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General Information

The process for Non-Anesthetic Teeth Cleaning

Most pets are very cooperative during the teeth cleaning process. All pets are handled gently with care and are treated like our own pets. Dogs will lie on the ground comfortably in front of the technician where the mouth can be easily accessed for the cleaning. (Small pets, including cats, are gently swaddled in a soft towel for the cleaning procedure.) The technician gently grasps the muzzle and begins hand-scaling the teeth. This is where heavy calculus build up is removed. For pets with areas that require a deeper cleaning or for stubborn tartar, an ultrasonic scaler is used (Only on those pets that can tolerate the noise.) This tools helps to vibrate away tartar while rinsing with water in areas that are difficult to clean with a traditional hand-scaler. Once calculus is removed from all surfaces of the teeth, your pet is ready for the final stages of the cleaning. Your pet’s teeth are then polished with a special paste safe for cats and dogs. Finally, your pet will receive an oral rinse (Pet grade for what mouth wash is to humans) to kill off any bacteria remaining along the gum lines.

*All instruments are sterile between pets and new gloves and polisher heads are used to prevent cross contamination.

*Any pets that exhibit signs of stress may be evaluated by the on-site DVM for light sedation methods to be approved by the pet owner.

How does my pet develop calculus?

The constant buildup of plaque and bacteria will lead to calculus formation and inflammation of the gums.

Learn more about calculus build up

How should I brush my pet´s teeth?

Start young and introduce the concept of teeth brushing as early as possible. But don’t worry, you can teach old dogs new tricks. Here are a few.

How long does the first time cleaning take?

While most first-time dentals can be completed in less than 30 minutes, some dentals can take up to 45 minutes and there is no recovery time for your pets!

Do you use sedatives?

We are able to offer a sedative for those pets that exhibit signs of stress or try to bite. The type of sedative that we offer is in the form a shot and is injected into the muscle. The tranquilizer consists of Torbugesic and Xylazine. Your pet will be conscious but very relaxed for approximately 1 to 2 hours. Recovery may take longer for heavier pets.

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