Comments on AAHA Mandates Anesthesia During Dog Dental Work

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Leslie   Merchantville, New Jersey

9/8/2013 2:07:21 PM

The ONLY reason you "mandate" anesthesia is to make MORE MONEY! It is FAR worse for the pet as ANY surgery would be with anesthesia. I get my teeth cleaned without anesthesia and MANY animals are cooperative WITHOUT FORCING DRUGS ON THEM at RIDICULOUS COSTS! You IDIOTS are making a teeth cleaning SO EXPENSIVE, less and less pets will get it done at ALL. So you are just as greedy as the rest of our government making "laws" that force us to do UNNATURAL things to ourselves and our innocent pets. You shameful thieves, we KNOW you don't care about our pets-just about filling your own wallets!

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Betty   Green Valley, Arizona

9/8/2013 9:21:26 AM

I think this is a horrible idea. Some years ago I had an adorable 11 yr old poodle mix die after a dental cleaning with anesthetic. I thought I was prolonging his life, but ended it prematurely instead. Since then I have always been hesitant to have my dogs teeth cleaned. It was such a relief to be able to have their teeth cleaned without anesthetic. Anyone knows the anesthesia is the most dangerous part of any surgery, especially since their sizes vary so much and they do not all respond the same. I think it is idiotic to subject our beloved pets to this unnessecary risky and costly procedure.

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Sue - 9210   Three Oaks, MI

9/7/2013 9:04:43 AM

This is interesting information. I'm not sure people should not have a choice.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

9/7/2013 3:34:09 AM

This is a very interesting article. I have a small dog and I brush her teeth every day to keep them white and healthy. Every once in a while I will find a tooth that needs to be cleaned and I do it at home. My dog has no problems or issues with me handling her mouth. I do not agree that anesthesia is needed for all dental work.

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Romira   International

8/29/2013 10:23:52 AM

As a licensed tech of 30 plus years...I object to forcing people to have their pets put under general anesthesia for routine cleanings. Inhalation pneumonia? expensive pre-treatment lab fees, ...will result in LESS care for the animal, not more. For the first time, I recently had my dog's teeth cleaned w/o anesthetic. They did a great job. Had I gone the route my vet advised, I would have had to do lab work ($400.00) for my healthy 4yro dog, then pay a minimum of $450. for the cleaning itself. It is sad to say that the veterinary profession is looking increasingly greedy to the average pet owner.

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