Hi Kelly, I'm Dr. Deb.I recently came online and see that your question about Bingo hasn't been answered. I'm sorry that you've had to wait for a response but if you still need assistance, I'd like to help if I can. This is often a somewhat difficult question to answer since there are obviously many variables to consider with age just being one of them.In situation such as this, I assess the general, overall health of the patient, the results of the blood tests results (obviously), the length of time the procedure may take and previous response to anesthesia.Age itself is not a disease and I don't necessarily consider anesthesia a greater risk for older dogs since the drugs used these days are far superior to those available years ago but greater care needs to be taken with them. In addition, monitoring has gotten much more sophisticated as well which greatly reduces the risk of complications since problems can be detected sooner.At the minimum, Bingo's oxygen levels should be monitored with a pulse oximeter machine and she should be connected to an EKG machine. If I had to provide a percentage, I'd say that there is a 80-90% likelihood that she'll do just fine.There is another option, however, if your vet would consider it and if Bingo responds to antibiotics. It's not a cure, however, but just a "control" of the infection. For those dogs who are a very high anesthetic risk because of their lab values or because of a pre-existing health condition, I'll sometimes prescribe low dose antibiotics (usually Amoxicillin) for these patients for the rest of their lives. I don't worry about drug resistance since realistically speaking, they won't be taking antibiotics for 3-4 more years. I do understand that this is not something every vet would feel comfortable doing, however.I hope this helps. Again, my apologies for the delayed response. Deb
Kelly: Thanks for the rating; it's greatly appreciated.I also wanted to wish you the best with Bingo, regardless of what you decide to do.Regards, DebKindly ignore the information request.