We must DENTAL PAIN & the SILENT SUFFERING in all PETS !
“Non-anesthetic“ Pet Dental Cleanings IGNORE PAINFUL & possibly LIFE-THREATENING disease !
Because this procedure is intended to clean ONLY the VISIBLE SUPERFICIAL SURFACE of the TEETH it provides PET PARENTS with a FALSE sense of BENEFIT to pet health !
DENTAL EXPERTS have determined this is 100% INAPPROPRIATE for PETS !
But why is it INAPPROPRIATE ? It’s due to PET STRESS, INJURY, RISK OF ASPIRATION, & LACK OF PROPER DIAGNOSTIC CAPABILITIES !
Pet parents are often under the false impression that the pet was not stressed by restraint, that pain was managed, & that oral disease was accurately diagnosed & treated. Patients often go for long periods with untreated disease, leading to more costs to health status (disease progression & pain) & increased costs to pet parents.
Dental disease is the #1 most common disease in dogs & cats effecting your pet’s overall health.
Veterinary dentistry relies on a detailed exam by a vet with thorough knowledge of oral anatomy, physiology, & pathology. The exam includes x-rays, requiring the pet to be motionless, as well as the use of costly equipment inside the mouth. Periodontal probing (noxious stimulus) is required to allow appropriate diagnosis & treatment.
These painful & potentially life threatening dental infections need to be effectively diagnosed & treated !
Removal of plaque & calculus is needed & performed for the treatment of periodontal disease. It requires that subgingival surfaces be cleaned. This process is uncomfortable & at times painful. Removal of supragingival calculus alone is purely cosmetic & ineffective to treat disease.
Without general anesthesia, an accurate diagnosis cannot be made, pain can’t be addressed, the airway cannot be protected from aspiration, & disease cannot be appropriately treated.
The risks of anesthesia in healthy or minimally compromised patients are very low when performed by appropriately !