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Old 03-25-2011, 10:17 PM
 
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I have two chihuahuas who have never had their teeth cleaned and they probably wont ever since I dont like the idea of anthesia .
This is a very uneducated comment. If a dog actually needs their teeth cleaned, then they NEED to be cleaned or it can lead to a full on dental with extractions. Since maintenance can be done without anesthesia, I hope you at least do that. Dentabones do not count.

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I assume your vet is just talking about a tartar scraping with a hand scaler. If that is the case, they should be able to do it as part of the office call. It only takes a minute, and assuming your dog doesn't bite the crap out of people, is very simple and not stressful. Depending on your dog, you can probably just chip off the tartar with your fingernail at home. Start at the gum line and work your way down. Make sure you get the teeth all the way in the back, they can be the worst.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:08 PM
 
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In the Miami area, there are technicians who go to veterinarian offices and clean the teeth of dogs that have an appointment for this service. No anesthesia is used. They do a great job. The name of the company is: Pet Friendly Dental Care. There may be other parts of the country where this service is available. Both my miniature dachshunds have had their teeth cleaned in this way. It is so much more expensive to have the other kind of dental cleaning which requires anesthesia. Pet Friendly Dental Care -- Google it!
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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I always thought that a raw, beef neckbone was pretty good anesthesia-free teeth cleaning...
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