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Carnassial Abcess - Surgery Next Week!

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I brought my 9-year-old Dachshund Susie to the vet today because she had a lump under her eye. I watched it because I thought it was a bug bite, and the swelling went down. I brought her to the vet because it swelled up again and turns out, it's a carnassial abcess.

The vet recommended that they remove the tooth. It's a big molar in back, so I was wondering if it would affect how she ate? I give her kibble (no wriggling squirrels or anything she'd actually need those teeth for) but would it be too weird for her to eat kibble without that tooth?

Also, it's a major dental surgery. She has to be put under. I'm waiting to hear back from the blood test first, and then I'm gonna bring her in. She's never been put under before. How do they react? Is she going to be excessively tired? (I've never had anesthesia either, so I really am clueless here)

I'm very nervous, as she has been completely healthy and has never needed any sort of surgery. Has anyone ever dealt with this before? Any information is greatly appreciated.
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Having pre-surgery bloodwork done is the best thing you can do for your dog. It will tell the doc how all her organs are functioning. This way they will know what would be the safest anesthetic for her. Yes dog can eat hard kibble without a molar or two. In fact at the clinic I work at we sometimes have to remove all or almost all of some dogs teeth. They still can eat hard kibble (amazing). Yes she will be tired after surgery. Most vets send home pain meds and antibiotics. Healing time is fairly quick as the mouth tends to heal nicely. Hang in there you.
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