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Pets need quality healthcare just like humans, including the occasional dental cleaning. The most common method to clean your dog’s teeth requires anesthesia. The anesthetics allow the veterinarians to do detailed work on their teeth without movement or additional stress.

However, pet dental care costs continue to rise and can be very expensive for even preliminary periodontal issues. Now, the option for dog teeth cleaning without general anesthesia exists. Here we will detail some of the advantages of non-anesthetic dog teeth cleaning.

What Are the Benefits of Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleanings?

Non-anesthetic dog teeth cleaning costs are lower than cleanings under general anesthesia. A veterinarian doesn’t have to do preliminary bloodwork to measure how much anesthesia your pet can handle, saving you time and stress.

You can also avoid the more expensive additives to anesthetic cleanings, like x-rays, or the dog teeth cleaning anesthesia side effects, like nausea and drowsiness.

However, non-anesthetic dental cleanings are not for every dog. After all, choosing dog teeth cleaning with anesthesia vs. no anesthesia depends on your dog’s specific needs and temperament. Ask your pet’s vet to determine their viability for the anesthetic-free procedure.

Is Anesthesia-free Dog Teeth Cleaning Effective?

Yes, anesthesia-free dog teeth cleaning can be very effective. The veterinarian can scrape off the plaque and tartar on the outer visible part of the teeth without the usual anesthetics.

The effectiveness of the cleaning depends most on your pet and receptive they are to the treatment. The best candidate for the advantages of non-anesthetic dog teeth cleaning has a modest temperament. They would not display startled or aggressive behavior when a veterinarian holds their mouth.

Some pets cannot have dental cleanings done without anesthesia. Dogs with moderate to severe dental problems or gum disease cannot have anesthesia-free cleanings. Also, dogs with loose teeth, an aggressive temperament, or a tendency to yank when stressed should not have their teeth cleaned without anesthetics.

What Is the Best Method for Cleaning Dogs’ Teeth?

Visiting a vet is the best method for cleaning a dog’s teeth. They have the dental tools necessary to help combat gum disease, tartar, and plaque. You should bring your dog in for a dental cleaning at least once a year to help maintain their health.

You can also work on keeping your dog’s teeth clean at home. At-home tools can help lower cleaning costs at the vet and keep your dog from needing tooth removals. Several over-the-counter teeth cleaning tools are available, including:

  • Dental wipes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Dental treats
  • Liquid additives to water
  • Powder additives to food
  • Specialized dog food

Call Us for Concerns About Your Dog’s Teeth

The veterinarians at Hillsdale Animal Hospital have extensive experience cleaning dogs’ teeth. We know the advantages of non-anesthetic dog teeth cleanings and have our staff prepare for your pet at least a month in advance. You can bring your pet in to help determine whether a non-anesthetic or anesthetic procedure is best for them.

Our animal hospital provides routine treatment as well as emergency medical care. Call 336-477-2440 today to schedule your appointment at our office in Advance, NC.