Hi, folks! Maggie has very significant tartar build-up on her molars. She usually has a cleaning every six months. She has never had gum disease or any teeth pulled -- just extremely thick tartar on her two back molars. As she has gotten older (and, over the last months, sicker), the vet and I have been very hesitant to use anesthesia with her and so have put off the cleaning. Well, we can't put it off anymore -- Maggie has been fighting me when I'm trying to give her her pills and this is very unusual for her -- she just doesn't want me anywhere near her mouth. A thorough exam of her mouth (with two techs holding down the now 21 lb. Mags!) showed that she has ulcers inside both of her cheeks. The tartar has some sharp edges which have rubbed against her skin causing an irritation and, with her compromised immune system, resulted in some nasty-looking sores. No wonder she doesn't want her mouth touched! So ... Wednesday is teeth cleaning day. The vet is going to give her just very light gas with no injectable anesthesia to try and avoid risks and reactions. Please think good thoughts for Miss Maggie!