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10 things you should know when considering a Non-Anesthetic Pet
Dental cleaning for your pet
1. Brushing your pet’s teeth greatly reduces plaque and tartar build up and is the most effective way to combat these oral health issues.
WHEN TO GET AN ANESTHETIC DENTAL
2. South Coast Pet Dentals agrees that in cases such as fractured teeth with sensitive root exposure and/or abscess or trauma, Anesthetic Dental treatment is the recommended and appropriate approach. Often, while anesthetized for these other severe issues a dental cleaning is suggested and, in most cases, should be done while your pet is “under”.
HOW SAFE ARE NON-ANESTHETIC TEETH CLEANINGS?
3. Non-Anesthetic teeth cleaning is safe. Although some injuries have been reported throughout the years, non anesthesia dentals have been in practice since the ‘70’s and we have found no study or research devoted to tracking injuries or deaths during non anesthetic dental cleanings. There are several studies regarding the number of deaths due to anesthesia in both humans and animals. Based upon the inherent danger of anesthesia, a majority of the Medical Community agrees that if at all possible, avoiding anesthesia is preferred.
We at South Coast Pet Dentals believe YOU, as the owner of YOUR pet, should have the choice between anesthesia and non anesthesia for simple teeth cleaning.
COMPLICATIONS AND DEATHS DUE TO ANESTHESIA
4. In a recent study, the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association found that out of 2500 pets that underwent anesthetic dentistry, 12 percent (that’s 300)of the dogs had complications DUE TO THE ANESTHESIA. (including low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms) and even though deaths were not mentioned in this study there are other studies that state 1 in 232 pets dies under anesthesia so we advice you to strongly consider against anesthesia unless absolutely necessary. Not sure? We can point you in the right direction.
SOON YOU MAY NOT HAVE A CHOICE!
5. South Coast Pet Dentals is actively educating our Pet Parents as to the benefits of our service and the differences between what necessitates anesthesia and what does not. Our fear is, if the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is successful in stripping Pet owners of the choice between an Anesthetic and Non Anesthetic dental cleaning that more and more owners will avoid the procedure due to the danger of anesthesia or the inhibitive cost of Anesthetic Dental cleanings. We are also familiar with products on the market that make claims of being an alternative to Dental Cleanings. One of the most recognized of these products, by their own study admitted that they reduced plaque and calculus by less than 40%. Although we fully support any and all contributory methods of dental hygiene, it’s clear that spray products or “chews” are not a significant solution by themselves in fighting calculus and plaque buildup on your pet’s teeth.
WE ALWAYS ALLOW YOU TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR YOUR PET
6. During an Anesthetic Dental, your pet is “knocked out” by your Veterinarian and then most often is the case, the actual cleaning is performed by a dental tech.During a Non Anesthetic Dental, the procedure is the same, just without any danger of complications due to the anesthesia. As many of you have discovered with Anesthetic cleanings, your pet’s teeth may be extracted without your consent. South Coast Pet Dentals always obtains permission before extractions, or offering sedation giving YOU the choice and encouraging YOU to be a part of managing YOUR pets health care.
NO HIDDEN FEES OR CHARGES WITH SOUTH COAST PET DENTALS
7. You may find price quotes for Anesthetic Dentals ranging from $150 to $200 for a dental cleaning. Many of you have found out the hard way that “add ons” for the exam, blood work, x-rays, anesthesia, intubation, antibiotics and extractions etc. can bring the total cost closer to $1000. South Coast Pet Dentals charges $175 for a Non-Anesthetic dental cleaning, $25 in the event your pet NEEDS a mild sedation (pre-approved by YOU) and, $25 per simple extraction (pre-approved by YOU).
DON’T BE SCARED OR THREATENED BY YOUR VET, DO YOUR RESEARCH AND USE SOME COMMON SENSE
8. As is the unfortunate case in much of health care today, money plays a much bigger role than it ever should. Anesthetic dentals are a very strong source of revenue for the Veterinarians who perform them. We’ve heard many stories of Vets becoming overly aggressive in protecting this source of income by attempts to intimidate or shame pet owners with patently false statements such as “non-anesthetic dentals are dangerous”, “impossible”, “incomplete”, “not effective”, “painful”, or “illegal”.
Non-Anesthetic Dentals are completely legal in the State of California when performed under the supervision of a licensed Veterinarian. Non-Anesthetic Dentals are no more dangerous, impossible, incomplete, ineffective, or uncomfortable than what you experience at your own Dentist while having your own teeth cleaned.
WHY NON ANESTHETIC TEETH CLEANING IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR PET
9. It is 100% possible to complete a successful dental prophylaxis (dental cleaning) on a pet that is awake without intubation or X-Rays including with the use of an ultra sonic scaler above and below the gumline.
YOUR PET IS WORTH IT!
10.South Coast Pet Dentals cares about your pet’s health. We also care about YOU. It is our goal to continue our efforts to keep Non-Anesthetic pet dentals available to you. South Coast Pet Dentals thinks YOU and your PET are worth the fight. We also firmly believe that YOU should have more of a say in the management of YOUR pet’s healthcare.
We’ve done our best to make YOUR voice heard. If we can do more or do something better, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us!! We believe YOU should be heard on all aspects of the management of your pets health care!!