Curtie Gets His Teeth Cleaned

It was really hard for us to make the decision to get our buddy’s teeth cleaned today. He’s 14 1/2 years old and it’s been about 2 years since he’s had them done last. He has terrible tartar, but we’re worried about his age and the anesthesia.

We wonder how much time he has left and is it really worth putting him through it, vs. the risk.

Tuesday, we took him to Newberg Family Pet Clinic. The last time Curtie was really sick, Dr. Dan took great care of him, so we felt that he would be able to assess whether or not C should get his teeth cleaned.

Overall, Curtie’s vitals are good and his blood-work showed that he should be able to handle the anesthesia. Dr. Dan told us that if it was his dog, he would do it. “But there’s always a risk.”

I did some googling about old dogs and anesthesia and decided to trust our doctor, though I still have pretty bad anxiety over the whole thing.

Today C-Moon is back at the vet. When we dropped him off, he was shaking so hard his teeth were chattering. We’ll get him back around 4pm today.

The photo above was taken on our walk this morning. Please send magic wishes for our buddy today.

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  • Reply Wheelingit June 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Lots of good {{vibes}} going your way. I’m a mess whenever I leave any of my pets at the vet, and I know how much harder it is when they’re older so I totally feel you. Curtis is a strong boy. He will do great and be back snoozing with you before you know it.


    • Reply Leigh June 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Nina! We just heard from the Vet, he’s all done and everything went well. What a relief!

  • Reply Kier from Oregon June 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hugs and good strong energy being sent to you all today!!

  • Reply Nan & John June 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Praying for Mr. C and for you to feel peace.

  • Reply Amanda June 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you and Curtis today. I’m sure it was a very tough decision, but it sounds like you know and trust this vet’s opinion. It will be over before you know it, and soon you’ll be giving him (and his shiny clean teeth) a big hug!

  • Reply Teri June 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

    So glad everything went well, these decisions can be tough. Does your vet offer non-anesthetic cleanings? There are quite a few companies that go to vets offices to do it and they are very good with dogs and cats.

    • Reply Leigh June 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Teri, no they don’t. We considered finding a non-anesthetic option, but didn’t think we’d have much success with it since C won’t even tolerate a toothbrush. If we’re lucky enough to have him around 2 years from now, he’ll just have to have dirty teeth.

  • Reply Lin June 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Oh so glad Curtis did well! I understand you trying to decide what is best in that situation. I was a wreck when they did our senior cat’s teeth. Our 16 yr Pom, Sparkie does not have hers cleaned now as she has heart & renal issues. Our vet has us give her a round of oral antibiotics once a month to hopefully help with the bacteria in her mouth. I know you are so relieved! Yea Curtis. Sending you hugs!

  • Reply Maggie June 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I think my heart stopped when I saw the headline on Facebook, “Our baby bear is going under today, virtual hugs needed.” Whew!
    So glad he came through the anesthesia OK.
    Love to you all.

    • Reply Leigh June 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I didn’t mean to scare you!! He’s ok and will be home soon! xoxo

  • Reply Pam Wright June 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hugs for Curtis:) Please keep us posted!!

  • Reply Jim and Gayle June 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Happy to hear all went well with Curtis!

  • Reply Brenda June 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

    SO glad Curtis is ok! I know that feeling from when Angel had surgery last year, so stressful. Hopefully we’ll get to see Curtis’ shiny white toothies sometime later this year.

  • Reply Ed June 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Glad to hear the old guy is doing well!

  • Reply terrie June 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    So glad The Curtis came through this fine…..this is such an excellent portrait of His Highness, the Star….the love pup!!!!!

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