?: Your opinion on anesthesia for 12 yr. old greyhound

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Health

?: Your opinion on anesthesia for 12 yr. old greyhound

This is a discussion on ?: Your opinion on anesthesia for 12 yr. old greyhound within the Dog Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; Hello everyone, This is my first post and its great to be here with you. I hope to interact with you and exchange information and ...

User Tag List

Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By Laco
  • 1 Post By PoppyKenna
  • 1 Post By Rain
  • 1 Post By greyhoundrick

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2017, 08:18 PM
  #1
Junior Member
 
greyhoundrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Question ?: Your opinion on anesthesia for 12 yr. old greyhound

Hello everyone,

This is my first post and its great to be here with you. I hope to interact with you and exchange information and ideas

We have a 12 year old greyhound, Lulu, who is in good health but has very poor teeth. We have always tried to care for her teeth without taking her in for a dental done by a veterinarian. Unfortunately our methods have not worked. Her teeth are in pretty bad shape.

At this point our new veterinarian has recommended a full dental procedure. The cost is high, but the decision Im having to make is whether or not to subject our dog to the risks of anesthesia.

I voiced my concern to our vet and she indicated that the pluses out weigh the minuses and that its in her best interest for us to have the procedure done.

Im very much interested in your opinion as dog owners as to what you think. I know we have to make the final decision, but Ive always believed the more input you can get, the better.

The dental would include an EKG Presurgical for precaution.

How do you feel about the benefits of teeth cleaning and extractions (as needed) vs. any potential risks of being put under for the procedure?

Thanks very much for your input. I really appreciate your opinions.

best to you all,

Rick
greyhoundrick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 08:39 PM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Laco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,074
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Anesthesia is stressful for any living creature to go through. Any medical procedure, whether its for a human or a dog, is always based on, risk vs benefit. If you trust your Vet, you should trust her judgement. She is the professional, and does know your dog and her health condition. From your post, it would seem your Vet will do all necessary pre-op testing and assessments. While that can't eliminate the risk, it does tend to put the level of risk in perspective.
greyhoundrick likes this.

Last edited by Laco; 10-05-2017 at 08:42 PM.
Laco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 09:05 PM
  #3
Senior Member
 
PoppyKenna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Kansas
Posts: 2,877
Mentioned: 715 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
My 13 year old Aussie went under for a dental in April. Her teeth weren't terrible, but one was broken and she needed two extractions.

I was a nervous wreck. She came through fine, actually healthier and happier than before - it's amazing how their teeth can effect their mood and other health.
greyhoundrick likes this.
PoppyKenna is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 10-05-2017, 09:57 PM
  #4
Senior Member
 
Rain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 10,646
Mentioned: 359 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I'd make sure your vet knows what anesthesia is safe to use with a Greyhound. Speak up and make sure she knows that not all anesthesia meds are safe to use with them and ask what one she is planning on using. :: Welcome to Greyhound Adoption of Ohio (GAO, Inc.)! ::
Greyhound Anesthesia Protocol
https://www.ngap.org/greyhound-healt...know-y434.html

Other then that I'd go ahead and have it done now so long as she is healthy. You do not want to wait and then have it be a year or 2 down the road, your dog desperately needs a dental but is not in good enough health to have one done.
AlwaysTomboy likes this.
Rain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2017, 12:13 AM
  #5
Senior Member
 
animalcraker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 713
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
As a fellow sighthound owner and a veterinary technician I would proceed with the dental. I would however question your vet on how much experience that have with sighthound anesthetics and what drugs they plan to use with their anesthetic protocol. At my work we do pre-anesthetic bloodwork, including coags, and IV catheters & fluids with all surgical procedures. We also give pre-anesthetic pain medication to help reduce the anesthetic gas requirements. For most patients the pain drug used varies based on the procedure that we're about to do, but for sighthounds we use Torb only regardless of how involved the procedure might be or the perceived amount of predicted pain. The reason for the strict Torb protocol is that as far as analgesics go it's one of the weaker options and sighthounds are very sensitive to Durga due to their low body fat. We prefer to have the option to give more or change to a stronger analgesic if needed and not over do it from the start. We also only use Propofol which is given to affect, Isoflorane to maintain anesthesia, and a trained staff member stays with the patient during the entire anesthetic procedure & recovery, again this part is standard for all of our anesthetic cases. Every vet clinic and veterinarian has their own surgery protocols that they have developed for thier individual practice based of what their experience and comfort level is with the different options available, of course some places will be better than others. I would try to find a clinic who's anesthetic protocol falls roughly in line with your requests, anytime you start asking for people to completely change how they normally do something that they are comfortable with than hiccups and problems are bound to happen.
animalcraker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2017, 12:28 AM
  #6
Junior Member
 
greyhoundrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks so much Laco, PoppyKenna, Rain and animalcraker

I appreciate your expertise!

This is exactly the type of input I was hoping for. Very helpful and generous of you.

Will be talking with the vet in the next day or two!

best to all,

Rick
Rain likes this.
greyhoundrick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2017, 03:13 PM
  #7
Senior Member
 
Laco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,074
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Let us know what decision you make and how she is doing. We are all interested and share your concerns.
Laco is offline   Reply With Quote
Dog Stairs - Dog Steps - Quality Pet Products
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Our 8yo Italian Greyhound is in emotional distress after we brought home a female pup CLOWTHER Dog Training and Behavior 1 08-18-2017 10:24 PM
Greyhound experiences - full time worker chloe83 New Additions 3 08-31-2016 03:36 AM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.