Part of the Pack
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Southern California
how often should a dog go in for dental cleanings?
Daphne is two, and I've never had it done, and her teeth look terrible. She has a problem where she thinks she's a hamster, and will store little bits of food in her cheeks. I make her spit it out when I catch her, because I'm worried that the food will make her teeth bad. I plan on taking her in for a dental cleaning in the next week or two (waiting for a paycheck). I'm a bit wary about the process, though. Do they have to knock her out to do it? I've seen it done before (I did some shadowing at a vets office for a few days), and the dog was knocked out. she also had several teeth problems, so the cleaning was a pretty bloody process, which really scares me. normal dental cleanings are more gentle, right? I'm concerned about anything involving putting Daphne under, because she only weighs 4 pounds on a good day, and I just worry a lot. But her teeth look disgusting, and I want them to stay healthy, so i know it needs to be done. any information would be greatly appreciated, and comforting words for a nervous mommy would be nice, too!
4 cats: Radar, Oscar, Mackintosh, Qwilleran
1 dog: Daphne
3 rabbits: Barbarella Bunny. DC's Lucy, Ricky
1 daddy-long leg spider: Spidey
8 assorted tarantulas
1 madagascar hissing cockroach: Lady
1 ball python: Eve
1 corn snake: Charisma
1 California kingsnake: Honey
1 tortoise: Charlie
2 Mali Uromastyx: Nick and Nora