In the San Francisco area, a number of pet supply stores and grooming shops are offering “anesthesia-free” teeth cleaning through an independent contractor. Please beware of these services and review the following risks associated with this procedure before choosing this option for your pet.
It is critical to remember that tartar and plaque are not just a cosmetic problem, but often a symptom of disease. In a conscious patient, it is impossible to remove bacterial plaque from below the gum line; however, it is this very bacterium which ultimately leads to bone loss and the destruction of tooth-supporting connective tissue. Because it is impossible to remove this tartar and plaque, anesthesia-free dental cleanings provide only cosmetic improvement and no medical benefits. Any underlying bone loss remains undetected and untreated, allowing for the continued progression of dental disease.
Pets Unlimited recommends regular dental examinations and cleanings to ensure your pet’s dental health. At Pets Unlimited, we take every precaution to ensure that every anesthesia procedure we perform is done with the highest standard of care, following a custom tailored anesthesia plan for your pet and using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to ensure the safety of your pet. In addition, our highly trained team of doctors and veterinary technicians will be present at all times during and after your pet’s procedure. The safety of your pet while in our care is our highest priority.