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Features October 2016 Issue

Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings Not for Anxious Dogs

An anxious dog who would not be able to handle someone sticking a hand in her mouth for an extended period of time and doing some light probing would not make a good candidate for dental cleanings without anesthesia. This point is agreed upon by both dentists in favor of anesthesia-free dental cleanings and those against it. “The dog needs to be mellow enough to allow the cleaning,” says veterinarian Ellie Shelburne, who schedules some patients in her Northampton, Massachusetts, practice for anesthesia-free dental work.

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