Hi, everyone! I would like some opinions, suggestions, etc. about teeth cleaning for an elderly basenji. I just took my 15-year-old basenji in for her senior wellness exam, and all her lab results came back great. That was a big relief as she was diagnosed with kidney insufficiency last year, and it has been a bit of a struggle to get her on the correct dosage of calcitriol and phosphorus and everything. Anyway, she is doing great and acting like a naughty puppy again.
BUT, she has some gum disease and a significant amount of tartar buildup, especially on her back teeth. She has always had teeth issues, and we have had to have a number of them extracted. We've had her teeth cleaned several times, and she has done fine each time. That said, I hesitate to take her for another teeth cleaning. The doctor even said there is a chance the procedure could cause some kidney damage (something to do with the anesthesia and the possibility of her blood pressure dropping).
Do any of you know of any other effective procedures that would NOT involve putting her under? I dug out the PetzLife gels and have vowed to rub that on her teeth, but to be honest I don't know how well that will work, as she does NOT like to hold still for that. Also, there may be too much tartar buildup to have much of an effect. I am not opposed to going through with the teeth cleaning, since I do trust our vet and all, but I would hate for her to suffer any side effects or setbacks because of it. What would you do?
Any thoughts or advice any of you might have would be much appreciated!