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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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