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We have a sweet 11 year old golden lab/chow mix with a heart condition that makes vets not want to put him under anesthesia. He has to take drugs to keep him from getting a congestive heart condition, including Digoxin, Vetmedin, Furosemide and Diltiazem.. As a result of this, he has never been able to get dental care.

He now has an accessed tooth causing a large (and surely uncomfortable) lump on his upper jaw. This needs to be addressed,, but nobody wants to touch him with a 10 foot pole for dental work. He is a sweet dog, and would never bite anyone, and could probably endure a fair amount of discomfort if we were next to him cheering him on, and I'm wondering if it is possible to drain an access of remove a tooth with a local anesthetic, like a human. As long as he wasn't in severe pain we could keep him calm and a mostly cooperative patient.

Is this possible, and if so, who can help? We would not be put out to travel to get it done.
 

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We have a sweet 11 year old golden lab/chow mix with a heart condition that makes vets not want to put him under anesthesia. He has to take drugs to keep him from getting a congestive heart condition, including Digoxin, Vetmedin, Furosemide and Diltiazem.. As a result of this, he has never been able to get dental care.

He now has an accessed tooth causing a large (and surely uncomfortable) lump on his upper jaw. This needs to be addressed,, but nobody wants to touch him with a 10 foot pole for dental work. He is a sweet dog, and would never bite anyone, and could probably endure a fair amount of discomfort if we were next to him cheering him on, and I'm wondering if it is possible to drain an access of remove a tooth with a local anesthetic, like a human. As long as he wasn't in severe pain we could keep him calm and a mostly cooperative patient.

Is this possible, and if so, who can help? We would not be put out to travel to get it done.
We have a sweet 11 year old golden lab/chow mix with a heart condition that makes vets not want to put him under anesthesia. He has to take drugs to keep him from getting a congestive heart condition, including Digoxin, Vetmedin, Furosemide and Diltiazem.. As a result of this, he has never been able to get dental care.

He now has an accessed tooth causing a large (and surely uncomfortable) lump on his upper jaw. This needs to be addressed,, but nobody wants to touch him with a 10 foot pole for dental work. He is a sweet dog, and would never bite anyone, and could probably endure a fair amount of discomfort if we were next to him cheering him on, and I'm wondering if it is possible to drain an access of remove a tooth with a local anesthetic, like a human. As long as he wasn't in severe pain we could keep him calm and a mostly cooperative patient.

Is this possible, and if so, who can help? We would not be put out to travel to get it done.
If the lump is cyst like feeling it may just be a lump you can pop on your own. That’s what happened with my dog. You would take a sterilized nettle and stick it in the lump causing a little hole. Don’t poke it in a lot just enough till it starts draining. Drain the puss then clean the area. That should be fine. Don’t pull the tooth though! Hope this helps. I recommend calling your vet to make sure that’s fine first before due to the fact his heart condition make startle him.
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Has your vet told you that they will not do a dental surgery on your dog because of his heart issues? Depending on the severity of his heart condition some vets will still do a dental it will just change the anesthesia protocol. No vet would do a local to remove a tooth. However they can do pulse therapy with anti biotics to help relieve the infection.
 

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We have done pulse therapy and it provides temporary relief but there will come a time where it will stop being effective.

The pet dental vet recognizes that the dog is a special case,, but seems confident that he would be able to do it, but the cardiologic specialists say no way, Jose. They recommend not to use anesthesia for any reason. Is it likely that the two could know little enough about each other's specialties to be giving opposite recommendations? Could a dental vet know something that the cardiac vets don't?
 

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What stage of heart disease is he in? My little Maltese Hercules is about a grade 4. He is on enalapril, pimobendan, lasix and spironolactone. He too has dental disease and my vet does not want to do a dental procedure on him because of his heart. As long as he is eating, drinking, playing and happy I will delay the dental. If it gets to the point that his quality of life suffers than I will take the chance and have the dental done. Otherwise we do pulse therapy with anti-biotics. Which tooth is bad?
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