Sunnyvale Veterinary Clinic Sunnyvale Veterinary Clinic

(408) 252-6380

10026 Peninsula Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014

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Pet Dental Care

Anesthetic-Free Dental Care

As we know, dental hygiene is extremely vital to our pets' health. The dangers of periodontal disease go beyond bad breath and lost teeth. Left untreated, periodontal diseases may cause changes in your pets' kidneys, heart, and liver. Consequently, proper oral health care, including treatment and prevention, is important for the optimum health and quality of life of your pet.

In order to assist you with the health of your pet, we at the Cupertino Animal Hospital would like to invite you to try out our new, anesthesia-free option for dental cleaning! This procedure promotes a healthy lifestyle for your pet with little to no down-time and your pet does not need to stay in our hospital all day. The anesthesia-free dental option is a safe, effective procedure however; it may not be suitable for all pets.

An advantage of the anesthesia-free dental procedure is stated right in the name; the entire procedure is done without the use of anesthesia! Also, because we do not have to place your pet under anesthesia, the procedure is safer to your pet's health. Furthermore, because we do not have to administer pre-anesthetic drugs or anesthesia itself the cost is significantly lower. Since the risk and cost is much lower with this procedure, more frequent cleanings can be done on a routine basis in order to promote quality health for your pet.

While anesthesia-free dental cleaning has many advantages, not all pets are good subjects for non-anesthetic procedures. Examples of pets who would not qualify for this procedure would be any pet who presents with severe arthritis, requires X-rays or extractions, is easily stressed, and/or cardiac and respiratory problems*. Furthermore, a patient with aggressive behavior would not be a good candidate for this drug-free procedure. Sometimes, our technicians are able to calm a fearful pet enough to allow for a full cleaning. In the cases where this does not apply, the technician/veterinarian would alert the owner immediately to recommend an alternative treatment approach.

Anesthesia-free dental cleaning is a great option to keep your pet healthy without the risk of anesthesia. We invite you and your pet to try out this wonderful, drug-free option. Call our hospital and schedule your appointment.

Please give us a call with any questions and to schedule your appointment. (408) 252-6380

*Each pet is an individual and their specific conditions vary in severity. Your pet will be examined by the veterinarian and the procedure will be monitored closely by the veterinarian to ensure quality treatment and experience for your pet.

All pets are at risk for developing dental problems. Once your pet displays any of the warning signs below, serious periodontal disease may be present.


Signs of Periodontal Disease  

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Change of chewing or eating habits
  • Tooth loss
  • Change in behavior
  • Abnormal drooling

Pet Dental Facts  

  • Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease among dogs and cats.
  • An astounding 80 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age three, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS).
  • Periodontal disease is common in dogs of smaller breeds because dogs' teeth often are too large for their mouths, forcing the teeth closer together.
  • Broken teeth are a common problem for dogs, especially among outdoor dogs. According to veterinary dental experts, aggressive chewing on hard objects is a primary cause of broken teeth in dogs.