Anesthetic-Free Pet Teeth Cleaning — An Educated View

Treasure Coast pet owners are some of the best in the country — in the world for that matter!
We’ve seen that first-hand. Like any good parents, they are constantly trying to stay on the
cutting edge when it comes to products and/or services pertaining to their pets. They look for
and lean on trusted advisors to help them stay educated so they can make informed decisions
about the care of their pets.

With access to the internet and all the media outlets available there is an abundance of
information at your fingertips. This can be a blessing and a curse. The trick is in trying to be sure
that the source of your information knows what they are talking about, and is writing without
ulterior motives. Sometimes you need to read between the lines to see the author’s actual
intention. They often discount someone else’s product or service in an effort to sway you toward
their own, as opposed to giving you unbiased information. This type of unbiased information can
be hard to find on any subject.

This unfortunately holds true for Anesthetic Free Dental Care, as well. There are veterinary
practices that have never provided this type of service, and dismiss its value to make their
practice seem superior. Seems kind of petty doesn’t it? We think so, too. So, as an educated pet
owner, you want to know…Can anesthetic free dentistry be safe and effective? The answer is an
astounding “yes” with an added “of course!”

Most pet owners would prefer to only use anesthesia whenever it’s imperative to do so. That
goes for human care, too. Many times, there’s no other way. This is not the case with stage 1 or
2 dental care. In the early stages of tartar build-up and gingivitis, the pet’s teeth can be cleaned
effectively without anesthesia. A recent double-blind study on this subject was published in
Integrative Veterinary Care Journal confirming the validity of non-anesthetic teeth cleaning in
pets. The study finds: “After the Professional Outpatient Preventative Dentistry (POPD) was
completed, no residual plaque or calculus was detected on any dogs or cats and there were no
post treatment complications. Although a POPD is not intended to be a substitute for
anesthetic dentistry, it may prove to be a valuable supplemental treatment.”

It is not the intention of any Animal Hospital to use this service as a replacement for the more
serious stage 3 and 4 cleanings that are done under general anesthesia. There are also many
animals that aren’t suited for this type of dental care. It’s just a supporting option that is provided
with loving care and it is deeply appreciated by both the pet and the owner. For a veterinarian to
say that this is not a viable service would be like a cardiologist telling you exercise isn’t important
because you can just get a stint down the road. Exercise is a preventative against heart disease
just like maintaining clean teeth prevents periodontal disease.

In our practice, anesthetic-free dentistry is provided to support the overall health of our pets. It
is done under veterinary supervision by technicians who are qualified by examination from the
American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians and are CPCR certified by the American Red
Cross. They do a great job and they are truly appreciated by all who utilize their services. We feel
very strongly that this service is worth having and definitely worth considering for your pet.

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