When my Chihuahua had her teeth cleaned last week, the vet said her heart rate went down into the high 60s and that an episode of second-degree heart block occurred, but they reversed it with meds. Does this mean she is at risk of it happening again under
First, I would schedule a consult with this pet's veterinarian and review the risks and the benefits of the procedure.
That said, there are a certain possibilities that could cause the heart rate to drop or cause an arrhythmia. Some medications used to anesthetize pets have the potential to cause
Professional and regular dental cleanings are important for overall wellness. Sometimes, a normal-looking tooth may be very diseased. Dental issues can cause pain and discomfort and affect a pet's quality of life and personality to some extent. Having a consultation or discussion with your veterinarian to determine the risks versus benefits prior to any anesthetic or surgical procedure is important.
This week's expert is Dr. Padma Yadlapall with Freetown Animal Hospital.