Speaking Bluntly About Old Dogs Teeth

It’s not uncommon that I see an old dog living with a mouth that is rotting out. I can only imagine that it feels like carrying a dead, rotting porcupine in its mouth all the time. There are ramifications to the heart and lungs and airway and internal organs from harboring so much infection in the mouth not to mention pain and odor. I get confounded that this is allowed to go on in order to avoid a half of a percent chance of mortality as a result of the dental. Some of these dogs, based on the disastrous condition in their mouth‘s and the raw gangrene and exposed bone are not in someway better off dead? Yeah, that’s pretty blunt.

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Dr Erik Johnson

Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.