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Dental in Older Dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Dogluver57, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Dogluver57

    Dogluver57 PetForums Junior

    Feb 28, 2020
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    Hi, I am new here. I live in the USA, close to the best Universities, for animals, the University of Penn.

    I have a 17 year old Maltese/Lhasa Apsa, known as a Lhatese.
    He has had 3 Dentals in his lifetime. At his last dental, he had 22 teeth pulled, and did fine. Recovered very well, he was 14 years old. Now at 17.3 years old, he has only 4 molars in the back, and 2 Canines, and a few teeth in the front and bottom. A total of about 16 teeth left, mostly small teeth.

    He has 1 small tooth behind the canine tooth that is loose on the right side, and a little red on the gum. And his one Cannine on the right needs to come out... tarted on top of tooth. He is prone to tarter or staining on the teeth. He was fiesty and did not want anyone brushing his teeth, but now he is a bit better about brushing, doesn't fight me as much.

    I found a Dental specialist, that is educated from the Univ of Penn. Many people praise him, however he wants $4,000 for the dental of a dog with 16 teeth left, and if he stayed overnight, another $2,000. Post Op is important on an older dog because they need to be hydrated due to kidneys and blood pressure.

    I am a nervous wreck about his age. He still goes on walks, eats moderately well, but has slowed down a tad. His blood work did come out great, with very slight Kidney elevation at 41.

    He keeps sneezing and coughing and his trachea is a little thin toward the top, plus he has separation anxiety. I have to pay pet sitters to stay with him when I go to work.

    Would love to hear what people think or would do. A cosmetic dentistry will only help a few teeth in the front ... because back molars may have to come out, even though he chews with no pain.
  2. AsahiGo

    AsahiGo Guest

    I literally know nothing, so feel free to discard this, but I would be seriously considering putting mine to sleep. Purely because at that age, there's little guarantee he'd wake back up, and it sounds like a big op for a dog that has had so much life already.
  3. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

    Jun 25, 2013
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    Unless an actual vet has advised its of utmost importance to have a dental now, rather than yourself worried your dogs tooth wobbles than I personally wouldn't with bad kidney results and age.

    To be honest not many dogs show dental pain and carry on eating, unless their is an abscess dogs are far more stoic than humans.
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  4. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Given his age, etc. I’d just leave him ticking along while he’s eating and happy. Maybe a softer food would help - even soaking kibble in warm water first?

    If he starts to struggle to eat then that’s probably the time to think about letting him go.
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  5. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums Senior

    Oct 7, 2018
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    My toy poo is now 5. Last year she had 20+ teeth out leaving her with just 18. She was in a bad way though, essentially on death's door so thin you could see every bone. Her teeth were stopping her from eating, period.

    The way I see things, with any animal, if it's not causing them any issue, why mess with it? Bella has also got 5 cysts. Doesn't cause an issue, just clean the area if they pop. Some would get them removed but they're not harming her. Some may get lipomas removed, I'd leave them unless they were large and starting to cause an issue.

    I'd leave him be. Not causing any issues. You say brushing can be a battle, have you tried using a tooth gel or water additive? My Apso will only let me brush her front teeth. The back are a bit hit and miss so I follow up brushing with some tooth gel. I use water additive too but not all the time. Maybe once or twice a week I'll add it to the bowls. Will he chew bones? Bella loves buffalo horns and I can't brush her teeth so I use gel. But chewing on bones or antlers may be another solution?

    He's happy. Just keep him happy. If the time comes that he's miserable, maybe talk to your vet and decide on the kindest thing to do. :)
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