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Features October 2016 Issue

Teeth Cleanings Without Anesthesia on Dogs?

A dog must absolutely be under anesthesia for certain dental procedures.

Teeth Cleanings Without Anesthesia on Dogs?

Veterinarians make vehement arguments both for and against.

We frequently remind our readers that dogs need to be anesthetized when having their teeth cleaned because our pets “do not sit still and open wide.” In fact, we said it as recently as our July issue.

That prompted Your Dog reader Pamela Skinner of Goshen, Massachusetts, to write in. A couple of her own dogs had already undergone anesthesia-free dental cleanings, with results she was very happy with.

“Our veterinary practice has begun using an outside service for routine cleanings,” she said.

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