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Old 04-16-2016, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anesthesia & tooth removal?

Hi all.
After my hedgie recently got an eye infection in the span of two day, I went on the second to the vet and had him
emxamined. Vet found a small lump below his chin on the same side of the infected eye, and immidately examined the inside of his mouth to find an infected tooth. He is on antibiotics for the tooth infection as well as for his eye and mild pain medication. She believes he will need surgery to remove the tooth and he will have to be put under anesthesia.

She said that anesthesia is always a risk for animals but even more so with small animals. If I don't do this surgery, she said the infection is likely to clear up with the antibiotics but it will come back again. He is 6 years old, and I'm worried because of his age specifically about the anesthesia/being out.

Has anyone had their hedgie go through anything that required him/her to be under anethesia? What are your opinions on this, is 6 years old concerning?

I am so broken hearted and upset about this, as I hate to see him in pain and I don't want to take a risk if it's a huge one. I would love some outlook from experienced hedgie owners if it's possible.. It would mean so much to me <3
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Old 04-16-2016, 03:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've had one of mine put under several times to remove teeth as well as roots (he had two teeth where the crown had broken off), he got gas the first couple of times and IV anaesthesia the last time. He never had issues with the anaesthesia.
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