Sleuth the Reporter Dog wants to have a fresh, clean smile when he plays with his humans. Some of his friends have told him about a new fad “non-anesthetic dental scaling”, but he is a little concerned. Here’s what the Veterinary News Network had to say.
1) Lots of pets have dental disease. In fact, more than 80% of pets over the age of 3 have some form of it. And, you can’t always tell just by looking whether or not your pet’s teeth are ok.
2) Some new businesses are promoting teeth cleanings for pets without anesthetic. Instead of sedating pets, they simply restrain the pet and use sharp dental tools to chip away at the tartar.
3) Unfortunately, there is no way that any pet will sit still for a thorough cleaning like this. Most often, areas under the gums and the insides of the teeth are missed. This is where a LOT of dental disease starts and continues!
4) These unlicensed people also say that their way of cleaning is safer. But, the truth is that pets have been hurt by the restraint and even had damage done to their mouths.
5) It’s also said that it’s less expensive than a regular dental cleaning. In fact, because you need to return more often to these unsupervised providers, you actually end up spending more money in the long run.
6) The bottom line is that anyone who provides teeth cleaning for pets and is not a veterinarian is breaking the law. Dentistry is covered by state veterinary practice acts and can only be performed by licensed veterinarians.
7) Veterinarians have the right training, the right equipment and medications and, of course, the important skills needed to make sure that your pet’s mouth is not only cleaned well, but also evaluated fully.
8) If you are concerned about anesthetic risks, ask your veterinarian about risks and if there are any other alternative methods of helping your pet’s smile.
9) Trust a site like MyVNN.com to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.