Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings
Regular dental care for your pet is as important to their overall health as it is to yours. Neglected teeth and gums can escalate into infections that affect all major organs including the heart, brain and blood. Developing good oral habits for your pet results in a more pleasant snuggling experience and a longer happier life for your canine or feline companion.
What happens during my companion's dental appointment?
During your pet’s dental appointment, deposits will be removed from the teeth, the teeth will be thoroughly brushed and polished, and antiseptic rinses and gels will be applied to control bacteria, cool down inflammation, and help with halitosis. No drugs or anesthesia will be administered to your pet. Herbal relaxants, such as Rescue Remedy, are available. If you feel like a sedative is required for your pet, this should be discussed during your initial consultation with our hygienist.
This method of cleaning is a safe and gentle alternative to improving the oral health of your pet. All products used are made for dogs and cats and are safe for ingestion (pet toothpastes, antiseptic rinses, etc.).
I'm interested, how do I proceed?
A 30-minute dental consultation is required for all of our first-time dental patients and is recommended for those with specific concerns needing to be addressed prior to a scheduled appointment. In your consultation, you and your pet will meet the hygienist and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns. After capturing a few pictures of your companion's teeth, if antibiotics are required, you will be sent home with your prescription along with instructions.
Be sure to update us on all health conditions of your pet at the time of your appointment. This includes arthritis, a seizure disorder, past knee surgery, heart disease, patellar dislocation, etc. If your pet has any condition that should be noted and you are not a current patient at All Creatures Holistic Health, you may be asked to have your pet’s health record emailed to All Creatures prior to your appointment.
The fee for the initial consultation will be applied toward your dental cleaning appointment if you schedule a cleaning within 30 days of this consult. However, if it is determined that your pet is not a candidate for this method of cleaning, you will be given a referral for a cleaning and/or extractions under anesthesia.
How should I prepare?
Since no anesthesia is used, your pet can eat or drink as usually prior to and following the appointment.
You may begin a home maintenance routine prior to the appointment if you feel your pet needs an introduction to oral treatment. If you have never brushed your pet’s teeth, I suggest simply rubbing the gums gently with your finger. This step is merely a recommendation and not required prior to your appointment.
After your cleaning….
Many of our dental patients benefit from a 30-minute PEMF session which is ideal for those patients suffering from arthritis or those who want to wrap up their appointment with a little spa treatment. You can find more information about PEMF under the “Our Services” tab at the top of this page.
A brief 15-minute appointment is available to help owners with home care struggles and monitor any identified dental or gingival concerns that may require a trained eye to take a quick peak. This will also allow us to recheck infections being treated with antibiotics and extend prescriptions if necessary.