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Old 01-16-2009, 07:47 PM
 
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My vet has recommended a teeth cleaning for my 7 yr old female sheltie. Just a very basic scrape and clean, very little tartar. He feels she's a good candidate for it because of the small amount of cleaning she needs.

Personally, I don't like the idea one bit. I admit it, that's due a lot to my own distaste of dental work. I can't imagine putting my dog through that, I just can't. Vet even said it'll be a lot cheaper for me to do it that way, and if I go the other way, it'll cost me more and put more money in his pocket. Now that's honest!

I only know one person who did this, and she swore she'd never do it again to her dog.

I would like to know of your (or rather, your dog's) experience with it. Was your dog traumatized? Were you?

Thanks,

Steel
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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I have a dog that needed some minor plaque removal and because the dog has some medical issues, non-sedation dentistry was suggested by my vet. I observed, and when my dog became stressed, as evidenced by panting, whale eye and attempts to get away, the procedure was stopped immediately and sedation dentistry followed. I'd never agree to doing it again with my dog, although a calm and laid back dog might do fine. My vet did say that this procedure is only good for minor cleaning, and she doesn't normally recommend it because scaling below the gum line isn't possible without sedation, and cleaning up those pockets is critical to good dental health.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:22 PM
 
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Yeah I had it done. I've had one that who needed a cleaning because of some build up and I wanted to stop it before it got serious. No she wasn't at all traumatized. I can't imagine her being so over a dental cleaning. Thats just me though. She's the same dog she was before she went.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:03 PM
 
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I have a dog that needed some minor plaque removal and because the dog has some medical issues, non-sedation dentistry was suggested by my vet. I observed, and when my dog became stressed, as evidenced by panting, whale eye and attempts to get away, the procedure was stopped immediately and sedation dentistry followed.
That's what I'm afraid of. My dog is terribly, terribly, I mean terribly shy. She always puts her head down when people want to pet her, she always tries to withdraw. I'm not so sure she would be a good candidate. But she's very submissive and compliant. I don't believe she'll fight it, but I'm afraid it'll stress her out terribly.

She's nothing like my poodle who passed... heck, I think he would have tried to talk to you while having the dental done

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Old 01-16-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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Yeah I had it done. I've had one that who needed a cleaning because of some build up and I wanted to stop it before it got serious. No she wasn't at all traumatized. I can't imagine her being so over a dental cleaning. Thats just me though. She's the same dog she was before she went.
Were you able to observe the procedure? What was it like? What was her behavior during the procedure?

Steel
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:07 PM
 
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Ok maybe I missed something. Sorry. Is your dog not going to be any sedation for this? If not and she is shy then I understand. My dog had some sedation for the procedure. Although I'm sure if it would have been without she would have been fine. She has no qualms about me brushing her teeth. But each dog is different, some of my others would be too wiggly and such.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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Ok maybe I missed something. Sorry. Is your dog not going to be any sedation for this? If not and she is shy then I understand. My dog had some sedation for the procedure. Although I'm sure if it would have been without she would have been fine. She has no qualms about me brushing her teeth. But each dog is different, some of my others would be too wiggly and such.
No sedation at all is my understanding. Maybe I can ask the vet about that. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I got a couple of dental instruments and removed the plaque on my dog's molars myself. It actually came off quite easily - despite brisk brushing with a doggy toothbrush.

I am not a fan of sedating my dog.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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I've had one of my dog's teeth cleaned without anesthesia. I did not observe the procedure. The vet tech said that my dog was the only one who allowed the dental tech to clean with a power scaler. She was alert, happy and did not have to have blood work, or the stress and expense of anesthesia. I will definately have it done again!
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: AZ
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You could just buy your dog a couple of beef marrow bones to gnaw on. You may not prescribe to the RAW diet but I'm sure your pooch would like a bone or two.
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