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    What are your thoughts on anesthesia for my Macon, at her age, for teeth cleaning and extraction? She's 13? Possibly as young as 10. Quite frankly I'm afraid she won't survive. Does anyone think she can live with the cavities if I can get her teeth cleaned up with brushing? I don't want to bring her this far and jeopardize her life. The most I know is that her heart sounds good. So, nothing.

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    That's a hard call Roseann. Anesthesia is always risky for seniors, but those teeth sound like they absolutely need to be fixed for her quality of life. I think I would have all the pre-op stuff done, blood panel and everything else they do for seniors before surgery and then talk it over carefully with the vet and see what he recommends. In the end it's still your decision, but I'm sure you will make the best decision you can. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnam View Post
    That's a hard call Roseann. Anesthesia is always risky for seniors, but those teeth sound like they absolutely need to be fixed for her quality of life. I think I would have all the pre-op stuff done, blood panel and everything else they do for seniors before surgery and then talk it over carefully with the vet and see what he recommends. In the end it's still your decision, but I'm sure you will make the best decision you can. Good luck!
    totally agree --- do all your prep work and have a really long pro/con discussion with your vet. I am going to tag a few members that had this done with both good and bad results.

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    He basically said that we need to get the blood work and if all is good they need worked on. For a first time talk he seemed sure it needs done. I'm just scared of it. I was scared to have Henry fixed and he was a healthy pup. I just don't know if I can let it happen. I have anxiety over it and it's not on the table yet. I just really don't know if I can. Maybe I can use a water pick. I wish.

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    I will speak of my experience with this only because I got tagged but have
    mixed emotions and do think it may influence your decision of what to do
    and frankly, not sure what is best to do for Macon.

    Brutus was my 1st bully & adopted, age 3-5 and neglected thru-out multiple
    homes. Face was infected, terrible teeth & skin/coat problems. The Vet confirmed
    he had infections below the gum & possible teeth abscesses so took blood work, etc,
    all looked fine so we scheduled the teeth cleaning, all seemed fine, Brutus came out
    from anesthesia, they called to report all this but 10 minutes later, called to say he
    gone. Too devastated to do anything but pick him up (my son kindly did) and bury
    him at home so not sure what happened to cause his death. Later research told me
    to keep them in surgery room & intubated in cause they start struggling, Vet can get
    right on them & possibly save them. Certain types of antibiotics are hard on their hearts
    (they gave him antibiotic shots during surgery) I'd have them wait after surgery before
    giving them. I admit, especially with the seniors, I fear surgery for them. On the other
    hand, it may save her life as infections also kill & she seems in pain. Take it to God in
    prayer, I join you in asking for His Blessing & Favor upon Macon & the Vets. Sending
    love to y'all.


    My 1st bully, Brutus
    RIP beloved boy.

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    @Texas Carol The more I learn from you the more respect I have for you. Thank you for sharing your story with me.

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    I agree as well, that it's a very tough decision. I would do all the research, blood work, prep work, type of anaesthesia, ask any questions possible. Then pray, pray and pray.
    "I am normally not a praying man, but if you really are up there, please save me Superman!'' - Homer J. Simpson

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    I don't have any experience with this but I am wishing you well in your decision and no matter what, you deserve kudos for taking in Macon and giving her such love and care.
    Happiness is a warm bulldog!

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    This a tough call and you really don't have it easy eather way. Best of luck and prayers what ever you deside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roseann View Post
    What are your thoughts on anesthesia for my Macon, at her age, for teeth cleaning and extraction? She's 13? Possibly as young as 10. Quite frankly I'm afraid she won't survive. Does anyone think she can live with the cavities if I can get her teeth cleaned up with brushing? I don't want to bring her this far and jeopardize her life. The most I know is that her heart sounds good. So, nothing.
    Diva at 8 had 3 teeth removed and handled the drugs pretty well no issues she is ten now and I am positive My vet would NOT go there now or I , Diva also survived breast cancer at 7 and she was under far longer for that surgery and again NO issues . It is really your call along with your vets advice that's a true trust factor in your vet to be considered , the other thing I would worry about is the teeth infecting if left , sorry to sound negative here its a very tough call .

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    Whatever you decide, it is in the best interest of the animal. Good luck and positive thoughts going your way.
    Hug your bully today

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    Quote Originally Posted by harveyspecter View Post
    Whatever you decide, it is in the best interest of the animal. Good luck and positive thoughts going your way.
    I really have to agree with this, it's all up to you but keep in mind it's whatever is in the best interest of Macon. Maybe seek out a second opinion from another vet clinic all together.

    When Elsa first came to live with us and we took her into the vet, our vet told us that she should have her front tooth removed because it's so loose. She would have to be under for the whole thing. After talking with people and discussing it on here we've decided not to do it because she's been through so much already. There are so many people out there that will not pur their bulldogs under no matter what because they are so scared to lose them and I completely understand. It's really admirable for what you've already done with her, you are a true life saver and I know you will make the right decision.

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