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Old 07-21-2009, 07:12 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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For years, I took my cats to a family veteranarian practice. Dr. Doug was their primary vet and had been a vet for over 20 years. Whenever my cats needed their teeth cleaned, he would "crack" the tarter off of their teeth in the exam room. It took about 2-3 minutes and he never charged a dime extra. Kitties didn't exactly love the process but it was quick and they were hardly traumatized by any stretch of the imagination.

Fast forward...........I have been searching for a new vet since I left Ohio who will crack the tarter from my cats teeth and all these younger vets seems horrified by the idea. WTH!!! They insist that it traumatzes the cat and will not do it. They insist upon putting the cat under and doing the teeth cleaning.

I would never put my cat through anything that would hurt or scare her but I think this is so silly. Instead of a quick teeth cleaning after an exam like my cats used to get, now I'm expected to drop Emme off for an entire day just to get her teeth cleaned and pay a big, whopping charge for it too.
I suppose I could load Emme up in the car and drive to Ohio. It will cost less in gas than what the vet wants to charge me. I feel like I am just paying the rent for their fancy office.

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed these younger ones coming out of school are going the more costly route for routine things? Anyone else out there still get the tarter "cracked" on their cats teeth without the expensive all day visit?
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:35 AM
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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Your old vet was not practicing good medicine. Sorry. Chipping the tarter off like that does nothing for what's underneath the gumline, which can be a significant source of irritation and infection. Also, scraping off their teeth without polishing them leaves tiny scratches in the enamel. This leaves the tooth extra vulnerable to bacteria and increased plaque and tarter build-up. He was temporarily making the teeth look better, but setting them up for more problems in the long run. It's a good thing he didn't charge you for it!

If you are dead-set against anesthesia there are people who will perform 'anesthesia-free dentals'. They have all the problems I just mentioned, but they're out there if you insist.
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