to get his teeth cleaned. It's been incredibly hard to go on! Buddy and I shared a very special bond. He had his teeth cleaned almost 3 years ago, with no problems. He was older though, around 10, when I had his teeth cleaned this last, and fatal, time. I'm interested in communicating with ANYONE who has been through this same situation. I do see quite a few posts, where some owners went through what I did, losing their dog, when they took him/her to have their teeth cleaned. Several of the posts, I can not reply to, due to not being able to click on a name. Please, anyone who has been through this, contact me. I don't care if it happened yesterday or 15 years ago. I think it will help me to be able to talk to others who have been through exactly what I went though, and that is, losing the LOVE of my LIFE! Here are both my e-mail addressess. Please use either/or! OR Beth
Katydid620 Katydid620 8 years
Ohhhh...the above post breaks my heart. This was such a hard decision for me. My dog needed her teeth cleaned desperately. I finally went ahead and did it. I think it was my neighbor that finally made my mind up. His dog had gotten a really bad abcess (spelling?) in his face. Clear right through his cheek. So I had Maisy's teeth cleaned right before Christmas. Thankfully she did great. I think the hardest thing for me was dropping her off at the vet for the day. She has serious seperation issues. My only problem now is that I'd love to be brushing her teeth so we won't have to have this done again, but she isn't having it...
Protector Protector 8 years
I would never again allow any future dog I may own to go under anethesia for teeth cleaning. I purchased him at age 3 for protection. My 8 yr. old German Shepherd died on Monday, January 19, 2008 from overdose of anethesia. My dog had his teeth cleaned with this same vet before. Fargo had all the pre-bloodwork that morning and last week when we took him in for consultation our vet commented his heart beat was slow, although he was excited showing he was in great heart health. Here is the story the vet told us. He gave him the minimal amount of pre-meds and since it was not enough to get him to the point of grogginess, he put the mask on him for a few seconds. Immediately, he saw his chest pound once, then his heart stop, this happened again, then he went into cardic arrest-meaning his heart rate accelerated, then stopped for good. He then gave Fargo ephinephrine and some other injection into his iv. He did this again, as there was no response. He then did palpations working on him for a total of 20 minutes. He was gone. I am heartbroken and angry at the vet and will never put another pet through that at such great risk of death. There are alternatives to surgery that I am now aware of just by doing a couple searches on the internet. I only wish I would have known of them prior to this. The number of dogs dying from overdose of anethesia is 1 in 400 and can be as high as 1 in 200. For all of you who were 'lucky' enough your dog survived anethesia, I would hope alternatives to anethesia for teeth cleaning is something you would look into. Good oral health is extremely important. As for me, as I stated earlier, I will never put any future dog I may own at such high risk of death for teeth cleaning. Life or death situations for dogs=anethesia and nothing else. Thank you for taking time to read my story as I continue to grieve losing my absolute best friend.
fltaz15 fltaz15 8 years
I understand the worry on the risk of undergoing anesthesia with the elder age. Main thing to do is get bloodwork like "superchem" or a senior comprehensive. This to be sure the organs/body can handle to anesthesia. Also make sure that the dog is heartworm free, if the dog has heartworm, it can majorly affect the life chances of the dog. I've assisted with dentals on elder dogs and always made sure a full exam and bloodwork was done before the decision was made.
Katydid620 Katydid620 9 years
I am dealing with this exact issue right now as well!! My dog is 3 and has very stinky breath. The vet wants me to have her teeth cleaned and I really want to do it but I am terrified of putting her under. My vet was SOOO expensive but another local vet was half the price. He isn't my regular vet but Maisy was fixed with there. So they have seen her before. I just don't know what to do... Someone told me to try a spray called leba lll. It's like $50. Has anyone tried it? I'd hate to pay $50 for something that doesn't work...
prrrtykittie prrrtykittie 9 years
My cat's had this done. It was far more distressing for me than for her, to be honest. She was 11 when she had it done and that definitely added to my worries. Luckily, she has a vet that feels very passionately about animals and so I know they will treat her well and also they did scans and bloodwork before putting her under to be sure she could handle it. I would absolutely recommend doing the scans and bloodwork first!!! But she came home that night and we could tell she wasn't feeling the pain because she was playing. She was obviously in pain for a couple of days afterwards, but it didn't seem too bad. Tooth infections can be pretty serious, so it is important to get their teeth cleaned if you can.
miriah15 miriah15 9 years
As a VA I can honestly tell you that this procedure is routine and has next-to-no risks
lindseylee lindseylee 9 years
My dog izak died while under anesthesia. He was a 4 year old cocker spaniel in perfect health. that is the LAST time we will ever put any of our animals under.
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