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Bear Creek Veterinary Alternatives Offers Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleaning

Feb 22, 2013 03:39PM

 

Anesthesia-free dental cleanings for animals that are pre-screened and suitable candidates are being offered on March 7, April 25 and June 13 at Bear Creek Veterinary Alternatives. The clinic is located at 7509 S Tamiami Trail in South Trail Plaza. For new patients, a brief exam is required to screen out possible physical limitations that might prohibit the cleaning.
 
Dental cleanings for animals are typically a source of worry for pet owners. Especially for older or chronically ill animals, many owners fear the risks of having their pet go under anesthesia unless is it absolutely necessary. Using techniques similar to pediatric dentistry, the certified, dental technician examines the mouth to detect any problems and gently cleans and polishes the teeth. If problems are found that require an animal to have multiple extractions, Dr. Jaime Gonzalez may refer out to a dental specialist. Animals with severe periodontal disease may not be good candidates.
 
Removing bacteria-laden plaque and tartar is important for tooth health and the overall health of the body, as infections to the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver can result when bacteria enter the blood stream. Patience and a calm, comfortable environment help animals to relax. The cleaning itself usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Extra time is given for animals whose teeth need more attention or who may have never had a cleaning and need a little more TLC.
 
The cleanings are then followed up with home care. The technician instructs owners on how to hold the pet safely and securely and brush the teeth using a natural “for animals only” toothpaste. A maintenance schedule of cleaning every six months to one year is recommended. Please call the clinic for more information or to make an appointment.
 
For more information about the clinic or Dr. Gonzalez, please visit bearcreeksarasota. com or call 941-312-6825.
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