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We have a 16 yo golden retriever, Boomer who for the most part, is in pretty good health for his age. The only meds. he takes is a thyroid pill x 2 day.<br><br>
But about 2 wks. ago, he developed an eye infection as a result of some bad teeth that he has. We treated it w/antibotics (both oral and in an eye ointment). The vet wants to clean his teeth, but I am worried about putting him under and the stress it could cause his body/system. They would need to probably keep him overnight and would also pull some teeth.<br><br>
What do you think???<br><br>
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Lisa <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

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It's a tough one Lisa, unfortunately, if his teeth are bad enough they are causing systemic infections, the possibility of infection is way too high. It won't take long until an infection hits his heart. By the same token, obviously, sedation could be dangerous. but we have newer ways of putting pets under and the danger now is FAR less than it was even 10 yrs ago. They could possibly put him under a twilight sedation and use pain meds (he will need pain meds if they're pulling teeth)<br><br>
Personally, I would do it I think, but I haven't ever had one live to 16 before. If he's otherwise healthy, I'd take the risk, if he's declining in other ways, I'd let it go.
 

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Thanks so much for your input!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I was talking w/my sister who works for a dentist and she also recommended it. The vet said that it would cost about $600-800 (Boomer weighs 50 lbs.). Does this sound about right?<br><br>
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Unfortunately that sounds about right. I assume they are going to run blood work before surgery. Extractions, especially if the are the canines or molars are A LOT of work, although less so if they are rotten than if they are broken. He'll also require significantly more monitoring both during the surgery and after.
 
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