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My 8 or 9 year old cat has swollen gums and teeth covered with plaque or tartar. His left fang is now just 1/8 of its normal size (idk what happened.. he was given to me by an aunt a few years ago). Anyway, two years ago, I took him to the vet for a dental prophylaxis. He was collapsing during the procedure, the vet told me. That was the last time he had that done.
Now, with the state of his teeth and gums, I don't know what to do. Obviously, he needs another dental prophylaxis but that can't be done without anaesthesia and I don't want to risk it. I want to save his teeth, of course, and restore his dental health but how? Aside from testing his blood, are there other tests that could be done prior to that procedure to make sure that he can handle the anaesthesia?
 

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I'm not sure about other tests. Cinderella had a pre-dental blood test done before her dental, this was when she was 7 years old. I had brought both Cleo and Cinderella in. Cleo has very bad teeth, with resorption, and has had many teeth pulled, beyond 8-9 years old. Cinderella's bloodwork came back abnormal, so they didn't do the procedure on her. My vet said she wouldn't have made it if she had been put under. Turns out she had pancreatic cancer and she was gone in about a month after that. Having said that, I do have the pre-procedure blood work done on my girls.
 

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I'm not sure about other tests. Cinderella had a pre-dental blood test done before her dental, this was when she was 7 years old. I had brought both Cleo and Cinderella in. Cleo has very bad teeth, with resorption, and has had many teeth pulled, beyond 8-9 years old. Cinderella's bloodwork came back abnormal, so they didn't do the procedure on her. My vet said she wouldn't have made it if she had been put under. Turns out she had pancreatic cancer and she was gone in about a month after that. Having said that, I do have the pre-procedure blood work done on my girls.
I'm so sorry about Cinderella. Sunshine had the blood tests done and they were all normal that was why the vet went on with the procedure. I'm looking for feline specialists now to ask for their opinion but unfortunately, they aren't that many here. Thank you very much for replying. I hope you and your girls are fine and healthy :)
 

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Thank you, I still have Cleo (sadly, not for much longer, though) and Charlee Marie.

There are vets who do teeth cleaning without anesthesia. And some are mobile vets who come to your house. I can't imagine my girls putting up with that. Only Cali would have let someone do that.
 

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Is there a Board Cert Vet Dentist in your area? I found a Board Cert Vet Dentist and now they have a Board Cert Anesthesiologist as well. Good luck, tooth and mouth issues are so painful and frustrating I hope your fur baby gets some relief.
 
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