This is the story of Molly – a 15 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.She presented at our Chipping Sodbury Surgery and was seen by our veterinary surgeon Nora.

Like most older pets, Molly had a problem with her oral hygiene (I haven’t yet met a dog who brushes their teeth willingly twice daily) and despite her age it was decided to go ahead and proceed to some dental treatment under general anaesthesia.

Molly was admitted on the day of her treatment, had a blood test run to ensure that there were no hidden medical issues and that her internal organs were functioning OK. We also put an intravenous catheter into Molly (which is standard practice for all general anaesthesia at our surgeries) and put her onto intra venous fluids to support her blood pressure throughout the anaesthetic and help with a rapid recovery.

The dental treatment involved the removal of 9 (NINE) teeth removed. The remaining teeth were scaled and polished resulting in them looking nice and clean again and removing the smell!

Molly went home that same day and was asked to be seen the next day if she wasn’t eating very well or if the owners had any worries about her. The following morning her owners phoned to say how happy Molly was and how well she was eating and how well she had recovered from the anaesthetic. They said she seemed like a new dog.

Molly was seen for her final follow up appointment by vet Nora who did the dental procedure, Nora was very happy with how her teeth were healing and how happy Molly looked. Molly continues to recover well at home.

The key message from this story is that with modern diagnostics and anaesthesia, age is no longer the barrier to treatments that it used to be. If can be difficult for owners and vets alike to know how much pain our patients are in – especially with dental problems – and it is not uncommon for owners to report a significant improvement in their quality of life after such treatments. If you are concerned – speak to the team.

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