The mouth of your pet may have an offensive odor and be painful while eating. This is due to tarter and bacteria building up on your pet’s teeth resulting in painful teeth decay. Dental decay produces bacteria which can spread through the pet’s blood affecting internal organs such as the heart and kidneys. To prevent this, the pet must have dental care. Owners express concern over anesthesia in older dental patients. With today’s safer anesthetics, monitoring devices, and pre-anesthetic blood work this risk is minimized. The affects of the dental disease is of greater risk than the anesthesia.