Sophie, my 11 year-old Malti-Poo, and Beauty, my 12 year-old tortoise-shell cat, went for a dental cleaning. When I dropped them off, I placed my hand on the building and prayed for success in this surgery and for all the animals there, as well as staff.
The righteous care for the needs of their animals, ~ Proverbs 12:10 [New American Standard Bible]
The vet did blood work to make sure, since they are seniors, that they were healthy enough for the procedure. They were both in excellent health. Although a dental cleaning may not prolong the life of a pet, the lack of one can shorten it. Dental health is important in animals as it is in humans.
Sophie had a minor extraction. That would mean it wasn’t a major tooth like a canine. They both came through the procedure with flying colors. When I got them home, Sophie was thirsty and went straight to the water bowl. It took Beauty half-an-hour to get her land-legs under her due to anesthesia. That was too funny, but I wouldn’t laugh in front of her as she’s the dignified “Queen” of our house. Of course she is.
They both got canned food for dinner and Sophie has to eat canned food for about a week because she has self-dissolving stitches.
These procedures were something I had to budget for. They fall under good stewardship…care of my flock (so to speak).
So, we’re all home now with our other kitties and we’re getting back to normal…whatever that is. In our house normal can be elusive.