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Kate Knutson got the call near the end of February. What's more, the restraint techniques used during anesthesia-free cleanings can cause injuries.
The regulation aims to take scalers out of untrained hands, Fenstermaker said. Many states have similar restrictions. The profile of NADS providers, however, has evolved beyond grooming facilities. Animal Dental Care is the largest of these with a presence in 17 states, California included. Neither works on animals with behavioral issues or medical conditions such as gingivitis, fractured teeth or abscesses.
To Bellows' mind, the key question is, "Does the animal benefit from the procedure? Sixty percent of the tooth is located under the gum line, you can't see pathology without radiographs, and dogs and cats can't tell their dentist where the pain comes from. Dogs and cats have to suffer silently, and we can't thoroughly assess their dental health without anesthesia. In fact, it gives you a false sense of security as a pet owner that because the teeth look whiter that they are healthier.
To some observers, non-anesthetic dental scaling might seem like a benign procedure. Humans, after all, get their own teeth cleaned every six months without undergoing anesthesia. Colin Harvey, a professor emeritus of Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school and a leading expert on periodontal disease.
That's because "virtually no training in dentistry is happening in veterinary schools, and if there is, it's being taught by general practitioners," he observed.
To locate an anesthesia-free provider near you, check out local veterinarians with a naturopathic approach to dental care. There are also national organizations who offer this service under the supervision of licensed veterinarians, including:. When checking out the procedure for my pup, I watched several procedures done watching from behind a window was more than welcomed and found it strange just how calm pets were, regardless of the breed.
I was positive that Luna, my rambunctious Alaskan Malamute, would be the exception and would never, EVER allow such work to be done on her mouth! After spending a few minutes with her, the vet tech simply smiled at my protestation. To my utter amazement, Luna was taken in and for the entire procedure, barely moved. The gentle, yet firm handling by the experienced dental tech set my mind completely at ease. Not only that, but all the brown staining had completely disappeared from her teeth after the cleaning was complete.
Questions To Ask Before Anesthesia
Many pets are great candidates for anesthesia-free teeth cleaning, even difficult ones. Your pet's age, health, the condition of their teeth, and their temperament are important considerations. If your pet has been given a clean bill of health, and your vet does not offer anesthesia-free dental cleanings, consider exploring a veterinary practice who does if you are interested in this option. Especially consider anesthesia-free teeth cleaning if your pet has a chronic disease, to limit the need for anesthesia as much as possible.
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