Dog Too Old for Teeth Cleaning? Anesthesia vs. Mouth Rot

safe for old dogs to have teeth cleaned

Other than cost, the most popular reason pet owners are reluctant to get their older dog’s teeth cleaned is the fear of putting their dog under (anesthesia) and thinking that their dog is too old to survive the procedure.  As a result, a lot of older dogs are living out their senior years with smelly mouths that contain potentially rotting teeth and painful gums. Research shows that numerical age is a point of consideration, but it is not the deciding factor for whether or not a dog is too old…