Hey pup, go brush your teeth!
January 14, 2009 1:44 PM Subscribe
My dog needs his teeth cleaned, we're nervous over the anesthesia. Can anyone calm my fears or even, talk me out of having this procedure done?
posted by dearest to Pets & Animals (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
After a recent visit to the veterinarian, it was concluded our beloved 2 1/2 year old Pit Bull mix will need his teeth cleaned. A couple of his back teeth have redness around the gum area, he's got some fierce plaque build up and his major breath/drooling issues are symptoms of some sort of tooth problem. Our vet said that they would know more after cleaning his teeth.
Thing is, Pup will have to be put under anesthesia while the procedure is done. That's my biggest worry. Of course, pup was under when he was fixed. He reacted like most other dogs, groggy but never sick. He's a healthy, happy dog most of the time. I initially took him to the vet for an ear infection, and he's on antibiotics for that now.
Me and my SO are fairly fanatical about our dog. He's our pride and joy and probably the best dog I've ever had, I'm so protective of him that I'm having a hard time putting him in this position.
I know you aren't my vet, but I do want to hear anecdotes, horror stories and any other information about dental cleaning for dogs. Basically, I'd like to calm my fears about this by hearing similar situations, or I'd like to hear about the nonsense of dental care for dogs.