Hi, I havenít posted in a long time but I really need advice.
My eight year old Tri George was at the vets tonight. His teeth are really bad, Iíve been trying toothpaste and brushing but feared they were past that.
The vet has said he needs a dental, but has also diagnosed him with a Grade 3, possibly 4 heart murmur.
He has recommended the dental and as heíll be under anyway, a chest x-ray as well to see how enlarged the heart is. Heís also advised me to look up the EPIC research.
Aside from the obvious concerns about anaesthetic and Georgeís age, he also had major spinal surgery four years ago when he lost the use of his back legs (degenerate disc disease). The vet has said that they would take the utmost care and not flip him over when under but move him gently (as they do on hospital shows and they have a few people rolling a patient).
What do I do? If he doesnít have a dental his teeth will fall out and the bacteria affects the heart. What will they do about the murmur and of course he could not come round. I just want George to have the happiest life he can, he deserves it so much after having to learn to walk again and everything he went through.
What would you do in this situation? Any thoughts gratefully recieved.