Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
Any dog or cat who does not require extractions or have advanced periodontal disease can be eligible for non-anesthetic cleanings. Pets of all ages from young pets needing their first prophy to senior pets whose age or health make them poor anesthetic candidates, high-risk breeds, and any pet whose guardian is resistant to anesthetizing. Our web site has many examples of dental conditions to help clients determine the eligibility of their pet.
Some pets are not candidates for this procedure. However, we have an extremely high success rate, even among pets assumed to be ineligible.
- Pets who are dangerously aggressive or have advanced cognitive dysfunction are not eligible.
- Pets with dental complications such as advanced periodontal disease, fractures, mobile teeth, lesions, etc., are referred to the veterinarian for treatment.
We create a calm, safe environment for the pet to receive a thorough cleaning after being placed in a comfortable position. We use gentle coaxing and patience to put even feisty pets at ease. It is like how a pediatric hygienist would care for a child’s teeth.
We do not use restraining towels or bite bars.
The results are the same for routine cleanings. Pets with behavioral issues and advanced dental conditions may have some slight compromise. In such cases, most results are 80-95%. Complicated conditions will require more than one appointment to restore oral health.