Dog Dental Health Month: Professional Teeth Cleaning

Posted: Mar 05 2009

Originally published February 18th, 2007

Dental problems remain a serious problem for dogs and cats. While the majority of pet owners routinely clean their dog’s teeth, in some instances, problems such as excessive tartar build-up, rotten teeth and periodontal disease have progressed to the point where professional assistance may be required.

There is an ongoing debate concerning the benefits of having your dog’s teeth cleaned by your veterinarian (usually under anesthesia) or employing the services of an anthesthetic-free oral care practioner. If you believe your dog’s teeth need professional cleaning here are some questions you should ask before scheduling a visit.

Veterinarian Option
1. What are the risks of anesthesia?
2. Will a licensed veterinarian be conducting the cleaning or will it be done by a vet tech?
3. Will blood work and X-Rays be done before hand?
4. Will you contact me if tooth extractions are deemed necessary?

Oral Care Practioner Option
1. Do you work in conjunction with a licensed veterinarian?
2. What training and certification does your organization provide its technicians?
3. Are X-Rays taken before hand?
4. What happens if my dog needs surgery to correct a dental problem?

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