What Anesthesia Free Dentals CAN and CANNOT Do for Your Pet

Have you considered what dental cleaning without anesthesia can and cannot do for your pet? We know you want the best for your pet and it is important to learn the facts about dental disease and how to treat it.

Dental disease is extremely common for pets. More than 85% of dogs and cats over the age of three are suffering from some form of it. Periodontal disease is the infection of supportive structures around the teeth. When infection within the mouth builds, it deteriorates the gums, bone, and tissue surrounding the teeth. The bacteria surrounding the roots gains access to the bloodstream and can damage the sinuses, kidney, liver, and heart. Dental disease is painful for pets and can cause severe problems.

   

What are anesthesia free dentals?

Anesthesia free dental cleanings require your pet to be restrained while visible tartar is scraped with a sharp instrument. The truth is that anesthesia free dentals do not provide any benefit to your pet and they do not prevent periodontal disease at any level. Here's what else they can and cannot do:

An anesthesia free dental CAN:

  • Cause pain and stress during restraint.
  • Result in serious injury to your pet's teeth, gums, or mouth even with the slightest head movement.
  • Create a prime breeding ground for continued bacterial growth since the teeth surfaces are left with scrapes instead of a smooth, polished surface.
  • Allow your pet to inhale infection and debris that could lead to airway disease or pneumonia.
  • Give you a false sense of security because the teeth look whiter than they are healthier.

An anesthesia free dental CANNOT:

  • Provide a thorough oral exam including identifying painful problems such as broken teeth or oral tumors.
  • Clean beneath your pet's gum line, where dental disease is most prominent.
  • Capture radiographs that are essential to the evaluation of your pet's dental health.
  • Treat and save teeth before periodontal infection has progressed too far.
  • Remove teeth that do nothing but promote pain and infection in your pet's mouth.
 

Dental procedures that are effective, safe, and pain-free are performed under anesthesia. At Moorpark Vet, we minimize the risks of anesthesia with preliminary bloodwork, individualized anesthetic protocols, and comprehensive monitoring by trained professionals. Our state-of-the-art equipment including digital dental x-rays ensures your pet receives the highest level of oral care.

 

Here's what some of the leaders in the veterinary industry have to say about dental procedures performed without anesthesia.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

"Cleaning a companion animal's teeth without general anesthesia is considered unacceptable and below the standard of care. Techniques such as necessary immobilization without discomfort, periodontal probing, intraoral radiology, and the removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line that ensure patient health and safety cannot be performed without general anesthesia."

California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

"Performing anesthesia-free teeth cleaning using any instrument, device, or scaler is illegal unless the individual is licensed by the California Veterinary Medical Board."

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

"When procedures such as periodontal probing, intraoral radiography, dental scaling, and dental extraction are justified by the oral examination, they should be performed under anesthesia."

   

You can also visit the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) website to learn more about the facts of anesthesia free dentistry.

         

Pet Travel Safety

January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day. Dogs and cats have difficulty traveling for a variety of reasons including stress, motion sickness, and severe anxiety. We offer a natural over-the-counter supplement that significantly reduces stress for most dogs and cats. When used daily, this supplement can improve a pet's quality of life at home and during travel. Cats are particularly known to exhibit signs of stress during travel. As Ventura County's only Gold Certified Cat Friendly Practice, we do everything we can to minimize stress for cats and ultimately improve their overall quality of life. You can stop by our hospital prior to travel to pick up a complimentary kitty calming kit. This includes a calming pheromone Feliway wipe for your cat carrier and a natural calming supplement to be given orally. When your cat is comfortable with their carrier, travel safety can be greatly increased.  Click here for tips on getting your cat comfortable with their carrier. Dogs and cats can also exhibit signs of motion sickness during travel including drooling, excessive lip licking, excessive panting, shaking and/or vomiting. Motion sickness can cause pets to be fearful—it is an experience they do not want to repeat. We offer a prescription medication that safely and effectively offers prevention from motion sickness in pets. For some pets, anxiety during travel can be extremely high. When this is the case, we may offer prescription anti-anxiety medication and/or referral to a behavioral consultant. We are your resource to help keep pets safe and happy during travel. You no longer have to avoid traveling to the vet or leaving your furry companion behind.

January is Walk Your Dog Month

The human animal bond has many mutual benefits. When you walk your dog you are improving the lives of both you and your pet. The National Institutes of Health found that dog owners who walk their dogs are significantly more likely to meet physical activity guidelines and are less likely to be obese than non-dog owners or walkers. By providing motivation and social support, pets make it easier for owners to adopt long term behavior changes that lead to weight loss and other positive health outcomes. For dogs, daily enrichment is crucial for behavioral well being. Regular exercise can also help them lead longer, higher-quality lives. So consider picking up those leashes a few more times in January in honor of you and your pets health and Walk Your Dog Month.                                                                                   Are you aware of all of the benefits of the human animal bond? Scientifically documented benefits of pet ownership include lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides, and improved immunity for children with allergies. Pet ownership has also been found to benefit those with cancer, Alzheimer's disease, autism spectrum disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To learn more about the scientific benefits of pet ownership, click here to visit the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative's website.

Moorpark Vet Community Holiday Party

fb-flyerJoin us on Wednesday, December 14th from 6pm-8pm for our family-friendly holiday party. The event will feature the following:
  • Dinner and Dessert
  • Giveaways
  • Photobooth
  • Carnival Games
  • Raffles
  • Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Casey's Toy Drive
  • Holiday Hazards
  • Shelter Kong Program
Everyone in attendance will receive a raffle ticket for our raffle items. Receive additional raffle tickets when you bring new, unwrapped children's toys to the event in honor of Casey's Toy Drive. Casey is a young member of the Moorpark community who suffers from a rare and incurable intestinal disease. Consequently, he has spent a lot of time at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital. His annual toy drive benefits the hospital’s patients on Christmas and during difficult times year-round. We are also a Casey's Toy Drive drop-off location. If you are unable to attend our event, you can still contribute to the drive at any time during our normal business hours. RSVP by e-mailing mvhmail@moorparkvet.com, calling us at 805-529-7003, or by joining the event on Facebook.    

Support Our Shelter’s Kong Program

kong-program-canvaThrough mid-December, purchase a Kong for your dog at our office and a shelter pet receives a Kong in return. Thanks to so many wonderful people, Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS)  has an amazing Kong enrichment program where shelter pets get to enjoy Kongs stuffed with a treat. Our Kong prices are as follows:
  • Small- $7.00
  • Medium- $9.66
  • Large- $12.10
  • Extra Large- $22.52
Ventura County shelters are no kill! It takes a tremendous amount of support and effort to operate and maintain shelters especially when they are no kill. Click here if you would like more information about how you can volunteer or help VCAS.
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