Kelly is a 14 year old Labrador Retriever with severe dental disease. But, she still acts like a puppy and her pre-surgical screening convinced us she was healthy enough for general anesthesia.
Unfortunately, we had to extract some teeth but we know she is going to feel much better after a few days of recovery. Her vital signs during the anesthesia were perfect – blood pressure, EKG, pulse oximetry (to check blood oxygenation) and breathing were continuously recorded with our state-of-art monitoring system.
So, age is not a disease. Older dogs (and cats), as long as they are screened properly, can be fine candidates for general anesthesia.
The rewards of dental therapy have long been underestimated in our veterinary patients. It is so important to keep the oral cavity healthy for a long, pain-free and happy life!