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Old 08-07-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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Hi, I was told my my vet that my three dogs need their teeth cleaned. They are 5, 7, and 3 and one is an Afghan hound and has been sensitive to anesthesia before. I can see that there is tartar buildup especially on all their back teeth, and on the 3 year old on the upper canines as well. However, I am concerned about anesthesia especially with my Afghan being sensitive to it. My vet told me that my dogs are so good and handle so well that they could probably have their teeth cleaned without anesthesia (two of them are titled and are used to being handled and their mouths looked at, teeth brushed, etc). But even though my vet recommended this, they don't do it and they could not recommend anyone who does that I have been able to find. They mentioned the name Nancy McFarlane but I can't find anyone by that name near me or computer searches. I live in Old Bridge, NJ and can travel either north as far as around the G.W. Bridge or south as far as Tinton Falls area. Does anyone know a vet that does teeth cleaning for dogs without anesthesia in NJ? I would prefer that a vet clean their teeth, or that a vet is supervising. Appreciate any advice.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleaning: Nancy McFarland, K-9 Dental ... 304 Route 22 West • Springfield, New Jersey 07081

I have no idea how close that is to you.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:47 AM
 
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American Veterinary Dental College

Companion Animal Dental Scaling Without Anesthesia

In the United States and Canada, only licensed veterinarians can practice veterinary medicine. Veterinary medicine includes veterinary surgery, medicine and dentistry.

[url]http://www.avdc.org/dentalscaling.html[/url]

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:56 AM
 
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I wouldn't do it. When I first heard about it and investigated for our old dog who had dental problems, I learned enough toknow I would never do that to my dogs. It is very very unpleasant for the dogs and doesn't accomplish the thorough cleaning you get with a real cleaning with anesthesia. I am not a huge proponent of having dogs teeth professionallyt cleaned anyway. Unless they are having problems, they can live with some stains. I prefer to give them chew bones to help clean tartar from their teeth. I might also do some teeth brushing, though I have never had a dog who would tolerate it. This is an enormous business now, so I am always wary when a vet pushes me to put my dogs under to have their teeth cleaned.

Last October, I gave in to that pressure for our 13 year old girl who had never had a cleaning. She had no dental problems, but I scheduled her for a cleaning. She never came home again. Complications led to pneumonia, the discovery of a splenic mass, a week in ICU and then she finally passed away after surgery.

ALWAYS get your older dog checked out, complete with radiographs, before anesthetic. We weren't advised to, and it cost our girl her life.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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If you feed your dogs raw meaty bones their teeth will be gleaming in a few weeks. I feed mine chicken backs every day. They are inexpensive, the dogs love them and they are very good for the dogs. If the dogs turn up their noses at them what I do is to just sear them in the frying pan. NOT cooked just seared. My vet tells me he has never seen dogs with as clean teeth as my hounds. I have a new puppy and she started eating these bones at 8 weeks of age. It's also a great workout for the dogs as it's a lot of work chewing up those bones. The puppy sleeps right after she eats them.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:17 AM
 
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If you feed your dogs raw meaty bones their teeth will be gleaming in a few weeks. I feed mine chicken backs every day. They are inexpensive, the dogs love them and they are very good for the dogs. If the dogs turn up their noses at them what I do is to just sear them in the frying pan. NOT cooked just seared. My vet tells me he has never seen dogs with as clean teeth as my hounds. I have a new puppy and she started eating these bones at 8 weeks of age. It's also a great workout for the dogs as it's a lot of work chewing up those bones. The puppy sleeps right after she eats them.

I can attest that everything Luck says is TRUE!
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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Default No Brushing

Lucknow and Tina I have 3 dachshunds (all about 12 lbs) how do you think they would do with chicken backs?? How large are your dogs? I too do not like to sedate my dogs (or kids)
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