Comments on Teeth Cleaning for Older Dogs

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Janice   Ocala, Florida

7/26/2014 7:36:47 PM

I have a 17 1/2 year old poodle.My vet wants to clean her teeth which I had done 2 years ago, but she really needs it again.She has a heart murmur and a collapsed trachea which she has had both for a long time.Don't know what to do.Wouldn't forgive myself if she died from getting her teeth cleaned but then she's always smacking her lips so maybe her teeth bother her and her mouth has a odor. Help!! Thanks.

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Keith   San Diego, California

3/12/2014 4:27:40 PM

Dr
Geller,

What if the dog has vestibular disorder? My schnauzer has this problem but all her blood work is fairly normal. Is there a risk of making her condition worse? She has adapted to her condition and is stable but I do not want to make it worse by anestitzing her to clean her
teeth.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

9/17/2013 4:39:14 AM

Good information to know!

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Nina   Lansing, IL

7/3/2011 10:53:25 AM

Thank you so much for this information. I have an 11yr.old Cocker Spaniel and she means the world to me. I lost a male Cocker Spaniel at age 15 and I feel she will live that or longer with the proper care. I have been hesitant to have her sedated for teeth cleaning due to the risks involved. I feel much more confident that I am making the right decision on going ahead with her dental cleaning,that I have been putting off,after reading your article. Thank you so much for helping me make a difficult but now much more informed decision on this matter.

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