ORAL HEALTHCARE IS IMPORTANT AT ALL AGES
If you are concerned about your pet's oral health please contact our team to request an appointment. Our veterinarians will visually inspect the mouth and make recommendations on what treatment may be needed. This could be a full cleaning, extractions or something else.
During a dental procedure your pet will be put under anesthesia. This is important as it allows us to have a very good look at the mouth and throat, perform dental radiographs
Red, swollen gums
Roots are visible
Ulcers in the mouth
Ulcers on the lips
Rubbing their face on carpets and furniture
A dental performed on an awake animal will not be beneficial or effective for the pet, even if their teeth look whiter after. The animal can not be fully examined while awake, which is important for finding tooth damage, periodontal disease, and even oral tumors.
Attempting to examine and scale your pet's teeth while they are awake requires them to be restrained, will cause stress and anxiety, pain, and can miss dental disease happening below the gum line where it is not visible.
These superficial cleanings can lead to a false sense of security when it comes to your pet's oral health, which can allow tooth damage and disease to go untreated for longer until it is too late to treat.
While anesthetic-free dental companies claim to save you money, in the long run, your pet will require a much more extensive (and therefore expensive) veterinary dental, as well as potentially experiencing more discomfort, stress, and pain.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) does not support anesthetic-free dentistry.