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Dental treatment

Posted by:  Chris Aucken
Category:   Medical
Posted on:  April 18, 2001 at 10:10:53

Question:

Foster is almost 14, and is booked in for a dental tomorrow. I've had him for 6 months, before that he never got his teeth cleaned, and was given lots of toffees as treats (gross, huh?). Anyway, he has a terrible tartar problem and the vet says he may need to have some removed (the back ones are particularly encrusted) as well as scaled and polished. Could you tell me how he's likely to adapt to not being able to crunch his food so well?

He's had a blood test which was Ok apart from elevated urea, apparently common in older dogs. The vet says he should be fine with the anaesthetic, but can you reassure me at all? He seems in great health apart from his teeth (and breath!!) - lots of energy and great fun.