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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 :)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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-health-what-vet-should-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.
 
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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.
 

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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 :)
 

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Let us know what decision you make and how she is doing. We are all interested and share your concerns.
 
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