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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 05:22 AM
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Please help: when is a cat too old to have its teeth cleaned?
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Our old man is seventeen years old and he has a heart murmur (from his thyroid). The vet is very cautious about it -- she said that he does need a good cleaning (she recommended it) and possibly an extraction or two but she also cautions that there is a real danger if he is put under. He was losing weight but he started doing much better after being put on thyroid medicine. He does have some troubles with his teeth, which at this point are not drastic/life-threatening but I am very concerned about the procedure given his age. It is a difficult dilemma. We know several people whose elderly pets died during this procedure.

I would appreciate any advice -- suggestions or your personal experiences? I posted in the lounge first but so far no replies (I have never figured out the "rules" of the lounge)
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  -Please help: when is a cat too old to have its teeth cleaned? anneboleyn  Aug-06-09 05:22 AM   #0 
  - Hi. I've had 2 cats with hypothyroidism and heart murmur. Both were on Methimazole transdermal.  nightrain   Aug-06-09 05:27 AM   #1 
  - Hi, thanks -- he is on the same medication. I am worried that it is too risky at his age  anneboleyn   Aug-06-09 05:33 AM   #2 
     - yes, it might be too risky. Anesthesia is very challenging to come out of for an elder.  nightrain   Aug-06-09 05:47 AM   #4 
        - Thank you for your reponse! This is what I have been thinking.  anneboleyn   Aug-06-09 07:08 PM   #8 
  - Du-er kestrel is a vet. maybe a pm?  dixiegrrrrl   Aug-06-09 05:46 AM   #3 
  - Thanks for the tip -- she is leaving the decision "up to" me and my husband  anneboleyn   Aug-06-09 07:13 PM   #9 
  - Catch 22  WVRICK13   Aug-06-09 05:52 AM   #5 
  - Thank you so much for your post. That is great advice: "let your love guide you"  anneboleyn   Aug-06-09 07:23 PM   #11 
     - Big Hug  WVRICK13   Aug-07-09 05:46 PM   #13 
  - When it's born?  sofa king   Aug-06-09 05:54 AM   #6 
  - hee hee. I actually have brushed his teeth with the kitty toothbrush and the chicken-flavored  anneboleyn   Aug-06-09 07:14 PM   #10 
  - We had the same decision recently  spinbaby   Aug-06-09 07:40 AM   #7 
     - Good -- I am glad to hear of a positive outcome.  anneboleyn   Aug-06-09 07:26 PM   #12 

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